RAIT 326 Ultrasound Physics for Mammographers • 3 Cr.
Covers acoustical physics, including the concepts and principles of sound transmission and the utilization of high frequency sound to produce images for diagnostic purposes. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of the instructor.
Description starting Summer 2017
Covers acoustical physics, including the concepts and principles of sound transmission and the utilization of high frequency sound to produce images for diagnostic purposes. Prerequisite: Admission to the program and permission of the Program Chair.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Identify, contrast, and compare the various types of mechanical waves and the sound spectrum
- Calculate frequency, wavelength, intensity, and identify relative sizes of objects
- Anticipate and evaluate reflection characteristics based on acoustic impedance calculations
- Discuss and note the differences between specular, diffuse, and Rayleigh scatterers
- Calculate levels of attenuation in tissue
- Describe and discuss the operational characteristics of an ultrasound transducer
- Describe, discuss, contrast, and compare the concepts of an array of elements and beam formation
- Apply the concepts of resolution and focusing to obtain the optimum image; evaluate the image for quality
- Calculate the range in a pulse-echo event
- Describe, discuss, contrast, compare, and identify the Doppler effect in a spectral display
- Identify and evaluate image artifacts and explain them using reasonable physical principles
- Develop an appreciation for the importance of physics in understanding and using ultrasound techniques