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Effective: Summer 2014

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: DMS 52B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify quality control procedures utilized in diagnostic ultrasound systems.
  • Explain the principles of harmonic imaging and volume scanning.
Description -
A continuation of DMS 52B with an emphasis on advanced principles in medical ultrasound instrumentation, harmonic imaging, volume rendering, hemodynamics, use of doppler imaging and sonographic quality control procedures. Preparation for national examinations. 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. explain the principles of harmonic imaging and volume scanning.
  2. define and identify the various types of hemodynamic flow and Doppler patterns.
  3. identify quality control procedures utilized in diagnostic ultrasound systems.
  4. explain bioeffects principles and manufactures safeguards
  5. to pass the national board examination practice exams
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
DVD/TV video system, internet access, computer, overhead projector.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Harmonic acoustic imaging and volume scanning
    1. principles of harmonics and volume techniques
    2. differentiating the sonographic image using the various techniques
    3. comparision of techniques and end results
  2. Principles of hemodynamics
    1. waveforms
    2. incorporation of doppler techniques to aid in diagnosis
    3. spectral analysis
    4. doppler physics and image display
    5. color power imaging
  3. identify quality control procedures utilized in diagnostic ultrasound systems.
  4. Bioeffects, patient safety and the AIUM standards
    1. demonstrate using the AIUM approved phantom and test object for quality assurance
    2. bioeffect research and outcomes in contrast with manufacturer design
    3. names of intensities only found in pulsed wave ultrasound
    4. ALARA
    5. dosimetric quantities
    6. values for diagnostic equipment such as SPTA (Spatial peak temporal average, TI (thermal index)
    7. documentation for quality assurance
  5. Preparation for national board examination.
    1. elementary principles of waveforms
    2. propagation of ultrasound through tissues
    3. transducers
    4. pulse echo instruments
    5. image storage and display
    6. image features
    7. artifacts
    8. safety
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Practice board
  2. Exam test questions
  3. Quizzes, final exam
Representative Text(s) -
Hedrick, Wayne, Technology for Diagnostic Sonography, St. Louis: Elsevier Publishing,2013.
Hedrick, Wayne, Study Guide and laboratory Exercises, Elsevier Publishing, St Louis, Missouri, 2013.

Disciplines -
Diagnostic Medical Technology
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations, classroom discussions, and homework.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Weekly readings from texts and written tests.