Introductory Ultrasound for Pregnancy Assessment
Ultrasound skills are increasingly becoming relevant for a rural GP obstetrician. Most people have access to formal ultrasound scans, but there are many situations when it is really useful to be able to do an ultrasound at the bedside, in the antenatal clinic and in the birth unit. Interested in a review of an introductory GP course? Read on.
I went to an introductory pregnancy ultrasound course in 2012 with Ultrasound Training Solutions in Ivanhoe. This was a four day course that covered basic ultrasound physics and technique, first trimester scanning, biometry, placental localisation, amniotic fluid assessment, and transvaginal scanning. It was a very well structured course with a good balance between theoretical learning and hands on experience. The instructors were all keen to teach and plenty of opportunity for practice.
The ultrasound machines used in the course were all SonoSite, so there may be some issues translating your learning to a different machine in your own environment.
Find out more about Ultrasound Training Solutions’ courses at http://www.ultrasoundtraining.com.au/