Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography Emphasis
Adult Echocardiography and either Pediatric Echocardiography or Vascular Sonography concentrations
The adult echocardiography and pediatric echocardiography/vascular sonography concentrations in the diagnostic and medical sonography degree prepares students for clinical practice in adult echocardiography and either pediatric echocardiography or vascular sonography.
Adult and pediatric echocardiographers practice a form of medical imaging that uses complex computerized high frequency sound waves and doppler signal equipment to visualize cardiovascular anatomy and function. They are responsible for delineating subtle differences between healthy and pathological cardiac and vascular structure and function, evaluate cardiac blood flow information, and document pathologic and other conditions. The echocardiographer must acquire excellent knowledge of cardiac and vascular anatomy, clinical medicine, pathology, and the use of sonographic instrumentation.
Echocardiographers work collaboratively with cardiologists in medical center, hospital, or private practices to produce differential diagnoses. Vascular sonographers perform patient examinations, assessments, acquire and analyze data using ultrasound and related technologies, provide a summary of findings to aid in patient diagnosis and management, and use independent judgment and systematic problem solving to produce high quality diagnostic information and optimize the complete patient study. Vascular sonographers often work collaboratively with vascular surgeons but also work in radiology and cardiology departments in hospitals and private practices to discuss differential diagnoses.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography Emphasis is accredited under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) and programmatically through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). For more information please visit http://www.jrccvt.org.