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Edmonton sonography student receives national bursary award

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A sonographer is a medical technician who uses ultrasounds to take images of what’s inside someone’s body. They are most commonly seen being used during pregnancies to see a baby. Dennis said after having four children, she became familiar with the job and believed she would do well in the profession.

“We are on the frontline of health care. It’s actually Sonography Awareness Month right now because nobody really knows about us,” she said. “It’s the lab techs, the nurses, the ultrasound, the doctors and the whole team that works together for the patient. That’s what I like.”

On Wednesday Sonography Canada announced Dennis is the winner of the Peter McLardie Memorial Education Bursary Award. The bursary provides financial support to students by covering their credential exams. Dennis said each exam can cost as much as $200.

“It was a huge blessing really,” she said. “There are seven exams. So it’s about $1,500.”

Sonography Canada executive director Susan Clarke said because of the pandemic, sonographers are highly sought after.

“Just because of the nature of the profession, it’s really difficult to socially distance,” she said. “They’re right beside the person. Exams can take from usually 20 minutes to an hour. The outcome of an exam and the quality of the images that are captured are quite often highly dependent on the skill of the sonographer.”



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