Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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DMSO-2341-001 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology


Prerequisite: DMSO 1441

Course Description

Pathologies and disease states of the abdomen and pelvis as related to scanning techniques, patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection, and scanning protocols. Emphasizes endocavitary sonographic anatomy and procedures including pregnancy.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Required textbooks

Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography, 8th Edition, Hagen-Ansert 

Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography, 8th Edition, Hagen-Ansert Workbook

Ultrasound Scanning, Principles and Protocols, 3rd Edition, Betty Bates/Tempkin





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Student Performance

Student Performance:

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Describe pathology of the abdominopelvic cavity and be able to identify normal and abnormal anatomy sonographically; know how to optimize visualization of the organs and how to document pathology.  Describe the lab findings, clinical findings and sonographic appearances of pathologies in pediatrics and adult sonography. 

1. To identify possible pathology based off of lab results, clinical findings, and previous imaging.
2. Recogonize when a pathology is present
3. Optimize images and documentation of pathology

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Courtesy and respect are expected among students and the instructor. Students are expected to be attentive to instructor and guests at all times and during presentations of other students.  Students are to extend the highest respect to patients/clients/others when making off campus contact.  Lack of regard to this expectation at any time by any single student or group of students may result in immediate dismissal from the classroom.


Zoom expectations: If you are required to attend classes via zoom you will be required to attend during the live class or be considered absent.  Proper attire must be worn and you must be visable on the screen with microphone as needed. 

If a student has a concern with the course instructor, the following “due process” protocol will apply.  The student will follow the protocol steps in the order shown.

1.       Make every effort to resolve the concern directly with the course instructor. The instructor should be contacted by the student before the conclusion of the course.

2.       If the concern cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the student after meeting with the course instructor, the student should seek satisfaction from the program director.

3.       If the concern cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the student after meeting with the program director, the student should seek satisfaction from the  Associate Dean of Health Sciences  Kim Boyd 354-6060, Dean of Health Sciences Kim Crowley 354-6087, Associate VP of Academic Services Becky Burton 371-5122, and VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Tamara Clunis 371-5226

4.  If the concern cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the student after meeting with the President, the student should seek satisfaction from the college Board of Regents at the next regular meeting of the Regents.  The decision of the Regents will be final.

Zoom expectations:  If you are required to attend classes via zoom you will be required to attend at the same time as the live class otherwise you will be considered absent.  Proper attire must be worn, you must be visable on the screen, and with microphone on as needed.  



Each student will be required to prepare written assignments and take written examinations as a part of this course.  Students should be absolutely aware of the instructor’s policies relative to the ethics regarding plagiarism and any other unethical student conduct that may occur relative to a scored activity.

PLAGIARISM is the theft of another person’s work or thinking.  Words as well as ideas are intellectual property and can be stolen from another person as easily as money or property.  As such, plagiarism can be a violation of criminal law. Copying the published work of another person is illegal without the express permission of that person (e.g. internet and journal articles). Portions of a published work may be quoted provided the quote is properly cited. Even in those cases where the law may not be technically violated, plagiarism is unethical.  Frankly, it is simply the wrong thing to do. In this course, it is also considered plagiarism to copy the work of another student. No student may  COPY ANOTHER STUDENT’S WORK on any assignment for credit even if permission is given.

Unethical conduct during a quiz or examination is also simply the wrong thing to do. To say the least, for a student pursuing a health-related career, unethical conduct may be considered a reliable predictor of unacceptable job performance in the medical environment. If a student makes a choice to “cheat” on a test, will that student also make similar choices relative to accurate patient care? This instructor takes the position that a dishonest student in the classroom may indeed pose a threat to the safety of any patient who comes into contact with that student.  Healthcare employers take a similar position. The health care industry and Amarillo College will not tolerate this type of unprofessionalism.       

At Amarillo College, there are grave academic penalties for any unethical conduct on the part of any student. The policy and penalty for such conduct is provided in the “General Catalog” as follows:


In this course, plagiarism, dishonesty, or any other unethical course conduct, is cause, at the minimum, for a final course grade of “F” regardless of other grades earned to-date in the course.  At the maximum, it may be cause to request the college administration to dismiss the student from the sonography program and Amarillo College.

WARNING!  This ethics policy is STRICTLY enforced!


Grading Criteria


The following grade scale applies throughout this clinical course for all activities:

A = 92 - 100

B = 83 - 91

C = 75 - 82

F = 74 or below

A grade of "D" is not possible in this course.



The course will consist of unit examinations, quizzes, homework, in class assignments and a comprehensive didactic and lab final examination.


Grading Criteria:


The final course grade will be computed as follows:


Tests = 30%

Case Studies = 20%

Average Quizzes/Assignments = 25%

Final Comprehensive Examination = 25%


Please refer to attendance policy below for further description of possible grade deductions due to absences or tardies.


When a final grade of “incomplete” is appropriate, a written contract to remove the “I” will be prepared by the course instructor and signed by the instructor and student. Normally, the grade of “I” must be converted to a passing grade within 90 days of the conclusion of the course. 

Under a very rare circumstance, a time extension of an additional 90 days is possible.  Each case will be handled on an individual basis and no one case shall set a precedent for another case.  If the “I” is not removed in accordance with the contract, the final course grade will be recorded as an “F”.

*Tutoring is available and mandatory for any exam grade less than 75%.  It is your responsibility to schedule this with the appropriate instructor.  You will not be able to take your next test if all mandatory tutoring sessions are not complete.



Due to classes only meeting once per week attendance is critical to your success.  Students are expected to attend each class session, take quizzes, tests and the final exam on the scheduled dates unless an excused absence is obtained. This absence must be reported before class on the day of the absence.

Excused absences are:

 (1) Extreme illness involving student or his/her immediate family (spouse, child, parent, grandparent or sibling)
 (2) Death in the student's immediate family.


Any absence other than listed above is considered unexcused.

If you miss a class you are responsible for all announcements, subject matter, and assignments for each class.

Two absences per course is allowed per semester. After the second absence, the student will be docked 10% from his/her final point total for the course.

Students may not take more than one makeup quizzes and/or tests per course.  Make-up quizzes/exams are only given if the instructor is notified prior to class time, and the absence is excused.

If you need to makeup a quiz/exam  you must schedule to make up the exam before the next class day back or a grade of “0” will be recorded for the missed quiz/exam.

Quizzes and/or exams may not be taken early in any class. .

Students not turning assignments in on time due to absence must turn the assignment in on the first day back to class, the student will lose 5 points for every day it is late.

Zoom attendance will only be allowed for students who are quarantined according to school policy, one who has a dr. note documenting an illness, or one who is attending clinical rotation outside of the panhandle.  Students on zoom must be present during the class with camera on to be counted as present for the day.  

On a rare occasion, a student may know in advance of an impending and UNAVOIDABLE absence.  If that absence is to occur on a day when a scored activity is to be taken, the student may petition the instructor, IN ADVANCE (1 week minimum) AND IN WRITING, for an “excused absence.”  Each excused absence request will be handled on an individual basis and the decision of the instructor will be final.  If approved by the instructor, an excused absence will not result in the loss of any points on the scored activity due to the absence.


Classroom/Laboratory Tardiness and/or Leaving Early

Punctual attendance is expected for all class sessions. 3 tardies and/or leaving early will count as an absence.  Any material missed will be the responsibility of the student to obtain from fellow students.  Each tardy or early dismissal after the 3 will deduct 1% from the final overall grade for each occurrence.




DMSO 2341- Abdominopelvic Pathology


Course Level: Introductory



DMSO 2341

Week 1: Ch.8 Vascular, case study

Week 2:  Vascular quiz, Ch. 9 Liver

Week 3: Liver part II,   Case Study 1 due

Week 4: Liver quiz, Ch. 11 Spleen 

Week 5: Test, Emergency Sono

Week 6:  Ch. 10 Gallbladder

Week 7:  Gallbladder quiz, Ch. 12 Pancreas

Week 8:  Pancreas quiz, Ch. 13 GI    Case Study 2 due

Week 9:  Test, procedures Transplants   

Week 10: Transplants, ch. 14 peritoneum

Week 11: Ch. 15 Urinary pt. 1

Week 12:  Quiz, Ch 15 Urinary pt. 2            

Week 13:  Ch. 16,  Case Study 3 due   

Week 14:  Test , Contrast 

Week 15:  Review       

Week 16:  Comprehensive Didactic Final

*Calendar is subject to change*


Additional Information

Electronic devices which produce audible sounds must be silenced during all lecture presentations.  Also, text messaging during class and lab is absolutely prohibited.  Recording or filming of lectures is not allowed unless permission is granted before class.  

All cell phones and smart watches must be placed in your bags at front of the room during any and all quizzes and tests.

Respondus lockdown browser will be used for all exams.  Webcam also required for out of class exams if needed. Please make sure that it is downloaded  and functioning prior to testing.


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This course is very technical and, as such, demands strong student study skills to complete the course satisfactorily. Sonography is NOT “rocket-science,” but it does require persistent and effective study to grasp and retain the information.The following study skill guidelines have been tested through many years, and when used consistently, have been proven to work. Of course, students have different learning styles. Therefore, all skills listed may not be appropriate for you. If you have already developed a study system that works, don’t change it!   If that is not the case, the you should give strong consideration to the adoption of one or more of these guidelines.

1.   Plan to study no less than two clock-hours each week for each hour of class time. If you are academically challenged you should spend even more time. Class time is used to collect notes — NOT to learn the greater part of the information.  Effective learning must continue to take place outside of the classroom.

2.   NEVER extend a study session beyond 30 minutes without taking a short break.  For most students, continuous studying without frequent short breaks generally serves little or no useful purpose. It is not usually possible for the average student to remain sufficiently focused beyond 30 minutes.

3.   During a study session, get active! Choose an area free of distractions and don’t get comfortable. Read your notes and the textbook out loud if the location permits. Using the additional sense of hearing further improves retention and learning.  Reading silently using only the sense of sight and limits learning ability. 

4.    Re-write your lecture notes within twelve hours. Notes taken during a lecture session must often be abbreviated to save time. This creates gaps in sentence and paragraph structure. Therefore, if a re-write does not occur relatively soon, gaps will be difficult to close later. Also, a re-write involves the sense of touch which improves retention and learning. When closing gaps, be sure to consult the textbook for additional information relative to the subject under study. A good dictionary can also be helpful.

 5.       Study with a classmate when possible.  For most students, group study reinforces learning.

6.       NEVER “cram” for tests. Cramming may work, but any success is only temporary since this study technique involves short-term memory. Use of long-term memory is absolutely necessary to successfully complete any course which requires a comprehensive final examination and a program of study where an overall program exit comprehensive examination and certification examination is also required. Instead of relying on a “crisis approach” to learning, stay organized and review often.

7.       Ask questions during class sessions and/or visit with the course instructor outside of class to clarify information that may be difficult for you to grasp. If necessary, seek advice from the instructor for making improvements. However, seeking advice during the final couple of weeks of the course is probably too late!

8.       Avoid, at all cost, a pessimistic attitude. Instead, THINK POSITIVELY! A person in very likely to mentally move in the direction he or she thinks about most often. When a subject seems overwhelming, don’t panic!  When the brain is in “panic mode,” it cannot simultaneously be in an effective learning mode. If panic develops, STOP!  Re-evaluate your study skills and make immediate changes that can remove or reduce the difficulty. Chances are, the panic is the result of not enough time set aside to learn the information.

9.       Improve your self-confidence! An excellent online tool to help build self-confidence can be seen at …




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