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DMS 285 - Abdominal and Gynecological 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 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 and pelvis. 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 and pelvic structures. 
  2. Distinguish between the viscera of the abdomen and pelvis.
  3. Evaluate the normal sonographic characteristics of each organ within the abdomen and pelvis. 
  4. Correlate clinical symptoms and lab values to the appropriate diseases and conditions. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Compare the ultrasound examination with Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine imaging. 
  7. Assess the size of anatomical structures with normal and disease states on sonograms.
Listed Topics
  1. Scanning and imaging techniques of the abdomen and pelvis
  2. Sonographic characteristics of the anatomical structures of the abdomen and female pelvis
  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/materials 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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