Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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SDMS President's Message - October 2019

by Ted Whitten

SDMS Members,

I am very excited to announce the recipients of the following SDMS awards. Please join me in congratulating them not only for a job well done, but also for their contribution to our profession.

Please consider participating next year and perhaps we will be inviting you to join us up on stage!


Sonographer and Student Poster Competitions

Posters report the results of a research topic review or literature review, scientific process or original research, or a case study. Posters were displayed at the 2019 SDMS Annual Conference.

Sonographer Poster


1st Place:
Talisha Hunt, BSRT, RDMS, RVT, RDCS
Diagnosing Gallbladder Perforation with Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound


2nd Place:
Mary Davis, RDCS, RCS, FASE
Disease Progression in a Fetus with Turner’s and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Student Poster

1st Place:
Laura Huddleston
Bailey McMillen
Kirsten Vigor
University of Missouri – Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
Do You Have the Guts? A Comparative Study of the Sonographic Appearance of the Thickness of the Intestinal Wall between Healthy Patients and Those with Celiac Disease


2nd Place:
Sonia Liddick
Elaine Ellington
Maria Velazquez
El Centro College – Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Are Ultrasound Gel Warmers Defeating Facility Disinfection Efforts?

Scientific Presentation Competition

The Scientific Presentation Competition evaluates sonographers’ original presentation summary papers on clinical research, educational techniques, patient care, sonography department management, case studies presenting a diagnostic challenge, or other areas related to diagnostic medical sonography.


1st Place:
Douglas Clem, PhD, RDCS, RVT
Emily Rail, BS
Elise Hodel
Amanda Matlock, BS
An Exploratory Survey Examining the Criteria Used for the Evaluation of Carotid Stenosis and the Reporting of Results by Ultrasound Labs 

W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Awards

This award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing in the field of diagnostic medical sonography. The award is named in memory of W. Frederick Sample, MD, whose tremendous contributions to the growth and development of the field of sonography have influenced sonographers and physicians. Because of Dr. Sample’s dedication to teaching and research, this award is given to outstanding students in diagnostic medical sonography.

Original Research


1st Place:
Madeline Scott, BHS
University of Missouri – Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
The Pathways to Diagnosis: The Impact of Sonography on Breast Cancer Diagnosis in Women with Dense Breast Tissue


2nd Place:
Keri Sanders, BSMIRS
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Nuchal Translucency Measurements: Should Monitoring of Mechanical and Thermal Index be a Requirement for Credentialing? An Assessment of Data

Literature Review


1st Place:
Crystal Jones
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Is Ultrasonic Shear Wave a Viable Measure to Evaluate the Vulnerability of Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis: A Comparison of Ultrasound Shear Wave, Computed Tomography Angiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging


2nd Place:
Silvia Guzman, BS
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Role of Ultrasound Coupling Gel and Transducers in Infection Control

Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Awards

This award is presented annually in memory of Kenneth R. Gottesfeld, MD, a founding father in obstetrical sonography. Honorees are recognized for superior writing and contributions to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2018.


1st Place:
Sundus H. Mohammad, BS, RVT
Randee L. Hunter, PhD
Rachel L. Tatarski, MS, LAT, ATC
Angela N. Butwin, MS, RT(R), RDMS
Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS
Assessing Cortical Thickness in Human Tibiae With Sonography vs Computed Tomography: A Pilot Study


2nd Place:
Mulubrhan M. Woldemariam, BA, BS, RDMS, RVT
Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS
Angela N. Butwin, MS, RT(R), RDMS
Rachel L. Pargeon, BS, RT(R), RDMS
Kevin R. Volz, PhD, RVT
Colleen Spees, PhD, Med, RDN, LD, FAND
Measuring Abdominal Visceral Fat Thickness with Sonography: A Methodologic Approach 


3rd Place:
Yosefa J. Pessin, DHSc, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Jason Tang-Simmons, BS, RDMS
Sonography Simulators: Use and Opportunities in CAAHEP-Accredited Programs

SDMS Foundation Research Grant Program

In 2017, the SDMS Foundation launched a research grant program to support individuals conducting innovative research projects that advance the field of diagnostic medical sonography.


2018 Recipient
Kimberly Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Introducing Mindful Pause Practice in Sonography Education: A Strategy to Improve Classroom Presence


2018 Recipient
Sundus Modammad, BS, RDMS, RVT
The Ohio State University
Utilizing Simulation with Target Cut Planes to Ensure Proper Triaging of Emergency Cardiac Patients

2018 Recipient
Nicole Stigall, RDMS, RVT
The Ohio State University
Utilizing Sonographic Measurements of Abdominal Visceral Fat to Determine the Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

2018 Recipient
Kimberly Sorrentino, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Gateway Community College
The Adaptation of Quality Improvement Initiatives in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

2019 Recipient
Sandy Takata, OTD, OTR/L
University of Southern California
Development of a Sonographic Image Acquisition and Analysis Protocol for Surgically Repaired Flexor Tendons of the Hand



Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
SDMS and SDMS Foundation President