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By Akasha Spino-Bybee

KVH head of radiology attends experts conference in D.C.



SONOGRAPHERS GROUP: Sandra Rorabaugh of KVH, at far right, was invited to a prestigious industry conference in Washington, D.C. She posed with her fellow sonographers.

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) hosted a conference in Washington D.C. last week to have experts in diagnostic imaging review and revise its latest questions designed for upcoming sonographers. Having been registered as a diagnostic medical sonographer for 24 years, Sandra Rorabaugh, head of Klickitat Valley Health's (KVH) radiology department, was invited to attend the meeting.

"I was born here in Goldendale and I've lived here for all of my life with the exception of 20 years," says Rorabaugh. "I went all through school here and then did my x-ray training in Portland, Ore., at what is now known as Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). Prior to that, I worked here as a nurse's aid for a year. One of my first jobs was in Yakima, where I met my husband. He was in the navy, so we lived on the East Coast for a while. We came back here after several years when I got the offer to work at KVH. I was immediately assigned the position as the head of radiology and have been ever since."

Rorabaugh had always known she was interested in working in a hospital environment, specifically with diagnostic imaging, as she had a knack for photography. "I was always interested in photography and my dad had a stroke just before I went to college for a year in Puget Sound and it all seemed pretty interesting to me, the diagnostic imaging and the hospital environment," she says. After Rorabaugh had come back to KVH 29 years ago, ultrasound had just been introduced.

"After I came back, they had started doing ultrasound, which I had no training in whatsoever. I got on-the-job training and took a class in Yakima to become registered as a diagnostic medical sonographer through the ARDMS. The ARDMS invited me to go over their new test questions at a conference in Washington D.C. a little over a week ago." Although the conference was strictly work-related, Rorabaugh did stay a few more nights to enjoy the attractions of the nation's capital. "After the conference was over, my husband and I stayed a couple of days and visited the Smithsonian and the capitol building, met our congresswoman, and then went to the zoo. It was fun."


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