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Sonography programs: practical and interesting

By Candice Mancini,

Sonography programs should teach you skills you will need to be a medical sonographer. But sonography programs might also teach you cool facts about ultrasound technology. Below are examples of practical yet interesting things you could learn from sonography programs.

Practical training from sonography programs

The primary goal of sonography programs is to teach you how to perform ultrasound technology on patients. In addition to taking courses in anatomy, physiology, basic physics, patient care and medical ethics, sonography programs should provide you plenty of supervised hands-on training time with sonography equipment.

Cool facts learned from sonography programs

Sonography programs might introduce you to some interesting things about ultrasound, such as the following facts:

  • History of Sonography: In 1790 Lazzaro Spallanzani experimented with bats and discovered they used hearing, not sight, as they moved around. The first transducer came after the sinking of the Titanic, when Paul Langevin invented the hydrophone to detect icebergs. In the late 1930s Austrian psychiatrist Dr. Karl Dussik used ultrasound pictures to diagnose brain tumors.
  • Industrial Uses of Sonography: Ultrasound is regularly used to find flaws in objects--made from plastics, metals, composites, wood and concrete--and to measure their thickness. Ultrasound cleaners are used for jewelry and watches and ultrasound humidifiers moisten the air.
  • Ultrasound weaponry: The Sonic Devastator is a handheld sonic gun that emits sounds painful to the human and animal ear. Although it does not lead to permanent damage, it causes nausea and headaches and has been compared to giant fingernails on a blackboard.

Sonography programs could teach you all these things and more.