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Gonzalo Garcia-Casasola, Francisco Javier García Sánchez, Davide Luordo, Deborah Forrester Zapata, María Carnevali Frías, Victoria Villena Garrido, Javier Villanueva Martínez, Alberto Forero de la Sotilla, José Manuel Casas Rojo, Juan Torres Macho
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the ability of medical students to be integrated in the teaching of basic abdominal ultrasound using a peer-mentoring design. METHODS: Thirty medical students previously trained in basic abdominal ultrasound (mentors) had to teach all fourth-year students (n = 136) from a single academic year the same training they had received. There were 3 stages to the ultrasound teaching: theoretical (online course); basic training (3 practical sessions in which students were guaranteed to have had a minimum of 15 hours of practical experience with ultrasound and performed at least 20 basic abdominal ultrasound studies); and evaluation (objective structured clinical examination in which students had to obtain the basic abdominal views and to identify 17 structures)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Christian Beyer, Sofia Ramiro, Francisca Sivera, Peter Mandl, Pedro M Machado, Caroline Ospelt, Anna Moltó, Helga Radner, Annamaria Iagnocco, Johannes W Bijlsma, Ingrid E Lundberg
OBJECTIVES: To understand the educational needs and preferences of young clinicians and physician researchers in the field of rheumatology in Europe. METHODS: An international online survey was performed as a joint venture of ESCET and EMEUNET. The survey assessed the acceptance of and the access to the current European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) educational portfolio, as well as the unmet educational needs and learning preferences among individuals below the age of 40 years working in rheumatology in Europe...
2016: RMD Open
Goele Jans, Christophe Matthys, Sarah Bel, Lieveke Ameye, Matthias Lannoo, Bart Van der Schueren, Bruno Dillemans, Luc Lemmens, Jean-Pierre Saey, Yves van Nieuwenhove, Pascale Grandjean, Ben De Becker, Hilde Logghe, Marc Coppens, Kristien Roelens, Anne Loccufier, Johan Verhaeghe, Roland Devlieger
BACKGROUND: The expansion of the obesity epidemic is accompanied with an increase in bariatric procedures, in particular in women of reproductive age. The weight loss induced by the surgery is believed to reverse the negative impact of overweight and obesity on female reproduction, however, research is limited to in particular retrospective cohort studies and a growing number of small case-series and case-(control) studies. METHODS/DESIGN: AURORA is a multicenter prospective cohort study...
2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
P C Parker, G Harrison
The British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS), the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), education providers and the NHS are working together to review how best to develop education for the future sonographic workforce. There is currently a national vacancy rate of approximately 12% across NHS Trusts. Education course placements are often limited to the number of clinical training places available within departments, resulting in a disparity between vacancies and the numbers of qualified sonographers graduating...
November 2015: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
M Zago, I Martinez Casas, J Pereira, D Mariani, A R Silva, A Casamassima, E Barbosa, F Ferreira, M Ruesseler, G A Bass, L Ponchietti, F Butti, M Marconi, L F Pinheiro
PURPOSE: The European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES) identified the need for general and trauma surgeons involved in the management of critically ill surgical patients to embrace and learn both basic and advanced US skills. A steering group was created to address this deficit. METHODS: Modular UltraSound ESTES Course (MUSEC) is a modular blended-learning course. It incorporates pre-test/post-test examinations, pre-course online materials, didactic and interactive lectures, interactive case scenarios discussion with pathological US clips, hands-on practice on healthy volunteer models, and on original phantoms for simulating both pathological US findings and practicing US-guided interventional maneuvers...
April 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Jenna Shaw-Battista, Nichole Young-Lin, Sage Bearman, Kim Dau, Juan Vargas
Ultrasound is an important aid in the clinical diagnosis and management of normal and complicated pregnancy and childbirth. The technology is widely applied to maternity care in the United States, where comprehensive standard ultrasound examinations are routine. Targeted scans are common and used for an increasing number of clinical indications due to emerging research and a greater availability of equipment with better image resolution at lower cost. These factors contribute to an increased demand for obstetric ultrasound education among students and providers of maternity care, despite a paucity of data to inform education program design and evaluation...
November 2015: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Pierre Léger, Richard Fleet, Julie Maltais-Giguère, Jeff Plant, Éric Piette, France Légaré, Julien Poitras
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be used to provide rapid answers to specific and potentially life-threatening clinical questions, and to improve the safety of procedures. The rate of POCUS access and use in Canada is unclear. The objective of this study was to examine access to POCUS and potential barriers/facilitators to its use among rural physicians in Quebec. METHODS: This descriptive cross-sectional study used an online survey. The 30-item questionnaire is an adapted and translated version of a questionnaire used in a prior survey conducted in rural Ontario, Canada...
2015: BMC Emergency Medicine
Hayley Irusen, Anke C Rohwer, D Wilhelm Steyn, Taryn Young
BACKGROUND: The benefits of breastfeeding are well known, and the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continuing breastfeeding to age two. However, many women stop breastfeeding due to lactational breast abscesses. A breast abscess is a localised accumulation of infected fluid in breast tissue. Abscesses are commonly treated with antibiotics, incision and drainage (I&D) or ultrasound-guided needle aspiration, but there is no consensus on the optimal treatment...
2015: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Brian J Tollefson, Nicholas E Hoda, Graves Fromang, Mary Stone
Modern ultrasound machines are relatively inexpensive to own and simple to operate. Basic ultrasound exams can be easily learned and mastered. As with any clinical exam skill, practice makes perfect. Providers interested in learning ultrasound should seek hands-on guidance from an expert in the field. There are several quality hands-on ultrasound courses (http:// as well as free online videos (http:// emergency ultrasound The emergency ultrasound team at UMMC will be offering a hands-on ultrasound training course in the spring of 2015...
March 2015: Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association
Jodie Ng Fuk Chong, Krista De Luca, Sana Goldan, Abdullah Imam, Boris Li, Karl Zabjek, Anna Chu, Euson Yeung
PURPOSE: To explore Ontario physiotherapists' opinions on their ability to order diagnostic imaging (DI). METHODS: An online questionnaire was sent to all registered members of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Descriptive statistics were calculated using response frequencies. Practice characteristics were compared using χ(2) tests and Wilcoxon rank-sum tests. RESULTS: Of 1,574 respondents (21% response rate), 42% practised in orthopaedics and 53% in the public sector...
2015: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
Tarina Lee Kang, Kristin Berona, Marsha A Elkhunovich, Roberto Medero-Colon, Dina Seif, Mikaela L Chilstrom, Tom Mailhot
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate two educational methods for point-of-care ultrasound (POC US) in order to: 1) determine participant test performance and attitudes in using POC US and 2) compare cost and preparation time to run the courses. METHODS: This was a pilot study conducted at a county teaching hospital. Subjects were assigned to participate in either a large group course with live classroom lectures (Group A) or a group asked to watch 4.5 hours of online prerecorded lectures (Group B)...
2015: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
M Pillon, N S Carucci, C Mainardi, E Carraro, M Zuliani, L Chemello, E Calore, M Tumino, S Varotto, T Toffolutti, R Destro, M V Gazzola, R Alaggio, G Basso, C Messina
Hepatic focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) is a nonmalignant condition rarely affecting children previously treated for cancer, especially those who received hematopoietic SCT (HSCT). Some aspects of its pathogenesis still remain unclear and a strong association with specific risk factors has not yet been identified. We report here a single institution's case series of 17 patients who underwent HSCT and were diagnosed with FNH, analyzing retrospectively their clinical features and the radiological appearance of their hepatic lesions...
March 2015: Bone Marrow Transplantation
A Haworth, A Paneghel, M Bressel, A Herschtal, D Pham, K H Tai, R Oates, J Gawthrop, A Cray, F Foroudi
AIMS: To evaluate the effect of incorporating daily ultrasound scanning to reduce variation in bladder filling before prostate bed radiotherapy. The primary aim was to confirm that coverage of the planning target volume (PTV) with the 95% isodose was within tolerance when the ultrasound-determined bladder volume was within individualised patient limits. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images were acquired on 10 occasions during the course of treatment to assess systematic changes in rectal or bladder volume as part of a standard offline image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) protocol...
December 2014: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Colleen Cuca, Patrick Scheiermann, Dorothea Hempel, Gabriele Via, Armin Seibel, Magnus Barth, Tim O Hirche, Felix Walcher, Raoul Breitkreutz
Background. Lung ultrasound has become an emerging tool in acute and critical care medicine. Combined theoretical and hands-on training has been required to teach ultrasound diagnostics. Current computer technology allows for display, explanation, and animation of information in a remote-learning environment. Objective. Development and assessment of an e-learning program for lung ultrasound. Methods. An interactive online tutorial was created. A prospective learning success study was conducted with medical students using a multiple-choice test (Trial A)...
2013: Emergency Medicine International
Christoph F Dietrich, Lynne Rudd
The aim of the paper is to introduce readers to EFSUMB's wide ranging activities which have embraced modern technology. The most recent is the Atlas primarily introduced to accompany the Elastography, CEUS Liver and Non Liver Guidelines but intended to expand to all areas to offer a database of images which can be freely downloaded. Hosting eBooks on our website is another new departure, most importantly the EFSUMB Course Book on Ultrasound which is also in a printed form but allowing chapters to be updated online, an online Student Edition of the ECB to be launched at EUROSON 2013...
September 2013: Medical Ultrasonography
Hauke S Heinzow, Hendrik Friederichs, Philipp Lenz, Andre Schmedt, Jan C Becker, Karin Hengst, Bernhard Marschall, Dirk Domagk
BACKGROUND: As a non-invasive and readily available diagnostic tool, ultrasound is one of the most important imaging techniques in medicine. Ultrasound is usually trained during residency preferable according to German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM) standards. Our curriculum calls for undergraduate training in ultrasound of medical students in their 4th year of undergraduate education. An explorative pilot study evaluated the acceptance of this teaching method, and compared it to other practical activities in medical education at Muenster University...
2013: BMC Medical Education
Annamaria Iagnocco, Esperanza Naredo, Johannes W J Bijlsma
Over the last decade, increasing numbers of rheumatologists have incorporated musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) as a valuable diagnostic tool into their clinical practice. Some countries have established training programmes for MSUS. The European League Against Rheumatism has developed education guidelines for the content and conductance of MSUS courses and it would be useful to standardise rheumatology MSUS training worldwide. A thorough knowledge of anatomy, US physics and technology, US scanning methods, US pattern of normal and pathological musculoskeletal tissues, definitions for US pathology, artefacts and pitfalls in both greyscale and Doppler modalities is necessary to perform efficient MSUS...
April 2013: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
Rachelle Buchbinder, Margaret P Staples, E Michael Shanahan, Juliana F Roos
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether current care for common shoulder problems in Australian general practice is in keeping with rheumatologist expectations and the best available evidence. METHODS: We performed a mailed survey of a random sample of 3500 Australian GPs and an online survey of all 270 rheumatologists in Australia in June 2009. Each survey included four vignettes (first presentation of shoulder pain due to rotator cuff tendinopathy, acute rotator cuff tear in a 45 year-old labourer and early and later presentation of adhesive capsulitis)...
2013: PloS One
H Abele, M Hoopmann, D Wright, B Hoffmann-Poell, M Huettelmaier, K Pintoffl, D Wallwiener, K O Kagan
OBJECTIVE: To compare the intra- and interoperator reliability of manual and semi-automated nuchal translucency thickness (NT) measurement by sonographers with different levels of experience. METHODS: From our digital database we selected retrospectively 70 NT images without measurements and of highest quality according to the guidelines of The Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF). Four operators (two experts who were consultants in fetal medicine, one general consultant in obstetrics and gynecology with average knowledge in obstetric ultrasound and one final-year medical student with no experience in ultrasound), having first attended the FMF's online NT measurement course, measured the fetal NT manually according to FMF guidelines and semi-automatically from the inner to inner borders of the two echogenic lines delineating the NT and from the inner border to the middle of the lower NT line...
October 2010: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Stephan Bielfeldt, Peter Buttgereit, Marianne Brandt, Gunja Springmann, Klaus-Peter Wilhelm
BACKGROUND: The majority of women suffer from the unattractive sight of dimpling skin on the thighs and buttocks, globally known as cellulite. Cellulite can be regarded as the most investigated non-disease, because, from the cosmetic viewpoint, most women desire a reduction in cellulite severity. Despite investigations made, cellulite is still not well understood at the cellular level, which leads to controversy regarding the investigative methods for cellulite reduction as well as the development of products to treat cellulite skin...
August 2008: Skin Research and Technology
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