Going in for your ultrasound from a diagnostic medical sonographer and they shot you a side eye when you called them an ultrasound tech? Why does there have to be five names for the same thing in healthcare? We wonder that too, but we control what we can right? Here’s the tea…
An ultrasound is most frequently introduced as a diagnostic imaging test that uses sound waves to create an image (also known as a sonogram) of organs, tissues, and other structures inside the body. Sonography is the technique literally meaning sound writing and ultrasonography meaning extreme sound writing. A sonographer is a skillfully trained diagnostic imaging provider who acquires their images through the personal extension of their equipment and their shoulder. They utilize their analytically and actively calculating mind to tailor the protocol to fit the story to whoever is under their transducers. The intellectual and physical stamina it takes to be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is so intense that it can literally be back breaking, shoulder tearing work. Most sonographers though, despite their injuries, absolutely LOVE their work… which is why they tend to do it to their detriment. Unfortunately, the field of sonography has some serious safety optimization strategies we need to all take some shared responsibility for as a workforce and industry to solve, especially when it comes to Work-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries and 90% of sonographers currently reported to be scanning in pain. Sonographers are scanning to their detriment because there is no accountability when it comes to the #WORKLOAD that is imposed upon the #WORKFORCE. The expectations that sonographers can scan and scan and scan everything under the sun has led to a hazardous work environment that is actively causing injury and devastation… and it’s all going down on the frontline of a global pandemic where they cannot social distance and depending on the clinical setting, may not have any appropriate access to PPE. That’s what a sonographer is… now the one that’ll get you side eyed… lol
An ultrasound tech takes pictures and they have no credentials. That is all. LOL
So the next time you see your sonographer because you have no blood flow in your toe, your testicles are torsed, or your uterus is about to prolapse out of your …self, remember that your neighborhood sonographer is a badass superhero calculating genius who is showing up for work in active pain to perform your exam because they’re science loving nerds who take pride in their role as your healthcare provider. So maybe steer clear of calling them just an ultrasound tech if lol. To get involved in the community, we invite you to join our #CaptheCaseload Campaign for safety in sonography!
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