Who is Locum Sonographer?
A Locum Sonographer is a person who temporarily fulfills the duties of Permanent Sonographer. The word locum is short for the Latin phrase locum tenens, which means “placeholder”, akin to the French lieutenant. The abbreviated form “locum” is common in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom; unlike in Latin, its plural is locums. In the United States, the full length “locum tenens” (plural: locum tenentes) is preferred, though, for some particular roles, alternative expressions (e.g., “substitute teacher”) may be more commonly used.
A sonographer, or ultrasonographer, is a healthcare professional, who specializes in the use of ultrasonic imaging devices to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data, frequently a radiographer but may be any healthcare professional with the appropriate training. The requirements for clinical practice vary greatly by country. Sonography requires specialized education and skills to view, analyze and modify the scan to optimize the information in the image. Because of the high levels of decisional latitude and diagnostic input, sonographers have a high degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process. Many countries require that medical sonographers have professional certification. Sonographers must understand ultrasound physics, cross-sectional anatomy, physiology, and pathology.