Very well put... Food for thought as well is we have  
"sonographer" (RDMS/RDCS) and "TECHnologist (RVT).. [ARDMS  
Speaking] ....So in reality we are stuck with both. Usually when I  
(used to) humbly correct a medical professional calling me a "tech"  
their immediate reply was "what does RVT stand for then?". Good  
point.. Also, there are RVTs that prefer the term technologist over  
sonographer and vice versa. SO... that is why in summarizing my legal  
story a few days ago I said "just get my name close on my check"... In  
this economic climate, as you stated, employment is most important...


Doug Marcum
*Advanced Ultrasound Consultants
*Global Vein Solutions
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On May 24, 2010, at 1:57 PM, "L. Collins" <[log in to unmask]>  

> Well said, Joe.  I have always found it odd that everyone finds it  
> "unnecessarily" arrogant
> of us--including many sonographers--to care about our professional  
> title, yet it's
> understandable and acceptable for other professionals to expect use  
> of their proper titles-
> -even when not directly referring to their profession--try calling a  
> doctor "Mr." or "Ms."
> even socially.  Without even knowing that anyone else was sensitive  
> to the title issue, it
> was very important to me fresh out of school.  When a patient's  
> family member referred
> to me as "...just a 'photographer'...she doesn't know  
> anything...don't ask her any
> questions," I didn't hesitate to set him straight, and quite  
> politely, I might add,
> considering the anger that was bubbling inside me.
> That said, I don't think the term "sonographer" holds any more water  
> outside our
> profession than do "tech" or "technologist."  In my humble and often  
> too-sensitive opinion
> based mostly on simple medical terminology, it means "person who  
> takes sonographs or
> sonograms,"  and we know that in vascular imaging, it's *so* much  
> more than that--much
> like a photographer takes photographs.  Truth be told, that's just  
> how laypeople and much
> of the rest of the medical community view us.
> In fact, I remember one physician who had been "trained" not to use  
> the words "tech" or
> "technician" always made a point of being very sarcastic when he  
> referred to us by title,
> saying in a very condescending, smarmy tone:  "It's *technologist*,  
> not "technician," but
> you could hear the implied:  "But it's also not MD, PhD or even  
> nurse, so who cares?"
> However, right now, I'd just be happy to be a gainfully employed  
> "tech" or "technician" or
> "snotographer" because unemployed is the worst title of all.
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