Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
2 hours lecture.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 24 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 5/7/09;12/10/09;11/16/13

1. Description -
Principles of diagnostic ultrasound, wave characteristics, artifacts, propagation, acoustic variables, and review of mathematical skills. Intended for students in the diagnostic medical sonography program.
Prerequisite: DMS 50A.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. utilize basic mathematical skills by solving equations.
  2. describe propagation of sound waves.
  3. discuss wave characteristics.
  4. describe artifacts.
  5. explain beam intensities.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
DVD/TV, internet access, computer, monitor, viewboxes.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Math review
    1. algebraic equations
    2. metric system
    3. logarithms
    4. decibels
    5. limited trigonometric functions
  2. Principles of sound waves and how they propagate.
    1. Defining sound, ultrasound, and waves
  3. Sound parameters and acoustic variables.
    1. 7 parameters of sound
  4. Interaction of sound in various media.
    1. pulsed sound introduction
    2. pulsed sound parameters
    3. intensity
  5. Beam intensities.
    1. sound interaction in media
    2. range equation
  6. Artifacts.
    1. reverbration
    2. mirror artifact
    3. shadowing
    4. enhancement
    5. critical angle
    6. side lobes
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written quizzes
  2. Midterm
  3. Comprehensive final.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Hedrick, Wayne, Technology for Diagnostic Sonography, St. Louis: Elsevier Publishing, 2013.
Hedrick, Wayne, Study Guide and laboratory Exercises, St. Louis: Elsevier Publishing, 2013.

8. Disciplines -
Diagnostic Medical Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations, classroom discussions, and homework.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read text assignments
  2. Complete written sections on tests.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree and Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-05-14 15:20:30

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines