Online Course Summary

This vascular ultrasound course includes a series of comprehensive lectures that include the cerebrovascular system, upper extremity vessels for evaluating dialysis access, duplex and physiologic testing of the lower extremity arteries, and abdominal vasculature.

Hands on instruction with patients will solidify concepts learned in lecture and will clarify questions regarding scanning technique and protocol.

The course includes the following:

  • Cerebrovascular anatomy and hemodynamics
  • Indications for the carotid ultrasound exam
  • Carotid imaging protocol, plaque description, pathology and intervention
  • Video scan instruction of the carotid artery exam
  • Upper extremity anatomy and vein mapping protocol for the preparation for a dialysis access graft placement or fistula creation
  • Evaluation of dialysis access grafts and fistulas
  • Anatomy and hemodynamics of the lower extremity arteries
  • Lower extremity arterial scanning protocol and stenosis criteria
  • Physiologic testing of the lower extremity arteries
  • Evaluation of the aorta, renal arteries, renal transplant, mesenteric vessels, and liver vasculature
  • Abdominal anatomy and hemodynamics
  • Abdominal pathology, stenosis criteria, and scanning protocol

The presentational method for this course will be recorded lecture.

This course is geared to meet the educational requirements of Cardiologists, Vascular Surgeons, General Practitioners, and Internal Medicine Physicians. This course will encompass the following desirable physician attributes: Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, and Practice-Based Learning & Improvement.
Enrollment is valid for 180-days following registration.

CME Credits

Earn 9.5 CME Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Sections of the complete course carry the following amount of CME Credits:
Carotid– 3.25 CME
Dialysis Access– 1.5 CME
Lower Extremity Arterial – 1.5 CME
Abdominal Doppler– 3.25 CME


Course Objectives

  • Identify and properly grade carotid stenosis
  • Identify normal anatomy and flow dynamics of the cerebrovascular system
  • Identify and describe plaque in the cerebrovascular system
  • Identify abnormal flow patterns in the cerebrovascular system
  • Identify dialysis graft/fistula stenosis and failure
  • Identify normal anatomy and hemodynamics of the upper extremity venous and arterial system
  • Identify an arterial steel in the upper extremity
  • Properly map the upper extremity veins for graft placement or fistula creation
  • Identify an abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Evaluate endovascular grafts and stents for stenosis and leaks
  • Evaluate the hepatic veins and portal veins for thrombosis
  • Evaluate the liver for portal hypertension
  • Evaluate the lower extremity and renal arteries for stenosis
  • Identify normal anatomy and flow dynamics of the lower extremity arterial system
  • Evaluate arterial grafts and stents for stenosis and leaks
  • Identify abnormal renal artery Doppler within the kidney
  • Evaluate the renal transplant with spectral Doppler
  • Identify patients at higher risk, based on age, gender, and/or ethnicity

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Course Registration

Complete Course Pricing: $350

Carotid– $195
Dialysis Access– $98
Lower Extremity Arterial– $98
Abdominal Doppler– $195

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Featured Faculty

Dr. G.W. (Bill) Shepherd – Ph.D., RVT, RDMS
Julie Gaston – BS, RDMS, RVT
CC Todd-Edwards – BBA, BS, RVT, RDCS
Leah Jolly – BS., RVT

Sample Lecture