Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Official Publication of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

eISSN: 15525430 | ISSN: 87564793 | Current volume: 32 | Current issue: 5 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 (JDMS) 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 (JDMS) 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 C. Hill, BSBA, ACS, RDCS, FASE The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut
Obstetrics & Gynecology Section Editor
Karen Having, MS ED, RT(R), RDMS Southern Illinois University
Vascular Section Editor
Derek C. Butler Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, MA
Editors Emeritus
Editorial Board
Sharlette Anderson, MHS, RDMS, RVT, RDCS University of Missouri
Laurinda S. Andrist, BS, MBA, FSDMS, RDMS, RDCS Consultant
Edward Araujo Júnior, PhD Department of Obstetrics, Paulista School of Medicine - Federal University of São Paulo
Jennifer Bagley, MPH, RDMS, RVT The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Anthony L. Baker, MEd, RDMS, RVT University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Health
Heidi Barrett, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS Consultant
Teresa Bieker, MBA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FAIUM University of Colorado Hospital
Daniel P. Bourque, MS, RCS, FASE Orlando Regional Medical Center
Karen S. Bubb, RT(R), RVT, RDMS Oklahoma State University
Angela N. Butwin, MS, RT(R), RDMS The Ohio State University - College of Medicine
Reva Arnez Curry, PhD, RT(R), RDMS, FSDMS Delta College
Stephanie Ellingson, MS, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT University of Iowa
Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS The Ohio State University
Jennifer Gregov, RDCS, RVT Siemens Ultrasound
Joy Guthrie, PhD, ACS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RCS, RCCS, RVS, FSDMS Community Regional Medical Center
Diane M. Kawamura, PhD, RT(R), RDMS, FSDMS, FAIUM Weber State University
Ann Marie Kupinski, PhD, RVT, RDMS, FSCU North Country Vascular Diagnostics, Inc.
Joan C. Main, BS, MBA, RDCS, FASE Consultant
Carol C. Mitchell, PhD, ACS, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS, FASE University of Wisconsin - Madison
Marsha M. Neumyer, BS, RVT, FSDMS, FSVU, FAIUM Vascular Diagnostic Educational Services
William D. O'Brien, PhD University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA
Margaret M. Park, BS, ACS, RVT, RDCS, FASE Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute
Cara Quedens-Case, BS, RDMS, RDCS Program Director, Gateway Community College
Susan Raatz Stephenson, MS, MEd, RT(R)(CT), RDMS, RVT, CIIP Siemens Healthcare
Shawn C. Roll, PhD, RMSKS, FAOTA, OTR/L University of Southern California
Catharine Scholl, MHS, RDMS, RVT Nova Southeastern University - Tampa
Britt C. Smyth, BA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT University of Colorado Hospital
Neha Soni-Patel, BSME, RDCS University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's - The Congenital Heart Collaborative
Jean L. Spitz, MPH, RDMS, CAE, FSDMS Perinatal Quality Foundation
Gabriele Tonni, MD, PhD Guastalla Provincial Hospital, ASL Reggio Emilia, Italy
Ashwin Venkateshvaran, PhD, RCS, RDCS Karolinska Institute
Kevin R. Volz, PhD, RV The Ohio State University - College of Medicine
Kerry Weinberg, PhD, MA, MPA, RDMS, RDCS, RT(R), FSDMS Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Michelle Wilson, Ed.D, RDMS, RDCS University of Wyoming, USA
Mulubrhan Woldemariam, BS, RDMS The Ohio State University, USA
Paula Woletz, MPH, RDMS, RDCS, FAIUM Howard Community College, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Kathryn Elizabeth Zale, MS, RDMS, RVT Chester County Hospital-Penn 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

    Please read the author guidelines, then submit your paper electronically at

    JDMS is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    It is recommended that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of JDMS will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works

    1. Editorial policies

        1.1 Peer review policy

        1.2 Authorship

        1.3 Acknowledgements

        1.4 Funding

        1.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

        1.6 Research ethics and patient consent

        1.7 Clinical trials

        1.8 Reporting guidelines

        1.9 Data

    2. Publishing Policies

        2.1 Publication ethics

        2.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

        2.3 Open access and author archiving

        2.4 Permissions

    3. Preparing your manuscript

    Editorial Policies
    1.1 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.

    1.2 Authorship

    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.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

    Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    1.3 Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    1.4 Funding

    JDMS requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    1.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

    1.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    For case reports:

    In terms of patient privacy, authors are required to follow the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants. 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.

    All research submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors

    1.7 Clinical trials

    JDMS endorses the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment. However, consistent with the AllTrials campaign, retrospectively registered trials will be considered if the justification for late registration is acceptable. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    1.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

    1.9 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    JDMS requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor(s) may also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at

    2. Publishing Policies

    2.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    2.1.1 Plagiarism

    JDMS and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    2.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    2.3 Open access and author archiving

    JDMS offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    2.4 Permissions 

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3. Preparing your manuscript

    For a PDF of the submission guidelines, click here.

    Please be sure to read our Conflicts of Interest Policy before submitting.

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