Ultrasound In Right Upper Quadrant Pain



A common clinical question is the source of right upper quadrant (RUQ) pain; the commonest cause will be cholecystitis. When asked to investigate RUQ pain, in a formal sonography model, this problem could involve three separate examinations - gallbladder, lung and kidney.  The benefit if this course is that it will introduce you to biliary, renal and simple lung base scanning techniques, all in one day. These scans are ‘triage tools’ that enable the clinician to choose the next most appropriate formal test, assign appropriate urgency, and commence the best treatment in the interim. Ideally attendees should feel comfortable with machine optimisation and probe manipulation skills. 




• Biliary

• Renal calculi & Hydronephrosis

• Lung bases- pleural effusion 


At the end of this course the attendees will be able to: 
• Identify the parameters for  the safe application of ultrasound and its limitations in medical diagnosis

• Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound.

• Practice “hands on” ultrasound scanning skills required to maximise diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions

• Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions

• Perform ultrasound RUQ, Lung and Biliary scanning techniques

• Acquire images obtained on normal adult volunteers & phantoms

• Interpret images from normal adult volunteers

• Equip the learner with the foundation skills to begin to incorporate the ultrasound skills with the clinical situation to make appropriate management decisions 




ASUM | CCPU units included in the course:

  • Biliary
  • Hydronephrosis & Renal Calculi


This course accredited for 8 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies for Hepatobiliary, Renal Tract Ultrasound Detection and Characterization of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.


ACRRM | Approved for 30 PDP points; 30 points PRPD; 30 pts MOPS Radiology; 30 pts MOPS Emergency Medicine

Eligible for Rural Procedural Grants Funding – 1 day under all components (Emergency Medicine, 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: rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au.


CICM | Lectures – Category 2A, points per hour 1;
Demonstrations – Category 2B, points per hour 2;

Skills – Category 3B, points per hour 3


RACGP | Activity Number: 123333, 40 Category 1 points. Specific Requirement Eligibility – Diagnostic radiology

Grant Approved Training – 1 day under Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Surgery. Forward your certificate of attendance and program of the activity (including session times and content) and claim form to rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au

Ultrasound In Right Upper Quadrant Pain - 1 Day Course

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