Online Course Summary

This course was created to provide a foundation of ultrasound in the primary care and emergency setting. We begin with basic physics to provide the bedrock for your future scanning endeavors in ultrasound. You will understand how the machine works and what you will need to manipulate to enhance your images. You will gain a clear understanding of artifacts, probe selection, and limitations of ultrasound. Next, we review abdominal anatomy and scanning technique for the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, ducts, urinary system and spleen. Imaging protocol and pathology are included. Finally, we review the Rapid Ultrasound in Shock, or RUSH protocol. This is an excellent lecture for evaluating fluid, the heart, and vascular system including the aorta and lower extremities for DVT.

The presentational method for this activity will be Video Recorded Lecture. This activity is geared to meet the educational requirements of Emergency Room Physicians, Family Practitioners, Internal Medicine Physicians, and Hospitalists. This activity 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

CME Consultants designates this enduring material/internet activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Course Objectives

  • Identify a pleural effusion on an ultrasound image of the thorax
  • Identify a pericardial effusion on the sub-xiphoid view of the heart
  • Describe the appearance of an abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Identify sites on the leg where the compression maneuver is used to rule out DVT
  • Identify locations where free fluid in the abdomen can collect
  • Measure the true long axis of each kidney
  • Follow the proper technique for imaging the pancreas
  • List the ultrasound findings for acute cholelithiasis
  • Describe the ultrasound findings for a kidney stone and the ultrasound imaging technique
  • Describe the patient positioning that may be required during an RUQ exam
  • Distinguish portal veins from hepatic veins on an ultrasound image
  • Describe the ultrasound findings for hydronephrosis
  • Describe the relationship between frequency, attenuation, and resolution
  • Identify ultrasound unit controls and their functions
  • Recognize five ultrasound imaging artifacts
  • Identify the different appearances of anatomy depending on patient body habitus

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint providership of CME Consultants and Mint Medical Education. CME Consultants is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Consultants designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

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Date of original release 9/30/2014.  Termination date 9/30/2016.  Estimated time to complete each activity is 7.25 hours.
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