2013 – The Year of Ultrasound

2013: The Year of Ultrasound Declaration

For appropriate clinical conditions, ultrasound offers clear safety and economic advantages over radiographic exams, and yet evidence suggests that ultrasound is underutilized. Many clinicians are unaware of the range of conditions for which ultrasound first is an established guideline, and the gap only grows larger as research extends ultrasound’s diagnostic value.

Ultrasound First is an initiative designed to call attention to the safe, effective, and affordable advantages of ultrasound as an alternative to other imaging modalities that are more costly and/or emit ionizing radiation. For a growing number of clinical conditions, ultrasound has been shown to be equally effective in its diagnostic capability, with a distinct advantage in safety and cost over computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Despite this advantage, evidence suggests that ultrasound is vastly underutilized. Ultrasound First focuses on educating health care workers, medical educators, insurers, and patients of the benefits of ultrasound in medical care.

Reference: http://www.ultrasoundfirst.org/

American Board of Surgery Institutes New Policy for Taking Vascular Surgery (RPVI) Credentialing Examination

RPVI Credentialing Examination to be Offered Only During Two One-Month Windows Per Year.

Beginning in 2014, physicians applying for the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination will be required to hold the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®) credential. Additionally, the RPVI credential is required for completion of many vascular surgery fellowship programs. It is offered exclusively to physicians and validates the clinical expertise fundamental to vascular sonography interpretation. It meets the physician training and experience criteria for the IAC/ ICAVL accreditation process.

Starting in November 2013, the RPVI credentialing examination will only be administered during two one-month windows each year. The final applications for the 2013 administration (Nov. 14 – Dec. 16, 2013) will be accepted Aug. 14 – Oct. 14, 2013.

In 2014, the administration dates will be Apr. 9 – May 13, 2014 & Nov.12 – Dec.16, 2014. Applications will be accepted Jan. 9 – Mar. 10, 2014 & Aug. 12 – Oct. 13, 2014, respectively. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) explained that offering the examination during two windowed test administrations per year instead of on-demand, will assure that the quality and rigor of the RPVI credentialing examination is maintained.

The Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination is a computer-based examination offered annually by the American Board of Surgery (ABS). It is a one-day, six hour exam consisting of approximately 240 multiple-choice questions designed to assess the applicant’s knowledge and skills commonly used in the vascular laboratory setting required for making consistent and reliable diagnoses in vascular disease.

Upon successful completion of the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination, an applicant is admissible to the Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination, an oral examination, and will be contacted with registration information for the next exam.

For more information about the RPVI credential, please visit www.ARDMS.org/RPVI.
View the ARDMS press release.
To find out about RPVI Ultrasound Registry Review training, please visit www.GCUS.com/search.


Hot Tips – Locating the Common Bile Duct with Ultrasound


Here’s some quick pointers on how to easily locate and identify the common bile duct and portal splenic confluence using ultrasound. We even demonstrate this technique on easy as well as more challenging patients.
Demonstrated by Theresa Jorgensen, RDCS, RDMS, RVT, – Program Manager at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute.

To learn more techniques like this, please visit the course listings and browse our Abdominal ultrasound listings.