Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
See DMS in Course Catalog (Associate In Applied Science, Advanced Certificate)
The Delta College Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program may lead to an Advanced Certificate or an Associate Degree in Applied Science.
The mission of the Delta College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to prepare graduates:
- to be competent entry-level general sonographers who are proficient in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- to be competent in thinking, problem solving, analytical judgment, and communication skills,
- to instill a desire for continued growth and development, with a high degree of adaptability in a field that is continually changing and advancing,
- to take and pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers examinations.
What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves to obtain anatomical images of the abdominal, pelvic, fetus, and vascular systems. Ultrasound is like ordinary sound except it has a frequency higher than audible sound. Sound waves are sent into the body from a transducer placed on a patient's skin. The sound is reflected off structures inside the body and is analyzed by a computer to make a moving picture of these structures on a television screen. Pictures can then be recorded onto imaging film. Diagnostic ultrasound is also called sonography.
A sonographer is a skilled health care professional who performs diagnostic ultrasound examinations under the direction of a physician. Sonographers use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathology, and ultrasound physics in order to obtain quality images for interpretation. A sonographer must be proficient in problem solving and possess the ability to extrapolate pertinent patient history, along with supporting clinical data, to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
As members of the medical team, sonographers should be able and willing to tend the sick and disabled with tact and empathy. Sonographers need to be accurate, thorough, versatile, and physically capable of lifting and moving patients.