Fall, 2017

Fall, 2017

I am happy to present to you the NCUS Fall 2017 Newsletter. I hope that you read through the articles and learn at least one new thing. We would love to hear from you on our Facebook page, let us know something you have learned or what you liked about this newsletter.  

Do sonographers have stressful jobs?? Well according to CareerCast who just published the top 200 least and most stressful jobs, determined that the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is the NUMBER 1 LEAST STRESSFUL job in America!! CareerCast ranked 200 jobs by their level of stress, factoring in criteria such as risk of injury, tight deadlines, physical demands and working in the public eye. Each of the jobs was given a "stress rank" from 0 to 100, with 100 being the most stressful. Click on the link to see the complete list.


How fortunate we are to belong to such a strong ultrasound society that so successfully promotes diagnostic ultrasound imaging education. North Carolina is a leader in this endeavor. It is my belief that North Carolina sonographers are the best, and least stressed of them all! Of course we are partial to our own. : )

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our next conference that will be held April 13-15, 2018 at the Grande Dunes Marriott in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Marta Thorup, RVT, RDMS (AB, OBGYN, BR)

Fall. It’s probably the most favored season of the year for most. The trees change their leaves into breathtaking colors that you really get to enjoy for about 3 months. Neighborhood smell of fire places, kids playing in the leaves give memories of a lifetime. And who doesn’t love throwing on your favorite hoodie and jeans while watching nature unfold its colors right before your very eyes. Oh yeah, all those pesty mosquitoes are gone! So even though its football season, get up, go outside, take a break from your computer and take a moment to acknowledge the beautiful world that surrounds us.  

We had an amazing time in Chapel Hill during the Fall Symposium. We wanted to send a thank you for all of the great connections made, memories created, and laughs shared. The sessions were right on target by covering all topics of ultrasound. For those of you who were unable to attend, we hope to see you in the spring in Myrtle Beach, SC. We would love to hear your input and suggestions for future events.

We look forward to seeing you,
 Cristy Webster
2017-2018 NCUS President


38 year old female goes to the doctor because she has abdomen pain. She tells the doctor about her abdominal pain and other symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, bloat, etc.

The ordering physician orders an abdominal ultrasound to see if the gallbladder is the culprit. The order reads, “US Abdomen”, Diagnosis: “Abdomen Pain.”

She comes to the imaging facility at the scheduled morning appointment time npo as instructed.  The sonographer has the patient get into a gown and into position on the scanning table for the ultrasound.

The sonographer, performs 76700 Abdominal ultrasound which includes imaging of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, aorta, kidneys, common bile duct, and ivc. 

The sonographer completes the Impressions Worksheet that has all the data as required by the worksheet, protocol, and satisfies the expectations of the radiologist.

The patient gets dressed, and is instructed that a radiologist report will be available to their ordering physician in24-48 hours. 

Findings of the report are shared to the patient at the next follow up appointment with the primary care provider the following week. 

Report is negative for any abnormality. 

The patient goes back to work ignoring her pain and treating with Gas-x to control the bloat.

Lately, I have seen an increase in patients referred to the echo lab for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms. Echocardiography can be a valuable tool in detection of this pathology, sparing the patient the cost and radiation of CT.

There are two types of abnormal dilation of the aorta :
“Saccular” which is a weakening of the vessel at one point, resulting in a “pouch” dilation with a relatively small neck, or “fusiform”, a fairly uniform dilation of the entire circumference of the vessel.

If I told you that I knew of a way for you to receive up to $3000 a year towards a Sonography degree, would you turn it down? Probably not! Well folks, that’s precisely what I am here to tell you! Many of you don’t know this, but there is a wonderful program available to help NC residents receive funds towards a Sonography degree. It is called Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS) and was first established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011. Not only does it help Sonography students but also many other professions that the state has deemed “critical employment shortage professions.” For simplicity’s sake, I will stick with talking about our Sonography profession only.

May we have Sight to see the shapes out of monochrome clouds,

Understanding to recognize masses in a sea of gray,

And Wisdom to know if they are malignant or benign.

May we have Compassion to ease our patient’s fears,

Sympathy when illness is confirmed,

And Delight when diagnosis is sublime.

May we Trust in our knowledge of the body and landmarks,

Show Support to coworkers, whose day might be tougher than our own,

And be Resilient when we make mistakes that must be refined.

And most of all, may we Remember our time as students,

Never forget to challenge our learning in order to grow,

And keep Faith that we do make a difference, one patient at a time.