Ultrasound Diagnosis of Acute Microcrystalline Arthritis

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The performance of ultrasound (US) in the diagnosis of acute gouty (MSU) arthritis and calcium pyrophosphate (CPP) arthritis is not yet well defined. Most studies evaluated US as the basis for diagnosing crystal arthritis in already diagnosed cases of gout and few prospective studies have been performed.

The primary objective of (this) study was to determine whether the diagnostic performance of US was sufficiently good to allow the clinician to skip joint aspiration and crystal identification by microscopy in order to make a diagnosis of microcrystal-induced arthritis. This situation is frequently encountered in clinical practice in the primary or secondary care setting and we designed our study to fit as closely as possible these real-life conditions…

Read the full study and analysis here.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute.

NEWS FLASH! North Dakota, Oregon, and New Mexico are the First Three States Requiring Sonographers to be Registered by an Organization!

NEWS FLASH !

North Dakota, Oregon, and New Mexico are the First Three Statesregistered sonographers Requiring Sonographers to be Registered by an Organization!

April 2, 2015

North Dakota has now become the 3rd State in the country (the two others being Oregon and New Mexico) to pass a law requiring Sonographers to be licensed by the state. Credentialing through nationally recognized agencies such as the ARDMS and CCI will be acceptable forms of documentation.

For the complete bill, see:
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/64-2015/documents/15-8161-01000.pdf?20150128135731

Prepare for the registry board exams with Registry Reviews by Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute’s Registry Reviews Week!

Confidence. Competence. Proven Results.

 

Which breast cancer patients need lymph nodes removed? Ultrasound narrows it down, study finds

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A new study finds that not all women with lymph node-positive breast cancer treated with chemotherapy before surgery need to have all of their underarm nodes taken out. Ultrasound is a useful tool for judging before breast cancer surgery whether chemotherapy eliminated cancer from the underarm lymph nodes, the researchers found.

Read the full article here …

Check out Gulf Coast Ultrasound’s Continuing Medical Education materials for Breast and OB/GYN ultrasound.

URGENT NEWS FLASH – Affecting Physicians Seeking RPVI Credential!

ARDMSThe 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.)

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ARDMS Official Press Release:

http://www.ardms.org/files/downloads/Press_Release_-_ARDMS_Clarification_of_Eligibility_Requirements_for_PVI.pdf

2 ARDMS RPVI Exam / Application Schedule:

http://www.ardms.org/credentials_examinations/physicians_vascular_interpretation_pvi_examination/rpvi_schedule