COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — It’s
been called the stethoscope for the 21st century.
Ultrasound is a valuable tool that allows doctors to diagnose
and treat patients quickly and accurately. It’s been around for
decades, but there has been revolutionary change in the technology
in recent years, making the machines smaller, cheaper and
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine is making
its own mark with ultrasound. It’s the only medical school in the
country using ultrasound as part of the curriculum during all four
years of medical school. Medical students at USC are trained to use
ultrasound to learn, to diagnose and to treat patients.
“There is no question in my mind that ultrasound is changing how
we teach and how we practice medicine,” said Dr. Richard Hoppmann,
dean of the medical school. “It’s a tremendous educational and
teaching tool. It helps the students understand and learn anatomy,
physiology, pathology — all areas of medicine.”
Because of the university’s leading role in ultrasound
education, medical schools around the country have visited USC to
learn more about ultrasound and physician training. From April 29 –
May 1, the USC School of Medicine will host the first World
Congress of Ultrasound in Medical Education, bringing medical
students, physicians and healthcare professionals from around the
world to Columbia.
While ultrasound was once used primarily in the fields of
radiology and obstetrics, ultrasound machines are now in use
everywhere, from anatomy classrooms to cardiac labs to trauma
rooms. Students with basic ultrasound training are able to quickly
pinpoint and diagnose problems, often faster and more accurately
than experienced physicians doing a standard physical exam.
Gallstones can be easily seen; an aortic aneurysm can be detected;
there is less guessing and more accuracy when finding an entry
location for a blood vessel.
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