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Sonographers Making Waves - Samuel Stoughton

by Katie Kuntz, MEd, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS


Sonographers Making Waves - Sam Stoughton
Sonographers Making Waves
Samuel Stoughton, MHA, RDCS, FASE

How long have you been a sonographer?
I have been a sonographer for over twenty years.

Where are you located?
I currently live in western Massachusetts, but over the course of my career, I have worked in five different states.

How did you become interested in your career?
My start in sonography was not the traditional initial interest in healthcare. I was a math and science guy and went to college with the intent of studying aeronautical engineering. At that time, juniors and seniors ahead of me were not successful in finding employment and rejection letters from the industry were common. I soon realized that I was on a path to unemployment, but did not want to lose the math and science that I had been studying. While sitting with my mother who was an emergency room nurse, she suggested talking with the X-ray Technologist. I was fascinated by medical imaging and entered radiography school. During my clinical rotations, I was able to participate in cardiac ultrasound exams and I was hooked. I went from radiography school directly into sonography.

Where ​do you work?
I currently work in a unique multi-disciplinary pediatric practice called the Children’s Specialty Center, which is part of Baystate Health System.

How have you been “Making Waves?”
I grew up around hospitals because of my mom, making it a comfortable place for me. I found that I can help patients and families relax and enjoy a part of their experience. I also love working with kids, and I believe that it’s because of my calm yet silly nature that I am able to help them so much. I introduce the scanner as an ultrasound video game and they become just as fascinated as I am. I’ve overheard one of our cardiologists telling a parent, “Don’t worry, if anyone can get these pictures, Sam can.” My waves are not just the ultrasound beam but also being part of the truly patient centered care. This center, our team, who are also my friends, all help improve the health and lives of the people that we care for.

What would you like to tell other SDMS members to inspire them to make a difference and enrich their careers?
I would tell other members to enjoy what they do. I enjoy the patient care part of what I do and it is why most of us came to healthcare. I have joke books given to me and I tell many silly jokes to the kids and collect jokes from them. They tell me stories and excitedly tell me about their schools, sports, pets, and if mom or dad drives faster. The laughter and the connections keep me excited about my career choice. Make your own ‘waves’ with your patients and teams.

Do you know a sonographer who is doing something out of the ordinary? Whether it is a grand gesture or a small moment that makes a difference in someone’s life, the SDMS would like to hear about it so that we can share it with you. So, if YOU know someone who is making waves, tell us at social@sdms.org!