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Ultrasound of the Liver

Sonography > Abdominal

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This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound examination of the liver.

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This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound examination of the liver. The interactive simulator provides three different scan scenarios, including normal and pathological cases. It enables students and practitioners to build or refresh knowledge and cognitive skills, and offers a safe online environment so you can practice and prepare for the real clinical world. Ideal if you are studying for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) registry exams.

You’ll learn

  • how to prepare and position a patient for an ultrasound of the liver
  • to practice, perfect and test your skills in performing an ultrasound scan of the liver
  • which are the best transducer types and what transducer positions and scan planes will help you obtain good images
  • to better visualize and understand the liver, and surrounding structures, with our 3D anatomy model
  • to identify the clinical symptoms of liver disease
  • how to differentiate normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the liver
  • how to explain and demonstrate the use of breathing techniques to obtain optimal images of the liver
  • much more (see Content tab for more detail).
Step 0.1 - Basic physiology of the liver
Step 0.2 - Signs and symptoms of liver disease
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Patient preparation
Step 1.3 - Operator preparation
Step 2 - Expose the abdomen and apply gel
Step 3 - Select the transducer and obtain images of the liver
Step 4 - Commence the liver system scanning protocol
Step 4.1 - Patient Position
Step 4.2 - Scan Plane
Step 4.3 - Standard liver protocol image requirements and observations
Step 4.4 - Annotations required
Step 4.5 - Sonographic features of the normal liver
Step 4.6 - Sonographic features of liver variants
Step 4.7 - Troubleshooting
Step 5 - Scan the liver in the longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 5.1 - Scan the liver in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.2 - Measure the liver in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.3 - Scan the liver in the transverse plane
Step 5.4 - Describe any findings from the longitudinal and transverse images:
Step 6 - Hepatic vascular imaging and Doppler
Step 6.1 - Hepatic veins
Step 6.2 - Portal veins
Step 6.3 - Hepatic arteries
Step 7 - Complete the procedure
  • Indications for ultrasound of the liver
  • Identify the liver anatomy
  • Explain liver physiology and laboratory findings
  • List clinical symptoms of liver disease
  • Identify the liver ultrasound scan protocol
    • Patient preparation
    • Transducer selection and preset selection
    • Patient positioning
    • Transducer positions
    • Scan plane
    • Identify and obtain sonographic images of liver, vascular structures, ligaments, and fissures of the liver
    • Obtain measurements of the liver
  • Explain and demonstrate the use of breathing techniques to obtain optimal sonographic images of the liver
  • Differentiate normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the liver
  • Differentiate and describe common pathologies of the liver on sonographic images
  • Identify and obtain images in hepatic trauma
  • Identify and obtain images in hepatic transplantation
  • Identify and obtain images of vascular flow abnormalities
  • Explain the Patient's Bill of Rights, HIPAA Privacy Rule, and Patient Safety Act (see reference)

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  • a quiz
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