Vascular Sonography, also called Vascular Ultrasound, is in need of
well-trained ultrasound specialists to help in the care of patients
with vascular disease. Vascular technologists typically work in the
Vascular Laboratory of a hospital or in vascular surgery group practices.
They use ultrasound to evaluate patients that may need treatment
from a vascular surgeon or vascular medicine specialist. The
ultrasound examination differs from other forms of diagnostic testing.
Vascular technologists/sonographers use an investigational
approach to search for ultrasound characteristics that indicate disease.
Examinations are often challenging and are complete only
when the vascular sonographer is able to combine all elements of
the exam to form a coherent impression of the patient’s status. This
impression is conveyed to the interpreting physician through the
images that are collected. The role of the vascular technologist forms
a valuable and close link between patient and vascular specialist
and directly involves technologists in the pre- and post-operative
care of patients.
Is This Field Right For You?
To be successful, you must enjoy working with patients; be skillful in
tasks that require precise hand-eye coordination; and be confident of
your interpretive abilities. You will make technical decisions that
have important clinical consequences and be required to communicate
your findings to physicians. This field will be exciting and challenging
if you enjoy these types of interactions. If not, the responsibilities
can be daunting.
Career Opportunities and Earning Potential
Technological advances are requiring vascular sonographers to be
better educated and to accept greater responsibilities in patient care.
A shortage of skilled technologists provides good opportunities locally
and nationally. This high demand is not being met by the number
of graduates that are produced by the small number of vascular technology
According to the US Department of Labor, employment of vascular sonographers (technologists) is expected to grow much faster than average pace through the year 2018. The aging population with its higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and other complications of the heart and vascular system will continue to be the driver of demand for this profession. The need for highly trained technologists will also be driven by the advancing technology of vascular sonography, which is expected to reduce the need for more expensive and risk prone invasive procedures.
The median annual wage of sonographers was $61,980 in May 2008. Salary is dependent upon location and employer. For additional information please click the link below.
The below Web sites have more information on the vascular sonography field:
Society for Vascular Ultrasound
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography