Summer, 2011

Summer, 2011

Hello Fellow Sonographers,

I hope you are enjoying the warm summer weather.  I am excited to tell you about some exciting NCUS news.  We have a new Executive Assistant, Laura Hamilton.  If you were in Winston-Salem for the Spring meeting you probably had the pleasure of hearing her speak.  Her enthusiasm and organizational skills are getting the new Central Office up and running.

Thanks Alice for organizing a wonderful meeting.  We were very successful.

Thanks for your comments and suggestions on the meeting evaluations.  We value your opinion.

I hope you will join us at the beach this Fall, Saturday October 22nd at the Carolina beach Marriott.  We have a great line-up of speakers.  We are working on the upcoming Annual Meeting to be held in Cary at the Embassy Suites in 2012.  Please keep checking the web site for details.  Book your room early!!!!!


Rhonda Thomas, BS, RDMS

NCUS President

I would like to take a few moments to thank the NCUS BOD (Board of Directors) and the NCUS Membership for a great spring meeting.  In order for the NCUS to remain strong as a society it takes participation on everyone’s part including the membership, the BOD and the vendors.

Based on the meeting surveys, attendees were overall satisfied with the lectures and the accommodations.  Like every meeting there is always room from improvement and the NCUS BOD will continue to seek ways to make necessary improvements.

Even though the economy is tight, we still had close to three hundred in attendance including speakers and vendors which shows the committed statewide to keep our society strong.

The NCUS BOD is committed to seeking ways to make our meetings both educational and fun.  To show this dedication, we have planned the fall 2011 meeting at Carolina Beach, NC.  Please make sure to check the NCUS website for details.

Again, thank you to everyone who made the 30th Annual Symposium a success and I hope to see you in October at the beach.

Alice Bradley, M.Ed, BHS, RTR, RDMS

2010-2011 NCUS President and 30th Annual Symposium Coordinator.

If you have ever wondered what to do after retiring from the field of sonography, I just may have the answer for you. There are so many poor communities outside the United States that would benefit from diagnostic medical ultrasound. These communities are limited by lack of equipment, supplies, and the training necessary to provide for their patients. Through organizations such as Christian Services International, Lumiere Medical Ministries, and Harvest International Ministry, I discovered how I could help. My first mission trip was in 2004 to Port-au Prince, Haiti. I returned to the village of Les Cayes in 2007, 2008, 2009, and most recently June 2011.

Les Cayes is located on the southwest coast of Haiti. The language is Haitian Creole. It is a port city that exports coffee and sugar cane. As you may know Haiti is a third world country that is considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.  Most families live in small block structures with openings containing only heavy metal rods for windows, no glass or screens. It is common for people to have dirt floors.