Radiation Sciences Programs

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Distance Continuing Education

    The University of Iowa (UI) Radiation Sciences in collaboration with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program began offering web-based education through the UI Center for Credit Programs in the Summer 2010. The instructors facilitating these courses are those currently educating students in the UI Hospitals and Clinics’ DMS Program with adjunct faculty assistance and expertise from sonographers, residents and physicians employed at UI Hospitals and Clinics. These distance education courses are part of the continuing education mission of the department. They do not meet the requirements for the BS in Radiation Sciences and do not fulfill requirements for the CAAHEP accredited DMS program.

    The courses are entirely internet-based and are designed to provide the student with the information identified in The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) exam content outlines for Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Vascular Technology (see www.ardms.org).

    Successful completion of a two-year Radiologic Technology or Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in the courses.

    The web-based education offered by the UI does not provide the required clinical education to take professional certification examinations and enter the profession. To meet the ARDMS examination prerequisites, students also need to complete twelve months of clinical ultrasound experience (see www.ardms.org). Students should explore clinical internship opportunities through institutions that have partnered with the UI Radiation Sciences or other institution of their choice.

    Course Information

    676:100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (3 s.h.)

    Instructor: Kelley Kirby (kelley-kirby@uiowa.edu)
     
    Semesters Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring
     
    Description: This course is designed to provide the student with anatomy as identifiable in sections. The units will include instruction of transverse, sagittal and coronal views of the central nervous system, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system. Anatomical structures will be correlated with CT and MRI images.

    Prerequisite: Human Anatomy 027:053 or equivalent course, or Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography or Radiation Therapy Program anatomy course.

    673:110 Foundations of Sonography (3 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Ellingson (stephanie-ellingson@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters offered: Summer and Fall

    Description: This course will include sonography history, ergonomics, terminology, image orientation, and the basic theories of sound waves, echo production, transducers, equipment operation, body imaging, Doppler, and hemodynamics.

    Prerequisites: Basic Physics 029:008 or equivalent course, or Radiologic Technology Program physics course, or Diagnostic Medical Sonography physics course.

    673:140 Sonography Principles, Physics and Instrumentation (3 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Ellingson (stephanie-ellingson@uiowa.edu)

    Semester offered: Spring

    Description: This course will include a detailed study of the physical principles of sound waves, their applications to imaging of the human body, the operation and physical characteristics of various ultrasound transducers, the method by which the sound wave is converted into a visual image, instrumentation components and their functions, Doppler principles, image artifacts, advanced hemodynamics, and spectral Doppler waveform analysis.

    Prerequisites: Foundations of Sonography 673:110\

    673:115 Abdominal Sonography I (3 sh)

    Instructor: K. Todd Woods (kenneth-woods@uiowa.edu)

    Semester offered: Fall

    Description: A detailed approach to the embryology, anatomy, and physiology of various abdominal structures imaged sonographically. These include abdominal vasculature, hepatobiliary system, pancreas, urinary system, adrenals, spleen and male anatomy. Proper sonographic imaging techniques are discussed including the appearance of normal anatomy, imaging protocol, and proper instrument settings.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of a two-year Radiologic Technology or Diagnostic Medical Sonography program; and 676:100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences or equivalent.

    673:145 Abdominal Sonography II (3 sh)

    Instructor: K. Todd Woods (kenneth-woods@uiowa.edu)

    Semester offered: Spring

    Description: This course will discuss the pathophysiology of abdominal structures imaged sonographically to include the GI system, abdominal wall, peritoneal, retroperitoneal, and superficial structures discussed in Abdominal Sonography I. Interventional sonographic procedures are discussed including aspirations, biopsies, intraoperative procedures, sterile technique, needle-guide use, and post-procedure protocol. Clinical findings, laboratory studies, and prognosis are correlated with sonographic findings. Appropriate image analysis and documentation of pathology will be discussed.

    Prerequisites: Abdominal Sonography I 673:115

    673:120 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I (3 sh)

    Instructor: Deborah Troyer (deborah-troyer@uiowa.edu)

    Semester offered: Fall

    Description: A detailed approach to the embryology, anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system and developing fetus. Proper sonographic imaging techniques are discussed including the appearance of normal anatomy, imaging protocol, and proper instrument settings.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of a two-year Radiologic Technology or Diagnostic Medical Sonography program; and 676:100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences or equivalent.

    673:150 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography II (3 sh)

    Instructor: Deborah Troyer (deborah-troyer@uiowa.edu)

    Semester offered: Spring

    Description: A discussion of sonographically related pathological and abnormal congenital conditions of gynecology and obstetrics, infertility, assisted reproductive therapy, invasive procedures in OB/G, postpartum complications and maternal-fetal bonding. Clinical findings, laboratory studies, and prognosis are correlated with sonographic findings. Appropriate image analysis and documentation of pathology will be discussed.

    Prerequisites:
    Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I 673:120

    673:125 Vascular Sonography I (3 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Ellingson (stephanie-ellingson@uiowa.edu) and Bre Anderson

    Semester offered: Fall

    Description: A detailed approach to the embryology, anatomy and physiology of peripheral and cerebral vascular system. Normal and abnormal hemodynamics, Doppler waveforms, pressure measurements, plethysmography, sonographic appearance and scanning techniques will be discussed. Common types of pathology of the lower extremity arterial and venous system and the cerebrovascular system will be explored.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of a two-year Radiologic Technology or Diagnostic Medical Sonography program; and University of Iowa Radiation Sciences Vascular Anatomy or equivalent

    673:155 Vascular Sonography II (3 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Ellingson (stephanie-ellingson@uiowa.edu) and Bre Anderson

    Semester offered: Spring

    Description: A detailed approach to the pathophysiology of the peripheral, cerebral and abdominal vascular systems as evaluated sonographically. Normal and abnormal hemodynamics, Doppler waveforms, pressure measurements, plethysmography, sonographic appearance and scanning techniques will be discussed. Sonographic findings of diseases involving the lower extremity arterial and venous system, upper extremity arterial and venous system, cerebrovascular system and abdominal vascular system will be explored.

    Prerequisites: Vascular Sonography I 673:125

    673:152 Breast Sonography (2 sh)

    Instructor: Deborah Troyer (deborah-troyer@uiowa.edu)

    Semester offered:
    Summer (Start delayed to 2012)

    Description: A detailed approach to the embryology, anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the breast as it relates to sonographic imaging. Proper sonographic imaging techniques are discussed including the appearance of normal anatomy, imaging protocol, and proper instrument settings. Sonographic findings of diseases involving the breast will be explored.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of a two-year Radiologic Technology or Diagnostic Medical Sonography program

    Corequisite: Foundations of Sonography 673:110 (if not taken as a prerequisite.)

    Guidelines to Consider When Choosing the Order to Take the Courses

    676:100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences

    • Offered during the summer, fall, and spring semesters.
    • Prerequisite for Abdominal Sonography I and Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I if an equivalent sectional anatomy course has not been completed.

    673:110 Foundations of Sonography

    • Offered during the summer and fall semesters
    • Prerequisite for Sonography Principles, Physics and Instrumentation
    • Prerequisite for Breast Sonography

    673:115 Abdominal Sonography I

    • Offered during the fall semester
    • Prerequisite for Abdominal Sonography II

    673:120 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I

    • Offered during the fall semester
    • Prerequisite for Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography II

    673:125 Vascular Sonography I

    • Offered during the fall semester
    • Prerequisite for Vascular Sonography II

    Suggested Course Sequence

    Summer

    • 673:110 Foundations of Sonography
    • 676:100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences

    Fall

    • 673:115 Abdominal Sonography I
    • 673:120 Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography I
    • 673:125 Vascular Sonography I

    Spring

    • 673:140 Sonography Principles, Physics & Instrumentation
    • 673:145 Abdominal Sonography II
    • 673:150 Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography II
    • 673:155 Vascular Sonography II

    Summer

    • 673:152 Breast Sonography