• Introduction to Abdominal and OB/GYN Ultrasound

The six-day ultrasound program is a systematic presentation of abdominal, obstetrics, and gynecological scanning using an integrated teaching approach of lecture, assigned reading, testing, demonstration, and clinical scanning of models. Didactic training is reinforced through clinical laboratory experience.

The focus of this six-day course is to provide participants with the confidence necessary to complete an abdominal, OB and GYN ultrasounds based on AIUM protocols. The Abdomen portion of 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 OB/GYN portion of the course will begin each day with lecture, including physics, instrumentation, female anatomy, fetal biometry. Case studies will be presented to familiarize the participants with normal and abnormal findings. Participants will finish the day in our on-site scanning lab, where they will benefit from live models and hands on experience supervised by a faculty member. The course will give participants the skills and knowledge necessary to complete and understand an ultrasound using transabdominal and endovaginal protocols according to AIUM guidelines.

Faculty: Shawn Shanmuganathan - No relevant financial relationships to disclose.


  • Advanced Registration $4360 = more than 60 days before the course
  • Regular Registration $4560 = 30-60 days before the course
  • Late Registration $4760 = 30 days or less before the course

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Sonographers and Radiographers who are at the entry level of ultrasound scanning and interpretation and who are seeking hands-on scanning experience. Physician specialties can include but are not limited to OB/GYN specialists, family practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine or radiology. In addition, this course is beneficial for nurses, midwives, sonographers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and radiology personnel. Other health professionals learning abdominal ultrasound or cross training, including: sonographers, physician assistants, etc.

CME Credits

“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 48 hours AMA PRA Category I™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”

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 Materials: 

Abdominal Ultrasound Course Objectives:

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 

Abdominal Course Topics:

  • 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: 
    • Prevertebral Vessels 
    • Liver and Biliary System 
    • Pancreas, Spleen and Kidney 
    • Thyroid, Scrotum and Appendix 
    • Abdominal Doppler 

OB/GYN Course Objectives:

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

  • Utilize the principles of instrumentation to obtain diagnostic images
  • Recognize normal and abnormal pelvic anatomy
  • Identify the difference in techniques related to transabdominal and endovaginal pelvic scanning techniques
  • Identify basic fetal anatomy and biophysical profile
  • Identify basic fetal anomalies and their ultrasound appearance
  • Apply appropriate measurement techniques in transabdominal and endovaginal scanning
  • Identify ultrasound findings in evaluating ectopic pregnancy

OB/GYN Course Topics:

  • Introduction to ultrasound physics and instrumentation
  • Pelvic anatomy transabdominal and endovaginal
  • Fetal anatomy and biometry
  • AIUM Scan protocols and patient preparation
  • Placenta and fetal Doppler
  • Fetal anomalies
  • Case studies

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The Advanced Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 48 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.

Introduction to Abdominal and OB/GYN Ultrasound

  • Course ID: IntroABDOBGYNUS3-2180-127
  • Event Location: Advanced Health Education Center, 8502 Tybor Drive, Houston, Texas, USA, 77074
  • Credit: 48 AMA PRA Category 1™
  • Date: 08/19/2024 - 08/24/2024
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Instructor: Shawn Shanmuganathan BS, RDMS, RVT
  • Other available dates:
  • $4,560.00
  • $4,760.00

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