Learning Ultrasound

Ultrasound Tech Schools

The field of ultrasound imaging is very specialized and professionals trained in this area end up highly skilled and highly successful. The road to success in a career specializing in ultrasounds requires intensive study and professional certifications which ultrasound tech schools are more than equipped to provide.

Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves to create visual images that are generally used for medical diagnosis. One of the most common uses of ultrasound is in making a visual check on an unborn fetus in the mother's womb. Ultrasounds can also be used to examine tumors in the breast, check for gallstones, kidney stones and cancers, and the list goes on.

With an education in ultrasound training, it shouldn't be difficult to find a coveted job as a professional sonographer (or ultrasonologists) - a technician skilled in operating ultrasound machines and equipment.

Finding ultrasound tech programs should not be too difficult as many colleges and universities offer specialized courses in the field. There are also established ultrasound institutes that offer training for would-be sonographers. Depending on the school you choose as well as if you already have prior healthcare training, your course can take anywhere from a year to 4 years. The length of time for your training will also depend on whether you choose to take up a diploma, bachelor's degree, graduate diploma or a master's degree.

An alternative to a training school would be hands-on training where you learn-on-the-job. Such practical experience will extremely valuable in honing your skills as an ultrasound technician. The downside to this alternative however, is that you will not receive a certificate or paper qualification to show for your skills and this may be an obstacle in procuring a higher job position in a diagnostic imaging centre because without the proper certification, you may have to start from a position lower than your skills-set can perform.

Before you begin applying to ultrasound technician schools, ask yourself if you are very sure that this is a field of interest for you and if you can see yourself working as an ultrasound technician for a long time to come. This is because ultrasound training is extremely specialized and therefore requires much commitment and dedication. And, unlike a general business or arts education it will be more difficult to switch fields once you've started in the diagnostic imaging industry.