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How to Become a Sonographer and Find a Good Sonography Program in Pennsylvania

If you are interested in a career in the healthcare industry and you enjoy the idea of working with people who may require extra patience and attention, you may consider the position of sonographer. A sonographer is the person who uses equipment to obtain images of a patient's organs through the use of sound waves that generate pictures of various illnesses or injuries that may be taking place unseen to the naked eye. The sonographer is responsible for put the patient at ease, talking with them before, during, and after the testing, and then examining the images created for any signs that something may be wrong. As you become more tutored in how to become a sonographer in Pennsylvania, you will have several areas from which to choose from in the event you prefer to specialize. These include abdominal Sonography focusing on the liver, gallbladder, kidney, and pancreas, neurosonography focusing on the brain, obstetric and gynecologic Sonography focused on the female reproductive system, and ophthalmologic Sonography that focuses on the eyes. In any of these, the sonographer is responsible for choosing which images are most suitable to be used by the referring doctor so that he or she can make a solid decision on what may or may not be going on inside the patient. After you have completed training via a hospital setting, vo-tech, college or university, through military training, or any 2 to 4 year program that leads to an associate or bachelor's degree, registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and gained certification, though not required it is often preferred, what you can expect to make varies greatly on where you will seek out employment. The average annual salary is placed at approximately $75,401 with the low end starting around $53,256 a year and sonographers located in Pittsburgh making approximately $84,050. Salary is often contingent upon experience and as you gain more, you can expect your salary to steadily increase. To find a good Sonography program in Pennsylvania you can start by logging into the website of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) which shows a list of schools offering accredited Sonography programs by state. In Pennsylvania schools include Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Western School of Health & Business Careers in Pittsburg, and Wyoming Valley Health Care System Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. Due to the rapid advancement of technologic advancement and the move towards more outpatient care and the rise of imaging centers, you can expect the trend for job growth in this field to continue, promising steady employment and good income.

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