THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 619.1

Guest: Ann Jones, RN, RVT, RDMS, past chair - American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Topic: Certification of medical sonographers

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA Ultrasound technology, or sonography, has evolved into a key tool for evaluating body activities, like cardiac and vascular system blood flow...and most of us who have had children in the last decade have been able to see our babes in the womb...where sonography monitors fetal development. But it's estimated less than half of those performing ultrasound procedures are certified...something Ann Jones of the American Registry of Diagnostic medical sonographers wants to change...

JONES Clearly there are physicians involved in the process, but If the sonographer goes in and does the initial evaluation... develops the film, takes them to the physician, but has not done a complete study, or has not focused in on a particular area that was important, and gives the physician that information, and then he comes in a maybe does a quick evaluation or looks at the study and says everything looks good, or this looks bad. You know, he can make a misdiagnosis based on inadequate information that was provided by a sonographer that is not qualified.

NEMA Ultrasound technologists would do well to start the certification process... if you're well trained and experienced, you should have no problem. Call the ARDMS at 800-541-9754, or find them on the web at www.ardms.org. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.