Advanced Vascular Ultrasound
Ultrasound is an excellent non-invasive diagnostic tool to assess soft tissue, particularly vessels from lower and upper limbs and trunk. Patients presenting with venous (deep vein thrombosis (DVT), chronicle venous incompetency and arterial stenosis (renal and abdominal aortic stenosis) can be comprehensively assessed and monitored through duplex ultrasound (DUS), which consists of a combination of two-dimensional ultrasound and spectral Doppler examination.
In clinical practice, DUS can be used to identify incompetent veins and arterial stenosis to determinate whether or not an abnormal vesssel is responsible for the patient’s complication. However, an appropriate technique is required to assess veins and arteries. This four-day program has been designed to provide a foundation for the use of state-of-the-art techniques in advanced vascular diagnosis for Sonographers, Vascular Surgeons and all other interested ultrasound medical practitioners. Prior experience in routine scanning and prior knowledge of basic ultrasound is assumed.
The topics provide an overview of anatomical and ultrasound pattern recognition in various abdominal and peripheral vessels. Discussions will be held on examination techniques and the avoidance of common inaccuracies encountered in practice. Particular attention is given to both the role of colour Doppler and the practical probe manipulation manoeuvres required to obtain good ultrasound “windows” of vessels. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired in small group “hands-on” tutorial sessions that are directed by our team of experienced vascular sonographers.
- Vascular anatomy
- Basics of non-ultrasound peripheral arterial assessment
- Ultrasound peripheral arterial assessment
- Interpretation of results
- Superficial venous examination
- Venous incompetence
- Venous mapping
- Abdominal vascular anatomy review
- Doppler examination of abdominal vasculature
- Renal artery disease & examination technique
To provide instruction in vascular anatomy, abdominal vasculature and renal pathology & diagnosis, along with the techniques of ultrasound vascular assessment of the peripheral arterial system and the lower limb superficial venous system.
- To provide an understanding of the basics of non-ultrasound peripheral arterial testing
- To provide extended practical tuition in the techniques of vascular scanning, including colour & spectral Doppler techniques
Advanced Vascular Ultrasound - 4 Days Course
CCPU units included in the course:
ACRRM | IApproved PDP units - 26 Educational activity points - MOPS points Eligible for Rural Procedural Grants Funding – 3 days under Emergency Medicine a d 4 days under Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Surgery.Rural Procedural Grants Program – GPs can receive $2000 per day for a maximum of 10 days of training per financial year, GPs providing hospital based emergency services can receive up to three days of eligible training per financial year. Access: email@example.com
ANZCA | Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim this this course under the Knowledge and skills activity Short format learning at 2 credits per hour.
CICM | Lectures – Category 2A, points per hour 1;
Skills – Category 3B, points per hour 3
RACGP | Pending Approval