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Altru Celebrates Staff Sonographers During Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

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Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru will recognize the important role that diagnostic medical sonographers play in the medical field during Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM), which is celebrated annually during October.

Ultrasound is a type of medical imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to look inside the body. The technology was discovered in the 1820s and first used in modern medicine in 1942. According to Laurie Mahin, Ultrasound/Mammography manager, ultrasound equipment and the technologists who run the machines play an instrumental role in providing high-quality patient care.

“Most people know that healthcare experts use ultrasound machines to view images of the beating heart, fetal growth, blood vessels, and more,” Laurie said. “What people don’t know is that sonographers—also called ultrasound technologists—do very technical and detailed work to support improved patient care and outcomes. That’s why we’re excited to recognize the important job they have at our facility during MUAM.”

The Ultrasound staff at Altru includes Jeremy Aker RDMS, RVT; Amy Bauer, RDMS; Kayla Bence, RDMS; McKenna Buzick, RDMS; Marcus Byron, RDMS; Maria Hill, RVT; Sara Henderson, RDMS, RVT; Brittnee Holman, RDMS; Tierra Krieger, RDMS; Erin Loewen, RDMS; Dru Olivier, RDMS; Maggie Pactor, RDMS, RVT; Lauri Pallansch, RDMS, RVT, RTR; Tara Payne, RDMS; Danielle Roemhildt, RDMS; Leslie Scott, RDMS; Derek Todd, RDMS, RVT; Jennifer Whalen, RVT; and Supervisor, Amy Bergeron RDMS, RVT.

If you haven’t had an ultrasound exam recently, chances are you will in the future. Ultrasound is applied in many clinical settings, especially radiology, obstetrics, and gynecology (OB/GYN), and cardiology, and is growing in specialty areas, such as anesthesiology and oncology. In addition, ultrasound is growing faster than other medical imaging exams, such as CT or MRI. Some reasons are because ultrasound is easy to use and low-cost.

The ultrasound department at Altru is accredited by the American College of Radiology in all areas of ultrasound including the abdomen, breast ultrasound, breast biopsies, OB-Gyn, pediatrics, and vascular.

For more information about the diagnostic imaging department at Altru or to learn more about our ultrasound services or staff, contact Laurie Mahin at 701-780-6561 or

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a regional-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $549 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.