Course Summary

The focus of this course is to educate students on the basics of the first trimester limited scan and the 3rd trimester evaluation. Day 1 lecture includes the non-gravid pelvic exam along with common pathology and the first trimester dating exam. Day 2 lecture includes the 2nd trimester biometry and growth assessment along with biophysical profile, AFI, placenta and cervical length. Each day consists of a hands-on lab with live patients at different stages of pregnancy. Transvaginal scanning is included.

This Course is intended for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Physician Assistants, Sonographers and Perinatal Registered Nurses.

Course Objectives

  • Perform a basic non-gravid ultrasound exam
  • Accurately identify the uterus, ovaries, endometrium and cervix
  • Identify an intrauterine pregnancy and accurately measure the crown rump length
  • Acquire an M-mode tracing of the fetal heart
  • Perform a biophysical profile
  • Accurately measure the BPD, HC, AC, and FL for growth assessment
  • Accurately measure the amniotic fluid index
  • Identify the cervix and placental location
  • Understand basic ultrasound physics and artifacts
  • Understand common pathology, indications, and limitations of ultrasound

Course Outline

  • Intro to ultrasound physics and knobology
  • Image orientation
  • Normal Anatomy
  • Non gravid pelvic exam
  • 1st Trimester growth week by week
  • 1st Trimester protocol
  • Common pathology
  • Hands on scan lab
  • 2nd Trimester Anatomy Scan
  • Proper biometry measurements
  • Fetal heart assessment
  • Normal anatomy
  • Biophysical profile
  • Hands on scan lab

CME Credits

This Course meets the SDMS Requirements for 12 CME Credits

Featured Case Study


Cord Doppler & AFI

A 35 year old female, Gravida 2, Para 1, Gestational Age = 37w 2d, was scheduled for a follow up ultrasound to monitor fluid level and cord Doppler…