Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog 
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Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SONO 264 - Sonography Practicum IV

(TP/SS only)

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

Course Outcomes:
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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