Sonography / Vascular / Ultrasound Assessment of the Abdominal Vasculature

Ultrasound Assessment of the Abdominal Vasculature

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This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound examination of the abdominal vasculature. The interactive simulator provides three different scan scenarios, including normal and pathological cases. 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 abdominal vasculature
  • to better visualize and understand the key anatomical structures and components comprising the abdominal vasculature, with our 3D model and illustrations
  • identify signs and symptoms of abdominal vascular disease
  • how to differentiate normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the abdominal vessels
  • how to obtain images of the abdominal vessels
  • how to explain and demonstrate the use of breathing techniques to obtain optimal images of the abdominal vessels
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information).

Materials Included:

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  • anatomy_iconAnatomy
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  • quiz_iconQuiz
Step 0 - Introduction
Step 0.1 - Principles of Doppler ultrasound
Step 0.2 - Basic physiology of the abdominal blood vessels
Step 0.2.1 - Signs and symptoms of abdominal vascular disease
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 abdominal blood vessels
Step 4 - Commence the scanning protocol for the abdominal blood vessels
Step 4.1 - Patient position
Step 4.2 - Scan plane
Step 4.3 - Images required
Step 4.4 - Annotations required
Step 4.5 - Sonographic features of normal abdominal vessels
Step 4.5.1 - Sonographic features of the normal abdominal aorta
Step 4.5.2 - Sonographic features of the normal celiac axis
Step 4.5.3 - Sonographic features of the normal common hepatic artery
Step 4.5.4 - Sonographic features of the normal splenic artery
Step 4.5.5 - Sonographic features of the normal superior mesenteric artery (SMA)
Step 4.5.6 - Sonographic features of the normal renal arteries
Step 4.5.7 - Sonographic features of the normal inferior mesenteric artery (IMA)
Step 4.5.8 - Sonographic features of the normal inferior vena cava (IVC)
Step 4.5.9 - Sonographic features of the normal renal veins
Step 4.5.10 - Sonographic features of the normal superior mesenteric vein (SMV)
Step 4.5.11 - Sonographic features of the inferior mesenteric vein (IMV)
Step 4.5.12 - Sonographic features of the splenic vein
Step 4.5.13 - Sonographic features of the normal portal vein
Step 4.6 - Variants
Step 4.7 - Troubleshooting
Step 5 - Scan the aorta
Step 5.1 - Scan the proximal aorta in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.2 - Scan the mid aorta in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.3 - Scan the distal aorta in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.4 - With the patient in the supine position scan the aorta in the transverse plane
Step 5.5 - Obtain a Doppler spectral trace of the aorta
Step 5.6 - Scan celiac artery in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.7 - Scan the celiac artery in the transverse plane
Step 5.8 - Pathology of the celiac axis
Step 5.9 - Scan the SMA in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.10 - Scan the SMA in the transverse plane
Step 5.11 - Pathology of the SMA
Step 6 - Scan the inferior vena cava
Step 6.1 - Scan the proximal inferior vena cava (IVC) in the longitudinal plane
Step 6.2 - Scan the distal inferior vena cava (IVC) in the longitudinal plane
Step 6.3 - Scan the inferior vena cava (IVC) in the transverse plane
Step 6.4 - Obtain a Doppler spectral trace of the inferior vena cava
Step 7 - Scan the portal venous system
Step 7.1 - Obtain longitudinal images of the main portal vein (MPV)
Step 7.2 - Obtain a Doppler spectral trace of main portal vein (MPV)
Step 7.3 - Obtain longitudinal images of the superior mesenteric vein (SMV)
Step 7.4 - Obtain a Doppler trace of the SMV
Step 7.5 - Obtain a longitudinal image of the splenic vein
Step 7.6 - Obtain a Doppler trace of the splenic vein
Step 7.7 - Obtain a longitudinal image of the inferior mesenteric vein (IMV)
Step 7.8 - Obtain a Doppler trace of the IMV
Step 8 - Complete the procedure
  • Indications for ultrasound of the abdominal blood vessels
  • Identify abdominal vascular anatomy on diagrams and sonograms
  • List signs and symptoms of abdominal vascular disease
  • Abdominal vascular protocol
    • Equipment preparation - transducer and preset selection
    • Patient preparation
    • Patient positioning
    • Transducer positions
    • Scan planes
    • Identify and obtain sonographic images of the aorta, abdominal aortic branches, and common iliac arteries
    • Identify and obtain sonographic images of the inferior vena cava and its tributaries
    • Identify and obtain sonographic images of the portal vein, superior mesenteric vein, inferior mesenteric vein, and splenic vein
    • Obtain Doppler spectral traces of the aorta and inferior vena cava
  • Explain and demonstrate the use of breathing techniques to obtain optimal sonographic images of the blood vessels
  • Differentiate normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the vascular system
  • Identify and describe common pathology of the abdominal vasculature
  • Explain the important ultrasound characteristics when evaluating an abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Describe the normal and abnormal Doppler patterns of the vascular structures
  • Explain the 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:

  • 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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