Normally, valves in your deeper leg veins keep blood moving forward toward the heart. With chronic venous insufficiency, vein walls are weakened and valves are damaged. This causes the veins to stay filled with blood, especially when you are standing.
The ARDMS has just released a new update stating that as of August 12, 2014, Ultrasound Case Studies from accredited education facilities will no longer be accepted to meet the recommended 500 cases needed to sit for the PVI examination.1 The ARDMS is currently accepting applications through March 10, 2014 for those planning to sit for the April 9 –May 13 examination window. 2 This first examination window of 2014 will still allow Cases obtained by education providers to be used toward PVI examination prerequisites.
What does this mean?
If you apply with ARDMS to take your exam BEFORE March 10, 2014:
Applicants will be able to use a case log from an accredited education provider to meet necessary case study prerequisites for the April 9 – May 13, 2014 PVI examination period. Example:Vascular Case Studies – Online Classroom
If you wait to apply with ARDMS to take your exam AFTER March 10, 2014:
All case study prerequisite requirements (500 cases) must be obtained in a clinical setting.
How can I prepare for my PVI Examination?
If you need cases to meet your examination prerequisites you can register for the Vascular Case Studies – Online Classroom, which will meet case study requirements for 100 cases for those taking their PVI examination between April 9 – May 13, 2014. This activity is also approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1TM credits to fulfill the 12 CME credit requirements.
Prior to taking your examination, there is also an RPVI Registry Review Course at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute in-person or live online February 20-21, 2014 in St. Pete Beach, FL. (The RPVI Registry Review is also available Online, On-Demand.)
A noninvasive ultrasound test used on the extracranial carotid artery to detect occlusive disease directly. It is recommended for patients with headaches and neurologic symptoms such as transient ischemic attacks, hemiparesis, paresthesia, and acute speech or visual defects.