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DMS 286 - Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts Ultrasound for Clinical Professionals


Credits: 5
5 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Participants must be a credentialed sonographer working at a Community College of Allegheny County Diagnostic Medical Sonography clinical affiliate and completed DMS 260.

 
Description
Ultrasound images representative of disease states of organs and systems of the abdominal cavityand small parts are presented and correlated with examinations performed with other diagnostic modalities. Relevant histologic aspects of various pathological conditions are discussed and correlated with their acoustical properties and ultrasound characteristics. Clinical features, laboratory data and the pathophysiology of pertinent diseases are presented. This course requires a per credit health career fee; Check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.


Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will: 

  1. Synthesize the clinical signs and symptoms with pathology of the abdominal organs, thyroid, breast, parathyroid, scrotum and prostate.
  2. Evaluate the pertinent laboratory data relevant to pathological conditions of the following areas: abdominal organs, thyroid, parathyroid, breast, scrotum and prostate.
  3. Provide a differential diagnosis of liver pathology using the sonographic characteristics of the disease and the clinical signs and symptoms.
  4. Provide a differential diagnosis of biliary pathology using the sonographic characteristics of the disease and the clinical signs and symptoms.
  5. Provide a differential diagnosis of pancreatic pathology using the sonographic characteristics of the disease and the clinical signs and symptoms.
  6. Provide a differential diagnosis of renal pathology using the sonographic characteristics of the disease and the clinical signs and symptoms. 
  7. Give a differential diagnosis of thyroid and scrotal pathology using the sonographic characteristics and the clinical signs and symptoms.
  8. Apply proper scanning technique to image the thyroid gland.
Listed Topics
  1. Liver pathology 
  2. Gallbladder pathology 
  3. Renal pathology 
  4. Pancreatic pathology 
  5. Breast imaging; x-ray and ultrasound
  6. Prostate imaging 
  7. Scanning techniques of the thyroid, breast, scrotum and prostate
  8. Sonographic characteristics of pathology of the abdominal organs
Reference Materials
Textbooks/materials as deemed appropriate by instructor
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:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 11/19/2019


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