October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month
October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month! It began as a way to better provide the public with an understanding of ultrasound and its many uses. It also allows ultrasound technicians and professionals an opportunity to celebrate their profession. The month-long campaign celebrates the extraordinary contributions medical sonography makes to modern medicine.
With the increasing role of ultrasound in medicine, the main goal of the campaign is to inform the public about what ultrasound really is and its many uses in healthcare. Another goal is to help the public find the best ultrasound resources and practitioners in their area. Six ultrasound organizations gather and promote this month every year.
- The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
- The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)
- The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)
- Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
- The Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)
- The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)
Whether you’re a part of these organizations or not, you can still promote the campaign’s message. Medical professionals and sonographers can get in the spirit of the month with some of the following activities.
Educate Your Patients
Check out the websites of any of the participating organizations. They all have resources to help you educate your patients. The ASE website has printable guides that are specific to heart and vascular ultrasound. You can also refer people to SeeMyHeart.org. Gather some of the information on the partner sites and create a brochure for your patients to take with them.
Start a Dialogue
You can start a conversation with a patient about ultrasound awareness month. Let them know it is taking place and offer to answer any questions they may have. It can be about a pending procedure that might involve an ultrasound or any general questions. You can also share an information-filled video on social media. This way your patients get to see some real-life examples of how medical ultrasound improves and saves peoples’ lives.
Talk About Certification
Talk to patients about the importance of ultrasound certifications. Let them know what goes into getting certified and how proud you are of the accomplishment. Encourage colleagues and any students you might know to consider getting certified. You might be at a point in your career to become a mentor for a budding ultrasound technician. Show them your machine and explain how it works—tell them how the Phillips IE33 or a similarly complex machine operates. Be sure to walk them through the procedure and highlight each component as you go along.