South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — The seventh annual Sonographers’ Symposium was hosted by South Hills School of Business & Technology at the school’s State College Main Campus. More than 100 participants attended the conference.
Training for a career in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) profession has been offered at South Hills since 1995, with hundreds of successful DMS graduates now using their specialized associate degrees in a variety of medical settings and laboratories across the country.
Seven years ago, the sonography department at South Hills decided to broaden their outreach by providing continual medical education (CME) training to their graduates and other sonography professionals throughout the country. As participants increase their knowledge in the ever-expanding field of medical imaging, they are also given the opportunity to network with leaders in the field, fellow sonographers, and ultrasound equipment manufacturers. The symposium is an opportunity for sonographers to exchange views, share expertise, and observe some of the latest advancements in technology.
Sonography is a multi-specialty profession that uses ultrasound as its primary technology to evaluate and record images of various parts of the body. Many sonographers also assist physicians and surgeons during minimally invasive procedures such as biopsies and injections as well as surgical procedures.
Diverse topics were presented in seminars throughout the day by leaders in the field of sonography from The Cleveland Clinic, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Carilion Clinic, and Navix Diagnostix.
A variety of topics were discussed at this year’s symposium included the expanding use of contrast in general sonography labs, treatment of brain aneurysms, and pediatric echocardiography.
During the Technical Showcase, company representatives from GE Healthcare, Siemens, Lantheus, Vasculab, and Unetixs gave hands-on demonstrations of their latest, state-of-the-art technologies.
Each year, the DMS students volunteer their time and effort to bring awareness and support to a chosen charity. Throughout the 2017-18 school year, DMS students collected $1,500 for Dragonfly Forest, a charity that provides camping opportunities to children with serious illnesses or disorders. During the symposium, Lesley Hogan, DMS second-year student, announced that the 2018-19 DMS fundraiser beneficiary will be the West Penn Burn Center Summer Camp.