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DMS 104 - Cardiac Ultrasound

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: DMS 102   and DMS 105  
Co-requisites: PHY 127   and DMS 114C  

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. Identify ways to provide an emotionally secure and quality treatment setting for patients and/or clients.
  2. Define the components of patient preparation as it relates to the echocardiographic examination.
  3. Scan standard 2-D views and the position and function of the cardiac anatomy.
  4. Transform images seen on 2-D echocardiography into M-Mode echocardiography.
  5. Expand images seen on 2-D echocardiography to incorporate color Doppler and spectral Doppler into echo exams.
  6. 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 and stress echocardiography
  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
  6. Introduction to ischemic heart disease
Reference Materials
Textbooks, Powerpoint handouts, videotapes and CDs located in DMS lab and lab equipment.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 03/10/2014

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