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DMS 72A: DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROCEDURES & APPLICATIONS

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 11.5
Hours: 1 lecture, 32 laboratory per week (396 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: BIOL 40A, 40B and 40C.
Corequisite: DMS 50A, 50B and 60A.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Produce diagnostic sonographic images, optimizing technical factors.
  • Acquire and analyze data obtained using ultrasound and related diagnostic technologies.

Description

Instruction to develop the fundamental skills, procedures and applications for sonographic image acquisition. Includes instruction in establishing technical quality, interpretation, analysis, and case presentation. Includes hands-on participation in a structured lab setting with emphasis on simulation and live scanning exercises plus clinical preceptorship. 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:
A. recognize commonly obtained scan planes, recognized landmarks.
B. define and apply standards for image acquisition.
C. recognize and correlate anatomical structures.
D. operate sonography equipment with supervision.
E. explain and use key control functions of ultrasound equipment.
F. obtain patient clinical information in a simulated medical setting.
G. present clinical cases using interpretative analysis.
H. perform the duties and tasks according to the description of the DMS Assistant.
I. perform accurately the application and obtainment of vital signs, as well as patient transfers.

Course Content

A. recognize commonly obtained scan planes, recognized landmarks.
1. sagittal
2. transverse
3. coronal
4. intercostal
B. define and apply standards for image acquisition.
1. contrast quality standards with suboptimal cases from files
2. interpretative skills along with case analysis
C. recognize and correlate anatomical structures.
1. obtain images with targeted anatomical structures as indicated by instructor
2. cite relationship of organs and blood vessels
D. operate sonography equipment with supervision.
1. keyboard information
2. annotate date
3. TGC
4. gain
5. tissue harmonics
6. field of view
7. measurements
8. relationships of body position to monitor display
E. explain and use key control functions of the lab's ultrasound equipment.
F. obtain patient clinical information in a simulated medical setting.
1. from the waiting room to the examination room
2. describe the sonographic procedure to take place
3. ascertain examination relevant information
G. present a clinical case using Interpretative analysis.
1. research information for clinical case presentation
2. include clinical information
3. include lab data
4. include sonographic findings
5. correlate with pathology findings
H. perform the duties and tasks according to the description of the DMS Assistant.
I. differentiate patient preparation for:
1. abdominal examinations
2. gynecology examinations
3. obstetrical examinations
4. superficial examinations
5. vascular examinations
6. invasive procedures
7. cite protocols for the above examinations and procedures
J. perform vital signs and additional required tasks
1. blood pressure
2. pulse
3. respiration
4. perform safely patient transfer, including wheelchair, gurney, lifts, locks, etc.

Lab Content

A. Lab exercises and demonstrations in the DMS lab.
1. Each lab exercise may be individual or group activities and covers assigned reading, lecture topics, and clinical experiences.
2. Each lab exercise will incorporate simulation training, individual tasks, interactivity with interactive case analysis and CD/DVD media.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. DVD/TV-monitor, view boxes, computer stations, medical sonography equipment.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Demonstration of mastery of material and technical skills through oral, practical laboratory exercises, clinical experience, written forms.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture presentations
B. Cooperative learning exercises
C. Demonstration
D. Internship/preceptorship
E. Clinical lab

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Curry, R., and B. Tempkin. Ultrasonography: An Introduction to Normal Structures and Functional Anatomy. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, 2016.

Curry, R., and B. Tempkin. Ultrasonography: An Introduction to Normal Structures and Functional Anatomy: Workbook. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: 2016.

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading materials from texts and website research on patient pathology - approximately 40 pages per week.

B. Critical analysis of patient examinations and findings.

C. Review of relevant published data as related to sonographic evidence of pathology and/or variants.

D. Report writing per patient case.

 

Discipline(s)

Diagnostic Medical Technology