Sonography / Obstetrics / Ultrasound Assessment during the First Trimester

Ultrasound Assessment during the First Trimester

$25 / per module

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Obstetric sonography has become an indispensable tool in the identification of pregnancy and the care of pregnant women. This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform a first trimester ultrasound examination. The interactive simulator provides three different scan scenarios that cover different aspects of the first trimester 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. This module 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 during the first trimester
  • to better visualize and understand the key structures and components of the embryo at various stages of development during the first trimester, with our 3D model and illustrations
  • methods for calculating gestational age during the first trimester of pregnancy
  • how to obtain images of the gestation sac, uterus, yolk sac, and embryo via a transabdominal scan, including images of the embryonic heart using m-mode assessment
  • how to obtain images of the uterus, endometrium and gestation sac via an endovaginal scan
  • how to differentiate normal and abnormal sonographic appearances during the first trimester
  • how to differentiate between intrauterine, ectopic, heterotropic, and multiple pregnancies, including signs, symptoms, and locations
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information).

Materials Included:

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  • video_iconVideo
  • anatomy_iconAnatomy
  • simulation_iconSimulation
  • quiz_iconQuiz
Introduction
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 the gel
Step 3 - Select the transducer
Step 4 - Commence the first trimester scanning protocol
Step 4.1 - Patient position
Step 4.2 - Scan plane
Step 4.2.1 - Transabdominal scan plane
Step 4.2.2 - Endovaginal scan plane
Step 4.3 - Standard first trimester protocol image requirements
Step 4.3.1 - Maternal uterus, ovaries, and adnexae
Step 4.3.2 - Gestation sac
Step 4.3.3 - Embryo
Step 4.3.4 - Placenta
Step 4.4 - Annotations required
Step 4.5 - Troubleshooting
Step 5 - Scan the pregnant pelvis transabdominally
Step 5.1 - Scan the uterus in longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 5.2 - Scan the ovaries and adnexae in longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 5.3 - Scan the gestation sac and yolk sac
Step 5.3.1 - Scan the gestation sac
Step 5.3.2 - Scan the yolk sac
Step 5.3.3 - Multiple pregnancy and chorionicity
Step 5.4 - Scan the embryo in longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 5.4.1 - Scan for crown-rump length and gestational age
Step 5.4.2 - Scan the embryonic heart
Step 5.4.3 - Scan the embryonic abdomen and pelvis
Step 5.4.4 - Scan the fetal cranium
Step 5.4.5 - Scan the embryonic spinal column
Step 5.4.6 - Multiple pregnancy: scan for chorionicity
Step 6 - Scan the pregnant pelvis endovaginally
Step 6.1 - Scan the uterus in longitudinal and coronal planes
Step 6.2 - Scan the adnexae and ovaries in coronal and longitudinal planes
Step 6.3 - Scan the gestation sac and yolk sac in longitudinal and coronal planes
Step 6.4 - Scan the embryo/fetus in longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 6.4.1 - Scan for crown-rump length and gestational age
Step 6.4.2 - Scan the embryonic heart
Step 6.4.3 - Scan the embryonic abdomen and pelvis
Step 6.4.4 - Scan the fetal cranium
Step 6.4.5 - Scan the embryonic spinal column
Step 6.4.6 - Multiple pregnancy
Step 7 - Complete the procedure
  • List and describe the sequence of embryonic development.
  • Identify the anatomy of early intrauterine pregnancy on diagrams and sonograms.
  • Describe how to obtain a patient history and correlate the information with laboratory results.
  • Recognize and differentiate between intrauterine, ectopic, heterotropic, and multiple pregnancies, including signs, symptoms, and locations.
  • Describe and demonstrate methods for calculating gestational age during the first trimester of pregnancy. 
  • Describe and recognize on images the features of various types of failed pregnancy in the first trimester.
  • Describe and recognize on images embryonic abnormalities in the first trimester.
  • Describe and recognize on images normal and abnormal amniotic fluid in the first trimester.
  • Describe and recognize on images normal and abnormal placental anatomy in the first trimester.
  • Explain the sonographic features of fetal demise of the first trimester.
  • Describe and recognize on images first trimester abnormalities of the uterus and adnexae.
  • Describe a nuchal translucency measurement.
  • Follow relevant protocols when scanning.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA) and Patient Safety Act.

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:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • 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
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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