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DMS 137C - Ultrasound Clinical 2/Vascular

Credits: 4
240 Practicum Hours

Prerequisites: DMS 125 , DMS 135C  and PHY 127  

This clinical course offers the student progressively greater participation in the various steps involved in the vascular examination of the patient. Skills in scanning that have been developed in previous clinical courses are utilized. The student develops skills in recognizing normal anatomy as well as pathology. Progression of the examination is performed by the student under the direct supervision of the clinical instructor. The student continues to gather pertinent clinical information in order to understand the total medical picture of the patient prior to the vascular examination. The student is introduced to and assist in portable examinations and special procedures. The student gains skill and confidence in presenting the case before the interpreting physician. (The student is assigned to a full-time clinical experience over six weeks.) 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 proper scanning technique to visualize normal anatomy of the extremity veins.
  2. Apply proper scanning technique to visualize normal anatomy of the extremity arteries.
  3. Apply proper scanning technique to visualize normal anatomy of the carotid arteries.
  4. Elicit pertinent data from patient interview and chart in order to complete the total medical and clinical picture.
  5. Assist sonographers in the performance of special procedures and portable ultrasound examinations.
  6. Apply theory and scanning techniques to progress the examination to its conclusion.
Listed Topics
  1. Sonographic characteristics of normal anatomy vascular systems
  2. Scanning techniques of normal structures within the vascular systems
  3. Patient interview, patient privacy and ancillary duties to the ultrasound examination
  4. Laboratory values indicating normal physiology of the abdominal, pelvis and fetal structures
  5. Other imaging modalities in addition to sonography to image vascular structures
Reference Materials
Text books, 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: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 3/10/2014
Last Reviewed: 2/14/2019

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