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Effective: Summer 2014

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: BIOL 40A, 40B and 40C.
Corequisites: Corequisites: DMS 50A, 50B and 72A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Recognize normal and abnormal anatomical structures.
  • List the differential diagnosis that is responsible for sonographic changes.
Description -
Interpretation and critique of normal and abnormal anatomy with correlation of didactic, clinical and image information. Emphasis on communication skills via written and oral case presentations and critiques. 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. demonstrate listening, writing, and speaking communication skills through performance including sonographic nomenclature.
  2. define ethical and professional values related to sonography and medicine and its impact on patient/workers from various cultures, gender, and age populations
  3. define the data found on the ultrasound examinations including artifacts.
  4. prepare and present a case study using the criteria provided to conform to quality case studies.
  5. describe the sonographic features of the topics covered
  6. recite the abnormal lab values, clinical symptoms and history for the stated examination
  7. demonstrate and select the appropriate image for quality and accuracy
  8. recognize abnormal from normal anatomy including the vasculature and primary pathology
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
DVD/TV, internet access, computer, monitor, viewboxes.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Communication characteristics for listening, verbal, and written skills.
    1. listen to patients history and write findings using medical nomenclature
    2. interview patients and prepare written reports
  2. Communication using profession specific nomenclature.
    1. Applying described techniques to patients from diverse cultural, emotional, and socioeconomic status with sensitivity to their rights and comforts.
  3. Image Quality Recognition for interpretation, presentation, and technical quality.
    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
  4. components of a Case review and presentation including research.
    1. internet research to develop the Case Review and presentation
    2. internet research for the differential diagnosis
  5. correlates clinical history, symptoms, laboratory finding, image acquisition, quality control, sonographic norms and basic abnormal's for
    1. abdominal structures
    2. gynecology
    3. obstetrics
    4. vascular
    5. superficial structures
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written quizzes
  2. Case presentations
  3. Case reports
  4. Comprehensive final exam
Representative Text(s) -
Curry, R., Tempkin, B, Sonography Introduction to Normal Structure and Function, 3rd ed.,Phil: Elsevier Publishing, 2011.
Curry, R., Tempkin, B, Sonography Introduction to Normal Structure and Function: Workbook, 3rd ed.,Phil: Elsevier Publishing, 2011.

Disciplines -
Diagnostic Medical Technology
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Demonstration, Clinical Lab.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Written quizzes, comprehensive final exam.
  2. Written case reports.
  3. Case presentations.
  4. Case analysis.