Sonography

Sonography

  • Description: Diagnostic Medical Sonography is an imaging process used to assist physicians in gathering sonographic data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions. Sonographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by technological education to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a physician. 
     
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1. Demonstrate competence and proficiency in performing abdominal, small parts, obstetric, gynecologic, and basic vascular ultrasound examinations
2008 ARDMS Registry Exam
100% passage on first attempt.
National average:    70% on first attempt
No intervention needed at this time
2008 Employer Survey
100% rate skills excellent or very good LCCC Benchmark level of 80%
No intervention needed at this time
2. Correlate clinical history, patient symptoms, and laboratory test results with sonographic findings.
2008 ARDMS Registry Exam
100% passage on first attempt.
National average:    70% on first attempt No intervention needed at this time
3. Identify common pathologic diseases and differential diagnoses through correlation of sonographic appearances, clinical symptoms, and laboratory tests.
2008 ARDMS Registry Exam
100% passage on first attempt.
National average:    70% on first attempt No intervention needed at this time
2008 Employer Survey
100% rate skills excellent or very good
LCCC Benchmark level of 80%
No intervention needed at this time
4. Apply principles of ultrasound physics to patient examinations to obtain diagnostic information.
2008 ARDMS Registry Exam
100% passage on first attempt.
National average:    65% on first attempt No intervention needed at this time
5. Provide basic patient care, comfort and nursing skills.
2008 Employer Survey
100% rate skills excellent or very good LCCC Benchmark level of 80%
No intervention needed at this time
6. Practice and apply the ALARA principle in performance of diagnostic ultrasound examinations.
2008 Employer Survey
100% rate skills excellent or very good
LCCC Benchmark level of 80%
No intervention needed at this time
7. Be prepared to take and pass the ARDMS Registry examinations in ultrasound physics & instrumentation, abdomen and ob/gyn.
2008 ARDMS Registry Exam
100% passage on first attempt.
National average:    70% on first attempt No intervention needed at this time
8. Practice Lifelong learning by staying current in sonography through continuing education, achieving certification in additional specialties and achieving advanced degrees.
Additional ARDMS Certification Obtainment
88% Minimum of 80% participation in Continuing Education and Certification opportunities
No intervention needed at this time
9. Be a productive team-player.
2008 Employer Survey
100% rate skills excellent or very good
LCCC Benchmark level of 80%
No intervention needed at this time
10.  Be an efficient cost-effective member of the health care team.
2008 Employer Survey
100% rate skills excellent or very good
LCCC Benchmark level of 80%
No intervention needed at this time
11.  Recognize the importance of multi- disciplinary health care team.
2008 Employer Survey
100% rate skills excellent or very good
LCCC Benchmark level of 80%
No intervention needed at this time

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