Sonography Students Exposed to Cutting Edge Technology

OFTC's first-ever cohort of sonography students holding their butterfly IQ+ device. L_R_Victoria Gay - Dublin, GA, Savannah Smith - Harrison, Ga.,  Mackenzie Thomas - Eastman, Ga., Haley Richmond - Dudley, Ga., Jessica Fordham - Eastman, GA., Allison Hobbs - Dexter, Ga., LaCourtney Johnson - Dublin, Ga., Kamile Cutnose - Dublin, Ga
OFTC’s first-ever cohort of sonography students holding their butterfly IQ+ device.

Students in Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program can practice medical imaging more frequently thanks to the college’s investment in new, state of the art handheld mobile ultrasound systems.

The College’s first-ever cohort of sonography students started in August of 2020 and is scheduled to graduate this December.

The Butterfly IQ+

The Butterfly IQ+ is a handheld, mobile ultrasound system which enables a student to perform medical image scans anywhere. It connects to certain IOS and Android devices and an app on the mobile device turns the student’s device into an ultrasound screen. 

Students using their new, Butterfly IQ+ handheld device for the first time.

“The educator platform allows the instructor to offer guidance to the student remotely and allows the instructor to see what the student is scanning and how their hand is positioned,” shared Jennifer Eiland, Program Director for OFTC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

These mobile devices are part of the newest Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) that is the focus of many emergency departments and medical schools, Eiland added. “This technology also makes it possible for remote areas with little to no medical care to have access to important and sometimes lifesaving imaging.”

Being exposed to this new, cutting edge technology is invaluable experience to OFTC’s diagnostic medical sonography students. “The additional hands-on scanning that this device will provide is invaluable and ensures our students will be qualified entry-level sonographers,” Eiland said.

Ultrasound Cable Brace

Students using the ultrasound cable brace during lab.

Not only are students able to practice scanning more frequently, thanks to new ultrasound cable braces they can scan more safely.

This adjustable, Velcro strap can be used on the forearm or upper arm and is an ergonomic device used to take the weight of the transducer cable off the sonographer’s arm and wrist.

“Our students will be required to use one of these braces in the scanning lab,” Eiland shared. “Ergonomics are a hot topic in our career as research shows currently 90% of sonographers experience some type of pain related to musculoskeletal injuries.”

“This device helps reduce that risk of injury,” she added. “By having this device, we are promoting ergonomics and the importance of using these devices in the field to prevent injury. This device can potentially prolong the career and the quality of life of our students by preventing some of these musculoskeletal injuries.”

For more info about OFTC’s Sonography program, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.

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