X. Ultrasound Imaging
- Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves (not ionizing radiation, not x-rays) to create high-resolution two-dimensional tomographic images of structures within the body.
- Ultrasound may be conducted safely in most volunteers, children, and pregnant women and may be repeated without risk.
B. Facilities, Technical Capabilities & Limitations
- Multiple diagnostic ultrasound units equipped with different frequency, linear-array, and phased-array transducers are available for a variety of human research applications.
- All units produce high-quality digital images.
- Images are viewable and archived on the Enterprise-wide McKesson PACS; images can be transcribed to CDs/DVDs as needed. Other methods to transfer electronic images are available.
- Radiology reports are viewable through SCM/AEHR and can be printed as needed.
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C. Hours of Operation
- 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
D. Personnel Resources
- American Board of Radiology-certified, subspecialized Radiology Physicians (MDs).
- American Board of Radiology-certified Medical Physicist (PhD).
- American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)-certified Ultrasound Technologists with subspecialty certification in Ultrasound
- Please discuss project and all applicable costs with Radiology Senior Research Coordinator prior to IRB and/or grant submission or renewal.
- Radiology costs include the technologist’s time to prepare and image the patient/human research subject according to protocol, process the image data, and archive the images to PACS and/or other archive media as required by the investigator or study sponsor.
- Professional services by radiology physicians and/or medical physicists are negotiable.