Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

eISSN: 15525430| ISSN: 87564793|Current volume: 31|Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly

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Creating and interpreting clear and precise sonographic images is both an art and a science. Every other month, the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography will ensure you don't skip a beat by presenting the latest diagnostic techniques and interpretation methods, thought-provoking case reports, most practical research applications, and the newest hardware/software technologies and equipment, in a variety of specialty areas, including:

  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Abdomen
  • Vascular technology
  • Adult and pediatric echocardiography
  • Neurosonology
  • Breast sonography
  • Ophthalmology

Regularly reading the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography will help you reliably interpret complex information from clinical diagnostic procedures which will help ensure accurate patient diagnoses. For new graduates through advanced practice sonographers, the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography will challenge you to keep your professional skills sharp through dynamic features such as CME Self-Tests, Diagnostic Challenge, and Case Reports. Some of the important topics and trends covered in recent issues include:

  • Contrast agents and their use
  • Comparisons of diagnostic imaging techniques
  • Cost-effectiveness and safety of diagnostic imaging procedures
  • Sonographic breast exams
  • Sonographic safety
  • Harmonics
  • Musculoskeletal imaging techniques
  • Musculoskeletal injuries and other professional hazards
  • Labor shortages
  • Portable ultrasound

The Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography also includes book and abstract reviews, employment opportunities, professional news, and listings of professional services.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography helps sonographers reliably interpret complex information from clinical diagnostic procedures, which ensures accurate patient's diagnoses. For new graduates through advanced practice sonographers, the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography keeps professionals' skills sharp through dynamic features such as CME Self-Tests, Diagnostic Challenge, and Case Reports. Key topics include contrast agents and their use; comparisons of diagnostic imaging techniques; cost-effectiveness and safety of diagnostic imaging procedures; ultrasound breast exams; ultrasound safety; harmonics; musculoskeletal imaging techniques; musculoskeletal injuries and other professional hazards; labor shortages; and portable ultrasound. The Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography also includes book and abstract reviews, employment opportunities, professional news, and listings of professional services.

Abdomen Section Editor
Dora D. DiGiacinto, MEd, RDMS, RDCS University of Oklahoma
Cardiac Section Editor
Jeffrey Hill, BS, RDCS, FASE Sanford-Brown College of Boston
Obstetrics & Gynecology Section Editor
Karen Having, MS ED, RT(R), RDMS Southern Illinois University
Vascular Section Editor
Derek C. Butler, BA, RVT, RDMS, RDCS Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, MA
Editors Emeritus
Mimi Berman-Sandler, PhD, RDMS  
Michelle Bierig, RDCS, RDMS, RCS, CPHQ, FSDMS, FASE Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers, FL
Dale Cyr, MBA, RDMS American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Julia A. Drose, BA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS University of Colorado Hospital
Jean Lea Spitz, MPH, RDMS, FSDMS University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Editorial Board
Beth Anderhub, MEd, RDMS, FSDMS St. Louis Community College
Laurinda S. Andrist, BS, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS Oregon Imaging Centers
Gerard P. Aurigemma, MD, FACC, FASE University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care
David P. Bahner MD, RDMS Ohio State University
Teresa Bieker, MBA, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT University of Colorado
Jeanette Burlbaw, BS, RDMS, FSDMS Prenatal Imaging Centers, LLC
Catherine Carr-Hoefer, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS Sound Imaging Consulting, LLC
Joyce Cordier, BA, RDMS, RDCS Nationwide Children's Hospital
Marveen Craig, RDMS, FSDMS Tucson, Arizona
Reva Curry, PhD, RT(R), RDMS, FSDMS The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Richard Dempsey, RDMS, RVT Riverton, Wyoming
Janice D. Dolk, MA, RT(R), RDMS Owings Mills, Maryland
Stephanie Ellingson, BA, MS, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT(R), (BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS Ohio State University
Joy Guthrie, PhD., RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RCS, RCCS, RVS, FSDMS Merced College Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Cardiac Track Programs
Sandy Hagen-Ansert, MS, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS, FASE Scripps Clinic
Rebecca J. Hall, PhD, RDMS, FSDMS The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Steven C. Herrmann, MD Bradford Regional Medical Center
Diane M. Kawamura, PhD, RT(R), RDMS, FSDMS, FAIUM Weber State University
Harry J. Khamis, PhD Statistical Consulting Center, Wright State University
Ann Marie Kupinski, PhD, RVT, FSVU Albany Medical College
Joan C. Main, MBA, RDCS, FASE Mayo Clinic
Kathleen McDiarmid, MEd, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS Institute for Advanced Medical Education
Daniel A. Merton, BS, RDMS, FSDMS, FAIUM ECRI Institute
Carol C. Mitchell, PhD, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT University of Wisconsin
Kathleen Murphy, MBA, RDMS, RT Consultant
Marsha M. Neumyer, BS, RVT, FSDMS, FSVU, FAIUM Vascular Diagnostic Educational Services
William O'Brien, Jr., PhD, RDMS, FSDMS, FAIUM Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Margaret M. Park, BS, RDCS, RVT The Cleveland Clinic
Wayne H. Persutte, BS, RDMA, FSDMS, FAIUM Platte River Perinatal Center
Cara Quedens-Case, BS, RDMS, RDCS County OB GYN P.C.
Susan Raatz Stephenson, Med, RT(R)(CT), RDMS, RVT, CIIP Bothell, Washington
Lorrie Scherer, RDMS, RDCS Fraser Health Authority
Ted Scott, MAppSc, RDMS, RDCS, RVT Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Canada
Gabriele Tonni, MD, PhD Guastalla Provincial Hospital, ASL Reggio Emilia, Italy
Jacqueline Van Horn, RT, RDMS Ohio Health
Kerry E. Weinberg, M.A., M.P.A., RT(R), RDMS, RDCS Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Paula Woletz, MPH, RDMS, RDCS, FAIUM American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine
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  • The Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS) is the official journal of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. It is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research, review articles, and case reports pertinent to diagnostic medical sonography. The JDMS Author’s Manual and additional guides for authors are available at

    For a PDF of the submission guidelines, click here.

    Submission of Manuscripts

    All manuscripts should be submitted via:

    Manuscript Specifications

    • All manuscripts should be submitted using Microsoft Word
    • Pages should be 8.5 x 11 inch, double-spaced
    • All patient identifiers must be removed from images
    • Digital images with highest quality: minimum dpi of 300
    • Prefer .tiff or.jpeg format for images


    • Title page will include: title, author’s name, author’s affiliation, address for correspondence, a telephone number, and an e-mail address
    • Manuscript Body: format according to type (i.e. case study, original article, review article) and recommendations from the authors manual (
    • Illustrations
      • Figures should be professionally drawn, computer drafted, or photographed; freehand or typewritten lettering is not accepted
      • figures must be cited in numerical order in the text
      • any previously published figures, the author must obtain proper permission from the author and copyright holder. Forward a copy of the permission along with the manuscript at the time of submission
      • legends should be typed double-spaced and appear on a separate page
    • Tables should be:
      • used to summarize data and should be self-explanatory with concise titles
      • cited in numerical order in the text and appear on separate pages
      • captions should be submitted for each table
    • Video submission should be in .mpeg or .avi formatting (click here for a JDMS video example)
    • Multimedia Format Guidelines

    Formatting Specific to Manuscript Type

    Research Article Formatting

    A report of an original research project. The research can represent retrospective or prospective clinical research, basic research on physics, instrumentation

    • Abstract: a brief statement of 150 words that summarizes the content of the paper
    • Key words: three to five words that reflect the content of the article
    • Introduction: brief review of the literature, defines terms, and provides background information necessary to understanding research being reported
    • Materials and Methods: should include enough details of equipment, personnel, time span, patient characteristics, and techniques to permit the reader to duplicate the study
    • Results: report findings, tables and figures
    • Discussion: analysis of the findings, comparison with other previous studies, critique of the study, clinical applicability of findings
    • Conclusion: summarizes study

    Review Articles

    A review article clarifies and summarizes existing knowledge using a thorough literature search in a particular area

    • Abstract: a brief statement 150 words that summarizes the content of the paper
    • Key words: three to five words that reflect the content of the article
    • Introduction: defines terms, and provides background information necessary to understanding why reporting about review
    • Body: review of the literature, provide tables and figures, compare contrast and critique studies, discuss clinical applicability of findings
    • Conclusion: summarizes review

    Case Reports

    Rare findings, unusual combinations of pathology, excellent examples of normal sonographic anatomy, first reported incident of a particular normal or pathologic finding

    • Abstract: a brief statement 150 words that summarizes the content of the paper
    • Key words: three to five words that reflect the content of the article
    • Introduction: explaining the significance of the case study
    • Case reports: relevant patient information, results of other diagnostic tests, sonographic equipment and technique used, a description of the sonographic findings, and patient outcome
    • Discussion: review the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment for the case and summarize the sonographic criteria the case has demonstrated
    • Conclusion: summary statement of sonographic characteristics and techniques related to the pathology


    References should be cited in the text in numerical order and listed on a separate page

    Once a reference is cited, all subsequent citations should be to the original number (do not use ibid or op cit). For a reference style guide, see "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (N Engl J Med 1997; 309–315; available online at

    1. Garten KJ, Pulliam RP: Prenatal diagnosis of lethal short-limbed dwarfism. J Diagn Med Sonography 1985;1:7–13.
    2. Brenbridge ANAG, Buschi AJ: Ultrasonic diagnosis of fetal anomalies, in Armstrong P (ed): Critical Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. Philadelphia, PA, JB Lippincott, 1983, pp 131–170.


    All authors will be required to sign a copyright release form prior to having an article published. The copyright release form will be sent to authors by the editor when an article is accepted. This form may also be downloaded from the SDMS website at

    Duplicate Submissions

    The JDMS will not accept submission of a manuscript that has been simultaneously submitted to other journals. The JDMS will not routinely reprint articles that have appeared in other journals


    Order reprints by contacting

    Conflict of Interest Statement

    Conflicts of Interest are defined as contributing authors or their institutions having relationships with persons or groups which may inappropriately influence their actions or the content of the manuscript. These relationships may include either personal, financial, or from academic competition. Such possible perceived conflicts of interest should be recognized and disclosed upon submission of the manuscript. Failure to disclose may results in non-publication of the manuscript or an erratum. Author requirements include:

    • Disclosure of possible conflict of interest in the manuscript after the title page upon submission
    • Disclosure of the nature of the financial or personal relationship
    • For example, stock ownership, employment, consultant relationships, patents, grants including travel grants, and speakers bureau.
    • Funding sources, but not the specific details of the relationship should be disclosed. The role of the study sponsor should be described in the cover letter to the editor and/or the methods section of the research paper

    Research ethics

    All papers reporting animal and human studies must include whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.

    We accept manuscripts that report human and/or animal studies for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g. controlled trials) should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials (at or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE, If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate on the Title Page which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

    Patient consent

    Authors are required to ensure the following guidelines are followed, as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article.


    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    (ii) drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) approved the version to be published.

    Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at


    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.


    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), JDMS additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Peer Review Policy

    JDMS adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.


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