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Course Description

Musculoskeletal ultrasound has been an imaging modality of continuously growing importance over the last 20 years.
This Course has three levels; the Basic, InterMediate and Advanced, and is designed to meet the specific educational needs of those who want to learn more about musculoskeletal ultrasound. Under the guidance of international experts, attendees will perform hands-on scanning of live models (Volunteers) to enhance their technical proficiency. At the completion of the basic course, attendees should be able to demonstrate familiarity with the anatomy and common pathology of the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle.

Target Audience:
The course is open for doctors and technicians of  musculoskeletal ultrasound interest. This activity is intended for attendees with a beginner’s to low intermediate level of ultrasound experience. 
To provide the optimal learning environment, the registration is limited .
 :: Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
  • demonstrate the proper probe position and ultrasound machine settings to reliably obtain images of shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot. 
  • assess standardized sonographic scanning protocols for each anatomical region, according to published guidelines. 
  • demonstrate evidence-base and technique for ultrasound-guided procedures.
  • identify and describe normal sonographic anatomy for each joint area applying standardized protocols.
  • explain how fundamental sonographic pathology is distinguished from normal findings. 
  • apply appropriate indications for the use of ultrasound.
  • explain the requirements for report generation and record keeping as they relate to musculoskeletal ultrasound. 
  • cite the possibilities and limitations of implementation of musculoskeletal ultrasound into clinical practice and patient care.

 :: Course topics:

  • Assessment of normal sonographic anatomy and basic pathological sonographic findings in each anatomical region (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot).
  • Assessment of rheumatoid arthritis by ultrasound: Erosions, synovitis, tenosynovitis .
  • Assessment of spondyloarthropathy by ultrasound: Enthesitis. 
  • Assessment of crystal arthritis by ultrasound: Urate tophi and CPPD. 
  • Assessment of treatment response by ultrasound: Change of hyperemia and thickness of synovial tissue. 
  • Assessment of regional rheumatic pain syndromes by ultrasound: Bursitis, rotator cuff lesions, epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound guidance of aspirations, injections and biopsies.