Written by Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT;
Edited by Brian Schenker MBA, RDMS, RVT
This enduring material is designed to provide a step-by-step protocol for performing a lower extremity venous ultrasound imaging examination based on AIUM, ACR, and IAC ultrasound practice guidelines. The protocol is provided in a written outline format with examples of ultrasound images, anatomical diagrams, and diagnostic criteria for evaluation of lower extremity venous disease.
Sonographers, physicians, PAs and other medical professionals involved with performing and interpreting lower extremity venous ultrasound examinations. Physician participants may include (but are not limited to) those whose specialty include radiology, internal medicine, cardiology, general/vascular surgery, and primary care.
Upon completion of this enduring material, you should be able to accomplish the following:
1. Summarize the indications and applications for performing lower extremity venous duplex examinations
2. Demonstrate a routine protocol for a complete venous duplex ultrasound examination of the lower extremity
3. State imaging techniques for evaluation of the superficial venous system of the lower extremity
4. Define standard diagnostic criteria for evaluation of DVT and venous insufficiency
5. List the hardcopy documentation included in a routine examination
6. State accreditation requirements
· Overview/Protocol Summary
· Instrumentation and Exam Indications
· Exam Purpose and Patient Assessment
· Exam Preparation
· Venous Waveforms and Characteristics
· Imaging Techniques and Caveats
· Interpretation Guidelines
· Examination Protocol: Deep System
· Examination Protocol: Superficial System
METHOD OF PARTICIPATION
Protocol Manual, online video, and online quiz. This enduring material is presented as a Protocol Manual, online video program and a web-based quiz. The estimated time of completion for this activity is 2.0 hours.
A personal computer or internet-enabled device with an active (high-speed) connection is required for the viewing of the online video, CME quiz and certificate processing. Adobe® Flash® software, browser plug-in or HTML5 compliant internet browser is required.
Release date 4/25/2016. CME credit is approved through 4/25/2019