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Loma Linda University Launches Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor’s Degree

LOMA LINDA, CA- Loma Linda University’s School of Allied Health Professions has introduced a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography, expanding the program from a certificate degree to meet the needs of the industry that is increasingly seeking graduates of a four-year program.

Applications are now being taken for the program’s first bachelor’s degree co-hort. The priority deadline to apply is October 15, with a final deadline of December 15.

Medical sonography, commonly known as ultrasound scanning, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Unlike X-rays, sonography is a radiation-free imaging modality.

Sonography is often used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, obstetrics & gynecology, prostate, heart and blood vessels. Sonography is increasingly being used in the detection and treatment of heart disease and vascular disease that can lead to a stroke. It is also used to guide fine-needle tissue biopsies. 

A sonographer may provide this service in a variety of medical settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. Sonographers assist physicians in gathering sonographic data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions.

“This is such a rewarding field,” said Marie DeLange, program director for diagnostic medical sonography at Loma Linda University’s School of Allied Health Professions.

“There is great satisfaction and reward to be able to use critical thinking skills in partnering with physicians to determine a diagnosis to better care for the patient.”  

Loma Linda University’s diagnostic medical sonography degree is a 27-month program, approximately 80 percent of which is classroom coursework and 20 percent completed online. Students spend more than 30 hours a week in a clinical setting. Classes are held once a week for 2 to 5 hours.

Loma Linda University also offers a cardiac sonography certificate, which involves more in-depth study of the heart, including heart hemodynamics, normal anatomy, disease processes and patient treatment.

The cardiac sonography certificate program begins each autumn, and the program length is 12-months. This program prepares students to sit for the board exam and RDCS credentialing exam. All students are required to take and pass the ARDMS Standard Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) exam before completion of the program.

Sonography is a good fit for a career…

  • If you want to work in a fast-paced, satisfying career in the medical field…
  • If you seek a significant role on the health care team to help in patient diagnosis…
  • If you desire more responsibility, working closely with physicians.

The sonography programs at Loma Linda University offer:

  • A variety of clinical sites with extensive clinical hours…
  • A broad exposure to patient cases…
  • A unique student experience with experienced faculty who care about you…
  • A learning environment that supports and motivates you toward your success.

This news release follows last month’s announcement that the school has also expanded its nuclear medicine certificate into a bachelor’s degree.

“We continue to offer newly expanded programs so our students — and their future employers — will receive the greatest possible benefit for serving patients,” said Laura Alipoon, EdD, RT, chair of the school’s Department of Radiation Technology. “We look forward to announcing more expanded programs soon.”

Medical sonography, commonly known as ultrasound scanning, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Unlike X-rays, sonography is a radiation-free imaging modality.

Sonography is often used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, obstetrics & gynecology, prostate, heart and blood vessels. Sonography is increasingly being used in the detection and treatment of heart disease and vascular disease that can lead to a stroke. It is also used to guide fine-needle tissue biopsies. 

A sonographer may provide this service in a variety of medical settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. Sonographers assist physicians in gathering sonographic data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions.

“This is such a rewarding field,” said Marie DeLange, program director for diagnostic medical sonography at Loma Linda University’s School of Allied Health Professions. “There is great satisfaction and reward to be able to use critical thinking skills in partnering with physicians to determine a diagnosis to better care for the patient.”  

Loma Linda University’s diagnostic medical sonography degree is a 27-month program, approximately 80 percent of which is classroom coursework and 20 percent completed online. Students spend more than 30 hours a week in a clinical setting. Classes are held once a week for 2 to 5 hours.

Loma Linda University also offers a cardiac sonography certificate, which involves more in-depth study of the heart, including heart hemodynamics, normal anatomy, disease processes and patient treatment.

The cardiac sonography certificate program begins each autumn, and the program length is 12-months. This program prepares students to sit for the board exam and RDCS credentialing exam. All students are required to take and pass the ARDMS Standard Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) exam before completion of the program.

Sonography is a good fit for a career…

  • If you want to work in a fast-paced, satisfying career in the medical field…
  • If you seek a significant role on the health care team to help in patient diagnosis…
  • If you desire more responsibility, working closely with physicians.

The sonography programs at Loma Linda University offer:

  • A variety of clinical sites with extensive clinical hours…
  • A broad exposure to patient cases…
  • A unique student experience with experienced faculty who care about you…
  • A learning environment that supports and motivates you toward your success.

This news release follows last month’s announcement that the school has also expanded its nuclear medicine certificate into a bachelor’s degree.

“We continue to offer newly expanded programs so our students — and their future employers — will receive the greatest possible benefit for serving patients,” said Laura Alipoon, EdD, RT, chair of the school’s Department of Radiation Technology. “We look forward to announcing more expanded programs soon.”

Loma Linda University Cancer Center Now Offers Low Dose CT Scan for Lung Cancer

LOMA LINDA, CA Loma Linda University (LLU) Cancer Center is now offering lung cancer screening through a low dose chest CT scan.

The leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., and the second most common form of cancer in both men and women, lung cancer typically goes undetected until symptoms present, which is usually in the latter stages of the disease, according to Brian S. Furukawa, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care at LLU School of Medicine.

“Not only can we now detect lung cancer at an early stage when it is curable, but with our multi-disciplinary approach our team can help patients modify his or her risk factors,” Furukawa said. “The most important thing you can do to decrease your risk of getting lung cancer is to quit smoking.”

CT, or computed tomography, is an imaging procedure that uses special X-ray equipment to create detailed pictures or scans of areas inside the body. CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional X-rays.

A recent study comparing yearly screening with a low dose chest CT versus chest X-ray showed a 20 percent reduction in mortality in patients at high risk for lung cancer. 

Although getting a CT scan is relatively quick and easy, screening is an individual choice. The Lung Cancer Screening clinic educates patients on the risks and benefits of screening to help them decide on which is best for them. The clinic also works with patients to help them quit smoking. In addition, if a scan reveals a concerning finding, a multi-disciplinary team of specialists is ready to discuss the next best steps to take for further work up and a treatment plan if cancer is detected. 

“There is a dedicated team to provide care at every level to our patients,” Furukawa said. 

To learn more about low dose CT for lung cancer, or to see if you are eligible, visit lomalindalung.org or call 1-800-78-CANCER.

 

The Hebrew Review: The Hebrew Doctrine

By Ysrayl

For the uplifting and encouragements of my people…

The Hebrew Doctrine is the only doctrine that ensures their believers of a life expectancy beyond the grave. I myself laid out each brochure of each faith before me, and considered the strength of the faith. It was the best thing that was going on. We are the only faith that promises eternal life through the sacrificial blood atonement which places us back in terms with the Mighty One.

Our ancestors followed the precepts in the literal ceremonials, pointing ahead into the future of Messia, [of whom would come through the loins of a Hebress woman.] The Word came in the flesh, in the person of Yahshua, and there are those of our forebears that beheld His glory [John 1]. We in this day, observe these same ceremonials in the Spirit, by faith, not by anything we can touch and feel, see and smell. Yah is a spirit. These festivals of old were and are summed up in the life and death of Jesus the Christ. In Genesis, we observe the Mighty One taking a skin [we suppose a lamb] making the covering for their sin. We have Yahshua taking His blood into the presence of Yah as the atonement for the world, regardless of complexions of skin. This life is offered to all. It takes you to receive it. It’s freely given. You don’t have to pay for the Word of Yah. The so-called preachers are cheating you. Those of us that believe in this message are promised eternal life with the Father, and when we sleep [we will] be awaken in Paradise and we will see our loved ones again; mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, all of us will unite up under the banner of Love, over our heads in Yah’s Kingdom. This is the gift that God gives to those of us that believe.