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Abdomen Exam

Exam Content Outline
The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers publishes
its exam outlines and other important information on its website ( Visit the site for complete information about
applying for and taking the registry examinations.

The outline for each exam indicates the approximate percentage of the exam that a particular topic represents. This information is important because it indicates the relative importance of each topic and allows you to study more effectively. For example, Pathology represents 40% of the abdomen exam, whereas Treatment represents 3%.

An outline summary for the Abdomen specialty examination appears below. For a more detailed exam content outline click here.

I. Anatomy and Physiology (30%)

   Normal anatomy and physiology

   Perfusion and function

II. Pathology (40%)

   Abnormal perfusion and function

   Abnormal physiology

   Congenital anomalies

   Postoperative (surgically corrected) anatomy

III. Patient Care (3%)

   Infection control

IV. Integration of Data (8%)

   Incorporate outside data (Clinical assessment, Health and
   Physical [H&P], Lab values)

V. Protocols (3%)

   Clinical standards and guidelines

   Measurement techniques

VI. Physics (10%)


   Imaging instruments

VII. Treatment (3%)

   Sonographer role in procedures

VIII. Other (3%)

   Managing medical emergencies

   Traumatic injury

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