Ultrasound is a non-invasive test that is used to diagnose certain diseases. At The Jones Center, ultrasound is used to diagnose and monitor atherosclerosis in the blood vessels of our diabetic patients. Atherosclerosis is a risk factor that can lead to heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, and amputations. Ultrasound is also used at The Jones Center to monitor thyroid disease and nodules, in addition in performing biopsies to insure accuracy of biopsy site. An ultrasound exam does not require contrast dye, is not contraindicated for patients with pacemakers and metal stents, and requires little if any patient prep.
The Ultrasound Department at The Jones Center is an accredited laboratory with the ACR (American College of Radiology) in General as well as Vascular ultrasound. To obtain this accreditation, laboratories have to employ registered Sonographers as well as achieve the standards set forth in protocol, documentation, equipment quality, reports, and continuing education. The Ultrasound department at The Jones Center has two registered Sonographers with the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers).
Megan Cassell RVT, RDMS graduated from Ultrasound Diagnostic School in Atlanta, Ga. in 2001. She worked within the ultrasound department at The Medical Center of Central Georgia for three years while obtaining her registries in Abdomen and Small Parts, OB/GYN, Breast, and Vascular in 2002-2003. She was then promoted to Chief Vascular Technologist in 2004 to 2010. This provided the opportunity to not only participate in the diagnosis of vascular disease, but become familiar with the different treatments of disease by the Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons. Megan joined The Jones Center team in March of 2010.
Bonnie Burns RT, RDMS joined The Jones Center team in March of 2011 after working for The Coliseum Medical Center for 13 years. She obtained her RT (Radiology Technologist) in 1998 followed by her Certification for Ultrasound in 1999 from the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in Mobile, Ala. Bonnie successfully challenged the ARDMS registry exam for Abdomen and Small Parts in 2010. She brings with her not only her extensive experience and knowledge of the ultrasound exams performed at The Jones Center, but the skills needed to assist the physicians with invasive procedures such as the Fine Needle Aspiration and other biopsies.
With the combined experience of over 25 years as well as the state of the art equipment, the Ultrasound department at The Jones Center provides a knowledgeable, professional, and caring environment for its patients.