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LBWCC gets new DMS equipment


LBW Community College recently purchased two new ultrasound machines to provide hands-on learning for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) students, thanks to a grant from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

“This equipment would not have been possible without these grant funds,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel. “We are grateful for the support and effort of Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) in addressing LBWCC’s needs with the governor and other officials and helping to make this grant a reality.”

Jones said he was honored to help with LBWCC’s program.

“Working to obtain this grant for LBWCC was an honor and a privilege,” he said. “People in and around Covington County have exciting opportunities for education and training in our two-year college. Training with this new technology can lead to great high-paying jobs.”

LBWCC purchased a GE Voluson S6 and Philips HD11 XE system for a total cost of $110,034.

“These machines were chosen based on imaging capabilities and the ability to facilitate students’ clinical experiences,” said DMS Program Director Olivia Bush, BSRT(R), RDMS, RVT.

“By providing the same type of equipment in DMS labs as is used by hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, students are better prepared for clinical applications.”

By training on the new equipment, students gain valuable hands-on experience in the lab that can be directly applied in the work place, greatly reducing the learning curve of a new job, she said.

While both machines include packages for a wide range of diagnostic imaging, the GE Healthcare Voluson S6 system is widely used in OB/GYN practices, while the Philips HD11 XE system is commonly used for general abdomen studies, including liver, kidney, heart and vascular studies.

Each system includes applications packages covering cardiology, general imaging, vascular and OB/GYN, and four transducers capable of imaging abdominal, small part and superficial, pediatric, musculoskeletal, obstetrical, gynecological and fertility, prostate, vascular (cerebrovascular, peripheral vascular), transcranial doppler, and both adult and pediatric cardiac.

This Associate in Applied Science Degree program is offered at LBWCC in Opp and is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs based on recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  It is one of only three such accredited programs in Alabama.

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Photo:  LBW Community College recently had the opportunity to thank Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia), far left, for his efforts in securing grant funding for the purchase of new Diagnostic Medical Sonography equipment. Pictured with him are LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel; DMS Program Director Olivia Bush, Dean of Instruction Peggy Linton, and Susan Musgrove, DMS instructor (standing, center); and DMS program students (in blue from left) Taylor Robinson of Newton; Courtney Lovett, Dothan; Erin Joseph, Enterprise; Kellie Powell, Andalusia; Casey Hughes, New Brockton; and Austin Crews, Eufaula. The DMS program is offered at LBWCC in Opp.

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