Ex­pert Ul­tra­sound Ex­ams for Chil­dren in the NEK

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North Coun­try Hospi­tal now has a cer­ti­fied Pe­di­atric Ul­tra­sound tech­nol­o­gist on staff. North Coun­try Hospi­tal Ul­tra­sound Tech­nol­o­gist, Bon­nie Cas­tonguay has earned a Pe­di­atric Sonog­ra­phy spe­cialty cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Amer­i­can Registry of Di­ag­nos­tic Med­i­cal Sonog­ra­phy (ARDMS). The ARDMS is the gov­ern­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion for Ul­tra­sound Imag­ing in the United States and rep­re­sents the high­est stan­dards for qual­ity and safety.

While this is a new des­ig­na­tion, only made avail­able by the ARDMS start­ing in 2015, Bon­nie’s pas­sion for Pe­di­atric ul­tra­sound be­gan many years ago. “My jour­ney with pe­di­atric sonog­ra­phy be­gan in 2000 when I was still in my ini­tial train­ing.” Bon­nie says that she was drawn to pedi-

atrics right from the start of her ca­reer. “I love my job and I love com­ing to work each day, but my pas­sion has al­ways been in pe­di­atrics,” says Bon­nie, who has been a reg­is­tered sono­g­ra­pher since 2002, “Some tech­nol­o­gists choose to spe­cial­ize in vas­cu­lar or car­diac ul­tra­sound and that’s what they have a pas­sion for, I re­ally love help­ing kids.”

Bon­nie be­gan her ca­reer at Con­necti­cut Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal. From there she worked at Western Ten­nessee Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and Ver­mont Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at UVM Med­i­cal Cen­ter. “I guess I have quite a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence scan­ning chil­dren,“she laughs, “it’s great that now there is a for­mal exam and registry for this spe­cialty and that tech­nol­o­gists can be rec­og­nized for go­ing above and be­yond to be­come cer­ti­fied.”

Cur­rently, Bon­nie is one of only 5 Reg­is­tered Sono­g­ra­phers in the state of Ver­mont to hold this spe­cialty cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Ad­di­tional train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in pe­di­atric sonog­ra­phy is im­por­tant be­cause per­form­ing di­ag­nos­tic tests chil­dren is not the same with adults. “There are many dis­ease pro­cesses that are spe­cific to chil­dren and you need this spe­cial train­ing in or­der to prop­erly scan and di­ag­nose them,” says Bon­nie, “it feels great to be able to of­fer these spe­cialty ser­vices at a hospi­tal like this one.”

“This is an­other fine ex­am­ple of the ex­cel­lent ser­vice be­ing of­fered at your lo­cal com­mu­nity hospi­tal. We strive to pro­vide ser­vices lo­cally to save the pa­tient the long trip to a larger hospi­tal” said Brian Bid­well, Di­rec­tor of Di­ag­nos­tic Imag­ing Ser­vices at North Coun­try Hospi­tal. “Our equip­ment is state-of-the-art, our staff is com­pe­tent and well trained, and our ser­vices are as cur­rent as the new­est tech­nolo­gies al­low.”

North Coun­try Hospi­tal is a pri­vate, non­profit acute care com­mu­nity hospi­tal serv­ing twenty-two com­mu­ni­ties in a two-county area in the ru­ral North­east King­dom of Ver­mont. Lo­cated on 30 acres in a quiet, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble part of the City of New­port, North Coun­try Hospi­tal blends med­i­cal ex­per­tise and tech­nol­ogy with a gen­uine con­cern for peo­ple. In ad­di­tion to a pop­u­la­tion base of over 27,000 res­i­dents, the hospi­tal pro­vides care to the many area vis­i­tors, sum­mer va­ca­tion­ers, skiers and other sports­men.

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Bon­nie Cas­tonguay, ARDMS, Sono­g­ra­pher at North Coun­try Hospi­tal.

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