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Amanda Montgomery



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Student Researchers: Juliette Myers, Kali Foltz

Interviewed Person: Emily Downs M.Ed., RDMS, RVT, RDCS, RT

Internship Mentor: Shaun McNamara, RDMS, AB, BR, OB/GYN, RVT, VT, St. Luke's Hospital, Monroe Campus, Stroudsburg, PA

The similarities, differences, and challenges of transitioning from general to veterinary ultrasound were explored through an interview and literary review. An interview was conducted with an experienced general and veterinary sonographer, Emily Downs. After the interview was completed, a literary review was conducted as evidence for the information received from the interview. The interview and research provided great information and detail on the transition process, what a sonographer should know prior to the transition, and what benefits and obstacles a sonographer may encounter. Some similarities include the use of similar ultrasound machines, indications, preparation for the exam, and purposes of ultrasound. The differences include the sonographic appearances with some anatomy such as the gastrointestinal system, adrenal glands, lymphatic system, and foreign bodies. Some challenges may include the emotional aspect of caring for an animal, physical demand, utilization of specialized ultrasound machines, and having the animal sedated for an ultrasound. With formal veterinary ultrasound training the transition can go smoothly.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography


veterinary sonography, ultrasound, transition, future applications


Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Medicine and Health Sciences

Exploring the Transition from General Ultrasound to Veterinary Ultrasound: Challenges and Opportunities