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Ultrasound Assessment of the Spleen

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

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This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound examination of the spleen. The interactive simulator provides three different scan scenarios, including normal and pathological cases, and helps you learn the spleen scan protocol. It 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. 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 of the spleen and vascular structures
  • to practice, perfect and test your skills in performing an ultrasound scan of the spleen and vascular structures
  • to better visualize and understand the spleen and vascular structures with our 3D anatomy model
  • to identify the clinical symptoms of splenic disease
  • how to differentiate normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the spleen
  • how to obtain images of vascular flow of the splenic artery and vein
  • how to explain and demonstrate the use of breathing techniques to obtain optimal images of the spleen
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information)
Introduction
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 spleen
Step 4 - Commence the spleen scanning protocol
Step 4.1 - Patient position
Step 4.2 - Scan plane
Step 4.3 - Standard spleen protocol image requirements
Step 4.4 - Annotations required
Step 4.5 - Sonographic features of the normal spleen
Step 4.6 - Sonographic features of spleen variants
Step 4.6.1 - Accessory spleen or splenunculus
Step 4.6.2 - Ectopic or wandering spleen
Step 4.6.3 - Agenesis of the spleen
Step 4.7 - Troubleshooting
Step 5 - Scan the spleen in the longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 5.1 - Scan the spleen in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.2 - Assess the direction of flow in splenic vessels with color Doppler
Step 5.3 - Scan the spleen in the transverse plane
Step 6 - Complete the procedure
  • Indications for ultrasound of the spleen
  • Identify spleen anatomy
  • Explain splenic physiology and laboratory findings
  • List clinical symptoms of splenic disease
  • Spleen protocol
    • Patient preparation
    • Transducer and preset selection
    • Patient positioning
    • Transducer positions
    • Scan planes
    • Identify and obtain sonographic images of the spleen and vascular structures
    • Obtain measurements of the spleen
  • Explain and demonstrate the use of breathing techniques to obtain optimal sonographic images of the spleen
  • Differentiate normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the spleen
  • Differentiate and describe common pathologies of the spleen on sonographic images
  • Identify and obtain images of vascular flow of the splenic artery and vein
  • Identify and discuss the physiology of congestion of the spleen
  • Compare and contrast focal and diffuse disease of the spleen
  • Explain Patient's Bill of Rights, HIPAA Privacy Rule, and Patient Safety Act (see reference)

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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  • a quiz
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