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SDMS Celebrates Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

by Kelly Stafford

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is proud to celebrate Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM). Each year in October, MUAM creates awareness of the role diagnostic medical sonographers (sonographers) play in the medical community and educates the public about medical ultrasound and its many uses in healthcare. MUAM is a joint effort of the following organizations:

  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
  • American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
  • American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)
  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
  • Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)
  • Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)

  • SDMS’ 201​6 MUAM theme is, “Make Waves – Learn Where We’ve Been. Be a Part of Our Future.”

    To help sonographers celebrate, the SDMS is offering posters, buttons, T-shirts, pens, and more. The promotional items can be found in the SDMS online store. The SDMS also created a video that highlights some of the milestones in the rich history of sonography. Click here to view. 

    Medical ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that pass through the body to create images in real-time. A diagnostic medical sonographer performs an examination by moving a hand-held ultrasound transducer over the skin. The transducer both generates the sound waves and detects them as internal organs and tissues reflect the sound waves. A computer records the reflected sound waves and a monitor displays the resulting images, which are used to view, monitor, and diagnose various medical conditions. Ultrasound is not an ionizing radiation and is considered a safe medical imaging tool when used by a properly trained and certified sonographer.

    For information about a career in diagnostic medical sonography, visit the SDMS Career Center and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.