May 29, 2023
SONO 266 - Sonography Practicum VI
Supervised off-campus experience and practice in the multidisciplinary areas of diagnostic medical sonography to develop the optimal skills necessary to become competent in performing sonographic examinations. All procedures covered in the curriculum will be evaluated for competency during this last clinical course. PREREQUISITE(S): SONO 265 or consent of program coordinator. Four hundred and eighty clinical hours. Formerly: SONO 280.
4 semester hours
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.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology.
- Obtain and evaluate pertinent patient history and physical findings.
- Extend standard diagnostic testing protocol as required by patient history or initial findings.
- Review data from current and previous examinations to produce a written/oral summary of technical findings, including relevant interval changes, for the interpreting physician’s reference.
- Recognize examination findings that require immediate clinical response and notify the interpreting physician of such findings.
- Demonstrate acoustical physics, Doppler ultrasound principles, and ultrasound instrumentation.
- 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.
- Adhere to the professional codes of conduct/ethics.
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