Ultrasound of the Abdominal Aorta, IVC, and Renal Bladder: Online Component

Estimated time to complete session: 75 min.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

Physics objectives:

  • Describe how ultrasound transducers emit and receive sound energy and how images are generated.
  • Describe how images are processed.
  • Understand the physical limitations of ultrasound imaging and resolution imposed by physics.
  • Describe sonographic artifacts.
  • Describe conventions for image orientation

Aorta IVC Urinary objectives:

  • Describe the rationale for performing AAA screening. 
  • Identify normal from abnormal abdominal aorta appearance and know when the aorta has NOT been adequately imaged. 
  • Explain AAA screening guidelines and appropriate billing practices. 
  • Look at the IVC to distinguish central venous overload and volume depletion. 
  • Identify the kidneys and bladder, identify renal obstruction and measure bladder residual volume. 

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AAFP prescribed
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Mark Deutchman MD, FAAFP, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  Director, Rural Track.  Associate Dean for Rural Health

This Enduring Material activity, Ultrasound of the Abdominal Aorta, IVC, and Renal Bladder: Online Component,has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins 08/13/2018. Term of approval is for 2 year(s) from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 AAFP prescribed

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