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; 12/16/09; 11/13

1. 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.
Prerequisite: DMS 52B.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. 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
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
DVD/TV video system, internet access, computer, overhead projector.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Practice board
  2. Exam test questions
  3. Quizzes, final exam
7. 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.

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 -
Weekly readings from texts and written 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 15:23:36

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines