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  • SDMS President's Message - October 2019

    by Ted Whitten | Oct 09, 2019

    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