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NSU Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care: Tampa Campus Cardiovascular Sonography Faculty Member Honored

Catharine Scholl, M.H.S., RDMS, RVT.

Catharine Scholl, M.H.S., RDMS, RVT.

NSU faculty member, Catharine Scholl, M.H.S., RDMS, RVT, assistant professor, Cardiovascular Sonography Program at NSU Tampa campus was honored by the selection and publication of her original research work in the peer-reviewed industry journal, the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS), a publication of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).  Cathie carried out the research in conjunction with co-author and research advisor, Helen Salisbury, Ph.D., assistant professor, as part of her doctoral work in the Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) degree program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. The article appears in the current September/October issue of the JDMS.

The article, “Barriers to Performing Ergonomic Scanning Techniques for Sonographers”, describes the survey-based quantitative analysis used to identify the reasons that practicing sonographers are prevented from using industry-standard ergonomic techniques while performing ultrasound examinations.  Over 1200 practicing sonographers participated in the data collection survey with the support of the SDMS. The results identified the four most-common barriers: time constraints, patient obesity, uncooperative patients, and portable (bedside) examinations. The study concludes with recommendations for addressing the barriers that can be controlled most-easily in the medical environment, scheduling and equipment utilization.

The full article is available for SDMS members at the JDMS journal webpages or downloaded at Sage Publications via the NSU Library permissions at: