Jan 22, 2022  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

SONO 2021 - Physics & Instrumentation 3

Credit hours: 2 (Lecture: 2, Lab: 0 - Chattanooga State)

Prerequisites: SONO 2011 - Physics & Instrumentation 2  

Industry Certifications American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) certification exam

Course Description:
A continuation of the knowledge obtained in SONO 2001 and SONO 2011, with application to the instrumentation and clinical environment expanded upon. Fundamentals and characteristics of physics principles are applied in the use of diagnostic medical sonography. Advanced scanning techniques will be examined, to include artifactual image analysis and corrective factors, quality control measurement and observations, the biological effects of ultrasound, and Doppler color flow principals. Theories of physics principals and instrumentation are discussed and reviewed with an emphasis on clinical application. 

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:

  1. Use transducer, instrumentation and scan technique manipulations to obtain diagnostic Doppler flow analyses of vascular structures. 
  2. Critique arterial and venous flow to determine whether flow characteristics are normal or disturbed, using both color and spectral analysis. 
  3. Assess a patient population, using statistical information gathered within the class setting.
  4. Define the risks of bioeffects in patients from ultrasound utilization in both practical terms and by intensity values. 
  5. Follow the AIUM guidelines concerning exposure of patients for ultrasound procedures.
  6. Utilize quality control devices to assess the ultrasound system’s operational functions for discrepancies, according to defined test criteria. 
  7. Classify imaging artifacts according to causes and effects. 
  8. Demonstrate techniques for identification and/or adjustment of certain artifactual configurations. 
  9. Investigate new technologic advances in the field of sonography.