Cardiac sonography is a promising career for all the people who love to serve humankind and earn money at the same time. In cardiac sonography, cardiac sonographers use ultrasound waves to examine the anatomy of the heart and blood vessels. The images formed in the ultrasound equipment are obtained through echocardiograms. Trans-esophageal echocardiography is done by passing a tube into the patient’s esophagus to get ultrasound diagnostic images.
To pursue this career, the high school students have to pursue a syllabus comprising subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, math, and computer. Subsequent to basic high school education, the students can enroll for a two-year associate’s degree in echocardiography or cardiovascular technology. This training includes subjects in anatomy and physiology, along with study of ultrasound physics, congenital abnormalities, echocardiogram waveforms and genetics. Further, an internship in a hospital may be required as part of curriculum.
American Society of Echocardiography Education and Research Foundation (ASEF) offers yearly scholarships for students registered accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
There are various colleges, institutions, hospitals and vocational schools, which offer ultrasound technician training courses. Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer is accepted as licensed certification in all states in U.S.
A full time cardiac Sonographer has to conduct more than five echoes per day on patients, which may contribute up to 8 – 9 hours. While a part time, cardiac sonographer may work 3-4 hours conducting 2 – 3 echoes per day
The salary of cardiac sonographer ranges from $50,000 to $80,000 depending on his experience and location of practice. A fresher may derive a starting salary of $45, 000 to $55, 000 annually while a person with more than 10 years experience may earn as high as $1, 20, 000