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AUA Hands-on Urologic Ultrasound – American Urological Association
May 5, 2016 @ 7:00 AM - 4:45 PM$2,700
Urologists have an established history of the use of ultrasound in clinical practice. The availability of affordable, high-quality ultrasound instruments has permitted urologists to add renal, scrotal and bladder examinations to transrectal ultrasound of the prostate as part of the office practice of urology. Image-guided treatments such as cryotherapy and brachytherapy of the prostate and ablative therapies of renal tumors are also ultrasound dependent. Medicare utilization data demonstrates that urologists perform more residual urine determinations by ultrasound, scrotal ultrasound, and renal ultrasound than any other specialist.
This course is designed to provide urologists and urology residents with the knowledge and basic skills necessary for performing an urologic ultrasound. This one-day offering combines online training and testing (pre-course) with on-site, hands-on instruction in kidney, bladder, prostate, and scrotal ultrasound. Participants are evaluated by didactic testing and direct observation by faculty members to determine if they have met the course objectives. Attendees who demonstrate the hands-on skills and who pass the didactic tests, both online and on-site, will receive a CME Level 2 certificate. Proficiency and facility in performing specific ultrasound examinations will be achieved by subsequently applying these acquired skills in clinical practice.
With the establishment of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Accreditation Program for Ultrasound in the Practice of Urology and the trend toward 3rd party payers requiring documentation of training, the AUA Hands-On Urologic Ultrasound courses provide an avenue for urologists to meet the training guidelines for the performance of ultrasound in the practice of urology.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Apply the physical principles of ultrasonography to urologic ultrasound
- Employ the various ultrasound probes and machine settings to optimize imaging
- Successfully perform and document examinations of the kidneys, bladder, scrotum and prostate
- Demonstrate the ability to perform Doppler ultrasound and measure resistive index
- Successfully identify and perform targeted biopsy of abnormalities in a renal gel phantom
- Demonstrate the ability to cognitively fuse MRI images of a prostate gel phantom with the ultrasound images of the phantom and accurately biopsy an area using transrectal ultrasound guidance