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Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program

Overview

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is one of the fastest growing diagnostic fields because it uses a non-invasive, painless and acceptably safe source -- high frequency sound. Diagnostic medical sonographers use high-tech ultrasound equipment, which enables dynamic visualization of the organs within the body, to produce and evaluate ultrasound images and related data that are used by physicians to make medical diagnosis. Sonographers function as integral members of the health care team, communicating with patients, physicians, hospital staff and colleagues.

The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program at Downstate was the first ultrasound program in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Science degree. The Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and upon graduation students are qualified to sit for the registry examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Mission Statement: The program’s mission is to educate competent entry-level sonographers who will be prepared to practice in an urban environment.

Program Goals:
• Provide students with the knowledge and skills required for competent entry level practice.
• Provide students with a challenging, yet supportive, environment for learning.
• Provide opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty, peers, clinicians and professionals in related disciplines.
• Provide extensive clinical and community experiences, well integrated with academic course work, which prepare students to practice in urban communities with diverse populations.
• Foster a sense of responsibility, professionalism and commitment to life-long learning.
• To adhere to the SDMS Scope of Practice Guidelines