What is a Diagnostic Cardiovascular Technology or Sonography?
Diagnostic cardiac sonography, also known as echocardiography, is the use of high frequency sound waves to create images of the human heart.
Diagnostic cardiac sonographers may specialize in pediatrics or adults, and often work for hospitals or medical clinics.
Sonographers are integral members of the radiography field. They must be responsible, have good oral communication, and have excellent motor and didactic skills. They help both healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all ages. Sonographers essentially perform noninvasive procedures in small, low-lit rooms. They stand or sit bedside the patient to examine and produce images of structures pertaining to the cardiovascular system, especially the heart. These images or sonograms are used by radiologists to make a medical diagnosis. Sonographers often act as a liaison between patients, doctors, and radiologists.
As a Cardiovascular Technologist you will also be referred to as:
Cardiovascular sonographer, vascular specialists, echo tech, echo technologist, vascular technologist, vascular tech, vascular technician
Allied Health Academy built a strong curriculum based on research from our corporate affiliate, Tri-State Imaging Solutions. As a leader in the mobile ultrasound field, Tri-State noted a shortage of experienced professional sonographers. When their clients began to ask Tri-State how they obtained the best sonographers available, the answer was: We trained them ourselves. From the extreme need for a credible and accurate sonography program in the Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery County areas, Allied Health Academy was conceived. Information from Tri-State’s CEO (an Ultrasound Technologist with over 25 years of experience), Radiologists, medical office staff, and healthcare educators was used to formulate a unique core curriculum. We offer an environment filled with opportunities and resources to prepare students for success while promoting the quality of patient care in the search for a diagnosis.
The statistics below can be obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They represent national data. Areas in which the cost of living is higher indicate increased salaries for a cardiovascular technologist.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that cardiovascular technologists and technicians, which is the category which includes echocardiac sonographers, will see employment growth of 30% between 2012 and 2022 (www.bls.gov). Due to the aging population and the high occurrence of heart disease, the growth rate for this position is expected to be much faster than the average rate for other occupations. The BLS reported that as of May, 2013, cardiovascular technologists and technicians earned $53,210 as a median annual wage. The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $65,860 in May, 2012. (The median wage is the average wage. Half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.) The lowest 10% earned less than $44,990, and the top 10% earned more than $91,070.
Most diagnostic imaging workers work full time. Because they work in facilities that are always open, some may work evenings, weekends, or overnight.
Careers that students may begin after completing the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Program include:
Ultrasound technologists that work in hospitals
• They can work in multiple departments within a hospital; including assisting in surgical procedures.
• They may do work in family doctor’s offices, or in vascular surgery, cardiology, obstetric, or vein clinics.
• They can conduct mobile ultrasounds at the bedside of patients who cannot be transported from their facilities.
Outside of the hospital, there are plenty of opportunities for ultrasound technologist:
• They can work in private physician’s offices.
• They can work in outpatient diagnostic imaging clinics.
Ultrasound technologists can also progress to supervisory and management roles such as:
• Senior Technologist
• Department Supervisor
• Clinical Instructor
• Program Director
• Client relations
• Mobile Ultrasound company owner
• Abdominal Sonographer
• Breast Sonographer
• Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonographer
• Vascular Sonographer
• Cardiac Sonographer
• Fetal Sonographer
• Adult Sonographer
• Pediatric Sonographer
• Opthamologic Sonographer
• Musculoskeletal Sonographer
What Sets Us Apart From Other Ultrasound Programs?
Small class size
18-month certificate curriculum accredited in Cardiovascular Sonography
Course integrated with didactic, lab, and clinical externships
All tools and training needed to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam
Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Examination before exiting to your externship
Interaction with Radiologists in both the clinical and classroom settings
Introduction to the Picture Achieving Computer System (PACS) used in hospitals today
Our externship sites include a variety of settings such as leading hospitals and top-rated doctor’s offices.
Competitive Admissions Standards
See Prerequisites for admission here .
Take your registry for RDCS (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer), and RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) for Fetal Echocardiography, Adult Echocardiography, Pediatric Echocardiography, and/or RVT (Registered Vascular Sonographer for Vascular Technology)