Foundations of Diagnostic Ultrasound
CEU’s: CEUs for this hybrid course are current pending
This course is a hybrid online/live course that exposes the learner to foundational principles of diagnostic musculoskeletal (MSKUS) and point of care (POCUS) ultrasound imaging for the physical therapist. Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to identify normal versus abnormal MSKUS images and be able to use MSKUS as an “enhanced special test” to improve clinical reasoning, conduct a complete ultrasound exam of the shoulder, and partial exam of salient anatomical structures of all other relevant joints/tissues. Furthermore, the learner should have an appreciation for use of POCUS, be able to produce basic POCUS images, and understand appropriate integration into clinical practice as an additional tool with which to enhance medical screening for medical referral. As a foundational course in MSKUS and POCUS, the learner must successfully pass the written and oral competencies for certification. Upon successful completion, the learner will receive a complimentary portable ultrasound unit for clinical practice.
Course Presenter: Andrew M. Ball, PT, DPT, PhD
Target Audience: Physical Therapists
Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of the online modules is required to attend the live 2-day course.
Cancellation Policy: Link to cancellation policy
Ratio of Teacher/Student: 1:10
Proficiency Exam: There is a 5-question multiple choice exam following each online module, as well as a practical exam following the live 2-day course. A score of at least 80% on each exam is required for successful completion of this course.
Online Modules: Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Correctly use basic terminology associated with diagnostic ultrasound imaging.
2. Independently and accurately explain the history of diagnostic ultrasound imaging.
3. Correctly distinguish normal vs. abnormal diagnostic ultrasound imaging of the shoulder.
4. Correctly distinguish normal vs. abnormal diagnostic ultrasound imaging of the ankle.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Successfully connect an ultrasound probe to an iPhone or iPad.
2. Successfully produce all standard shoulder MSKUS images.
3. Correctly demonstrate a shoulder dynamic impingement test.
4. Independently image the patellar tendon, the medial meniscus, and the posterior knee.
5. Independently image the greater trochanter, the femoral NAV, the anterior hip, and the SIJ.
6. Correctly identify 2 pros and 2 cons of dry needling under ultrasound.
7. Independently use POCUS to screen a patient for pneuomothorax.
8. Independently conduct POCUS screening for the gall bladder.
Module 1 – Rationale, History, Types, and Knobology
Module 2 – Shoulder Fundamentals
Module 3 – Ankle Fundamentals
Module 4 – Abnormal Shoulder
Module 5 – Documentation
Module 6 – Billing and Coding
Live: (2 day – 14.5hrs)
Shoulder MSKUS Lecture Review and Demo
Shoulder MSKUS Lab
Ultrasound guided dry needling
POC Ultrasound Basics/Ultrasound screening for medical referral