Ultrasound Physics: The Essentials, 2nd Ed.

Ultrasound Physics: The Essentials, 2nd Ed.


Ultrasound Physics: The Essentials, 2nd Ed.


Ultrasound Physics: The Essentials, 2nd Ed.

  • Most Comprehensive Physics Textbook
  • A Must Have Textbook for all Medical Professionals Performing Ultrasound
  • Available in Both Print and Digital Format
  • Digital Format is PC and Mac Compatible
  • Now Featuring an Online Media Center
  • Approved for a Maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™


Ultrasound Physics: The Essentials is a concise yet comprehensive textbook that covers all of the essential physics and instrumentations key topics and serves as a valuable authoritative learning resource and reference guide for any physician, sonographer or other medical professional involved with performing and/or interpreting any ultrasound examination. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute’s Ultrasound Physics: The Essentials Textbook is available in either print or digital format and comes with over 160 images, diagrams, and accompanying online video clips to enhance the learning experience. (E-books are accessible to view from any internet enabled device and have the ability to bookmark, highlight, make annotations, and archive for offline use as well). Ultrasound Physics: The Essentials textbook also offers optional 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to apply towards certification, lab accreditation, and/or hospital credentialing requirements. In addition, an Optional quiz package is available to purchase to enhance the learning experience.

Date of Original Release: 10/1/2019

This edition valid for credit through: 10/1/2022

Length: 160 pages

Product Code: 01-UP2


  • Elementary Principles
  • Propagation of Ultrasound Through Tissues
  • Ultrasound Transducers
  • Pulse Echo Instruments
  • Principles of Pulse Echo Imaging
  • Hemodynamics, Doppler, Color Flow, and Color Power Imaging
  • Artifacts
  • Quality Assurance of Ultrasound Instruments
  • Bioeffects and Safety


  • Increase the participants’ knowledge to better perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations.
  • State the elementary principles of ultrasound including definition of ultrasound, basic properties and units of measure.
  • Describe the fundamental principles of sound and the propagation of sound in soft-tissue.
  • Cite the different types of transducers, focusing, sound beam formation and the various types of resolution including: axial, lateral, contrast and temporal.
  • Recognize components and terminology of ultrasound equipment and instrumentation.
  • List the advantages of Doppler, Color Flow and Color Power Imaging.
  • Differentiate imaging artifacts by their cause and characteristic appearance.
  • Apply statistical test correlation and test validation using CHI Square principles regarding sensitivity, specificity and overall test accuracy.
  • Outline safety, quality control, quality assurance and bio effects concerns regarding operation and maintenance of ultrasound equipment.


Ultrasound Physics: The Essentials is a great textbook and reference tool for any medical professional utilizing ultrasound in clinical practice. Physicians may include (but are not limited to) practices involving OB-GYN, radiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family practice, and primary care.


GulfCoast Ultrasound Institute

Lori Green  BA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

President, Program Director.
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
Saint Petersburg, FL.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

GulfCoast Ultrasound Institute

Mark Swanson  RDMS, RVT

Senior Clinical Instructor
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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)
Medical Director, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
Milwaukee, WI
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS, FACEP (Co-Medical Director-planner & QI Task Force)
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine &
Fellowship Director of Emergency Medicine
Ultrasound Fellowship Program
University of South Florida Medical School
Tampa, FL
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, Content Reviewer, QI Task Force)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Disclosure of Commercial Support
There was no commercial support involved in the planning, development/implementation of this activity.

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Credits (Optional with additional purchase)

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

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this enduring material 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.


General Sonography Physics

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute presents 3 free tips to help you study for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Exam.

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Challenges Sonographers Face

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute’s Program Director Theresa Jorgensen uses humor to take a look at the some of the typical challenges sonographers face while trying to take an accurate patient history.

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