What is Echocardiography?
Echocardiography is also known as Non-invasive Cardiovascular Sonography (Echo Sonographer). Echo Sonographers use tests and equipment that do not go in a patient’s body to determine the health condition of the patient’s heart and cardiovascular system.
What is the job outlook for Echo Sonography
The employment for Echo Sonography is projected to grow 19% from 2018 to 2028.
Diagnostic imaging individuals who are certified are expected to have the highest job opportunities. Those certified in more than one speciality are expected to have even greater job opportunities (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Where do Echocardiographer Sonographers work?
Most Echo Sonographers work in hospitals, but others work at offices of physicians, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and outpatient care centers. Echo Sonographers are responsible for a number of duties, the list below is a few of them.
- Prepare patients for procedures by taking their medical history and answering any questions about the procedure
- Prepare and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment
- Operate equipment to obtain diagnostic images or to conduct tests
- Review images or test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses
- Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal images, and identify other diagnostic information
- Analyze diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians
- Record findings and keep track of patients’ records
(This list was retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website)
Benefits of Echo Sonography
You can complete an Echo Sonography program in about 2 years, and that results in a positive outlook for your job. You are active on the job and the work hours can be flexible. Employer-funded benefits often include paid vacation and sick time, life insurance, and continuing education.