ACNM 2018 Introduction to OB GYN Ultrasound

This course was created to prepare you for the ACNM 2018 Annual Meeting Hands-On Ultrasound Workshop. This online lecture material begins with image orientation and scanning technique.  We include a comprehensive lecture on the first trimester of pregnancy including CRL, gestational sac measurement, M-mode and complications including molar and ectopic pregnancy. We review the biophysical profile, amniotic fluid assessment, placenta location and growth in the third trimester. You will have access to this material for six months. It will serve as preparation for your hands-on scanning workshop and for support as you begin to use ultrasound in your clinical practice. 

Instructed by: Julie Gaston

Course Description

This course begins with image orientation, and scanning technique. This is your foundation. Once you understand the basics of ultrasound we move on to anatomy and physiology. Here we begin with the nongravid pelvis. This includes evaluation of the uterus, ovaries, endometrium and cervix. Next we review the first trimester exam from conception through the thirteenth week. This includes crown rump length measurements, gestational sac and yolk sac evaluation, m-mode assessment for viability and abnormal findings. The third trimester is covered next. Here we discuss biometry, amniotic fluid assessment, placenta location, cervical length and the biophysical profile.

Course Objectives

1. Identify the uterus, ovaries, endometrium and cervix 
2. Identify an intrauterine pregnancy and measure the crown rump length 
3. Acquire an M-mode tracing of the fetal heart 
4. Perform a biophysical profile 
5. Measure the biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, and femur length for growth assessment 
6. Measure the amniotic fluid 
17.Identify the cervix and placental location 
11. Communicate in a culturally-sensitive manner to patients who refuse transvaginal ultrasounds and discuss available alternatives.

Accreditation and Designation Statements and Disclosure Report

Introduction to OB GYN Ultrasound
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC and Sonosession. The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Financial Disclosures
All presenters, planners, editors, or staff reported no relevant relationships with the following statement:
"I, or an immediate family member, do not have at present, or within the last 12 months, nor anticipate having financial interest, arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in context to the design, implementation, presentation, evaluation,
etc. of CME Activities."

Curriculum

  • Image Orientation
  • First Trimester
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      • First Trimester Implantation to Week 4
      • First Trimester Week 5-9
      • Viability and the Yolk Sac
      • Complications
      • Complications Continued
      • Anomalies
  • Third Trimester
    • Untitled Page 1
      • Third Trimester Introduction
      • Third Trimester Growth
      • Biophysical Profile
      • Amniotic Fluid
  • Image Orientation Assessment
    • Image Orientation
      • Question 1
      • Question 2
      • Question 3
      • Question 4
      • Question 5
      • Question 6
      • Question 7
      • Question 8
      • Question 9
      • Question 10
  • First Trimester Assessment
    • First Trimester Assessment
      • Question 1
      • Question 2
      • Question 3
      • Question 4
      • Question 5
      • Question 6
      • Question 7
      • Question 8
      • Question 10
  • Third Trimester Assessment
    • Third Trimester Assessment
      • Question 1
      • Question 2
      • Question 3
      • Question 4
      • Question 5
      • Question 6
      • Question 7
      • Question 8
      • Question 9
      • Question 10

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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