Unlike many other imaging modalities, scanning ultrasound is completely dependent on the sonographer, the angle of the probe and small little adjustments made to the machine settings. So often, it can be easy to just take that picture and move along. At All About Ultrasound, we want to make sure that sonographers like you have all the tools, tips, techniques and resources to not just pass a test or take a picture, but to excel at what you do. We want to give you the tools you need to transition from being a picture taker to being a critical thinker and an investigator. An image protocol is great for making sure that your images meet the basic standard criteria for accreditation and the basics of performing an exam, but it shouldn't end there. How do you investigate and give the physician what they need to make a diagnosis? How do you as the sonographer make a difference in the outcome of your patient? How do you learn and grow your skillset?
While we do offer many resources to add to your learning, we know that only those sonographers who truly seek out education and apply what they learn will ultimately be able to relate this back investigative patient care. So, don't forget that there is a purpose for what you do. There is a reason you became a sonographer - the reason is your patient. Don't get so caught up in following the protocol that you don't ever go beyond it to investigate and piece the puzzle together to answer the clinical questions. You are not a picture taker - you are the eyes of the physician and without your investigative ultrasound skills, that doctor may not have what they need to treat the patient. So don't ever forget to seek out the answer, ask the questions, take that extra picture, take that extra Doppler sample and put that amazing sonographer brain to work. You are the eyes, the ears and the hands that can make a difference. It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine, but don't forget your WHY!
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