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Sonographers Making Waves - Kenneth T. Woods

by Katie Kuntz, MEd, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS

Sonographers Making Waves - Kenneth T Woods
Sonographers Making Waves
Kenneth T. Woods, BS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)

How long have you been a sonographer?
I have been a registered sonographer since 1989. I am currently registered in Abdomen, OB/GYN, Vascular, Breast, and Pediatric.

Where are you located?
Originally from Illinois, I went to the Medical College of Georgia for my baccalaureate degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and now work at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

How did you become interested in your career?
I became interested in sonography while in radiologic technology school. I was drawn to technology and the operator dependency of the examinations. That was the first time I noticed the physicians coming to ask the sonographers their impressions.

Where ​do you work?
In 1993, I began working at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In addition, I began teaching in the Program of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at the University of Iowa in 2004. I teach Foundations of Sonography, Abdomen, Pediatric Sonography, and I co-teach Advanced Sonography and the Multidisciplinary Capstone Seminar.

How have you been “Making Waves?”
In 2013, we learned that the ARDMS Neurosonography certification examination would be replaced with a pediatric sonography certificate/registry. As a neurosonography instructor, I needed to transform the content into a more comprehensive Pediatric Sonography course. I loved teaching and performing neurosonography, but I was aware that it is an exam that is not performed as frequently in some smaller health institutions, so I was excited to expand and develop the University of Iowa’s full pediatric sonography course.

My interest in the broader specialty of pediatrics began to grow. In 2014, I was asked to give a couple of lectures on neurosonography and pediatric sonography at one of the program clinical affiliate sites. Based on the questions and reaction to the talks, I realized how few pediatric exams they did and how many pediatric anomalies the University of Iowa sees on a weekly basis. It made me appreciate that there was a real need to offer a course on pediatric sonography not only to students in DMS programs, but also to sonographers who may not get to see pediatric exams with regularity. In early 2015, I took the ARDMS Pediatric Sonography examination at the initial offering. Six weeks later, I found out I was the first sonographer in Iowa to become registered in Pediatric Sonography.

In the summer of 2016, the first University of Iowa sonography students took the new Pediatric Sonography course. When addressing the upcoming course change within our program, we recognized the need for sonographers who have not been exposed to many pediatric exams to also have this opportunity to learn. The course I developed features content to help interested sonographers build a strong foundation in pediatric sonography. The 8-week online format also allows for sonographers who are interested in taking the Pediatric Sonography certification to learn or review pediatric sonography at their own pace. In the summer of 2017, we had 18 sonographers from the University of Iowa, Department of Radiology enroll in the course in preparation to take their Pediatric Sonography certification examination. The staff was taking the same course the students were being taught as part of the curriculum. Because of the success, The University of Iowa Program of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is excited to soon be offering this course to other sonographers who may be interested in expanding their knowledge of Pediatric Sonography.  

What would you like to tell other SDMS members to inspire them to make a difference and enrich their careers?
At first, it may seem intimidating when changes occur or are mandated. However, change can be a good thing—it shakes up the status quo and it can help to build stronger sonographers. I certainly experienced this when changing our neurosonography course into an inclusive pediatric sonography course that can benefit any sonographer.

Do you know a sonographer who is doing something out of the ordinary? Whether it is a grand gesture or a small moment that makes a difference in someone’s life, the SDMS would like to hear about it so that we can share it with you. So, if YOU know someone who is making waves, tell us at!