Point of Care Ultrasound

Accredited by ASUM, ACEM, ACCRM and CICM, this course provides the theoretical backbone for learning point of care ultrasound. Used by the University of Sydney for their course on ultrasound in Critical Care, these 13 modules will transform you from being a novice user of ultrasound in your clinical practice to being an expert.

It  will guide you through your ultrasound learning step by step, to make your clinical practice of ultrasound safe and enjoyable. It is designed to be simple, but complete.

It has been approved for 10.5 CPD hours by the College of Emergency Physicians (ACEM)  and the College of Intensive Care (CICM)

What people  say about this course

  • “Excellent course and teaching”
  • “Very useful course”
  • “Extremely thorough and useful”




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The physics of ultrasound is a dry but essential part of sonography. This lecture series by  Roger Gent is remarkable in it’s simplicity. It covers

• Physical properties
• Transducer and beamforming concepts
• Knobology/resolution, harmonics
• Image artifacts
• Common errors in sonography caused by inappropriate technical selections/choices
• Doppler – basic physics, colour, artefacts and more
• Bioeffects and safety, MI/MT phantoms

The lectures have been split into small sections accompanied by a brief summary and some multiple choice questions. Much is also taken from his excellent book “Applied Physics and Technology of Diagnostic Ultrasound” available through ASUM.

Roger Gent has had an  involvement in diagnostic ultrasound for than 40 years, with particular interest in paediatric sonography  and the physics of Ultrasound. He has been an invited speaker at more than fifty national and international meetings . He is the author or co-author of more than seventy articles, has received several awards from professional ultrasound bodies, is an Honorary Fellow of ASUM and was a member of the ASUM DMU Board of Examiners for twenty years. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009, for services to Paediatric Ultrasound.

Bacterial endocarditis : Mitral valve

Images Nick Stewart, text  Genevieve Carbonatto A 50 year old man presents to the ED with a 6 week history of general malaise, fevers, night sweats and weight loss (10 kg). He had been prescribed 7 courses of Augmentin by his GP and felt generally better on this antibiotic. An outpatient CT showed some nodes Read more about Bacterial endocarditis : Mitral valve[…]

Question 1 : A patient presents with RIF pain. Discuss the ultrasound technique for this complaint and US findings of appendicitis and Crohn’s disease

Possible Differential diagnoses include Appendicitis Terminal ileitis Intussusception Crohn’s disease Abscesses Mesenteric adenitis Diverticulitis Caecal carcinoma Infectious colitis Hernias (inguinal/femoral/surgical/ventral) Vascular causes (AAA/ iliac aneurysms) Testicular (tortion/ epididimitis) Gyne/obstetric (ectopic, hydrosalpinx/ovarian cyst rupture/ endometriosis) Biliary colic Renal colic, UTI Psoas abscess Herpes Zoster Ascites/ free fluid/ pancreatitis US technique Examine the patient first in the Read more about Question 1 : A patient presents with RIF pain. Discuss the ultrasound technique for this complaint and US findings of appendicitis and Crohn’s disease[…]

Lung ultrasound for pulmonary embolism

Images Edward Christian Text Genevieve Carbonatto A 65 year old man presents to the Emergency Department with a 1 week of cough and left sided chest pain. The pain is intermittent but worse at night when lying down. It is not exacerbated by activity. The patient  is experiencing shortness of breath when the chest pain Read more about Lung ultrasound for pulmonary embolism[…]

Pitfall : Retroverted uterus

Images and text Genevieve Carbonatto A 32 year old lady presents with PV spotting. She is thought to be 8 weeks pregnant. A point of care transabdominal scan is performed in the Emergency Department. This is her transverse scan of the pelvis The bladder is empty. There appears to be no gestational sac This is Read more about Pitfall : Retroverted uterus[…]

Giant retroperitoneal haematoma

Images and text Genevieve Carbonatto An 88 year old woman presents to ED from a nursing home hypotensive. She has recently been admitted to hospital with pneumonia, CCF, AF and bilateral below knee DVT’s. She was discharged on warfarin. She is generally feeling tired, has abdominal pain and is vomiting coffee ground vomit. On examination, Read more about Giant retroperitoneal haematoma[…]

Dilated CBD, pancreatic carcinoma

Images and text Kezia Mansfield and Olga Gaitsgory An 84 year old woman presents to the  emergency department with a week of nausea, anorexia and general malaise, without abdominal pain. She has a past history insulin dependent diabetes, GORD and osteoarthritis. It was noted on examination that she was moderately jaundiced, with a non tender abdomen. Read more about Dilated CBD, pancreatic carcinoma[…]