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The SDMS Celebrates Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

by The SDMS

PLANO, Texas -
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’ 2015 MUAM theme is, “Diagnostic Medical Sonography - It’s More Than a Picture.” A video depicting the anatomical relationships between a sonogram and the human body offers a brief glimpse of how diagnostic medical sonographers use modern technology to touch and change the lives of more than 1 million patients a day. The video is on the SDMS YouTube channel.

To help sonographers celebrate and spread the word, the SDMS offers posters, buttons, T-shirts, pens, and more at the SDMS Store.

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.

The SDMS would like to thank Pam Crawford, RT(R)(M), RDMS, RVT and Liberty Cowden, RDCS with El Centro College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in Dallas, Texas for their assistance with the SDMS design for MUAM 2015.

About the SDMS
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography ( is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The SDMS, with almost 28,000 members, is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.

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