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DMS 283 - Cardiac Ultrasound for Clinical Professionals

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

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

This course focuses on the ultrasonic investigation of the heart. Echocardiography is viewed from both an historical, as well as state-of-the-art perspective. The anatomy and physiology, particularly the cross-sectional anatomy of the mediastinal contents, are reviewed. Echocardiograms representative of normal cardiac anatomy are presented and compared with examinations performed by other diagnostic modalities. Procedural and scanning techniques are presented, as well as sonographic positioning unique to echocardiography.  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. Define the components of patient preparation as it relates to the echocardiographic examination.
  2. Scan standard 2-D views and the position and function of the cardiac anatomy.
  3. Transform images seen on 2-D echocardiography into M-Mode echocardiography.
  4. Expand images seen on 2-D echocardiography to incorporate color Doppler and spectral Doppler into echo exams.
  5. Identify the normal ECG/EKG pattern.
Listed Topics
  1. Scanning and imaging techniques used in 2-D echocardiography
  2. Sonographic characteristics of the anatomic structures of the heart
  3. Principles and applications of transesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography and cardiac catherization
  4. Correlations of the role of echocardiography with the catheterization laboratory and the nuclear imaging laboratory
  5. Normal dimensions of heart structures and Doppler values
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
Last Reviewed: 11/19/2019

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