COTC Celebrated Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

NEWARK, Ohio, October 30, 2017 –  Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM) is held annually in October to create awareness of the role diagnostic medical sonographers play in the medical community and to educate the public about medical ultrasound and its many uses in healthcare.

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly skilled imaging specialist who plays a vital role in medical diagnosis using ultrasound technology.

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Diagnostic Medical Sonography department celebrated by bringing area sonographers together for a Continuing Medical Education Conference on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.

Seventy-four credentialed sonographers were in attendance from a variety of hospitals and facilities in central Ohio including:  Licking Memorial, Genesis, Riverside, Mount Carmel, Coshocton Memorial, Knox Community, Ohio Health Mansfield, Nationwide Children's Hospital and several more. DMS-CME 2017.jpg

They had the opportunity to attend sessions on topics ranging from taking care of the tools to pediatric echocardiography. 

"We wanted to say "thank you" and give back to the community that provides exceptional clinical experience to students enrolled in our program," said Dr. Melinda Shoen, diagnostic medical sonography program director and assistant professor.

Sonography careers continue to grow with the development of new technologies. Growth is projected to continue into the future. Qualified sonographers are needed locally and nationwide to provide quality patient care, use high-tech instrumentation to create and interpret diagnostic imagery used by physicians, and work as a critical member of a healthcare team. To learn more about the diagnostic medical sonography program at COTC, visit

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.​