(PRWEB) June 28, 2013
The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® announces the issuance of US Patent Number 8,449,301 for systems and methods for assessing a medical ultrasound imaging operator’s competency. The newly ARDMS patented system includes a virtual semi-interactive console featuring a variety of controls and knobs simulating an actual ultrasound machine a medical professional would use to create diagnostic images of a patient.
The newly patented virtual semi-interactive console has been incorporated into questions featured on the ARDMS Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination. The questions display a partially-completed ultrasound image and a statement that indicates a problem with the image. Examinees use a computer mouse to adjust the controls on the simulated console in a way that should correct the problem. This type of question assesses knowledge, skills and abilities in a format that closely relates to clinical practice.
“This patented technology revolutionizes Sonography credentialing examinations by allowing ARDMS to test both an examinee’s book-knowledge and also the critical skills needed to obtain clinically relevant ultrasound images which are vital to making a correct diagnosis,” said Dale R. Cyr, ARDMS Executive Director, CEO.
Mr. Cyr added that “The ARDMS console was designed to assure that practitioners throughout the world can easily recognize the knobs and controls regardless of the brand of ultrasound machine they use in their offices and practices.”
The inventors who contributed to this patent award were John P. Baker, CEO, Zoomorphix, BCo (Hons), Masters (Computing), Clarence L. Chaffee, Jr., President, The Caviart Group LLC, Paul A. Cardullo, RVT, Dale R. Cyr, ARDMS Executive Director and CEO, Bruce K. Daniels, RDCS, Patricia L. Grier, RDMS, Wayne R. Hedrick, , Ph.D., FACR, Aultman Hospital, Jo Ann Lamb, BS, RDMS, RVT, Eileen M. Nemec, RDCS, Ellen R. Julian, Ph,D., and Paul R. Wagner, RDMS, RDCS, RVT.
For more information about the new semi interactive console, please visit http://www.ARDMS.org/SIC.