Preparing for the registry examination for sonographers is stressful and important, as is maintaining those hard-earned credentials through continuing education. A quick, effective, and comparatively inexpensive method to realize and maintain your career goals is through registry prep and continuing education software.
Continuing education requirements for ultrasound professionals in the past often translated into a significant cost. Travel, tuition, and hotel expenses necessary to attend on-site seminars could run into the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. And often, seminar attendees found that the information provided was presented too fast, and they left the event confused, not enlightened.
But today, with accredited medical ultrasound software, sonographers can obtain necessary continuing education at a fraction of the cost plus be able to go back and review whatever parts necessary. One online source for medical ultrasound software for education is Davies Publishing. Approved by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), the software offered by Davies Publishing allows users to learn at their own convenience anywhere and at any time.
Davies Publishing has been in the business of helping sonographers succeed since 1984. In addition to software, Davies Publishing also publishes and sells videos, textbooks, registry reviews, and a wide range of study aids. The companys online catalog makes it easy to order any product it sells with quick delivery guaranteed. Almost all the educational products at Davies offer SDMS-approved credit for continuing education for a low as six dollars per each credit hour.
Mock exams are available on CD-ROM in both Learn mode and in Test mode. Users can take either the standard, ARDMS-like test or design their own test using this software. This test can be skipped forward or backward when taking it and when completed, a full analysis of performance is given that includes overall results, results by topic, questions needed for review, and even gives elapsed time.
The Learn mode gives immediate feedback as soon as a question is answered whether correctly or incorrectly. Additionally, full explanations, references, additional images and/or illustrations, plus suggested tutorials are provided. These titles provide 15 hours each of continuing education credit approved by the SDMS and are priced at about $80 for each CD-ROM. Titles include “Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation”, “Abdomen”, “OB/GYN” and “Vascular”. All include from 88 to 172 image-based questions and from 551 to 657 question-and-answer items.
Software From SDMS
Although many may not realize it, the SDMS, itself, is also a great site to find education software for ultrasound professionals. The SDMS Web site offers CD-ROMs, DVDs, videos, and continuing education booklets at both member and non-member prices. Most members pay about one-half the price than non-members for most items.
Some of the DVD titles include “Carotid Imaging: Basics and Beyond”, “Doppler for Dummies”, “STAT Echocardiography”, and more.
CD-ROM titles include “The Umbilical Cord”, “Pitfalls and Artifacts”, and others. There are also comprehensive CD-ROMs available at the site, such as national certification simulations for ultrasound physics, vascular ultrasound physics and instrumentation, vascular technology, breast ultrasound, and cardiovascular physics and instrumentation.