Ultrasound Technology and Ultrasonography Defined
Medical sonography (ultrasonography) is an ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images. Ultrasound has been used by radiologists and sonographers to image the human body for at least 50 years and has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. The technology is relatively inexpensive and portable, especially when compared with other techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) and computed tomography (CT). Ultrasound is also used to visualize fetuses during routine and emergency prenatal care. Such diagnostic applications used during pregnancy are referred to as obstetric sonography.
Ultrasound Technology Training In Canada
An ultrasound technician, also known as a sonographer, uses a number of imaging procedures to facilitate the observation of body organs, tissues and blood flow for the identification and assessment of a variety of medical conditions. In order to become a sonographer in Canada, it is necessary to complete a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) approved diagnostic sonographer program and pass a certifying exam through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP). The average salary for a sonographer varies between provinces but ranges from $48,750 and $62,400.
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