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The Future of Ultrasound in My Mind

I’m off work today hanging out with a cup of coffee trying to solve world problems in my head.  I want to be better at what I do. I want others to be better as well.  I live by the motto of “do more good”.  I’ve been doing ultrasound for 10 years now and I still worry about missing something.  I can’t take the human error factor out of ultrasound.

For the entirety of my career, and well before it, there has been talk about the use of contrast in ultrasound.  I received an article about the GE system of utilizing contrast just last week.   Ten years later the dream is the same but the follow through has yet to trickle down and be widely used.  I think we will see it someday.  It could be another 5 to 10 years.  The trick is that the risk has to outweigh the benefit.

I have also heard 3D volumetrics and reconstruction would be the next  the greatest thing since sliced bread.  I have 3D volumetrics, reconstruction views, panoramic ability and cine on my current machine.  They are all wonderful in their own way but are extremely user dependent.  I use all of these on my machine for different reasons but 2D still rules the ultrasound world with good reason that I will not go into at this point.  It is a bunch of technical stuff relating to physics.

Going back to physics & user dependence, I have often wondered what if we went backwards to the first “ultrasound” images of a man in a tub surrounded by water?  Could we could create a surround image of the muscles in an extremity similar to what MRI does?  I’m certain there is a better way.  I just haven’t quite wrapped my brain around how this would work.  Could we potentially lesson the human error factor?

I will go back to posting on ultrasound anatomy & pathology but I am so excited about the future of ultrasound.  I truly want to be part of it.  In the near future I will post about Down’s Syndrome,  missed products of conception, testicular cancers, and a recanulized umbilical vein.  I will post some new MSK material too when I have time.

In the meantime, “do more good”

Kelly

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2 thoughts on “The Future of Ultrasound in My Mind

  1. hello, I’m an ultrasound student looking for a clinical site. I live in Georgia, and have worked at one of the largest hospital systems for 12 years here, but I can’t complete my clinical there. Do you have any suggestions for me? Any advice would be appreciated.
    thanks
    Erin Roper
    eroper3000@yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Erin! I’m glad you have decided to pursue sonography. Unfortunately, many programs that require you to find your own clinical sites are not accredited. At this point you probably have 2 options. First, you can network like crazy with doctors and sonographers in your area hoping someone will be able to help you find a site where you can get clinical hours. I would definitely approach your school and see where others have been able to do their clinical hours in the past for a lead. Your second option is to transfer to a different program that has clinical sites arranged for their students. I realize this would feel like starting over but it might ultimately be your better option. Make sure you look at ARDMS.org for the requirements to sit for your exams. Ultimately your goal should be to do whatever it takes to get registered so you can be employed in your chosen career. Best wishes!

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