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DMS 103 - Abdominal, Obstetrical and Gynecological Ultrasound

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: DMS 102  and DMS 105  
Co-requisites: DMS 113C   and PHY 127  

This course presents an intense study of the abdominal, pelvic and fetal structures that can be evaluated employing ultrasound as an imaging modality. The student is provided with information concerning normal ultrasound appearance of tissues, organs and systems within the abdomen, pelvis and fetus. Ultrasound images representative of normal states are presented and correlated with examinations performed with other diagnostic modalities. Technical information such as procedural and scanning techniques are discussed throughout the course. 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. Apply scanning techniques to image the abdominal, pelvic and fetal structures.
  2. Distinguish between the viscera of the abdomen and pelvis and the viscera of the fetus.
  3. Evaluate the normal sonographic characteristics of each organ within the abdomen, pelvis and fetus.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication with patients and significant support persons in order to facilitate the total care of the patient.
  5. Correlate clinical symptoms and lab values to the appropriate diseases and conditions.
  6. Correlate clinical symptoms and lab values of diseases and conditions to the appropriate ultrasound examination and to the sonographic characteristics of normal vs. abnormal structures.
  7. Compare the ultrasound examination with Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine imaging.
  8. Assess the size of anatomical structures with normal and disease states on sonograms.
Listed Topics
  1. Scanning and imaging techniques of the abdomen, pelvis and fetus
  2. Sonographic characteristics of the anatomical structures of the abdomen, female pelvis and fetus
  3. Correlating sonograms with other imaging modalities
  4. Blood chemistry tests indicating pathology of specific anatomical systems or structures
  5. Relating the size of anatomical structures with normal and disease states as seen on the sonograms
Reference Materials
Textbooks, Powerpoint handouts, videotapes and CDs located in DMS lab and lab equipment.
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
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 3/10/2014
Last Reviewed: 2/14/2019

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