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DMS 135C - Ultrasound Clinical 1/Vascular Ultrasound

Credits: 2
120 Practicum Hours

Prerequisites: DMS 102  and DMS 105  
Co-requisites: PHY 127  and DMS 125  

This clinical course offers the student participation in the various steps involved in the ultrasound examination of the patient. The student shares responsibility with the vascular instructor for scheduling, identifying and preparing the patient for examination. The student assures that patient preparation is properly followed for the given examination, scans the patient and develops skills in examination progression. The student gains skill and confidence in presenting the case before the interpreting physician. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Apply appropriate scanning technique to recognize the sonographic anatomical structures of the upper and lower limbs as well as the neck.
  2. Elicit pertinent data from patient interview in order to complete the total medical and clinical picture.
  3. Gather pertinent clinical data from chart, X-ray and laboratory reports and other related areas in order to maximize available information on the patient prior to the ultrasound examination.
  4. Discriminate between diagnostic and non-diagnostic sonographic images in order to progress the examination to its logical conclusion utilizing the various scanning positions and techniques.
  5. Correlate the use of the various controls on the ultrasound machine to diagnostic sonographic images.
Listed Topics
  1. Scanning techniques and normal hemodynamics of the carotid artery and peripheral vascular system
  2. Sonographic characteristics of normal vessels using color Doppler, Doppler spectral analysis and 2-D imaging
  3. Correlation of sonograms with other imaging modalities
  4. Correlate laboratory values and clinical symptoms with sonographic characteristics of pathology
Reference Materials
Textbooks, library resources, journals and student clinical manual.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Technological Competency
  • Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 03/10/2014

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