Clinical School - Rotterdam 07-08 September, 2018

Abdominal sonography


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


See the programme.



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.




The EASL School -ABDOMINAL SONOGRAPHY, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 07/09/2018-08/09/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 10 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.”

“Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

“Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.”

EACCME® credits
Each participant can only receive the number of credits he/she is entitled to according to his/her actual participation at the event once he/she has completed the feedback form. Cf. criteria 9 and 23 of UEMS 2016.20.
In order to help you issue individual certificates to each participants, please find below the breakdown of ECMEC®s per day:

07.09.2018 - 7.00

08.09.2018 - 3,00

The EACCME® awards ECMEC®s on the basis of 1 ECMEC® for one hour of CME with a maximum of 8 ECMEC®s per day. Cf. Chapter X of UEMS 2016.20.