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Ultrasound Assessment of the Pediatric Brain

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Pediatric head ultrasound is a routine procedure that is used to diagnose conditions related to premature birth, and to avoid the development of complications in babies that are born prematurely.

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Pediatric head ultrasound is a routine procedure that is used to diagnose conditions related to premature birth, and to avoid the development of complications in babies that are born prematurely. This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound examination of the pediatric brain, and to assess the common developmental defects.  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 ultrasound assessment of the neonatal brain
  • 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 head
  • to better visualize and understand the anatomy and physiology of the neonatal brain, with our 3D model and illustrations
  • how to identify on images the common developmental defects in the neonatal brain, neural tube defects and neonatal brain lesions
  • 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 head and apply gel
Step 3 - Select transducer
Step 4 - Commence the neonatal head scanning protocol
Step 4.1 - Patient position
Step 4.2 - Scan plane
Step 4.3 - Standard neonatal head protocol image requirements
Step 4.4 - Annotations required
Step 4.5 - Troubleshooting
Step 5 - Scan the neonatal head in the coronal and sagittal planes
Step 5.1 - Scan the neonatal head in the coronal plane
Step 5.1.1 - Obtain the first anterior coronal view
Step 5.1.2 - Obtain the second anterior coronal view
Step 5.1.3 - Obtain the first midcoronal view
Step 5.1.4 - Obtain the second midcoronal view
Step 5.1.5 - Obtain the first occipital coronal view
Step 5.1.6 - Obtain the second occipital coronal view
Step 5.2 - Scan the neonatal head in the sagittal and parasagittal planes
Step 5.2.1 - Obtain a midline view
Step 5.2.2 - Obtain the first parasagittal view on the right
Step 5.2.3 - Obtain the second parasagittal view on the right
Step 5.2.4 - Obtain the third parasagittal view on the right
Step 5.2.5 - Obtain the left parasagittal views
Step 5.3 - Scan the superficial aspect of the neonatal head in the coronal and sagittal planes
Step 5.3.1 - Scan the superficial aspect of the neonatal head in the coronal plane
Step 5.3.2 - Scan the superficial aspect of the neonatal head in the sagittal plane
Step 6 - Complete the procedure
  • Identify the anatomy of the neonatal brain.
  • Describe the protocol for ultrasound evaluation of the neonatal brain.
  • Describe developmental defects in the neonatal brain.
  • Describe and recognize on images neural tube defects of the neonate.
  • Describe and recognize on images neonatal brain lesions.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA) and Patient Safety Act.

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