Apply the physical principles of ultrasonography to urologic ultrasound.
Employ the various ultrasound probes and machine settings to optimize imaging.
Successfully perform and document examinations of the kidneys, bladder, scrotum and prostate.
Demonstrate the ability to perform Doppler ultrasound and measure resistive index.
Successfully identify and perform targeted biopsy of abnormalities in a renal gel phantomy.
The course is for both novice and intermediate skill levels. Urologists have an established history of the use of ultrasound in clinical practice primarily with transrectal ultrasound of the prostate. The availability of affordable, high-quality ultrasound instruments has permitted urologists to add renal, scrotal, bladder and penile ultrasound examinations to the office practice of urology. Image-guided treatments such as cryotherapy and brachytherapy of the prostate and ablative therapies of renal tumors are also ultrasound dependent. Ultrasound of the bladder and prostate is assuming a more prominent role in selecting therapy for lower urinary tract obstruction. Ultrasound may also be used to guide access to the renal collecting system for stone management. Excellent technique and image quality are vital.
This course is designed to provide urologists and urology residents with the knowledge and basic skills necessary for performing urologic ultrasound. This half-day offering combines online training and testing (pre-course) with on-site hands-on instruction in kidney, bladder, scrotal ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound and the use of renal gel phantoms for ultrasound-biopsy guidance. Participants are evaluated by direct observation by faculty members to determine if they have met the course objectives. Attendees who demonstrate the hands-on skills and who pass the online didactic tests will receive a CME Level 2 certificate. Proficiency and facility in performing specific ultrasound examinations will be achieved by subsequently applying these acquired skills in clinical practice.
With the establishment of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Accreditation Program for Ultrasound in the Practice of Urology and the trend toward third party payers requiring documentation of training, the AUA Hands-On Urologic Ultrasound course provides an avenue for urologists to meet the training guidelines for the performance of ultrasound in the practice of urology.
Accreditation: The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation: The American Urological Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.