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This module teaches you how to perform an ultrasound examination of the abdominal aorta.
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This module teaches you how to perform an ultrasound examination of the abdominal aorta. An ultrasound of the aorta is performed to exam the internal structures of the abdomen. It is most often done to screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or other medical conditions. In this module, the medical professional will learn the principles of doppler ultrasound and the scanning procedure for an ultrasound of the abdominal aorta. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers scenarios that tests your ability to perform an ultrasound of the aorta. Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident.


If you are not a medical student or physician, you may prefer the other version of this module which includes all the procedural information needed by professionals in other roles: /shop/clinical/medical-assisting/vascular-procedures/perform-venipuncture

You'll learn

  • pre-procedure considerations
  • a sequence of scanning techniques that includes patient position, scan plane, and specific image requirements
  • how to obtain images of the aorta in both the longitudinal and transverse planes
  • sonographic landmarks
  • to practice and perfect your skills in performing an ultrasound of the aorta
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)

 

Introduction
Principles of Doppler ultrasound
Step 1 - Select the appropriate transducer and obtain images of the abdominal aorta
Step 2 - Begin scanning procedure of the abdominal aorta
Step 2.1 - Patient position
Step 2.2 - Scan plane
Step 2.3 - Images to be obtained for a complete abdominal aorta scan
Step 2.4 - Common Image Labeling
Step 2.5 - Sonographic features of normal abdominal aorta
Step 2.5.1 - Sonographic features of the normal celiac axis
Step 2.5.2 - Sonographic features of the normal common hepatic artery
Step 2.5.3 - Sonographic features of the normal splenic artery
Step 2.5.4 - Sonographic features of the normal superior mesenteric artery (SMA)
Step 2.5.5 - Sonographic features of the normal renal arteries
Step 2.5.6 - Sonographic features of the normal inferior mesenteric artery (IMA)
Step 2.6 - Variants
Step 2.7 - Troubleshooting
Step 3 - Scan the aorta
Step 3.1 - Scan the proximal aorta in the longitudinal plane
Step 3.2 - Scan the mid aorta in the longitudinal plane
Step 3.3 - Scan the distal aorta in the longitudinal plane
Step 3.4 - With the patient in the supine position scan the aorta in the transverse plane
Step 3.5 - Obtain a Doppler spectral trace of the aorta
Step 3.6 - Scan celiac artery in the longitudinal plane
Step 3.7 - Scan the celiac artery in the transverse plane
Step 3.8 - Pathology of the celiac axis
Step 3.9 - Scan the SMA in the longitudinal plane
Step 3.10 - Scan the SMA in the transverse plane
Step 3.11 - Pathology of the SMA
  • Indications for ultrasound of the abdominal blood vessels
  • Identify abdominal vascular anatomy on diagrams and sonograms
  • Abdominal vascular protocol
    • Equipment preparation - transducer and preset selection
    • Patient preparation
    • Patient positioning
    • Transducer positions
    • Scan planes
    • Identify and obtain sonographic images of the aorta, abdominal aortic branches, and common iliac arteries
    • Obtain Doppler spectral traces of the aorta
  • Explain and demonstrate the use of breathing techniques to obtain optimal sonographic images of the blood vessels
  • Differentiate normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the vascular system
  • Identify and describe common pathology of the abdominal vasculature
  • Explain the important ultrasound characteristics when evaluating an abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Describe the normal and abnormal Doppler patterns of the vascular structures

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

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  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
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