December 23, 2019

Point-of-Care Abdominal Ultrasonography benefits for the Primary Care Physician

Written by: Mark Swanson RDMS, RVT

Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is a rapidly evolving diagnostic modality that is now utilized by health care professionals from nearly all specialties. These exams are performed at the patient’s bedside and are usually performed to answer a specific question.

Performing an ultrasound exam at the point of care is greatly different from imaging performed at a radiology or cardiovascular department. A technologist typically performs the exam that is interpreted by a physician often hours later, after which a report is transmitted to the health care provider. This approach regularly results in a quality examination being performed but has limitations including significant delays in patient care and not providing the patient with a prompt answer. Ultrasound examinations performed by the Primary Care Provider can also reduce the number of patients referred to a medical specialist and speed up patients' care at specialty clinics if the referral is necessary.

To improve your confidence and competence in Point-of-Care Abdominal Ultrasonography look into attending the Blended Introduction to Abdominal and Primary Care Ultrasound Course at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute on March 26, 2020.

The Blended Introduction to Abdominal and Primary Care Ultrasound Training Course covers abdominal, trauma, thyroid, scrotal, and soft-tissue applications. This format combines a comprehensive online course with lectures by leading abdominal & primary care ultrasound experts and offers fifteen (15) months unlimited access, plus a (1) one full day (6 hours) hands-on scan workshop with a 3:1 participant to instructor hands-on scan ratio at our facility in St. Petersburg, FL. For the most realistic and effective learning experience, live human models are utilized for the hands-on scanning workshop. This format is the perfect solution for the busy medical professional that requires the flexibility to complete the coursework at their convenience from home, work, or even your mobile device, yet still needs the hands-on skills training to become confident and competent to perform Abdominal and Primary Care Ultrasound Applications. For the best ultrasound education experience, completion of the online course prior to hands on scanning is recommended.


• Imaging Fundamentals: The Basics
• Abdominal Sonography Anatomy and Scan Fundamentals
• Ultrasound Evaluation of the Abdominal Aorta
• Normal Liver, Gallbladder, Biliary Tree, and Spleen Sonography
• Ultrasound Evaluation of Liver, Gallbladder, and Biliary Tree Pathology
• Renal Ultrasound Imaging
• Ultrasound Evaluation of the Pancreas
• Trauma Ultrasonography
• Ultrasound Evaluation of the Appendix and GI Tract
• Cases in Abdominal Ultrasound
• Ultrasound Evaluation of the Thyroid
• Ultrasound Evaluation of the Acute Scrotum
• Ultrasound Evaluation of Soft Tissues
• Doppler and Color Flow Imaging: Fundamentals for Point-of-Care Applications
• Abdominal Doppler Physics
• Ultrasound Evaluation of Renal Artery Stenosis


• Increase participant’s knowledge to better perform and/or interpret abdominal ultrasound examinations.
• Demonstrate proper transducer manipulation and system optimization to produce diagnostic images.
• Perform scan protocols and routine measurements that are utilized during an abdominal ultrasound evaluation.
• Identify normal/abnormal imaging characteristics of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and abdominal vasculature.
• Differentiate normal/abnormal characteristics for the evaluation of the thyroid, testes/scrotum, and appendix.
• Perform ultrasound evaluation of the trauma patient (FAST exam).
• Demonstrate the use of ultrasound for evaluation of soft-tissue pathology.
• Increase confidence to incorporate protocols, scan techniques & interpretation criteria to improve diagnostic/treatment accuracy.

   Point-of-Care Abdominal Ultrasonography Course


About the Author

Mark Swanson RDMS, RVT

Mark is the Senior Clinical Instructor and Product Specialist at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.

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