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What is Medical Sonography?
What is Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a non-invasive and painless medical test that uses sound waves to create images of blood flow, organs, and tissues to assist doctors in confirming or ruling out a specific diagnosis. Also known as ultrasound, sonography is a common tool used by doctors in obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) to monitor a woman’s pregnancy.

What Are the Duties of a Medical Sonographer?

Sonographers help to prep...
Brain Foods
Brain Foods
Back in the day (whenever that was) it was common to think that foods shaped like particular organs or body parts would help keep the actual corresponding body part healthy and well.

As scientific thought began to work its way to the forefront, those ideas were treated like wives’ tales or folklore. So, in today's world we can rely on science to point the way towards foods that contribute to optimal cognitive function and we n...
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
A new study shows a sort of signature in the brains of lonely people that make them distinct in fundamental ways, based on variations in the volume of different brain regions as well as based on how those regions communicate with one another across brain networks.

A team of resear...
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
By Emily Hayes, AuntMinnie.com contributing writer

A study conducted by a team of researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found brain damage in patients who died of COVID-19.

The 25-year-old female patient had been diagnosed with COVID-19, with symptoms including anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste). Experience with her case was ...
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
The job outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants and the demand for their services is so good that government analysts predict more than 1,000 positions will open up every month, on average, for the next decade.

Trained and licensed Physical Therapist Assistants should have little trouble finding job opportunities for the foreseeable future.

There is a high demand for physical therapist assistants, especially due to the ag...
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
If you have ever had an MRI scan before, you’ll know how unsettling the experience can be. You’re placed in a claustrophobia-inducing tube and asked to stay completely still for up to an hour while unseen hardware whirs, creaks, and thumps around you like a medical poltergeist. New research, though, suggests AI can help with this predicament by making MRI scans four times faster, getting patients in and out of the tube quicker.

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Student Spotlight

Milan Manorat

Milan Manorat’s impressive 3.62 cumulative grade point average and her commitment and dedication to the DMS program has landed her first selection in the 2019 Student Spotlight!

Milan is in her final semester before embarking on externship, and though she has loved all her classes, her favorite has been Abdomen – “I love learning about anatomy and physiology, hormonal changes in the body, and how different parts of the body take part in the digestive system to aid in reabsorption and excretion”.

Milan’s biggest challenge in the program has been “being able to visualize the orientation of the beam and which section I was cutting into”.  To understand better, Milan took to drawing sections of the liver (she was learning the organ at the time) and positioning the paper anatomically correct (anterior, posterior, superior, etc.) over where the patient would be. Once she was able to understand this, it made her a much better student.

Learning to manipulate the transducer”, has impacted Milan the most. “Scanning looks easy, and most people think – you put jelly on a pregnant lady and just glide the transducer across her belly, but there is a lot more to it! We must maneuver our way through ribs to get a good image of a kidney or angle around gas bubbles that create dirty shadowing. Scanning can be difficult, but if we understand the anatomy and how to manipulate the transducer, we will have an easier time finding a job when we graduate”.

 As for Milan’s favorite faculty – “It would be hard for me to choose just one favorite instructor, I feel all play a big part in my education in different ways. Dr. Arthur, known for his physics knowledge, is helpful in answering any of my vascular and physics questions. So, if you have any questions, he is your guy. As for Dr. Bahaa, I loved when he would display diseases on the board and have students come up one by one to identify. This helped me understand how to describe diseases sonographically. Dr. Bahaa has notes and lectures that get right to the point, which our class really enjoyed. Lastly, Mr. Dhillon, helped me to learn and understand how to properly angle the transducer to find the organ”.

 When Milan is not focused on her studies, her interests point to food. Milan characterizes herself as an “amateur foodie!” She loves to cook, eat at high rated restaurants, and will even travel some distance for a good meal.  She enjoys watching cooking and food travel shows as well as cooking videos.

And what animal would Milan be if she could be any animal – Elephant! “They are rather large but caring and gentle, also highly intelligent and have good memorization (which would be great for study anatomy and physiology)”. And as an introverted extrovert, Milan would say, “My extroverted part loves hanging out in groups like elephants!”

After graduation, Milan would like to take a few weeks off to travel but then plans on getting right back into Ultrasound by taking her ARDMS exam and then immediately getting a job. From what we have seen of Milan – we have no doubt she will do just this, and shine as a Sonographer.

 

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