Sally Daniels - Sonographer 

Fast-paced, specialist work and good interaction with patients… all in a day’s work for sonographer Sally Daniels

My day starts at…
5.45am when the alarm goes off. I’m used to the London commute. I could work closer to home in Bedfordshire but I love the specialist work we do here.

My job involves…
Scanning patients and making a diagnosis from the clinical notes and what I see on the ultrasound, to help clinicians direct their treatment.

"Ultrasound has changed so much in the last 15 years… it’s being used in so many different ways and with high-frequency probes you can produce such beautiful images."
How I became a sonographer…
In my second year of radiography I did an obstetric placement and was utterly amazed. At 12 weeks and just 6cm long, you can see so much detail in the foetus. That’s when I decided I’d be a sonographer.

On a typical day I…
Work two clinics and might see around 20 or more patients in each. It’s very busy. I do paediatric and musculo-skeletal scans. I’m also doing a lot of specialist head and neck work and the team is fantastic. They are very impressive and I am learning so much.

The best thing about my job is…
It’s a combination of having a good interaction with patients, no two days being the same, a huge variety of work and great colleagues. Ultrasound has changed so much in the last 15 years. When I qualified it was mostly obstetrics and gynaecology. But now it’s being used in so many different ways and with high-frequency probes you can produce such beautiful images!

The worst thing about my job is…
Knowing that an ultrasound result will not be good news for the patient.

If I could do something else…
A sommelier but I don’t think I’ve got the palate for it..

After work…
I like to run and as a I get older I’m turning to hiking. In October I’m going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s the complete opposite of work – outdoors, nature, space and solitude.