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What is Sonography?

Sonography is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as an ultrasound scan.

Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, musculoskeletal (tendons, joints, shoulders), female reproductive system, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. Sonography is increasingly being used in the detection and treatment of heart disease, heart attack, and vascular disease that can lead to stroke. It is also used to guide fine needle, tissue biopsy to assist in taking a sample of cells from an organ for lab testing (for example, a test for cancer in breast tissue). Unlike X-rays, sonography is a radiation-free imaging modality.

The professionals who perform these procedures are known as sonographers.

How can ASMI help me to become a Sonographer?

Welcome to ASMI’s Graduate Program for Medical Ultrasound.

ASMI’s proven and unparalleled Graduate Program for Medical Ultrasound (GPMU) offers an intensive full-time program of 14 weeks’ clinical and academic training for registrants who desire to enter the sonography profession as a general trainee sonographer. Completion of the GPMU entitles registrants to significant advanced standing in a number of ASAR approved Graduate Diplomas or Masters in Medical Ultrasound provided by some of Australia’s esteemed universities and the ASUM DMU.

The GPMU initiates and then accelerates the practical clinical development of the Trainee with ASMI effectively taking responsibility for the most expensive and difficult component of training. We take the trainee through the earliest stages of their skill development until they are trained to a level where they are now an effective and contributing team member for their employer.

The GPMU offers two pathways with more details on these found in our “overview”.

Employers take advantage of the ASMI recruitment and training pathway where we screen suitable candidates for the GPMU at no charge to the employer.

“GPMU is a reliable and quality mechanism for recruiting and training sonographers, allowing you to grow your ultrasound business.”

Below is a case study from GPMU graduate, Lincoln S., Radiographer/Sonographer

“In early 2010, I was a radiographer with an interest in ultrasound but I didn’t have an immediate, clear pathway to pursue my goal of becoming a sonographer. I’d had non-committal, idle promises for some training in the ultrasound department… however, staffing issues always got in the way.

“I’d heard about ASMI through several sonographers and the respect within the industry that ASMI has is what led me to investigate further. I visited the campus in Hornsby, met the lecturers and tutors and was impressed with the facilities. A little while later, my life was a focus of ultrasound training and it was simply amazing what was covered in 14 weeks of intensive, hands-on training.

“The training covered vital theory cementing important knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology. This theory was always related back to what the sonographic representation should be and how to best demonstrate it. It’s this knowledge that ensures the graduates are clinically focused sonographers as well as technically proficient scanners.

“Importantly, the techniques and methods developed by the graduates come from a vast pool of experience held by the specialist lecturers and trainers, whom are recognised leaders in the industry. Important tips and techniques that are developed may take years to come across without this focused, directed training.

“Ultrasound is a difficult but immensely rewarding job. Particularly when you have the skills and knowledge to do the job well and this is recognised by the team of health professionals that rely on you.

“I can sincerely recommend ASMI as a thorough, targeted and inspiring pathway to immediately develop your career as a medical imaging professional.”

− Lincoln S., Radiographer/Sonographer

“I started my traineeship in Melbourne in January. It was a very competitive interview process and I know I would have not have got the placement without ASMI.

I have completed my two subjects and am doing one subject this semester and finishing with obstetrics next year. I’m only doing one subject this semester as I am getting married in December! I am very lucky as we have a wide variety of scans from fetal development units to vascular labs to womens health clinics to a paediatric hospital.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for all your help and all the skills you taught me have been put to good use.”

Megan R., Radiation Therapist