ACNM 2018 Annual Meeting Hands-On Ultrasound Workshop

Lecture and hands-on ultrasound workshop at the 2018 ACNM Annual Meeting on Sunday May 20, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia

Instructed by: Julie Gaston, Bill Shepherd, Michele Claussen, Shea Lewis

Course Description

Sonosession in partnership with the ACNM is proud to offer a hands-on scanning workshop on Sunday May 20, 2018 at the Savannah Convention Center. This one-day workshop begins with lecture, a hands-on scanning demonstration and a question and answer segment. The lecture will include image orientation, basic machine knobology, light physics, and first and third trimester scanning. Included in the first trimester segment will be CRL measurements, m-mode, gestational sac evaluation, ovaries and anomalies. The third trimester segment will include fetal lie, viability, placenta, amniotic fluid assessment, biometry to include fetal weight percentile and the biophysical profile. Each participant will receive 2 hours of hands-on scanning time in our live scanning session. Members will be divided into groups of 4 depending on skill level and desired outcome. Each group will rotate through two stations. Members will also be given access to additional lecture through Sonosession’s online learning platform. This will allow participants to prepare for their hands-on scan session and maximize their learning objectives.

Hands-On Scanning Session

The session will have individual stations set up to include the following:

·       Seven week transvaginal scanning phantom- This phantom provides hands on scanning technique for measuring the crown rump, evaluating the gestation sac and yolk sac, identifying the uterus and ovaries. This includes transvaginal image orientation and transducer manipulation technique.

·       Ectopic transvaginal scanning phantom- This phantom contains a 6 week ectopic pregnancy allowing the student to properly measure the endometrial thickness, identify fluid in the posterior cul de sac, evaluate ovaries and an ectopic pregnancy.

·       Live non-gravid pelvic- Members can practice transabdominally and transvaginally- evaluating the uterus, endometrial thickness, ovaries and cervix.

·       Live third trimester pregnancy-  Members will have the opportunity to practice biometry, the biophysical profile, amniotic fluid assessment, placenta location, fetal lie and cervix.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize basic ultrasound artifacts
  • Discover common pathology and limitations of ultrasound
  • Identify the uterus, ovaries, endometrium and cervix
  • Identify an intrauterine pregnancy and measure the crown rump length
  • Acquire an M-mode tracing of the fetal heart
  • Perform a biophysical profile
  • Measure the biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, and femur length for growth assessment
  • Measure the amniotic fluid
  • Identify the cervix and placental location
  • Communicate in a culturally-sensitive manner to patients who refuse transvaginal ultrasounds and discuss available alternatives

Curriculum

  • AFI Lecture Machine
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      • AFI Lecture Machine
  • AFI Lecture Image Orientation
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      • AFI Lecture Image Orientation
  • AFI Lecture Third Trimester
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      • AFI Third Trimester
  • AFI Lecture AFI
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  • AFI Lecture Artifacts
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About the Instructor

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Julie Gaston

BS, RDMS, RVT

Julie Gaston (BS, RDMS, RVT) graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Radiology. She received her ultrasound education at the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics. She has been in the field for 20 years and in that time has managed departments, traveled the country scanning, and started OnSite Ultrasound which was acquired by Mint Medical Education in 2012. She directed the ultrasound education department of Mint. There she created ultrasound educational lectures and videos. She led teams in the creation of application videos for equipment manufacturers including Philips, Zonare, and Mindray. She created custom courses for corporate clients and produced education videos for device manufacturers. She wrote blogs for social media and facilitated MMETV where professionals could share information. She lectured and led hands on scanning workshops.

While Julie teaches general and vascular ultrasound, her passion is in OB. She worked at the University of San Francisco Prenatal Diagnosis Center and has co-authored a text book entitled, “The Complete Guide to Ultrasound for Nurse Midwives.” She is passionate about advancing the use of ultrasound in medicine, responsibly. She has created courses for medical professionals that allows their clinical knowledge to merge with imaging knowledge.

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Bill Shepherd

Ph.D., RVT, RDMS

Bill Shepherd has been in the field of ultrasound for over 30 years. He has a Ph.D. in embryology and is registered in vascular, abdominal, OB-GYN, and neuro-sonography. He was a scientist at the Institute for Cancer Research and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics. Bill later taught ultrasound as a clinical instructor and as an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

He is a part-time sonographer and a visiting faculty member at the Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Educational Institute. Bill has written books about ultrasound, several research papers, and chapters in ultrasound textbooks. His interests lie in obstetric and vascular sonography as well as ultrasound physics.

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Michele Claussen

BS, RDMS, RVT

Michele Claussen (BS, RDMS, RVT) graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno with a Bachelor Of Science in Biology. She completed her ultrasound training from the Penrose School of Diagnostic Imaging in Colorado Springs, CO, and has worked as a sonographer for over 20 years in the hospital and clinic settings. For several years, Michele worked in Sales and Applications, training physicians and sonographers on ultrasound systems. Her current clinical focus is in areas of Women’s health and Fetal Imaging. She currently holds registries in Abdomen, OB/Gyn, Fetal Echo, Vascular, Breast Imaging and certification in Nuchal Translucency ultrasound. Michele has been teaching physicians and nurse midwives ultrasound for the last 10 years. She loves to spend time in, on or near the ocean with her family.

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Shea Lewis

RDMS, RVT

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