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Ultrasound Research

ULTRASOUND RESEARCH

WHAT IS ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound is a non-invasive technique that captures tissues and organs without exposing patients to any form of radiation or magnetics. It is also commonly called ultrasonography or sonography meaning “ultrasound tomography”. Ultrasound has been used in clinical patient care in all specialties in medicine and research for more than 80 years. These applications of ultrasound historically exemplify its safety.

CLINICAL PURPOSE OF ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound is most known for its use in allopathic medicine and to a lesser extent in osteopathic medicine. Modern ultrasound research and clinical use span a very large range of diseases. The most dominant features of diagnostic ultrasound are the ability to monitor anatomical structures and functions of the organ and tissue. For example, the use of Doppler to assess blood flow velocity and volume in the heart and vessels.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT 

At RVU-SU based ultrasound research laboratory, our main goals in ultrasound research are to develop Evidence-Based osteopathic medicine, improvement of the application of ultrasound in disease prevention, and integration of ultrasound in osteopathic medical education. Therefore, we can provide opportunities to faculties and medical students opportunities with ultrasound research projects, conferences, and continue education activities.​

A wide variety of clinical ultrasound research projects are conducting at the RVU-SU-based ultrasound research laboratory. This includes a clinical study of the heart function, vascular function (carotid, aorta), which uses state-of-the-art ultrasound strain imaging and vector velocity imaging. Tissue mechanical properties are closely correlated with the function of the tissue. Ultrasound enables the physician to perform tissue palpation without touching the patient, instead of using an ultrasound beam to touch/push the targeted tissue. High spatial resolution and large dynamic range ultrasonic imaging yield not only images of anatomical structures in tissue but also quantitative data for tissue elasticity and tissue blood supply, both important indicators for detection and diagnosis of diseases.

As an assessment of osteopathic manipulative examination, we have developed multiparametric ultrasound imaging biomarkers to quantify the change in the tissue with pain, tenderness, abnormal motion, and malfunction for the diagnosis of somatic dysfunction compared with healthy tissue. We have also developed multiparametric ultrasound imaging to monitor osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) effect quantitatively. The discovery of evidence-based osteopathic medicine may make osteopathic medicine more compatible with allopathic medicine.

ULTRASOUND RESEARCH CLUB

The Ultrasound Research Subgroup will meet regularly along with the current mentor Dr. Gao to collaborate and learn from the process of how to come up with, obtain approval, perform, and publish US research.

MEMBERS
  • President of Ultrasound Research: Jacob King, OMSII

    Club Mentor: Jing Gao, MD

    Ultrasound Research Members: 

    • Alexandra Moody
    • Anthony Tran

    • Jacob Kirkpatrick

    • Jeremy Bergman

    • Jessica Carlson

    • Jing Gao

    • Joshua Unger

    • Julian Ortiz

    • Landon Stevenson

    • Lauren Hagenstein

    • Lucas Chandra

    • Regis Lee

    • Ria Sandhu

    • Spencer Nakamoto

    • Tanner Morris

    • Thien Ngo

    • Tyler Adams

    • Tyler Cox

    • Will Byrne-Quinn

TEAM MEMBERS

KEY PERSONALS

Jing Gao, MD
Director of Ultrasound
Associate Professor of Ultrasound

 

 

 

 

Nena Mason, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Ultrasound​​

RESEARCHERS UNDER SUPERVISION OF DR. GAO

OMS I

OMS II

OMS III

OMS IV

OMS V

Eric Ko

Hunter Bell 

Jackson Holmgren

Jessica Kitsen

Jassica Chen

Lauren Hagenstein

Mckenzie Frye

Serena le

Tanner Morris

Tammy Zamaitis

Will Byrne-Quinn

Alexandra Moody

Anthony Tran

Austin Meyer

Candance Wong

Connor Haskins

Jacob King

Jacob Kirkpatrick

Jessica Carlson

Julian Ortiz

Landon Stevenson

Lucas Chandra

Megan Maar

Regis Lee

Ria Sandhu

Thien Ngo

Tyler Adams

Tyler Burkhart

Will Byrne-Quinn

Yousif Youhana

Andy Thai

Anton Pham

Connor Kelly

Edwin Davis

Jonathan Poulson

Kelvin Zee

Kyle Scholten

Michael Trujillo

Rebecca Lee

Ryan Geist

Tyler Burkhart

Alexander Ortiz

Andrew Kimber

Andrew Phan

Benjamin Memmott

Boris Joutovsky

Grace Isaacson

Janak Patel

Jason Lee

Jeffrey Ben Winter

Juhyun Lee

Keeling McLin

Miguel Lopez

Raul Betancourt-Perez

Ryan Sanchez

Stella Chan

Stuart Montenegro

Zachary Cetraro

Jeffrey Galloway

Tyler Kolstad

RESEARCHERS UNDER SUPERVISION OF DR. MASON

OMS I

OMS II

OMS III

OMS IV

OMS V

 

Bosten Loveless

Brennan Bohman 

Noah Thackeray

Johnathan Hansen

Josh Clayson

Kalvin Zee

Lindsay Ellison

Margaret Liederbach

Margaret Liederbach

Matthew Koller

Nathan Balkman

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Thomas

Seldon Davis

Taylor Yancey

Bradley McCann 

Brandon Nielson 

Patrick Arpin

Racheal Leavitt

 
GRADUATED

Bryce Harman, DO (CO)

 
COLLABORATIONS

PUBLICATIONS

STUDENT

Andrew Phan (OMS IV)

  • Multiparametric Ultrasound to Assess Adult Carotid Arteries (2020)
  • Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography in Assessment of Skeletal Muscle Stiffness in Senior Volunteers (2019)
  • Velocity Vector Imaging to Assess Longitudinal Wall Motion of Adult Carotid Arteries (2020)

Andy Thai (OMS III)

  • Comparison of Superb Microvascular Imagine to Conventional Soloer Doppler Ultrasonography in Depicting Renal Cortical Microvasculature (2019)
  • Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography and Doppler Sonography to Assess Effect of Hydration of Human Kidneys: A Preliminary Observation (2020)
Benjamin Memmott (OMS IV)

  • Diagnostic Performance of Multiparametric Transrectal Ultrasound in Localized Prostate Cancer. A Comparative Study with Magnantic Resonance Imaging (2019)
  • Quantitative Ultrasound Imaging to Assess Skeletal Muscles in Adults with Multiple Sclerosis (2019)

Boris Joutovsky(OMS IV) 

Bryce Harman (2 articles)

Chad Skidmore (OMS III)

  • A Narrative Review of Common Uses of Ocular Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine. The Journal of Emergency Medicine. (2020)

Dallin Elmer (OMS IV)

  • A Narrative Review of Common Uses of Ocular Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine. (2020)

Jonathan Poulson (OMS III)

  • Quantitative Ultrasound Imaging to Assess Skeletal Muscles in Adults with Multiple Sclerosis (2019)

Juhyun Lee (OMS IV)

  • Comparison of Ultrasound Corticomedullary Strain with Doppler Parameters in Assessment of Renal Allograft Interstitial Fibrosis/Tubular Atrophy (2015)

  • Effect of Hydration on Doppler Velocity of Renal Arteries

  • Multiparametric Ultrasound to Assess Adult Carotid Arteries (2020)

  • Renal Transplant Elasticity Ultrasound Imaging: Correlation between Normalized Strain and Renal Cortical Fibrosis (2013)

  • The Effect of Hydration on Doppler Velocity of Renal Arteries in Young Adults (2020)

  • Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography and Doppler Sonography to Assess Effect of Hydration on Human Kidneys: A Preliminary Observation (2020)

  • Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography in Assessment of Skeletal Muscle Stiffness in Senior Volunteers (2019)

  • Velocity Vector Imaging to Assess Longitudinal Wall Motion of Adult Carotid Arteries (2020)

 

Keeling McLin (OMS IV)

  • Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography to Assess Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on The Iliocostalis Lumborum Muscle: A Feasibility Study (2020)

Michael Weston (OMS VI)

  • Using Formalin Embalmed Cadavers to Teach Fracture Identification with Ultrasound (2020)

Richard Rodriguez-Brizuela (OMS IV)

  • A Narrative Review of Common Uses of Ocular Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine. (2020)

Scott McIntosh (OMS-VI)

  • A Narrative Review of Common Uses of Ocular Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine. (2020)

PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATORS

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS

Jing Gao, MD

Key Research Projects

  1. Quantitative ultrasound imaging in osteopathic medicine.
  2. Quantitative ultrasound imaging to assess non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
  3. Ultrasound to assess cardiovascular function.
  4. Ultrasound for performing artists.
  5. Ultrasound in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
  6. Ultrasound in metabolic diseases.
  7. Ultrasound in medical education.

Nena Mason, PhD

Key Research Projects

  1. Research focuses on finding innovative ways to utilize human cadavers and ultrasound imaging to teach medical students to perform clinical procedures.

RESOURCES

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed several specialized educational tracks and programs to further develop the education of interested students. These range from 3.5-year-long tracks to single-semester elective courses.

Student research/scholarly activity is a vital part of health provider education. Research enhances critical thinking skills and increases medical knowledge, as well as preparing students for graduate medical education. Therefore, all students are encouraged to participate in research activities while at RVU.

During their third and fourth years of medical school, students work on clinical externships, under the guidance of preceptors. RVU students have externships available to them through Colorado and the other Mountain West states.