sonographer using an ultrasound machine on a pregnant woman

Cindy, our sonographer, is ARDMS-certified. We often get a lot of questions about what that means.

Elective 3D and 4D ultrasounds have increased in popularity among expecting parents. There is a stigma that surrounds elective ultrasounds when the person providing the service is not properly certified. In the state of Illinois, it is not a mandatory requirement for someone to be a certified sonographer.

With over 20 years of experience working in healthcare, Cindy understands the importance of these certifications. When you choose Baby Bound Ultrasound for an elective ultrasound in Chicago, you can have peace of mind knowing you’re in the good hands of a qualified, experienced professional.

So, we’ve put together this quick resource to help you understand what an RDMS is and the value it brings to you when choosing a clinic for an elective ultrasound.

About Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographersa sonographer and a pregnant patient

A Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RMDS), is the credential that raises the standards of practice for ultrasounds.

According to the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the RDMS credential certifies competence in the field of medical sonography and provides healthcare professionals with the ability to promote public safety in ultrasound.

To become an ARDMS-certified sonographer, a person must graduate from an accredited ultrasound program and show competence in performing ultrasounds under the general supervision of licensed physicians. Once they have completed the above requirements, they can take the tests that are required for the specialty they wish to pursue.

Medical ultrasound certification is not a mandatory requirement in Illinois. However, it’s an important certification to have so that expecting mothers have the peace of mind that their elective ultrasound is being conducted by someone with the right knowledge, skills, and abilities to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.

What is the Difference Between a Sonographer and an Ultrasound Technician?

The main difference is mostly semantic. Sonography and Ultrasound technology both use ultrasound technology. However, sonographers are required to complete additional certifications and expecting mother holding a print of a 3d ultrasound on her stomach

Safe Elective Ultrasound Experiences in Chicago

An elective ultrasound should never replace medical scans from your OBGYN. However, they are a great way to connect with your little one before you bring them into the world.

If you’re considering an elective ultrasound in Chicago or elsewhere, we recommend you make an informed decision by learning about the business you’re choosing to go to. Ask questions and learn about the experience and certifications of the sonographer on staff.

If you’re in the Chicago area, we’d love to be the ones to give you a safe and enjoyable ultrasound experience. Contact us to book an appointment today!