Mar 30, 2023
SONO 264 - Sonography Practicum IV
Supervised off-campus experience and practice in the multidisciplinary areas of diagnostic medical sonography. Continuous development of ultrasound scanning skills and techniques. Students will build on their previous clinical experiences. PREREQUISITE(S): SONO 263 or consent of program coordinator. Four hundred and eighty clinical hours. Formerly: SONO 278.
4 semester hours
Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:
- Document and acquire abdominal anatomy with ultrasound images following the nationally accepted scanning protocols set forth by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
- Utilize oral and written communication.
- Maintain clinical records.
- Interact with the interpreting physician with oral or written summary of findings as permitted by clinical affiliate.
- Recognize significant clinical information and historical facts from the patient and the medical records, which may impact on the diagnostic examination.
- Comprehend and employ appropriate medical terminology, abbreviations, symbols, terms, and phrases.
- Provide basic patient care and comfort.
- Maintain infection control and utilize universal precautions.
- Anticipate and be able to respond to the needs of the patient.
- Identify life-threatening situations and implement emergency care as permitted by clinical affiliate.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human gross and sectional anatomy.
- Evaluate anatomic structures in the region of interest.
- Recognize the sonographic appearance of normal tissue structures.
- Acquire proficiency in evaluating sonograms for image quality employing more advanced criteria.
- Demonstrate physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology while scanning.
- Effectively utilize instrumentation techniques to produce optimum diagnostic images of a more complex nature.
- Obtain and evaluate pertinent patient history and physical findings.
- Extend standard diagnostic testing protocol as required by patient history or initial findings.
- Select the appropriate technique(s) for examination(s) being performed.
- Adjust instrument controls to optimize image quality.
- Perform linear, area, circumference, and other related measurements from sonographic images or data.
- Recognize and compensate for acoustical artifacts.
- Utilize hard-copy devices to obtain pertinent documentation of examination findings.
- Minimize patient exposure to acoustical energy.
- Demonstrate the interaction between ultrasound and tissue and the probability of biological effects in clinical examinations.
- Employ professional judgment and discretion.
- Protect the patient’s right to privacy.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Perform within the scope of practice.
- Successfully complete all clinical competencies.
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