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- CAPE GAZWE, PHdy, pmr 25 - Odr 1, 1998 Sonographer Awareness Week to h celebrated Oct. 5-11 "Is it safe?" It seems so easy. "How does it work?" These com- mon patient questions are heard by sonographers every day. This year's Sonographer Awareness Week theme emphasizes what every sonographer tells their pa- tient - sonography is a safe and sound science. Ultrasound is a high frequency sound wave. It is similar to sonar that a ship uses to detect structures beneath the surface of the water. In an ultrasound study, these sound waves are used to make an image of the organs and structure of blood flow inside the body. The words "ultra- sound exam," ultrasound study" and "s0nogram" all mean the same thing; medical WILKINSON personnel may use any of these terms. An ultrasound may be per- formed by a physician or non- physician. There are no laws that require this person to have a cer- tain level of expertise or experi- ence before performing the study. Patients can take some steps to ensure their study is conducted by a qualified individual. A call should be placed by the patient to the facility where the exam will be conducted. It may be a hospital or an imaging center. The patient should ask for the credentials of the person who will be performing their study. Only sonographers who have demonstrated that they meet pre- determined levels of formal edu- cation and/or training and exper- tise are eligible to take the rigor- ous exams, which, when passed, lead to certification by the Ameri- can Registry of Diagnostic Med- ical Sonographers. Those who have this credential, and those who have the registered diagnostic medical sonographers, registered diagnostic cardiac sono- graphers and registered vascular technologists credentials will usu- ally display them in their offices. When patients meet their sonog- rapher in person, they should ask again about credentials, experi- ence and background in ultra- sound. To date, the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers has certified more than 30,000 people. While physicians interpret the results of ultrasound slides, the quality of the analysis relies heav- ily on the skill of the registered sonographer. Patients should insist on a certified sonographer. Editor's note: Karen Wilkinson, R.D.M.S., is a registered diagnos- tic medical sonographer with Bay- side Health Association Chtd., in Lewes. For more information, call 645-4700. Etiquette Continued from page 35 member, others are waiting. Save the flexing for home. The purpose of working out is ob- vious: you want to look and feel better. You joined the gym to get yourself in better physical condi- tion. Most gym walls are covered with mirrors and you can't help but notice your new found physi- cal condition. The mirrors are needed so you can watch yourself go through various exercises and check your form. Many aspiring bodybuilders use it to check the growth of vari- ous muscle groups and that's okay, but for most people it bor- ders on narcissism, and annoys many other people who are train- ing. There is nothing wrong with flexing that bicep, but maybe the bedroom mirror might be a better place than the gym. * Ask questions. The biggest mistake people make is not asking the right questions while training. The only dumb question is the one you don't ask. If I could name one problem I see day in and day out in the gym, it's the number of peo- ple doing exercises incorrecdy or out of order. Many have no idea how to train, and yet they continue doing some strange routine and never ask if they are doing it cor- reedy or not. Pleaseask questions. Every gym has trained staff mem- bers willing to help. The key to success is quality of workout, not quantity. If you train in a gym, please re-. member that just as society im- poses a code of etiquette in many situations, training in a gym also has its code. Good luck! Hunt for Health to sponsor seminar Oct. 1 Hunt for Health will offer the seminar, "I Want to Be Free from Illness, Disease and Injuries - How to Be Healthy," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, at 14 Royce's Mall, across from the Dollar Gen- eral Store in Millsboro. For more information or to reg- ister,,call 934--1418. fLEWES SURGICAL &MET)] ASSOCIATES, EA. is pleased to welcome 00ERIK D. STANCOFSKI, M.D:/ Specializing in ,:,i GENERAL, THORACIC AND VASCULAR SURGERY STEROTACTIC BREAST BIOPSY Appointments can be made at the following locations: Box 360, Long Neck Road 317 N. DuPont Highway Millsboro, DE 19966 Georgetown, DE 19947 (302) 945-9730 (302) 856-4092 Fluent in Italian & French health association is pleased to welcome Gregory A. Bahtiarian, DO Board Certified in Family Practice ** Accepting New Patients Monday & WednesdayEvening Hours Until 8 PM m Vacationers Welcome For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 645-4700 Conveniently located at 1535 Savannah Road in Lewes