This comprehensive course was created for women’s health practitioners who are 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.

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, and 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 can 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 encounter them! We also include common anomalies and syndromes. Finally, we include a physics section that provides a firm foundation for creating the ultrasound image and how we can manipulate it.

Hands-on scanning videos help solidify the concepts taught in the lectures and prepare you for our hands-on workshops.

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.

CME Credits

This course consists of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™  This course fulfills the ARDMS continuing medical education requirement to apply for the ARDMS Midwife Sonography Certificate.

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 and Sonosession. PeerPoint Medical Education Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PeerPoint Medical Education Institute designates the enduring format for this educational activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The enduring approval period is: March 28, 2024 – March 28, 2027 Financial Disclosures The following planners, speakers, reviewers or staff have relevant financial relationships to disclose: Full Legal Name Commercial Interest Jessica Miller GE Healthcare Role Level of participation in the activity Employee Sabrina Speer Boston Imaging/Samsung Speaker Employee Speaker “I have at present or have had within the last 24 months, a financial relationship with one or more ineligible companies.” These financial relationships with ineligible companies have been mitigated by PeerPoint Medical Education Institute and the Sonosession. All other presenters, planners, editors, or staff report no relationships to disclose: “I do not have at present nor have had within the last 24 months, any financial relationships with ineligible companies.”