October is ultrasound awareness month. The goal of ultrasound awareness month is to educate the public about the role of medical ultrasound in healthcare. At La Jolla Vein Care, ultrasound is essential to confirm the diagnosis of many vein disorders, such as venous insufficiency, venous reflux disease, and deep venous thrombosis. Fortunately, we have three ultrasound scanning machines on-site at our facility. We also have two certified, vascular technologists (also referred to as vascular sonographers) who perform the ultrasound studies. Our vascular technologists have specialized training in vascular ultrasound, also known as vascular sonography.
The designation RVT, stands for registered vascular technologist. This designation means that they have demonstrated quality care, patient safety and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals. They have passes a series of rigorous examinations to earn the certification, and as a result, our patients are receiving the highest level of care.
Different terms of Sonography
Sonography – using the reflections of high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to construct an image (a sonogram) of a body organ or vascular structures like veins.
Ultrasound – the use of ultrasonic waves for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, specifically to image an internal body structure, monitor a developing fetus, or generate localized deep heat to the tissues.
Transducer – a device that receives a signal in the form of one type of energy and converts it to a signal in another form
Sound wave – a wave that transmits sound.
Sonographer – a specialist in the use of Sonography; a person who performs the sonographic exam (ultrasound).