Evalene Martin to Head DMS Program

March 13, 2009
Evalene Martin, an experienced diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) practitioner and educator, will join the Allen College faculty in June 2009 as director of the College’s new DMS program. The DMS program is one of three programs offered in Allen College’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) degree program. The DMS program will admit its first students in fall 2010. Ms. Martin, who will be moving to the Cedar Valley from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, served as the program director of the Michigan School of Cardiovascular Sonography in Gaylord, Michigan, from 2003-2008. She also has recent experience as a DMS practitioner at two medical facilities in Michigan. She is a graduate of the Mercy Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, Des Moines, Iowa. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and biology from Wartburg College. She is certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) and as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS).

Diagnostic imaging embraces several procedures that aid in diagnosing ailments, assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. Sonography usually is associated with obstetrics and the use of ultrasound imaging during pregnancy, but this technology has many other applications in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, especially those involving the cardiovascular system. Unlike most diagnostic imaging methods, sonography does not involve radiation, so harmful side effects and complications from repeated use are rarer for both the patient and the sonographer. Sonographic technology is expected to evolve rapidly and to create many new sonography procedures, such as 3D- and 4D-sonography for use in obstetric and ophthalmologic diagnosis. However, high costs may limit the rate at which some promising new technologies are adopted. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, DMS employment opportunities are favorable because sonography is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to radiologic procedures as patients seek safer treatment methods.
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