Radiology Hands-on Course: Pediatric Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound

Date:
Jan 22, 2019-Dec 10, 2019

This single-day, small-group, hands-on ultrasound (US) course is designed to teach the basic principles of pediatric contrast-enhanced US including intravenous and intracavitary applications.

Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) has been used in a clinical setting for more than 20 years mostly outside of the United States. It is a safe and radiation-free imaging application that rarely requires sedation. Ultrasound contrast agents are used safely in patients with compromised renal function, unlike other imaging contrast agents, and, therefore, are employed in both pre- and post-renal transplant patients.

These examinations can be performed at the bedside of a critically-ill patient and the nature of the ultrasound equipment permits families to remain in close proximity to their children during the examination. Furthermore, as CEUS can supplant other imaging assessments, there is healthcare cost savings associated with these examinations. These attributes, coupled with the recent FDA approval of an ultrasound contrast agent for use in children, led to growing momentum for practitioners to use CEUS imaging and consequently increased need for education about this modality.

The timing of each part of the program varies depending on the number of patients scheduled for studies and the times they are scheduled. The faculty are flexible and make live scans of patients a priority. Participants observe scans both in the examination room as well as by viewing a live and narrated transmission of the examination that includes US images, the US console, and transducer positioning on the patient.

More information

For more information, including upcoming session dates and how to register, please call contact Sphoorti Shellikeri, MS, Program Manager, at shellikers@email.chop.edu or 267-425-7184, or Laura Poznick, RDMS, at poznickl@email.chop.edu.