Cardiac sonography (also known as echocardiography) is the use of ultrasound imaging to view the cardiovascular anatomy in a non-invasive and pain free examination. This safe and convenient method of diagnosis allows the physician to assess the function of the heart in a dynamic way. Cardiac sonographers are specially trained professionals who are an integral part of the cardiovascular medical management team in today’s health care environment. They use sophisticated equipment that acquires two-dimensional images of the heart and Doppler spectral tracings of blood flow to provide an accurate assessment of the patient’s condition. They are one first lines of diagnosis of cardiovascular conditions and help the physician to guide the patient to the correct path of treatment.
Career Opportunities and Earning Potential
According to the US Department of Labor, employment of cardiac sonographers is expected to grow much faster than average pace through the year 2018. The aging population with its higher incidence of cardiovascular disease will continue to be the driver of demand for this profession. The need for highly trained technologists will also be driven by the advancing technology of cardiac sonography, which is expected to reduce the need for more expensive and risk prone invasive procedures.
The earning potential for cardiac sonographers is significant with the mean annual wage in 2008 of $61,980. Salary is dependent upon location and employer. For additional information please click the link below.
The below Web sites have more information on the cardiac sonography field:
American Society of Echocardiography
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Cardiovascular Credentialing International
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography