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Vascular Ultrasound Courses

Bundled package containing courses from a variety of vascular examinations designed to provide a fundamental knowledge base in ultrasound physics, as well as practical topics for ultrasound evaluation in cerebrovascular, arterial, dialysis access and renal arterial evaluations. 

Vascular Sonography Module


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This module includes a number of basic vascular courses covering a variety of topics in vascular ultrasound. These include some background information on testing that is done routinely as well as some "how to" information on testing that the typical vascular sonographer may not perform regularly. 

Estimated Time Required for Course Completion: 7 hours      CME: 7 hours

Topics included are: 

Ultrasound Physics Simplified  (Bill Schroedter) - 1.0 Hours

What Does This Knob Do To My Image?  (Jean Melendez) - 0.5 hours

Arterial Stenosis - Let the Waveforms Guide You (Bill Schroedter) - 1.0 hours

Upper Extremity Veins (Ann Marie Kupinski) - 1.0 Hours

Dialysis Access Grafts and Fistulas (Ann Marie Kupinski) - 0.75 Hours

Measurement Methodology and Duplex Ultrasound Criteria in  Extracranial Carotid Examination (Bill Schroedter) - 0.75 Hours)

May Thurner Syndrome - The Real Story  (Jean Melendez)  - 1 Hours

Renal Artery Duplex Evaluation  (Bill Schroedter)  -  1.0 Hours


Course Objectives

  • Review background on the development of Doppler ultrasound criteria for disease classification
  • Describe various spectral Doppler waveform parameters and how they vary with disease states
  • Identify which knobs are frequently used for enhancing the 2D image, color Doppler, and pulsed Doppler during a vascular duplex examination
  • Learn various properties of ultrasound waves
  • Understand the Doppler equation and how it impacts our studies, especially the importance of angle of insonation 
  • List the essential components to an upper extremity venous ultrasound
  • Identify normal and abnormal imaging and Doppler findings in the upper extremity venous system
  • Describe the types of hemodialysis access grafts and fistulae
  • Define the normal ultrasound characteristics of a dialysis graft or fistula
  • Review diagnostic criteria for categorizing carotid artery stenosis
  • Understand the different measurement methodologies used with varying technologies and the potential sources of error in measuring and classifying carotid artery disease
  • Describe May Thurner Syndrome
  • Discuss diagnostic parameters as well as limitations during abdominal venous duplex in identyfying this condition 

Orignal Relase Date: April 2019             Reviewed: September 1, 2019     Termination Date for Completion of CME Credit: September 30, 2020

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