Summer, 2015

Summer, 2015

Well, my friends, the dog days of summer are almost upon us. North Carolina schools are gearing up for another year of producing amazing new graduates, working sonographers are fiercely protecting their vacation days against ever-demanding patient schedules and NCUS board members are putting the finishing touches on the 2015/2016 symposium events.

By visiting the NCUS.org website, members can nominate next year’s board members and sonographer excellence recipients, register for conferences, and find NCUS volunteer opportunities. I encourage you to keep in touch with us through the website and our Facebook page.

In this newsletter, we will hear from our president, Chris Mann and read an interview with the 2015 Sonographer Excellence Award recipient, Elizabeth Allison. The faculty at South Piedmont Community College are excited to tell you about two new programs they are offering. And finally, we have two case studies submitted by NCUS board member, Bridget Niemeyer and CFCC student, C. Adrienne Alexander that I am sure you will enjoy.

As always, I am available for newsletter submissions and suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the NCUS.org Contact Us tab. I look forward to hearing from you as well as seeing you in Chapel Hill October 17th.

Be well and talk soon,
Hudson O’Keefe, BS, RDMS

Hello Everyone! I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the warm summer weather. The Board of Directors met recently for one of our quarterly meetings and things are looking good for the upcoming meeting at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on October 17th. We look forward to seeing you there AND be sure to bring a co-worker (or two)!!

As a reminder, the minutes from the Board meetings are available on our site. I want to encourage you to take a quick moment to read over them. You may find that you have some ideas about the society that you want to share, and the Board wants to hear from you!

On that same note, we are working on the Spring Symposium to be held at the Benton Center in Winston Salem. The success of our Symposiums falls mostly in the hands of the speakers we are able to enlist. As valuable members of our society, we listen to your comments on past speakers evaluations and try to re-enlist the ones you love!

Also, we are always looking for new speakers, with new material, to keep the variety of topics current. You may have heard or seen a great speaker somewhere else or know of someone who is a potential speaker for the NCUS meetings? Please send us their name and how to contact them… We will take care of the rest! After all, these meetings are for you, and aside from trying to find locations that appeal to most, the lecturers are the main attraction!

Have a safe and wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you in Chapel Hill!

Respectfully,
Chris Mann RDCS, RCS, FASE
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Elizabeth Allison, RT, RDCS, RDMS is the North Carolina Ultrasound Society’s 2015 Sonographer Excellence Award winner. The announcement was made at the Spring Symposium in Wilmington, NC in March. She is the Lead Echocardiographer of the Adult Congenital Cardiology Program at the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, NC.

We sat down with Elizabeth to learn more about her career and her thoughts on our challenging and ever-changing profession.

NCUS: Tell us, Elizabeth, why you chose sonography as a profession?
Elizabeth: I was in art school and had a weekend job developing x-ray film. The sonographer on call allowed me to watch her scan patients, and I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

NCUS: How did you learn sonography?  What road did you take to get to where you are?
Elizabeth: I decided after my weekend job during art school that I wanted to go to ultrasound school. At that time, a two year degree in some form of allied health field was required first, so I went to radiologic technology school. After graduating from that program, I went to Maryland Institute of Ultrasound Technology School for a one year certificate program. It was an excellent program. We rotated at eight different hospitals in Baltimore. I have been very fortunate over the years to work with excellent physicians who have been interested in instructing me further and challenging me.

Our latest education news comes from South Piedmont Community College in Monroe, NC. SPCC’s General Sonography program began in 2001 and has produced over 120 sonography professionals. 2015 marks the beginning of two exciting new programs for the institution: Advanced Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal Sonography. Both programs offer opportunities to existing sonographers to further their careers and obtain additional professional certifications.

Both programs combine online learning with convenient lab times for the busy sonographer: evenings for the cardiovascular and weekends for the MSK. In addition, the MSK classes will be taught by Dr. Randy Moore, our workshop speaker from the 2015 breakout spring session.

For more information, visit SPCC.edu and reserve your place in the 2016 classes!

If you are an educator or alumni of a North Carolina school offering new programs, please let NCUS know so we can get the word out. Feel free to email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the NCUS.org Contact Us tab. We look forward to hearing what your institution is doing!

A Case Study by Cape Fear Community College Student

Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease affects one in 1,000 people world wide and accounts for 8-10% of patients that later require transplants and chronic dialysis. The following patient was aware of her disease from a previous CT. A retroperitoneal exam was ordered, taking pictures of both kidneys and the bladder. The female patient was 57 at the time of the exam.

As working sonographers, some of the advice we try to pass on to students and new sonographers is the importance of continuing education and networking. We talk about attending conferences and reading journals but the case study is also an important tool to achieve both goals. With a case study, a student delves deeper into the images obtained and broadens their knowledge about anomalies and pathology. In addition, by writing a case study, they can showcase their ability to articulate and use critical thinking.

The NCUS newsletter is a great place for a student or new sonographer to begin their path to publishing. Through a case study submission, they are able to get their name out as another excited, ever-learning sonographer. If you are an educator, student case study submissions can highlight the exceptional skills you are passing on through your college’s sonography program.

I encourage all of you to take advantage of the NCUS newsletter to spotlight your (or your students’) case studies. Case studies can be submitted through the NCUS.org Contact Us tab or to me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to meeting you and learning from your experiences!