Ultrasound Technician: A Journey Inside the Body - View the video
American Family Children's Hospital
600 N. Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
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Elizabeth Brodell works as a Pediatric Echocardiographer at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison Wisconsin and is also an Ultrasound Research Specialist in the University of Wisconsin Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program. At the children’s hospital, Elizabeth performs heart ultrasounds on children of all ages, including newborns, with a wide range of congenital heart defects that may or may not have been surgically repaired. Within the Research lab, her primary focus has been on multicenter trials using brachial artery reactivity testing (BART) and helping train sonogpraphers in BART and carotid intima-media thickness techniques (CIMT) and BART. She also is a Sonographer for our UW research projects that involve CIMT and advanced echocardiographic techniques related to intracardiac filling pressures and right heart function. She graduated from the Chippewa Valley Technical College in 2004 with focus on General and Vascular Sonography and currently is completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Echocardiography through an online degree completion program at Oregon Institute of Technology in Portland Oregon. She is certified in adult and pediatric echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, and general abdominal ultrasound. She is a clinical instructor in the UW School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She is an active, registered sonographer with the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonographers. She is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography and the South Central Wisconsin Ultrasound Society (SCWUS). Ms. Brodell’s research interests include ultrasound assessment of atherosclerosis, endothelial function, and clinical trials using vascular ultrasound. Her specific interests include endothelial function in individuals with HIV infection and cardiovascular complications of obstructive sleep apnea. She also works with a pediatric research group that is studying pulmonary arterio-venous shunting. Elizabeth is married and some of her interests include biking, hiking, flying, traveling, reading, and learning.
Ultrasonography is a medical diagnostic imaging tool used to investigate the internal organs of the body using sound waves. A career as an Ultrasound Technician involves closely working with many different people and requires a great understanding of normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of the internal organs in the body. Also called a Sonographer, this job serves as the “detective” for the interpreting Physician. Elizabeth Brodell explains the different types of ultrasound examinations used today and discusses the varying avenues for Sonographers to take after successful completion of an accredited program. (Running Time - 22:20)