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Ultrasound Assessment of Fetal Anomalies

Sonography > Obstetrics

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Obstetric ultrasound is the most powerful way to assess the fetus during a pregnancy.

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Obstetric ultrasound is the most powerful way to assess the fetus during a pregnancy. This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform a targeted fetal anomaly ultrasound evaluation, and how to identify various fetal anomalies. The interactive simulator provides three different scenarios that cover different types of ultrasound assessment of fetal anomalies. The module enables students and practitioners to build or refresh knowledge and cognitive skills, and offers a safe online practice environment so you can prepare for the real clinical world. It is ideal if you are studying for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) registry exams.

You’ll learn

  • to practice, perfect and test your skills in performing an ultrasound scan to assess fetal anomalies, and the protocol for a targeted fetal anomaly evaluation
  • to better visualize and understand the key structures and components of the fetus at various stages of development during the second and third trimesters, with our 3D model and illustrations
  • how to recognize various abnormalities of the fetal anatomy on ultrasound images, including abnormalities of chromosomes
  • about the common genetic conditions identified by ultrasound and the use of genetic testing in pregnancy
  • to describe fetal therapies that are performed under ultrasound guidance
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information).
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Patient preparation
Step 1.3 - Operator preparation
Step 2 - Expose the lower abdomen and apply gel
Step 3 - Select the transducer
Step 4 - Commence the targeted fetal anomaly scanning protocol
Step 4.1 - Patient position
Step 4.2 - Scan plane
Step 4.3 - Targeted fetal anomaly protocol image requirements
Step 4.3.1 - Fetal lie, life, number, presentation, and situs
Step 4.3.2 - Maternal uterus and adnexae
Step 4.3.3 - Amniotic fluid and placental location
Step 4.3.4 - Fetal biometry
Step 4.3.5 - Fetal anatomy
Step 4.4 - Annotations required
Step 4.5 - Troubleshooting
Step 5 - Perform targeted fetal anomaly evaluation
Step 5.1 - Scan the fetal head and face
Step 5.2 - Scan the fetal spine
Step 5.3 - Scan the fetal thorax and heart
Step 5.4 - Scan the abdomen and pelvis
Step 5.5 - Scan the fetal limbs and extremities
Step 6 - Genetic testing techniques and common genetic conditions identified by ultrasound
Step 6.1 - Maternal serum markers
Step 6.2 - Nuchal translucency
Step 6.3 - Chorionic villus sampling
Step 6.4 - Amniocentesis
Step 7 - Fetal therapies under ultrasound guidance
Step 7.1 - Cordocentesis
Step 7.2 - Umbilical cord therapies
Step 7.3 - Fetal shunting procedures
Step 7.4 - Embryo reduction and selective fetocide
Step 8 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe and recognize on images abnormalities of the following:
    cranium, face, neck, vertebral column, thorax, lungs, anterior abdominal wall, hepatobiliary system, gastrointestinal tract, abdomen, urinary tract, genitalia, extremities, skeleton, umbilical cord, circulatory system.
  • Describe congenital heart abnormalities and fetal abnormalities associated with the fetal thorax.
  • Discuss the use of genetic testing in pregnancy, including amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), and nuchal translucency.
  • Explain procedures related to fetal therapies.
  • Describe and recognize on images abnormalities of chromosomes.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA) and Patient Safety Act.

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  • a quiz
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