how long to become a sonographer

(14 Posts)
PakoraPincher Wed 16-Jul-14 17:40:33

just that really, i need to know what qualigictions are needed and how long it took to getr there.

i have my gcses and 4 a/s levels, (none in science)

have been out of education for 10 years now

any help / advice welcome

LadySybilLikesCake Wed 16-Jul-14 17:43:01

The ones I know were radiographers first, so a three year course, then another year or so. You need to look into the course requirements as they may be different where you are. The Society of Radiographers may be able to guide you, that or NHS careers.

Hope this helps.

PakoraPincher Wed 16-Jul-14 17:47:49

it does, i'll need to do an access course on top of this as have not been studying for 10 years

it'll be 5 years in all then?

i have 3 kids, 2 of which are in full time education (primary school) and youngest starting part time nursery in september

OldCatLady Wed 16-Jul-14 17:48:37

I read that as snog-ographer grin

PakoraPincher Wed 16-Jul-14 17:50:38

oldcatlady i had to re-read my title blush

LadySybilLikesCake Wed 16-Jul-14 18:32:56

5 years sound about right.

Tangchi Wed 16-Jul-14 18:44:05

Depends - most come from a radiographer background. This is 3 years. Usual to work in radiography for a couple of years then apply to train as sonographer. My center trains to fill need so specialising in either abdominal work for example or obstetrics and gyne. Recently we have trained science graduates who have not come from a radiography background. But very competitive

FiveHoursSleep Wed 16-Jul-14 21:38:51

I've looked at this and wondered if they would take a vet?

LadySybilLikesCake Wed 16-Jul-14 21:41:03

I expect you'd have to go down the same route, FiveHoursSleep, so another 5 years of training sad

FiveHoursSleep Wed 16-Jul-14 21:50:31

Yeah, that's what I thought and I don't have another 5 year's study in me!

LadySybilLikesCake Wed 16-Jul-14 21:54:04

sad I'm not sure how it works in a vets, but are you able to do animal sonography?

FiveHoursSleep Wed 16-Jul-14 22:08:43

I can do basic ultrasonography but haven't got any further qualifications in it. Better at radiography!

CMOTDibbler Wed 16-Jul-14 22:13:35

Fivehours - I recently visited a vet centre where they did a lot of animal imaging and I thought the vet radiologists were fab. I was amazed at the real time MRI reporting

FiveHoursSleep Wed 16-Jul-14 22:24:50

There are veterinary imaging qualifications, usually post grad, but new grads come out familiar with the concepts of radiography and ultrasonography. I'm older,s o we were only taught radiography, ultrasound was learnt on the job.

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