FoCUS Advanced Clinical Ultrasound Training Part 1

Learn how to obtain and describe the appropriate cardiac imaging windows for the Focused Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) examination to assess the heart and surrounding vascular system. Learn where, when, and how to use Doppler adjuncts to complete a FoCUS assessment. Learn to identify and evaluate unique sonographic characteristics of the heart to assess and obtain actionable measurements for cardiac output and pulmonary artery pressure.

This is the first part in a 2 module set. See FoCUS Advanced Clinical Ultrasound Training Part 2 for more.

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How it Works

Each SonoSim module contains:

  • A Didactic, Cloud-Based, Multimedia Course
  • Real-Time Knowledge Checks & a Mastery Test
  • A Series of Hands-On, Real Patient Scanning Cases Accessed with the SonoSimulator® Ultrasound Probe

The SonoSimulator Ultrasound Probe is a one-time purchase and is your access key to the SonoSim modules you license annually. License to each module is purchased in the first year, and maintained with an annual membership fee. Keep scanning and maintain all your member benefits, including annual access to all your modules, with your low annual membership fee of $295 (complimentary in your first year).

Course Highlights

SonoSim cloud-based, multimedia, didactic courses are created by leading ultrasound experts, and are internet accessible immediately after purchase, on any device. There are knowledge checks with real-time feedback throughout each course, as well as a Mastery Test that is automatically graded.

The course in this module covers topics including:

  • Traditional Echocardiographic Convention
  • Ultrasound Imaging Windows for FoCUS
  • The Use of Color and Spectral Doppler in FoCUS
  • Hemodynamics
  • Pulmonary Artery Pressure Measurements
  • Case Studies including Cardiac Output and Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Tips & Pitfalls in Performing Focused Cardiac Ultrasound ( FoCUS )

SonoSimulator Scanning Cases

The SonoSimulator® helps develop and maintain the critical visuomotor and visuospatial skills that are central to image acquisition and interpretation with real patient imagery, expert tutorials on-demand, and real-time feedback on success.

The 10 real patient scanning cases in this module include and cover:

  • Patient Types: Adult Only, Male & Female
  • Relevant Findings/Pathology: Tricuspid Regurgitation, Aortic Regurgitation, Mitral Regurgitation and Aortic Stenosis, Dilated and Concentric Ventricular Hypertrophy, Cardiomyopathies, Pulmonary Hypertension, Use of IVC to Estimate Right Atrial Pressures
  • Doppler & Imaging Modes: Color-Flow Doppler, Continuous-Wave Doppler, Pulsed-Wave Doppler, M-Mode
  • Scanning Approaches: Parasternal, Apical, IVC, Subcostal, Suprasternal
  • Transducer Types: Phased Array
  • Special Case Features: Cardiac Calipers, Anatomic Layer Removal

Continued Medical Education

This Focused Cardiac Ultrasound ( FoCUS ) - Part II: Advanced Clinical Module explores the use of focused cardiac ultrasound to detect and assess valvular heart disease (i.e., aortic, mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonary valvulopathy).Standard and advanced cardiac imaging windows (e.g., suprasternal) and imaging views, including apical two-chamber, apical three-chamber, RVIT, and RVOT views, are described. The use of color-flow, pulsed-wave, and continuous-wave Doppler for evaluating valvular pathology is explained. In-module questions further develop your understanding and a final mastery test will assess your didactic knowledge.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, and SonoSim, Inc. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 5 hours of ACEP Category I credit.