Print Version

Effective: Summer 2014

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: DMS 50A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter)

An error has occurred (cannot find SLOs).

Description -
Vascular terminology, principles including doppler physics. Interpretation of frequency spectral analysis. Intracranial, cerebrovascular and peripheral venous applications related to vascular technology. Normal, abnormal and pathologic states of the human vascular system. Intended for students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. cite the genesis of the field of vascular sonography.
  2. describe the difference between types of waveforms.
  3. identify and illustrate vascular anatomy.
  4. list pathological conditions altering vascular flow.
  5. explain the sonographic scanning protocols.
  6. analyze doppler spectral waveforms of normal versus abnormal flow.
  7. discuss the impact of disease on cultural and ethnic populations.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
DVD/TV, internet access, computer, monitor, viewboxes.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to the field of vascular sonography.
    1. cite the genesis of vascular sonography including the discovery of and evolution to today's diagnostic practice
  2. Wave forms
    1. components of the wave form
    2. analysis of the variations and abnormal waveform
    3. Hemodynamics
    4. physical principles of vascular physics
  3. Anatomy and Physiology of the Vascular System
    1. Intracranial anatomy & physiology
    2. cerebralvascular
    3. Peripheral venous
  4. Various pathology affecting vascular flow
    1. Intracranial anatomy & physiology
    2. cerebralvascular
    3. Peripheral venous
  5. Identify risk factors, clinical history, physical findings, and other diagnostic indicators.
    1. disease processes such as diabetes and smoking
    2. relevance to specific clinical history, physical findings of the patient and symptoms.
  6. Vascular/doppler technical applications.
    1. Assessing and obtaining pertinent clinical information.
    2. components of the clinical report
    3. assessing relevant from non relevant data
    4. produce quality studies for the physician to interpret
    5. contrast diagnostic quality of examinations from suboptimal studies
    6. Artifacts - determine useful artifacts from other types of artifacts
  7. Discuss population/racial/cultural group tendencies toward vascular disease.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written quizzes
  2. Midterm exams
  3. Comprehensive final
Representative Text(s) -
Kupinski, Ann Marie, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: TheVascular System, 3rd ed., Baltimore: Lippincott Williams, & Wilkins, 2013.
Garbani, N., Kendoll, R., Kupinski, A., Workbook for Diagnostic Medical Sonography: A Guide to the Vascular System,, 3rd ed., Baltimore: Lippincott Williams, & Wilkins, 2013.
Hedrick, Wayne, Technology for Diagnostic Sonography, St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby, 2013.

Disciplines -
Diagnostic Medical Technology
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations, classroom discussions, homework.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read text assignments
  2. Complete written sections from the syllabus and tests.