A number of quality echo jobs have been filled this month and several more have been listed.
Listings are free and can include website details, logos and any other images that will help find you the right applicants.
There is no doubt that over the past 10 years the average size of our patients has increased noticeably. It is well recognized that body habitus plays a role in echo image quality, with both unusually small and large patients potentially being difficult to image. There is however considerable variability between individuals and it is near impossible to predict image quality just by “sizing” the patient up.
Today’s post focuses on the “fifth” acoustic window to the heart, the right sternal edge (RSE). The right sternal edge , or right sternal border, allows improved visualization of the mid to distal ascending aorta and potentially an improved angle of incidence for assessing aortic stenosis. Whilst some consider this a routine component to the scan, other sonographers are quite unsure of how to approach this.
Each year many sonographers travel abroad for work. For some, this is an opportunity to further develop their skills, for others it is simply a means to travel and see the world. I regularly receive emails asking my advice for working overseas. For today’s post I have asked Tim Eller to provide some insight on his experience working as a sonographer in the UK. Tim was responsible for a lot of my echo training, many years ago, before heading to the UK. Tim has since returned to Australia providing locum echo services throughout Queensland.
After a long break away from the computer I have been nudged back into writing with a flurry of activity on the jobs board.
Echocardiography is a fantastic career choice. The field is constantly evolving, and there are endless job opportunities making it an exciting long term option. A career in echo can take us around the world, branch off to eduction/training, research, management or an applications/sales role for a vendor; Every week I’m meeting readers who have found new directions to take their echo career. I have been fortunate to have sampled many of the different aspects to our field, and have now added website founder to the resume… There are record numbers of trainee sonographers about to enter the workforce, so how do you stay ahead of the pack to land the dream job??
This is not an exhaustive list, but my 6 tips will get you a long way to get noticed when hiring. These are also the factors I consider when I am sorting through applications or conducting interviews.
We spend a lot of money ensuring we are using quality ultrasound machines, often with the latest transducer and beam forming technology. We recognise that to obtain quality data we need to spend years on our education, and practicing our craft to develop the fine-motor skill and cognitive abilities to obtain the highest quality information of the heart. But, too often we then use cheap, poorly set-up monitors to view the images. This can be a bit like looking through a dirty windscreen (how do expect to drive the sportscar, if you can’t see properly). Many sonographers are simply unaware of the difference a properly set-up display monitor can make to our work. Proper monitor settings play a crucial role in QA processes in the echo lab, yet most of us take this aspect of our imaging for granted.
Measuring left ventricular size and wall thickness is a standard part of the routine echo examination. There are normative values for LV wall thickness, and the trainee sonographer is taught basic pattern-recognition in the early phases of training to identify patients with left ventricular hypertrophy. It is often assumed that Thick walls = hypertrophy. However the influence of left ventricular volume to wall thickness is completely overlooked in that equation. Today’s post looks at the relationship (or interaction) between wall thickness, LV volume and LV hypertrophy.
I have received many emails following my post highlighting the clinical impact of transducer damage. The feedback suggests that I wasn’t alone imaging in the dark and taking my probe for granted. To help answer some of the great questions from readers, I decided to get some help from transducer-guru and CEO at Probelogic, Ashley Barker. I am always blown away by Ashley’s knowledge in this area, and appreciate him taking the time to chat with Echo.Guru today.