The three-day hands-on Abdominal/Primary Care ultrasound course provides participants with a strong foundation to perform the core ultrasound applications as outlined in the AIUM ultrasound practice guidelines. This ultrasound training course incorporates lectures, interactive case presentations using an audience response system, and extensive hands-on scanning, featuring a 3:1 ratio with live models and inanimate phantoms. General session topics include liver, gallbladder/biliary system, renal, abdominal aorta, spleen, testicular and thyroid examinations. Optional lunch session topics include: Doppler/Color Fundamentals and/or Evaluation of Renal Artery Stenosis.
This unique hands-on abdominal ultrasound training program is taught by leading ultrasound expert physicians and sonographers to provide the perfect balance of physicians' clinical experience and sonographers expertise.
Objectives & Topics
At the completion of the program the participant should be able to:
Increase participant’s knowledge to better perform and/or interpret abdominal ultrasound examinations.
Demonstrate proper transducer manipulation and system optimization to produce diagnostic images.
Perform scan protocols and routine measurements that are utilized during an abdominal ultrasound evaluation.
Identify normal/abnormal imaging characteristics of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and abdominal vasculature.
Cite Doppler/color physics principles and be able to (sonographers) apply these principles to optimize system controls or (physicians) utilize this information for identifying technical errors which may result in misdiagnosis (optional lecture).
Demonstrate routine examination protocols associated with the ultrasound evaluation of renal artery stenosis (optional lecture).
Differentiate normal/abnormal characteristics for the evaluation of the thyroid, testes/scrotum, and appendix.
Perform ultrasound evaluation of the trauma patient (FAST exam).
Demonstrate the use of ultrasound for evaluation of soft-tissue pathology.
Increase confidence to incorporate protocols, scan techniques & interpretation criteria to improve diagnostic/treatment accuracy.
Abdominal anatomy/scan techniques
Abdominal Case Studies
Liver, Gall Bladder & biliary tree sonography
Spleen, pancreas, thyroid, renal & scrotal/ testicular sonography
US- Evaluation of the appendix & GI tract
The FAST examination*
Scan protocol, live demo
Soft tissue application
Evaluation of renal artery stenosis*
Supervised Hands-on sessions featuring 3:1 participant to instructor ratio with live models for a realistic training experience