WHAT IS CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY?

A cardiovascular sonographer utilizes high-frequency sound (ultrasound) to provide physicians with images of the heart (echocardiogram) and vasculature.

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Two-dimensional echocardiography is used to assess the size and function of the heart.

 

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Doppler ultrasound is used to measure blood flow velocities, allowing the diagnosis of stenotic heart valves, as well as atherosclerosis in peripheral blood vessels. 
 

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Color flow Doppler echocardiography shows blood crossing a heart defect.

 

 

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Cardiac and vascular sonographers typically work in hospitals, physician’s offices, and mobile health services,  Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.

In 2009 the median annual salary for a sonographer was about $63,000.



 

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In laboratory, students practice obtaining images on each otherunder the watchful eye of an LSUHSC instructor.