May 8 – 9, 2014
The Neuromuscular Ultrasound course focuses on applications in muscle disease, peripheral and cranial nerve imaging, and an introduction to the use of ultrasound in evaluating musculoskeletal disorders. Lectures are integrated with hands-on demonstrations of technique and case interpretation. The small group format facilitates questions and answers and tailors the educational experience to meet the specific needs of individual participants. It is in real-time use of the instrument that the practitioner recognizes the importance of this type of basic knowledge, and it is in this context that practitioners can apply this knowledge to troubleshoot difficult imaging cases, identify artifacts and improve resolution at the bedside.
Francis Walker, MD, Director
Michael Cartwright, MD, Coordinator
At the conclusion of this continuing medical education activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Define terms of ultrasound and demonstrate application of the principles while imaging neuromuscular structures.
- Identify upper extremity, lower extremity and cranial musculature and the visible boundaries that distinguish muscle groups in these areas.
- Recognize loss of heterogeneity, fasciculations, hyperechoic changes, hypertrophy and other common pathologic changes in affected human muscles.
- Identify the median, radial and ulnar nerves in the upper extremity and areas of the sural, peroneal and tibial nerves in the lower extremity, and recognize common anatomic variants and pathologic abnormalities of these nerves.
- Discuss indications for appropriate use of ultrasound imaging, factors that could complicate interpretation and clinical situations where ultrasound imaging is particularly contributory to addressing clinical problems.