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Ultrasound Assessment of Fetal Growth

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Obstetric ultrasound is the most powerful way to assess the fetus. This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound assessment of fetal growth and high-risk pregnancies.

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Obstetric ultrasound is the most powerful way to assess the fetus. This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound assessment of fetal growth and high-risk pregnancies. The interactive simulator provides three different scan scenarios that you might encounter in a clinical situation. 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 growth and high risk pregnancies
  • 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
  • the criteria and testing of fetal well-being, including the biophysical profile
  • how to evaluate normal and abnormal findings relating to the amniotic fluid, placenta, and umbilical cord, and abnormalities that may occur with multiple pregnancies
  • how intrauterine growth restriction is evaluated by ultrasound
  • about peri- and post-pregnancy maternal diseases and complications and how to compare immune and non immune hydrops
  • 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 lower abdomen and apply the gel
Step 3 - Select the transducer
Step 4 - Commence the growth and high-risk pregnancy 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 second and third trimester 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 - Overview of second and third trimester routine ultrasound examination
Step 6 - Perform targeted scan relevant to clinical condition of fetus and/or mother
Step 6.1 - Scan for multiple pregnancy
Step 7 - Scan for intrauterine growth restriction
Step 7.1 - Fetal biometry, growth, and weight
Step 7.2 - Doppler studies
Step 8 - Scan for amniotic fluid and membranes
Step 8.1 - Calculate the amniotic fluid volume
Step 9 - Scan for placenta and umbilical cord abnormalities
Step 9.1 - Placenta
Step 9.2 - Umbilical cord
Step 10 - Scan for fetal biophysical profile
Step 11 - Scan for fetal complications of maternal disease
Step 11.1 - Fetal hydrops
Step 11.2 - Maternal diabetes
Step 11.3 - Maternal hypertension and pre-eclampsia
Step 11.4 - Other maternal diseases
Step 12 - Scan for premature labor
Step 12.1 - Cervical assessment
Step 13 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe and demonstrate how to evaluate normal and abnormal findings relating to the amniotic fluid, placenta, and umbilical cord.
  • Describe the use of Doppler in evaluating fetoplacental circulation.
  • Give the criteria and demonstrate the testing of fetal well-being, including the biophysical profile.
  • Describe techniques for the sonographic evaluation of high-risk pregnancies including multiple gestations.
  • List and describe peri- and post-pregnancy maternal diseases and complications and be able to compare immune and non immune hydrops.
  • Explain how intrauterine growth restriction is evaluated by ultrasound.
  • Describe and recognize on images abnormalities that may occur with multiple pregnancies.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA) and Patient Safety Act.

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