Jefferson Faculty Member Publishes Book

Traci B. Fox, MS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, Instructor and Clinical Coordinator for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Health Professions, is co-author of the textbook Examination Review for Ultrasound: Sonographic Principles & Instrumentation (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, to be released January 11, 2011). Fox co-authored the book with Steven M. Penny, BS, RT(R), RDMS, and Cathy Herring Godwin, MEd, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT.

The book will be a resource for students and sonographers who are preparing to sit for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), a sonography credential granting organization. Fox hopes this book will assist in achieving her goal for all sonographers to become ARDMS-registered. "I find it unfortunate that many sonographers want to become ARDMS-registered and the only thing holding them back is the SPI exam," she said. The textbook was written in narrative style because Fox and co-authors "wanted to create a book that any student or sonographer could read and understand, and then have a means by which they could test their understanding of the material," Fox said. "Many of the images in the book I initially created for my course at Jefferson and for my physics registry review courses. They are designed to simplify what is often considered to be complex material."

Fox was a clinical diagnostic medical sonographer for twelve years before accepting the position of Technical Coordinator at the Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute in 2005. The same year, she joined the Department of Radiologic Sciences as an adjunct faculty member. In 2008 she became a permanent faculty member as an Instructor and Clinical Coordinator for the General and Vascular Sonography programs.

Fox is registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in radiography and by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in obstetrics and gynecology, breast, abdomen and vascular sonography. Her professional memberships include the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Society for Vascular Ultrasound and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Fox earned her bachelor and master of science degrees at Jefferson and has over 17 years experience as a sonographer. She has published articles in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Examination Review for Ultrasound: Sonographic Principles & Instrumentation is her first textbook.

Published: 01-18-2011

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