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Misericordia University diagnostic medical sonography students present research projects at NEPA Society of Ultrasound meeting

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Society of Ultrasound recently selected two Misericordia University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor of Science degree students to keynote the annual end-of year meeting at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton.

The Misericordia University student-research presentations provided information to attendees on the need for all sonography departments to work as a team to develop a quality assurance program in order to provide consistent results and optimize patient outcomes. Participants in the program received two-credits of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity.

“Sonography is the most operator dependent imaging modality,’’ said Sheryl E. Goss, M.S., R.T.(R)(S), R.D.M.S., R.D.C.S., R.V.S., R.V.T., F.S.D.M.S., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Misericordia University. “Therefore, education, attention to detail and consistency in image quality is imperative.’’

Jennifer Carey, R.D.M.S., of Honesdale presented, “Quality Assurance in Obstetrical Scanning.’’ The Misericordia senior’s work outlined the importance of the precision required to obtain and measure multiple anatomical structures and areas on a fetus to provide accurate information to the obstetrician.

Jessica Giuliano, R.D.M.S., of Kunkletown, created the presentation entitled, “Quality Assurance for Measurements of Abdominal Organs.’’ The Misericordia senior’s research illustrated methods to compare ultrasound acquired measurements to organ measurements using other imaging modalities, such as an MRI or CT scan.

Misericordia University has the region’s only entry-level Bachelor of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program provides greater career mobility compared to associate- or certificate-credentialed professionals; the advantages of a liberal arts degree, and an academic program geared toward traditional students.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs awarded accreditation to the Misericordia University Sonography Program. Sonographers perform a diagnostic medical procedure that uses ultrasound to produce dynamic visual images of human organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. Sonographers work in various medical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices under the supervision of a physician specialist in radiology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, cardiology or ophthalmology.

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