Tanesha Tanner LE 1200 April 2014 Informational Interview I decided to interview a person who is in the medical field, Diagnostic Medical Sonography to be exact. It is something that I have recently been looking into and found to be pretty interesting without having to give shots or be around blood and/or any other disgusting medical things. I went to the Jordan Valley Hospital and asked a few of those in this field some questions, which have further interested me to go into this career field. After spending an hour at the hospital and asking many-many questions I was able to acquire some great information to help me further understand this career. The information I gathered included what an ultrasound is and what the daily duties consisted of. Of those I interviewed, all loved their job and wouldn’t change it. They loved meeting new patients and listening to the patient’s stories. I was told that helping people is one of the greatest feelings and makes a great career. They said there was nothing they really didn’t like about this field. Tasks performed by an ultrasound technician include: preparing patients for the ultrasound exam and explaining the procedure, gathering patient histories, using ultrasound equipment to scan the area of the body that is under examination, analyzing ultrasound data, archive ultrasound images on a computer, and providing an oral or written summary of the findings to the physician. I was able to find out that an ultrasound technician, formally known as a sonographer, belongs to the field of diagnostic digital imaging. They rely on an instrument known as a transducer that transmits high frequency sound waves into the patient’s body. The sound waves would bounce off the target organ, resulting in echoes that would be captured by the instrument and converted into visual images. Also, ultrasound procedures can examine various structures of the body, including the abdomen, heart, blood vessels, and female reproductive system. Different parts of the body require different techniques, so there are several major specializations that a sonographer can choose from: abdomen & breast, fetal echocardiography, pediatric and adult echocardiography, neurosonology, obstetrics and gynecology, along with vascular technology. I was told because of technology advancement, this field will always be changing and improving in some way or another. As an ultrasound tech., I could be making anywhere around $65,000. However it depends on several factors such as number of years of experience, place of employment, geographical location of the establishment, type of establishment and education. Ultrasound technicians do not receive much bonus on their salary, but there are other benefits that come with the job. Benefits such as social security, paid vacations, pension, 401K and healthcare contributions. I really enjoyed learning about ultrasounds and think it is something that I would really like doing. I want to look more into it and find out about the different schools and programs I could attend. This interview was very helpful to me and I am thinking of doing another one at different hospitals to ensure that this is something that I would really like to do.