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”

You can choose to purchase the course outright or take out a monthly subscription.


Coarctation of the aorta in a neonate

Images Chris Harrington A 11 day old presents to the Emergency department in acute respiratory distress. His mother states that his SOB has increased markedly over the past 24 hours.  While on the way to hospital he has an episode of tachypnea  cyanosis and not breathing for 5 seconds. He has been feeding poorly all Read more about Coarctation of the aorta in a neonate[…]

Physics of Ultrasound

Physics of Ultrasound

The physics of ultrasound is a dry but essential part of sonography. Having a  good grasp of the physics of ultrasound improves image acquisition and image interpretation.  This lecture series by  Roger Gent is remarkable in it’s simplicity. It covers the physical properties of ultrasound, transducer and beamforming concepts, knobology, resolution and harmonics, image artifacts, common errors in sonography caused by inappropriate technical selections or choices,  Doppler – basic physics, colour, artifacts and more, bioeffects and safety and finally  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 lectured on the physics of ultrasound for many years. Aware of the difficulties for many to grasp the basics, he makes sure that the basics of the physics are fully understood before moving on to more difficult concepts.  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.

His lectures are a must for all those sitting ultrasound exams, whether as sonographers (the DMU)  or as doctors (the DDU). The quiz section is  an extraordinary collection of cases highlighting artifacts in  images and explaining them by applying the understanding of  the physics of ultrasound.

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Stanford type B dissection

Images Earl Butler, text Genevieve Carbonatto A 55 year old lady presents with acute numbness to her right leg and “dizziness” lasting a few hours. No back pain. No chest pain. There are no other neurological symptoms.  BP 175/85 HR 72/min, RR 16/min saturations 96% on room air. A brain CT COW is organised and Read more about Stanford type B dissection[…]

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[…]