• Focused FAST Scan Ultrasound

The “Golden Hour” is one of the pillars of emergency medicine. Capitalize on the speed and accuracy of ultrasound to take advantage of every minute. Based on the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) criteria learn the skills to perform a Focused Assessment by Sonography in Trauma, commonly referred to as the FAST scan.  Every practitioner who is responsible for evaluating the trauma patient may make the difference between life and death!  Participants in this course will benefit from “hands on scan labs” where you will practice the essential skills and techniques to acquire an ultrasound image for quick and accurate diagnosis.

AHEC has taught for physicians in the US, China, and South America. This one-day course begins with lecture where faculty will review the basics such as: ultrasound physics and instrumentation, anatomy, and procedures and protocols. Following lecture, participants will benefit from our on-site scanning lab with live models for extensive hands-on practice. The course content includes ACEP guidelines to be rapidly deployed without removal from the resuscitation area, providing the time-sensitive skills needed in emergency situations of acute thoracic and abdominal trauma.

Faculty: Shawn Shanmuganathan, BS, RDMS, RVT- No relevant financial relationships to disclose.


  • Advanced Registration $880 = more than 60 days before the course
  • Regular Registration $1080 = 30-60 days before the course
  • Late Registration $1280 = 30 days or less before the course

Target Audience

Emergency medicine physicians, trauma surgeons, critical care physicians, intensivists, internal medicine and family practice physicians who will be performing and interpreting emergency ultrasound examinations.  Emergency personnel including sonographers, technologists, paramedics, EMTs, nurses, and other healthcare professional working in the front line area of trauma and performing emergency ultrasound examinations.

CME Credits

  • “The Advanced Health Education Center, Ltd. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”
  • “The Advanced Health Education Center, Ltd. designates this educational activity for maximum of 8 hours AMA PRA Category 1™. Physicians should claim commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”

Recommended Material

Sound Advice: Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Protocols by Thomas Whelan, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE

Private Ultrasound Tutorials

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 private tutorial option. Additionally, this tutorial is a one on one session with our expert faculty and can be designed to enhance your already developed skills. Call AHEC at 1-800-239-1361 for more information or click here for more details. Private Ultrasound Tutorials

AHEC Cancellation and Refund Policy for Skills Courses

AHEC defines a skills course as a limited enrollment course where a received registration with payment reserves your place in a course (i.e. all Ultrasound courses, Mammography Initial Training and other theory courses). For cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the course date, a refund less a 30% processing fee will be given. Within two weeks of the course, no refund is given, but a tuition credit – less a 30% processing fee – may be applied to a future course. No refunds or tuition credit is given for non-attendance. Facilities may substitute employees by notification to AHEC at least one week in advance.


Course Topics

This course demonstrates the process to rapidly evaluate the torso for traumatic free fluid or pathologic free air suggesting injury to the peritoneal, pericardial, or pleural cavities.  The areas of concentration include:

  • The Right Flank
  • The Pericardial Area
  • The Left Flank
  • The Pelvis
  • Bilateral Anterior Pleural Cavities
  • Paracolic Gutters


At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the appropriate equipment settings and transducer selection for different ultrasound applications
  • Identify and display appropriate normal and abnormal anatomy and orientation in the ultrasound field of view
  • Understand variations in scanning protocols for demonstration of pathologies in emergency medicine ultrasound examinations.
  • Successfully perform a trauma FAST exam

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The Advanced Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 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 Bachelor’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.

Focused FAST Scan Ultrasound

  • Course ID: FFAST-USPHY-1200-229
  • Event Location: Advanced Health Education Center, 8502 Tybor Drive, Houston, Texas, USA, 77074
  • Credit: 8 AMA PRA Category 1™
  • Date: 08/27/2024
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Instructor: Shawn Shanmuganathan BS, RDMS, RVT
  • Other available dates:
  • $1,080.00
  • $1,080.00

Tags: Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine Ultrasound, CE, AMA PRA Category 1, Point of Care, FAST Scan, Focused Scan, Trauma