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Sonography Principles and Instrumentation

Sonography Principles and Instrumentation
Course Code - 002A

SONOGRAPHY PRINCIPLES AND INSTRUMENTATION (SPI) is a user friendly course written by an experienced sonographer and instructor who has helped countless Burwin students pass the Registry examination. This course focuses on the essential aspects of sonography principles, physics, and instrumentation needed to prepare for, and to confidently take, the Registry Credentialing Examination.

Although the learning emphasis is on clinical knowledge, some theory is covered specifically for Registry purposes and for which there is only minimal practical relevance. Students are expected to know and understand some common equations but mostly from a conceptual or relational aspect.

This course provides ample opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding with numerous exercises, four “open book” assignments and a final “closed book” examination. The final examination provides valuable feedback on areas of strength and weakness which will assist in focused preparation for the Registry Credentialing Examination.

This course has been evaluated by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and is approved for 30 educational credits or units (CME/CEU/CPD).

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Module 1:

  • Physical principles
  • Units of measurement
  • Properties of ultrasound waves
  • Interactions of sound with tissue
  • Power, intensity and amplitude
  • Range equation
  • Pulsed and continuous wave concepts

Module 2:

  • Transducer construction and characteristics
  • Sound beams
  • Spatial resolution
  • Transducer selection
  • Doppler principles and instrumentation
  • Hemodynamics

Module 3:

  • Pulse-echo instrumentation
  • Display modes and their formation
  • Transmission and reception of ultrasound
  • Beam formation
  • Pre and post processing techniques
  • Real-time ultrasound principles and transducer types
  • Tissue harmonic imaging
  • Recording and storage devices

Module 4:

  • Patient care, safety and communication
  • Biological effects and ALARA
  • Pulse-echo imaging and doppler artifacts
  • Quality assurance and quality control of equipment

Successful completion of the Burwin SPI course satisfies the ARDMS examination prerequisites.




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