The focus of this three day course is to provide participants with the confidence necessary to complete an abdominal ultrasound based on AIUM protocols. The course covers the basic protocols involved in an examination and general use of the ultrasound system. Normal anatomy of the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, spleen, abdominal vessels, and pancreas will be discussed. Also included are soft tissue applications and abdominal Doppler. The participants will gain experience through lecture and faculty supervised hands on scanning. This format allows each participant ample opportunity to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to independently perform a basic abdominal ultrasound.
Faculty: Shawn Shanmuganathan, BS, RDMS, RVT- No relevant financial relationships to disclose.
At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
- Utilize the principles of instrumentation to set up ultrasound equipment for obtaining diagnostic images according to AIUM guidelines.
- Recognize and identify the organ systems in the abdomen on an ultrasound image.
- Perform abdominal Doppler using Color and Pulsed Wave Doppler
- Understand and identify pathological variants.
- Follow the sequence of an abdominal ultrasound procedure from the beginning to its conclusion.
- Recognize and identify the thyroid, scrotum, and appendix
- Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
- Upper Abdominal Organ Systems Anatomy and Vasculature
- Evaluation and Image Review of Normal vs. Abnormal Studies
- Scan Techniques and Protocols for Image Acquisition of:
- Liver and Biliary System
- Pancreas, Spleen and Kidney
- Thyroid, Scrotum and Appendix
- Abdominal Doppler
Physicians who are at the entry level of ultrasound scanning and interpretation. Other health professionals learning abdominal ultrasound or cross training, including: sonographers, physician assistants, etc.
- “The Advanced Health Education Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”
- “The Advanced Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 24 hours AMA PRA Category I™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”
Scan With the Experts
We understand that you may want/need to practice your new skill set more than the regularly scheduled courses allow. You can add an extra day of scanning in addition to this course by calling AHEC and speaking to a faculty member about our Scan with the Experts option. Additionally, Scan with the Experts sessions can be set up without registering for a regularly scheduled course to enhance your already developed skills. Call AHEC at 1-800-239-1361 for more information.
The Advanced Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 24 hours AMA PRA Category I™. Physician should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Shawn Shanmuganathan BS, RDMS, RVT
Shawn has been a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Ultrasound Technologist for over 40 years. He received his Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Biology from Loyola College in Madra, India, a post graduate diploma in Nuclear Medicine Technology from John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, and a post graduate diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound from the State University of New York in New York City. The majority of his career has been in Texas as a Sonographer, Chief Sonographer and Program Director. Shawn also was the Program Director for an ultrasound training program for five years. Shawn is a very experienced and knowledgeable instructor. His passion for teaching is obvious in the classroom.