Physics/Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Registry Review

Date of Original Release: 9/11/2015
This edition valid for credit through: 9/11/2018

Price:  $270.00 (12 months access)
Code: OC-RRSPI151
12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™



This 11-module comprehensive review is designed for physicians, sonographers and other medical professionals preparing to take the ARDMS or CCI certification exams.


  1. Essentials of Diagnostic Ultrasound and Physical Principles
  2. Pulse Echo Instrumentation, Storage and Display Propagation of Ultrasound Through Tissue
  3. Transducers
  4. Image Controls
  5. Doppler Instrumentation and Hemodynamics
  6. Imaging Artifacts
  7. Quality Assurance and Safety
  8. Advanced and Emerging Technologies
  9. Mock Exam
Topics & Objectives
  • Essentials of Diagnostic Ultrasound - Physical Principles
  • Pulse Echo Instrumentation, Storage & Display/Propagation of Ultrasound Through Tissue
  • Transducers
  • Image Controls
  • Doppler Instrumentation and Hemodynamics
  • Imaging Artifacts
  • Quality Assurance and Safety
  • Advanced and Emerging Technologies


Upon completion of this enduring material, you should be able to accomplish the following:

  1. Increase the participants' knowledge to better perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations
  2. State the elementary principles of ultrasound including definition of ultrasound, basic properties and units of measure
  3. Describe the fundamental principles of sound and the propagation of sound in soft-tissue.
  4. Cite the different types of transducers, focusing, sound beam formation and the various types of resolution including: axial, lateral, contrast and temporal
  5. Recognize components and terminology of ultrasound equipment and instrumentation
  6. List the advantages of Doppler, Color Flow and Color Power Imaging
  7. Differentiate imaging artifacts by their cause and characteristic appearance
  8. Outline safety, quality control, quality assurance and bio-effects concerns regarding operation and maintenance of ultrasound equipment
  9. Identify areas of weakness that require additional self-study to successful pass the ultrasound board examination offered by ARDMS, CCI or ARRT
Target Audience
Sonographers, physicians, and other medical professionals preparing to take their ultrasound physics (SPI) certification examination or who desire a comprehensive review of sonography principles and instrumentation.
Course Instructors

Donald Milburn


Ultrasound education consultant, Prescott, AZ
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 12.00 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.