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Would sonography be a good fit for me

This last year i have been taking healthcare prereqs with the plan of going into a sonography program. After learning more about what sonographers actually do i've started to have seconds thoughts. I'm a smart kid with math being my strongest subject and english my weakest. What concerns me most is my lack of a good sense of direction. I have never been a good navigator and i have a hard time visualizing directions in my head. It seems like sonography is all about navigating ultrasound waves and understanding how they bounce off and intereact with organs in the body, which to me seems very confusing. I'd like to have a job in healthcare and i'm now thinking about nursing instead. Any advice? #medicine #medicine-sonography #sonography #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care

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Robert’s Answer

Ultrasound or sonography is about applying physics to visualize body organs. It is not a very difficult programme but you will be required to understand basic sound physics and how it is applied to diagnose diseases. You will also learn anatomy. This component is all about knowing how normal body organs appear. Lastly, you will learn pathology which is about disorders and diseases. It is an interesting career because your job will involve interpreting images displayed on the ultrasound machine and writing reports. This professional has got alot of specialization e.g echocardiography, Obs and Gynae etc
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Kerry’s Answer

Hi Jacob, I know this is an old question and I hope you have made a good decision for yourself by now, but to help others I will say that a sense of direction is not as important as anatomic position is. This is something that will of course, be taught in the ultrasound program. Knowing normal anatomy, anatomic position, and being able to recognize pathology are much more important. Hope this helps!
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Shelley’s Answer

Hi Jacob, I am a Nuclear Medicine Technologist who became a nurse to add to my career. Now I work in both professions. I work with ultrasound technologists. I don't see the connection between sense of direction and learning ultrasound. You know up and down and side to side, front and back, you got this. Plus the training programs will ease you into it. There is a new language to learn as well as sense of direction. It is not an easy degree and nursing would be just as hard. Consider that you will learn about sonic waves and the equipment you will be using but add that to how it works in the body which will help you to put it all together and help you understand the technical aspects of ultrasound. Ultrasound is really an important diagnostic tool with new techniques and reasons to use it becoming more important. Ultrasound Technologist will continue to be in high demand. Good Luck.

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