Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SONO 261 - Sonography Practicum I

(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’ knowledge and skills will build on their clinical experiences. PREREQUISITE(S): SONO 101  or consent of program coordinator. COREQUISITE(S): SONO 204  or consent of program coordinator. One hundred and twenty clinical hours. Formerly: SONO 279.

1 semester hour

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  • 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 human gross and sectional anatomy while scanning.
  • 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 techniques(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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