Fighting the Stereotype
The strong association the stereotypical Einstein-like caricature retains with science cannot be shaken (type ‘scientist’ into Google Images). Nevertheless, the image of science is evolving…thanks to shows like ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and the inclusion of Tim Berners-Lee in the opening ceremony of the Olympics earlier this year, science is starting to infiltrate the public domain. In addition, a Google image search of ‘ultrasound’ retrieves a whole range of images relating to pregnancy. It is also not uncommon to see pictures of ultrasound images posted on Facebook or Twitter, expectant mothers proudly displaying their unborn child to the world. However, just as it is unfair to solely associate science with Einstein, it is also not correct to exclusively associate ultrasound with pregnancy as the stereotype would suggest.
Previous articles have described the variety of roles ultrasonography can play in daily life, not just during pregnancy. The term ‘medical ultrasonography’ reveals a number of further diverse applications for ultrasound imaging. These applications are also likely to play roles within the field of veterinary ultrasound. For further articles regarding the use of ultrasonography in veterinary ultrasound, please see the Vet Image Solutions website.
Medical ultrasonography can describe the use of ultrasound in anesthesiology, cardiology and thrombosonography. In brief, anaesthesiologists can use ultrasound to aid in the directing of anaesthetic-loaded needles in close proximity to nerve tissue, heart dilatation and function can be measured using ultrasound imaging and finally, ultrasonography can be used as a method by which to diagnose deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (Wikipedia). This list is by no means exhaustive, and states just some of the uses ultrasound imaging can play within this field.
Although it is reasonable to assume that ultrasound will remain inextricably linked to pregnancy (even in the veterinary field, it's most often what a breeder may associate the use of ultrasound with), it is equally as important to raise awareness of the alternative uses for this important technique. Not unlike the field of science therefore, the choice of jobs within the field of ultrasound is seemingly endless, with future research sure to throw up additional uses for ultrasonography.
This article was written by Dr. Melissa Robbin, Vet Image Solutions.