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Smith Library: Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Resources for the WCUI Los Angeles, Ontario and Phoenix campuses.

Abdomen Topics

Acute Appendicitis
Acute/Chronic Cholecystitis​
Acute/Chronic Pancreatitis
​Acute/Chronic Pyelonephritis 
Adult Polycystic Kidney Disease
Aortic Aneurysms
Benign/Malignant Thyroid Nodules
Budd-Chiari Syndrome
Caroli's disease
Cavernous Hemangioma 
Diffuse Thyroid Disease

​Duodenal Atresia​
Focal Nodular Hyperplasia 
Fungal Diseases
Grave's Disease
Hepatic Neoplasms

Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Kidney Failure

Kidney Transplant
Mirizzi Syndrome 
​Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney
Parathyroid Adenoma

Papillary Carcinoma
Portosystemic Shunts
Undescended Testes
​Vascular Abnormalities


ARDMS Podcast: Current information on ARDMS policies or programs.

Core Ultrasound: Ultrasound Podcast, Ultrasound of the week, Lectures, 5 Min. Sono Vids

Emergency Ultrasound: These lectures comprise the bedside ultrasound curriculum from the perspective of emergency medicine.

JDMS (SAGE) DMS Podcasts: The latest diagnostic techniques and interpretation methods, case reports, research applications, and the newest hardware/software technologies and equipment in specialty areas, including abdominal, breast, echocardiography, neurosonology, OB/GYN, and vascular sonography.

Physics basic: Basic concepts of ultrasound physic

Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease: Introduction and information on PCOS

Radiology: Discussion of papers and articles related to radiology or COVID-19

Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education: Physics, instrumentation, abdomen, pelvic, cardiac, and neck learning modules.

UC Irvine Critical Care Ultrasound: Emergency room ultrasound podcasts.

Ultrasound Gel: learning about recent literature in the field of point-of-care ultrasound.

Ultrasound in MedEd MS1: Ultrasound lectures

Ultrasound in MedED MS2: Ultrasound lectures

Ultrasound in MedED MS3: Ultrasound lectures

Ultrasound in MedED MS4: Ultrasound lectures


Smith Library Contact Information

Los Angeles: Cat 

Ontario: Karen

Phoenix: Terri

Program Directors

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Kin So - Los Angeles 

Sangeeta Mehta - Ontario 

Michael LaJoy - Phoenix 

Obstetric and Gynecology Topics

Atrioventricular Septal Defect 
Cardiac Axis Abnormality  
Cleft Lip and Palate 
Congenital Anomalies
Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation 
Cystic Hygroma  
Dandy-Walker Syndrome 
Developmental Anomalies
Diaphragmatic Hernia  
Double Renal Collecting System  
Duodenal Atresia  
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome 
Infantile Polycystic Kidney 
Multicystic Renal Dysplasia 
Placenta Previa and Accrete 
Renal Agenesis 
Spina Bifida  
Trisomy 13  
Trisomy 18  
Trisomy 21 
Vasa previa  
Ventricular Septal Defect  

Interactive Human Anatomy

Professional Associations

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS): An independent, nonprofit organization for sonography professionals. 

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM): Advances the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine.

Code of Ethics for the Profession of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU): Dedicated to advancing ultrasound in vascular disease diagnosis.

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS): Promotes, advances, and educates members in DMS.

Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU): Advances the science, practice and teaching of ultrasound for radiologists and patients.

Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education: Educational experiences and results on research of outcomes.

Community Service

Community Engagement - Collaborating for Change: Principles and strategies for engaging with communities through partnerships, research, service, and learning. (University of Michigan)


Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound: Head-to-toe videos from their 2019 conference.

Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM):  Ultrasound resources for clinicians, researchers, and practice managers. 

Sonographic Tendencies: Medical ultrasound or sonographic educational materials for students, sonogaphers and radiologists.

Physics and Instrumentation Topics

2D (Gray Scale Ultrasound Image Formation) 
2D Image Artifact 
Blood and Blood Flow Study (Hemodynamic) 
Color Doppler Characteristics 
Doppler Artifact 
Doppler Instrumentation
Gain Controls
Imaging Artifacts
PW/CW Doppler Characteristics 
Transducer Selection
3D Transducer
Continuous Wave Probe 
Convex Array 
Endovaginal Probe 
Linear Array 
Mechanical Transducer 
Phased Array 
TEE Transducer 
Ultrasound Contrast Agents
Ultrasound System Performance Evaluation  
Ultrasound System Safety Evaluation 

Narrow the Topic

Describe sonographic features of hepatic hydatid disease.

How are the etiologic factors related to strictures or dilation of bile ducts different from Caroli's disease and parasitic infections?

How does critical thinking lead to smarter scanning that saves lives? (e.g. knowing that primary tumors of the lungs or breasts most likely have secondary GI neoplasms).

How is comparative imaging essential to differential diagnosis in carcinomas?

How is "scan where it hurts" complementary to standard GI scanning assessments?

What are the optimal technical factors to improve assessment for common bile duct stones?

What are the types of renal calcification?


American Society for Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Foundation: In an effort to help students and professionals obtain the education needed for a successful career, the ASRT offers over 65 scholarships in several medical imaging disciplines thanks in part to donors and corporate sponsors.

Islamic Development Bank: Awards five, interest-free loan scholarships of $15,000 each year.

National Ultrasound: National Ultrasound, a dedicated ultrasound equipment company in the U.S., awards a $500 scholarship twice a year.

SDMS Scholarships: $2,500 scholarship for a sonography student from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).

Society for Vascular Ultrasound – Anne Jones Scholarship Fund: Four scholarships totaling $5,500 are awarded each year in honor of Anne Jones, former Chair of SVU’s Government Relations. Recipients are students who are pursuing a career in vascular ultrasound.

Vascular Topics

Aneurysms (Various types) 
Ankle Brachial Index studies 
Atherosclerosis Obliterans (Various types) 
Carotid Body Tumor 
Cerebrovascular Accident 
Collagen Vascular Disease 
Deep Vein Thrombosis 
Extravascular Masses 
Fibromuscular Dysplasia 
Neointimal Dysplasia 
Peripheral Arterial Disease 
Phlegmasia Alba Dolens 
Phlegmasia Cerulea Dolens 
Raynaud’s Syndrome 
Subclavian Steal 
Takayasu Arteritis 
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 
Thromboangitis Obliterans 
Transcranial Doppler Examinations 
Venous Insufficiency  

Educational Videos

ABC Vascular:  Vascular videos 


Health Videos: The anatomy of body parts and organ systems, and how diseases and conditions affect them.

Ultrasound Videos: National Library of Medicine - Ultrasound Videos

Ultrasound Training: Ultrasound training videos brought to you by the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine

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