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Point of Care Ultrasound Lessons

Are you familiar with “point of care testing”? Will you be interested in adopting point of care ultrasound to make a quick  preliminary diagnosis in various clinical settings? This module introduces a series of bedside ultrasound techniques to help clinicians to screen serious diseases in a timely manner.

Please click on a module below to learn more.

These lessons are now available!

Lesson 1: Point of Care Ultrasound Basics

Authors: Amy Morris, MD and Shailaja J. Hayden, MD

Audience: Clinical instructors

Run time: 11 minutes, 29 seconds

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Point of care ultrasound has an important role in the diagnosis and management of patients in many clinical areas. This presentation is in development as the first in a series of didactic lectures and videos designed to provide a basic introduction to point of care ultrasound. Later presentations will discuss specific uses of bedside ultrasound for procedural guidance and diagnostic purposes.

This online presentation includes audio, demonstrations, instructional methods, and examples.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, the learner will be able to…

  1. Understand and describe the basic physics of ultrasound.
  2. Interpret tissue echogenicity of an ultrasound image.
  3. Choose the appropriate transducer for common bedside ultrasound exams.
  4. Determine the orientation of an ultrasound image.
  5. Assess the depth and gain of an ultrasound image.
  6. Recognize 2-D and M-mode ultrasound images.
Lesson 2: Limited Point of Care Echocardiography

Authors: Amy Morris, MD

Audience: Clinical instructors

Run time: 14 minutes, 2 seconds

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In this lesson, we will introduce the learner to the basics of limited point of care echocardiography. We will review the principles of limited cardiac ultrasound, its indications and limitations, appropriate equipment, technique, basic imaging findings including normal findings and some pathologic, and we will discuss how to obtain images on live patients.

This online presentation includes audio, demonstrations, instructional methods, and examples.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, the learner will be able to…

  1. Understand the principles of limited cardiac ultrasound.
  2. Identify indications and limitations of limited cardiac ultrasound.
  3. Choose appropriate equipment and techniques.
  4. Read basic imaging findings.
  5. Obtain images on live humans.
Lesson 3: Screening Compression Ultrasound for Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Authors: R. Eugene Zierler, MD

Audience: Clinical instructors

Run time: 12 minutes, 15 seconds

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This module covers the screening examination for lower extremity deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, by compression ultrasound. The screening examination described in this presentation is designed to detect proximal lower extremity DVT with a simple two-point examination. Experience has shown that this approach is both sensitive and specific in the clinical setting.

This online presentation includes audio, demonstrations, instructional methods, and examples.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, the learner will be able to…

  1. Screening Compression Ultrasound for Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
  2. Describe anatomy of the lower extremity veins.
  3. Recognize clinical significance and diagnosis of DVT.
  4. Understand ultrasound features of lower extremity DVT.
  5. Choose the appropriate technique for compression ultrasound.
  6. Differentiate differences between a screening compression ultrasound and a complete diagnostic duplex examination for DVT.