In conjunction with Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, the Fort Hays State University Allied Health Department will hold an open house from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Cunningham Hall, room 124, on the FHSU campus.
The department will showcase the Medical Diagnostic Imaging degree and equipment used in ultrasounds. A live ultrasound observation scan will be demonstrated.
" We're making it an opportunity for people to come by and ask general questions," said Brenda Hoopingarner, chair of the Allied Health Department. "Most people don't realize there's a wide variety of ways to use ultrasound. We're just trying to make them more aware."
Though typically associated with pregnancies, because of its non-invasiveness, ultrasound can be used in other ways to produce medical diagnoses, Hoopingarner said. Blood vessels, internal organs and even the brain and spinal cord are being scanned by ultrasound specialists using the high frequency sound waves.
October was declared Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month by Hays Mayor Sunell Koerner in an effort to increase the public's knowledge about medical ultrasound and promote its health care value.
Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month is sponsored by the FHSU Allied Health Department in conjunction with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), and Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).
The Allied Health Department's open house is set to attract professionals in the medical field as well as FHSU students, faculty and staff. The general public is also invited.
Refreshments will be provided and visitors will be registered for a gift certificate from the University Bookstore.