Clinical School - Rotterdam 07-08 September, 2018

Abdominal sonography

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The sonography clinical school is intended for physicians with no or minimal experience in abdominal sonography. The major aim is to learn the basics: how to perform abdominal sonography in a patient with liver disease. The first part is on anatomy, i.e. the recognition of the large abdominal organs and structures with emphasis on the liver. The second part will be in pathology, i.e. the most frequent hepatic abnormalities will be studied on a sonography-simulator which acts as a real sonography machine.  In the end, complete abdominal ultrasound will be performed on patients.  After the course, you will not only be able to recognize the abdominal organs (e.g. liver, kidneys, spleen), but will also be able to find the major liver vessels (portal vein, hepatic artery, liver veins), gallbladder, and the biliary tree. Important signs of liver cirrhosis will be learned and you will be able to recognize the major liver abnormalities.

Learning objectives:

  • how to handle a probe and a sonography machine
  • learning anatomy: how to find the liver, the large liver vessels, and other important structures, by ultrasound on healthy volunteers
  • identification of pathology most frequently seen: cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, ascites, portal hypertension, biliary abnormalities, by using ultrasound simulators
  • testing what you have learned: complete abdominal ultrasound in patients


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Supported by AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb and MSD who provided funding.

AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb and MSD have had no input into the content of the materials and presentations used at this event.




An application has been made to the EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event