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Sonographers are diagnostic medical professionals who operate ultrasonic imaging devices to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data. A sonographer is trained to discriminate between healthy and diseased areas. They bring any suspected abnormalities to the attention of a physician for a diagnosis.
Sonography requires specialized education and skills to view, analyze and modify the scan to optimize the information in the image. Sonographers must understand ultrasound physics, cross sectional anatomy, physiology, pathology and communication skills.
The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the professional organization which oversees the credentialing of sonographers. An examination must be passed to earn registration. Those who pass are certified as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). Additional specialty credentials are also available through ARDMS.
Trish Bouthner was formerly with Howard County General Hospital and has been with Signature OB/GYN, a community specialty practice of Johns Hopkins Medicine, since 2003. While training at Kennedy Krieger, she discovered her interest in sonography, receiving her sonography credentials in Montgomery College's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. She holds registries in abdominal, gynecology, and obstetrics, and has dedicated her professional life to helping others. The opportunity to support women and their families through routine pregnancies, as well as through the sometimes unexpected struggles in some pregnancies, has made being a sonographer a very rewarding career for Trish.
Leshondra Gulley, RDMS
Shon Gulley joined Signature OB/GYN in 2011 from Laurel Radiology. She received her initial certification from the Ultrasound Diagnostic School of the Sanford-Brown Institute in Hyattsville, Maryland, in 2002, and accepted a position at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. As a part of her ongoing effort to advance her skills and to support her patients, she recently earned her certification as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). Her background also includes experience working with individuals who have developmental and mental health disabilities with their daily life skills.