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DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), also referred to as Ultrasound, is one of the fastest growing fields in the healthcare industry. As part of the health care team, diagnostic medical sonographers perform diagnostic medical examinations utilizing specialized equipment. Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. Sonography is increasingly being used in the detection and treatment of heart disease, heart attack, and vascular disease that can lead to stroke.
 

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Casa Loma College offers an Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. This comprehensive 22 month program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for Sonography Primary Pathway Certification. The program provides graduates with the necessary eligibility requirements to qualify for examination by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Sonography Primary Pathway Certification and Registration.

The courses include general education curriculum, sonography courses, and clinical practicum courses. A complete outline of required courses is available in the Casa Loma College Catalog Topics included in the sonography courses and clinical practicum courses include:

  • Abdominal sonography
  • General sonography
  • Obstetrical and gynecological sonography
  • Vascular sonography
  • Physical principles of ultrasound and instrumentation

Students receive in-class instruction, online instruction, laboratory experience, and clinical practicum experience. The sonography and clinical practicum courses encompass seven consecutive semesters and require the student to participate in courses up to 40 hours per week. Clinical practicum experience is obtained in a variety of health care facilities.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for national certification examinations of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in the areas of Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Sonography Principles.

and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in the Sonography Primary Pathway Certification.

ARDMS: To obtain the RDMS Credential, you must meet the examination prerequisites and pass the physics and corresponding examination within five years. You can learn more about the prerequisites by visiting ARDMS General Prerequisites.

ARRT: To obtain the ARRT Credential, you must meet three requirements, education, ethics and examination. You can learn more about the requirements for certification through ARRT by visiting ARRT Sonography Requirements.

WHAT DO ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGISTS  DO?

Sonographers are responsible for a series of activities related to successfully completing diagnostic ultrasound procedures on patients. The ultrasound technologists job duties and responsibilities include:

  • Verifying patient clinical history and health status, evaluating related tests and images
  • Communicating comfortably and clearly with patient to explain the procedure, answer questions and relay information about what to expect during the procedure
  • Communicating any concerns to the referring or interpreting physician as needed prior to the planned ultrasound procedure
  • Consulting with medical professionals and independently assessing any possible need to adapt the planned procedure to achieve optimal results
  • Upholding quality patient care standards as professionally defined before, during and after the procedure
  • Operating the ultrasound equipment and analyzing findings in real time during the examination to ensure optimal data is obtained
  • Physically moving or assisting the movement of the patient as necessary to ensure comfort, a successful procedure and minimal patient exposure to high-frequency sound waves
  • Evaluating ultrasound exam results to identify expected and unexpected outcomes given the procedure plan as well as whether appropriate test guidelines and protocols were followed

Identifying and documenting unexpected results that may indicate the need for further testing or immediate medical attention