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South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — In recognition of Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s State College Main Campus presents a series of guest speakers. These industry professionals address the first-, second-, and third-year students and provide insights into the field of medical sonography. Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM) is held annually in October to create awareness of the role diagnostic medical sonographers play in the healthcare field and to educate the public about medical ultrasound and its many uses.

MUAM is co-sponsored by the following organizations: American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).

Salvatore LaRusso, M.Ed., RDMS, ARRT, FAIUM, a Level II Sonographer and senior instructor at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, spoke to the students about his 30+ years' experience in the field.

Sal's description of the day-to-day experiences in the workplace was both informative and captivating. He described many specific situations that are encountered in a teaching hospital setting, from working with pediatric patients to his experiences with the elderly. Particularly fascinating (and a bit intimidating) to the class were his descriptions and images of ultrasound procedures he has performed in the operating room, one of which was placing the transducer directly onto the brain through an open craniotomy.

Students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at South Hills are given the choice of three different tracks from which to choose, a decision which they make during their second year in the program. Of the three tracks offered (cardiac, general, and vascular), Sal has spent most of his career working in the general area of sonography. General sonography is most often performed in a radiology department setting and often includes such areas as adult and pediatric abdominal, gynecologic, thyroid, testicular, and musculoskeletal (MSK) sonography.

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