Ultrasound Evaluation of Dialysis Access Grafts and Fistulas

Date of Original Release: 5/2/2016
This edition valid for credit through: 5/2/2019

Video Length: 0:31:00
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Product Codes:
Online Video - OV-DAGF2

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Topics & Objectives


  • Types of dialysis
  • Management of renal disease
  • Dialysis access types
  • Overview of dialysis access procedures
  • Role of the vascular lab
  • Pre-operative venous and arterial mapping
  • AV access complications


  • Upon completion of this enduring material, you should be able to accomplish the following:
  • Cite the arterial and venous anatomy of the upper extremities
  • List the advantages of AV fistulas over grafts and venous catheters
  • Recognize the common complications of dialysis access procedures
  • Cite several sonographic criteria for stenosis and dysfunction of AV fistulas/grafts
Target Audience
Sonographers, physicians, nurse practitioners, PA’s or other medical professional performing and/or interpreting vascular ultrasound. Physician participants may include (but are not limited to) : Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Radiology, General Surgery, and Vascular Surgery.
Course Instructors

Robert Atnip


Chief, Vascular Surgery Section, Dept. of Surgery , The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine , Professor of Surgery and Radiology , Milton S. Hershey Medical Center , Hershey, PA
No relevant financial relationship(s) exist.

Faculty & Content Disclosures...
Faculty Disclosure
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc. adheres to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies regarding industry support of CME. Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity.

Content Validation
All presentations for this CME activity were reviewed and approved by members of the GUI CME Review Committee to determine content validity and to ensure that no conflicts of interest exist prior to the activity commencement or material compilation.

Disclosure of Individuals in Control of Content
In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by GUI as being in control of content of this program:

James Mateer, MD, RDMS (Medical Director-planner, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Medical Director, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Andreas Dewitz, MD, RDMS(Member of Advisory Board, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair of Ultrasound Education
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Program Director/planner and reviewer, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Brian Schenker, MBA, RDMS, RVT
Program Coordinator, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

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Continuing Education Credits
The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course also meets CME/CEU requirements for ARDMS. Note: While offering the CME credit hours noted above, activities are not intended to provide extensive training or certification for exam performance or interpretation.