SDMS's core purpose is to enhance the art and science of medicine by advancing medical sonography. As an SDMS member you will join an exclusive network of over 28,000 sonographers and sonography students.
The SDMS provides opportunities to earn and offer continuing medical education (CME). We also have educational resources for the sonography community.
The SDMS offers resources for the sonography industry.
The SDMS supports credentialing for sonographers and provides representation on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the sonography profession.
Formed in 2009, the SDMS Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization affiliated with the SDMS. The SDMS Foundation fosters professional learning and excellence by working to improve the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
The SDMS provides various products for the sonography community.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) 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 is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.
TO: Donald J. Trump, President
Michael R. Pence, Vice President
All Federal Agency Officials
All State Governors
All State Agency Officials
America’s Medical Community
FROM: Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
President, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
DATE: March 27, 2020
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is gravely concerned by the insufficient supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available to diagnostic medical sonographers (“sonographers”) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physicians depend on the highly specialized skills of sonographers to obtain the medical images needed to accurately diagnose and treat patients. Sonographers use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and physics to send high frequency sound waves (“ultrasound”) into the body and create vitally important medical images. These imaging exams are performed without ionizing radiation and are relatively inexpensive compared to advanced imaging studies using computed tomography (CT).
Sonographers have direct and often prolonged contact with their patients during an ultrasound exam. In the fight against COVID-19, ultrasound is also becoming a front-line tool (i.e., lung ultrasound) for physicians to treat patients, placing sonographers and other users of medical ultrasound at an even higher risk of exposure to the virus. While very important actions, such as the declaration of a National State of Emergency and the invocation of the Defense Production Act, have been taken, many sonographers do not currently have access to the proper PPE they need to keep themselves and their patients safe.
The SDMS respectfully asks that the President and federal and state agencies, in conjunction with the private manufacturing community, accelerate the production and distribution of PPE to those who are on the front-lines of this pandemic. We implore them to act with haste so that all our dedicated medical professionals can carry out their life saving work in a safe environment.
Additionally, the SDMS is calling upon the medical community to end non-essential ultrasound exams during the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of sonographers and their patients, as well as to conserve the limited supply of PPE.
Sonographers play a vital role in healthcare and are deeply committed to obtaining the medical images needed for the diagnosis and treatment of their patients. However, sonographers should not be asked to expose themselves, their families, and potentially their patients and their loved ones to COVID-19 due to a lack of PPE or the ordering and performance of non-essential ultrasound exams.
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