Medical Diagnostic Sonography

DMSO 1040 SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS AND INSTRUMENATION (15-60-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Sonographers apply principles of ultrasound in the operation of medical sonographic equipment to produce a sonogram. Knowledge of the interaction of ultrasound with tissue is important for image optimization, acquisition and interpretation of sonographic images, and critical to the accurate diagnosis of disease. Introduces concepts for the factors involved with diagnostic ultrasound principles and instruments. Emphasis will be placed on ultrasound physics, transducer construction, operation and characteristics, artifacts, sonographic transducers and sound beams, hemodynamic and Doppler imaging, sonographic instrumentation, quality assurance/quality control of sonographic instruments, bioeffects and safety. Student laboratory scanning hours are included in this course.

DMSO 1080 SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS AND INSTRUMENTATION REGISTRY REVIEW (0-30-1)
Prerequisite: DMSO 1040
Provides a review of knowledge from previous courses and helps the student prepare for national certification examinations for sonography. Information concerning test taking skills will also be reviewed. Topics include: patient care, safety and communication, physics principles, ultrasound transducers, pulse-echo instrumentation, Doppler instrumentation, and quality assurance/quality control of equipment.