Medical Sonographer

Overview
Medical sonographers use ultrasound equipment to examine and test areas of a patient's body.
The use of ultrasounds for medical reasons began after World War II. In fact, medical sonography has its roots in the military, where sound waves were first used to measure distance under water. Then, scientists realized that sound could also be used to "see" images inside the body. Humans are, after all, made up of 75% water. Using this technology, medical sonographers operate transducers that send out sound waves. These, in turn, project an image on a screen. The term most people use to describe this process is "ultrasound." While most people think ultrasounds are used to see a baby in the womb, ultrasounds are actually used for a variety of medical reasons.
Medical sonographers work closely with patients before and during ultrasounds. They review patient medical histories and previous test results. They explain to patients how the procedure works. They position each patient on a
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  1. ultrasound
    using high-frequency sound waves to construct a sonogram
  2. womb
    a hollow muscular organ in which a developing fetus grows
  3. sonography
    using the reflections of high-frequency sound waves to construct an image of a body organ (a sonogram); commonly used to observe fetal growth or study bodily organs
  4. control
    power to direct or determine
  5. radiation
    the act of spreading outward from a central source
  6. roots
    the condition of belonging to a particular place or group by virtue of social or ethnic or cultural lineage
  7. Doppler
    Austrian physicist famous for his discovery of the Doppler effect (1803-1853)
  8. transducer
    an electrical device that converts one form of energy into another
  9. fetus
    an unborn vertebrate in the later stages of development
  10. vitals
    a bodily organ that is essential for life
  11. organs
    edible viscera of a butchered animal
  12. exam
    a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
  13. aid
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need
  14. clerical
    appropriate for or engaged in office work
  15. analyze
    break down into components or essential features
  16. contaminant
    a substance that contaminates
  17. evolve
    undergo development
  18. reasoning
    thinking that is coherent and logical
  19. method
    a way of doing something, especially a systematic way
  20. output
    production of a certain amount
  21. Independence
    a city in western Missouri
Created on June 27, 2010 (updated June 29, 2010)

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