RAIT 331 Clinical Practicum in Breast Ultrasound • 12 Cr.
Provides the opportunity for ARRT certified mammographers and ARDMS certified sonographers to develop competencies in breast ultrasound, including the required numbers and variety of exams for advanced level certification. Content covers all areas included in the breast specialty exam offered by the ARDMS and ARRT. Course includes 40 hours per week for 11 weeks in the clinical setting. This course is intended to meet the degree requirements of the Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography concentrations as well as the requirements of the Breast Ultrasound certificate of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program and requires ARRT(R)(M) or ARDMS credential. Prerequisites: Admission into the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program, RAIT 328 and RAIT 330 within the past 12 months with a B (3.0) or better, AND permission of the instructor. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate appropriate interaction with patients, physicians and staff.
- Identify the pertinent clinical questions and the goal of the examination.
- Recognize significant clinical information and historical facts from the patient and the medical records, which may impact the diagnostic examination.
- 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.
- Select the correct transducer type and frequency for examination(s) being performed.
- Adjust instrument controls including examination presets, scale size, focal zone(s), overall gain, time gain compensation, and frame rate to optimize image quality.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology relevant to specialty being assessed.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform sonographic examinations of the appropriate organs and areas of interest according to professional and employing institution protocols.
- Recognize, identify and document the abnormal sonographic patterns of disease processes, pathology, and pathophysiology of the organs and areas of interest. Modify the scanning protocol based on the sonographic findings and the differential diagnosis.
- Perform related measurements from sonographic images or data.
- Utilize appropriate examination recording devices to obtain pertinent documentation of examination findings.