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General Pediatric Ultrasound Protocols and Ultrasound of the Pediatric Abdomen

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Ultrasound is valuable for evaluating abdominal pain in pediatric patients.

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Ultrasound is valuable for evaluating abdominal pain in pediatric patients. This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound examination of the pediatric abdomen, and to assess the common pediatric pathologies.  The interactive simulator provides three scan scenarios that cover different situations you might encounter in the clinical environment. Online simulations enable students and practitioners to build or refresh knowledge and cognitive skills, and offer a safe practice environment so you can prepare for the real clinical world. Simulations also give you the opportunity to try out procedures that you might not otherwise experience. This module is ideal if you are studying for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) registry exams.

You’ll learn

  • the protocols for sonographic scanning of the pediatric abdomen and additional considerations when imaging patients in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • to practice, perfect and test your skills in performing an ultrasound scan of the pediatric abdomen
  • to better visualize and understand the anatomy and physiology of the pediatric abdomen, with our 3D model and illustrations, including differences between adult and neonatal abdominal anatomy
  • how to identify on images the common pediatric pathologies, including pathologies of the kidney and adrenal gland, hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, appendicitis, and intussusception
  • methods for effectively communicating with children of various ages
  • 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 transducer
Step 4 - Commence the pediatric abdomen scanning protocol
Step 4.1 - Patient position
Step 4.2 - Scan plane
Step 4.3 - Standard pediatric abdomen protocol image requirements
Step 4.3.1 - Pylorus protocol
Step 4.3.2 - Appendix protocol
Step 4.3.3 - Bowel protocol
Step 4.3.4 - Kidney protocol
Step 4.3.5 - Adrenal glands protocol
Step 4.4 - Annotations required
Step 4.5 - Troubleshooting
Step 5 - Scan the pylorus in longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 5.1 - Scan the pylorus in the transverse plane
Step 5.2 - Scan the pylorus in the longitudinal plane
Step 6 - Scan the appendix in transverse and longitudinal planes
Step 6.1 - Scan the appendix in the transverse plane
Step 6.2 - Scan the appendix in the longitudinal plane
Step 7 - Scan the bowels in longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 7.1 - Scan the segment of bowel in the longitudinal plane
Step 7.2 - Scan the segment of bowel in the transverse plane
Step 8 - Scan the kidneys in longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 8.1 - Scan the right kidney
Step 8.1.1 - Scan the right kidney in the longitudinal plane
Step 8.1.2 - Scan the right kidney in the transverse plane
Step 8.2 - Scan the left kidney
Step 9 - Scan the adrenal glands in longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 9.1 - Scan the right adrenal gland
Step 9.1.1 - Scan the right adrenal gland in the longitudinal plane
Step 9.1.2 - Scan the right adrenal gland in the transverse plane
Step 9.2 - Scan the left adrenal gland
Step 10 - Complete the procedure

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