by Bonnie Starr
I started out in general radiology in 1971 and worked in that field for about 11 years. They were performing ultrasound exams at the hospital nearby but we did not have the capability where I worked. However, what little bit I did get to hear and see of this new field really interested me. I was taking a class at the junior college at the time and needed to write an article for the program so I decided to accomplish two goals at one time the article was entitled “Ultrasound the New Kid on the Block”. Surprisingly enough, it won an award and I was asked to present it at a national meeting in Atlanta. I think it was the research for that article that planted the seed. I was hooked! I asked my administrator if they would purchase an ultrasound unit if I went back to school to pick up the Ultrasound training and I’m grateful to say they said yes! We’ve grown into 6 units at two different locations and we stay busy.
I think one of the accomplishments I’m most proud of is having taught myself the echocardiography portion without ever being in a setting where we got to do them on a daily basis. With being able to shadow next to some excellent echocardiographers in our area and using the Echocardiography and Registry Review products that I got from Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, I was able to take the registry and pass it. Once again, I was grateful! 30 years later I couldn’t be happier working in any other field with the opportunity to participate in the hands-on instruction with Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, and hopefully make someone else’s journey a little easier. I’d recommend the field to anyone!
Bonnie Starr, BA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT