Beginners Guide to Ultrasound
- 1-Day ultrasound workshop and wet lab designed to introduce ultrasound theory and practical use in clinical applications
- Limited class size for low student:teacher ratio.
- Prerequisite: none
- OAVT approved
DVM's and RVT's will find this 1-day workshop helpful in understanding the basics of scanning, and using ultrasound in a clinical setting.
Ultrasound is becoming a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. Learning to properly use an ultrasound machine is very important in order to maximize the usage of this tool in practice. This 1-day lecture and wet lab will teach basic ultrasound physics, the components of an ultrasound machine, artifacts, how to properly prepare a dog or cat, and how to scan all the organs within the abdomen. This course is intended for DVM's, RVT's, and any other healthcare professional that are new to ultrasound and diagnostic imaging. Previous scanning experience is not necessary, however, general knowledge of small abdominal anatomy and clinical pathologies is helpful.
When the ultrasound beam interacts with tissue it can react in a variety of ways. These interactions can also cause artifacts. These artifacts can either be beneficial or detrimental to the image. Recognizing and appreciating these interactions will be discussed in the lecture as well as learning how to recognize artifacts.
All ultrasound machines possess the same knobology and it is important to learn these in order to optimize the quality of your image. It is also important to learn the terminology used in ultrasound.
You will learn how to scan all organs within the abdomen will be discussed and normal vs abnormal findings will be shown with clinical studies. Some abdominal appearances are characteristic of certain diseases and these also will be observed and discussed.
Case studies will be presented of common ultrasound findings that may be seen in the small animal veterinary practice. There will also be some less common, but extremely interesting, cases presented that show abdominal organ changes ultrasonographically.
After the lecture we will take a short break and then proceed to the wet lab. Dogs and cats will be sedated and full abdominal scans will be performed by all participants.
Scanning notes will be provided