Introduction to OB GYN Ultrasound

This comprehensive course was created for the women's health practitioner who is interested in adding point of care ultrasound to their scope of practice. It consists of a combination of recorded lectures and hands-on scanning videos. We start at the beginning to give you a foundation for building your skill set. Ultrasound is a critical piece in the puzzle of women's health and we are proud to be a part of advancing the availability of quality ultrasound services to the world. 

Instructed by: Julie Gaston

Course Description

This course begins with a series of lectures on ultrasound principles, image orientation, scanning technique and knobology. 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. We move into the second trimester by reviewing the growth and anatomy scan. This lecture series focuses on normal. Once you can identify normal, you will be able to catch an anomaly. The third trimester is covered next. Here we discuss biometry, amniotic fluid assessment, placenta location, cervical length and the biophysical profile. An introduction to twins is included because you never know when you will run into them! We also include common anomalies and syndromes. Finally, we include a physics section that provides a firm foundation for the creation of the ultrasound image and how we can manipulate it.

This is a comprehensive course created for the women's health practitioner who is interested in adding point of care ultrasound to their scope of practice. Hands-on scanning videos help to solidify the concepts taught in the lectures.

Course Objectives

1. Recognize basic ultrasound artifacts 
2. Discover common pathology and limitations of ultrasound 
3. Perform a basic non-gravid ultrasound exam 
4. Identify the uterus, ovaries, endometrium and cervix 
5. Identify an intrauterine pregnancy and measure the crown rump length 
6. Acquire an M-mode tracing of the fetal heart 
7. Perform a biophysical profile 
8. Measure the biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, and femur length for growth assessment 
9. Measure the amniotic fluid 
10.Identify the cervix and placental location 
11. Communicate in a culturally-sensitive manner to patients who refuse transvaginal ultrasounds and discuss available alternatives.

Curriculum

  • Image Orientation
  • Pelvic Anatomy
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      • Pelvic Anatomy Uterus
      • Pelvic Anatomy Endometrium
      • Pelvic Anatomy Ovaries
      • Pelvic Pathology
      • Ovarian Pathology I
      • Ovarian Pathology II
      • Ovarian Pathology III
      • Adolescent Pelvic Pathology
      • Fertility Assistance
      • Pelvic Anatomy Extra
      • Pelvic Self Assessment
  • First Trimester
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      • First Trimester Part 1
      • First Trimester Part 2
      • First Trimester Part 3
      • First Trimester Part 4
      • First Trimester Part 5
      • First Trimester Part 6
  • Second Trimester
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      • G + A Intro and Head
      • G + A Fetal Heart
      • G + A Abdomen
      • G + A Spine and Extremities
      • G + A Fluid Placenta and Gender
  • Third Trimester
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      • Third Trimester Introduction
      • Third Trimester Growth
      • Biophysical Profile
      • IUD
      • Amniotic Fluid
  • Anomalies
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      • Syndromes and Conditions
      • Anomalies
  • Twins
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      • Twins
  • Ultrasound Principles
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      • Characteristics of Ultrasound
      • Production of the ultrasound pulse
      • Interaction of sound with medium
      • US Principles (knobology)
      • Artifacts
  • Scan Lab
    • Probe Maneuvers
      • Probe Maneuvers
    • First Trimester Scanning
      • Transvaginal CRL
      • Transvaginal Gestation Sac
      • Transabdominal measuring the CRL
      • Transabdominal CRL
      • Transabdominal CRL continued
      • Transabdominal Report Page
      • Cervix
    • Second Trimester Scanning
      • Fetal Head
      • Fetal Heart
      • Fetal Abdomen
      • Fetal Extremeties
    • Amniotic Fluid Assessment
      • Amniotic Fluid Assesment
    • Ovaries
      • Ovaries
  • Image Orientation Assessment
    • Image Orientation Assessment
      • Question 1
      • Question 2
      • Question 3
      • Question 4
      • Question 5
      • Question 6
      • Question 7
      • Question 8
      • Question 10
      • Question 9
  • Pelvic Anatomy and Pathology Assessment
    • Pelvic Assessment
      • Description Example
      • 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
  • Second Trimester Assessment
    • Second Trimester Assessment
      • Question 1
      • Question 2
      • Question 3
      • Question 4
      • Question #5
      • Question #6
      • Question #7
      • Question 8
      • Question 9
      • 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
  • Final Assessment

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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