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PHY 127 - Physics for Health Science/Ultrasonography

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: PHY 100  or equivalent and acceptance into the DMS program

This is a course in the physics of ultrasound for the student of diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). Students gain a quantitative and qualitative understanding of the physical principles describing the nature of ultrasound waves, the production and characterization of waves and how ultrasound waves interact with matter.

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

  1. Describe the physics of waves as applied to diagnostic medical sonography.
  2. Explain the nature and production of ultrasound waves and how ultrasound waves interact with matter.
  3. Outline the theory of operation of the basic components of generic instrumentation used in diagnostics medical sonography.
  4. Predict the impact of physics factors which affect the ultrasound image.
  5. Solve problems related to the physics portion of the DMS Registration exam.

 Listed Topics

  1. Physical characteristics of ultrasound waves
  2. The pulse-echo concept
  3. Transducer construction and characteristics
  4. Interaction of sound waves with tissue
  5. Sound beam formation and beam shape
  6. Axial and lateral resolutions and their dependence on beam width and transducer frequency
  7. Factors affecting the ultrasound image
Reference Materials
Textbook; Scientific Calculator.
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: 10/13/2023
Last Reviewed: 10/13/2023

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