About this Program

The involvement of medical physicists in ultrasound imaging services is increasing at many facilities as they seek accreditation to qualify for reimbursement by some insurance companies. The American College of Radiology (ACR) requires a medical physicist to conduct annual surveys of ultrasound units in facilities accredited by them. Medical physicists supporting these facilities need to update their skills as well as meet the continuing education requirements of various accrediting bodies. This workshop is designed to meet those needs and provide 15 hours of continuing education credits. An in-depth review of ultrasound technology will be given along with an opportunity for hands-on application of performance and quality assurance testing procedures. The workshop will be conducted by a well-qualified faculty.

Medical physicists looking for an in-depth review of ultrasound physics including hands-on QA testing procedures while also acquiring the continuing education credits required by various accrediting bodies should attend. The workshop would be useful for medical physics students or residents learning ultrasound technology. Some sonographers looking for an in-depth review of ultrasound physics and more understanding of ultrasound QA testing may find the workshop of value.

The workshop will include material presented in lecture format with PowerPoint slides and video illustrations. Hands on laboratory sessions of QA testing procedures using various phantoms will provide opportunities to apply the testing procedures under the guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced faculty.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this workshop, participants will:
• Have received the basic physical concepts of ultrasound.
• Have learned the properties and instrumentation of real time ultrasound transducers.
• Recognize artifacts in ultrasound images.
• Understand the principles and applications of Doppler ultrasound.
• Be able to design and implement an effective QA program for clinical ultrasound services.
• Review requirements for ultrasound facility accreditation.

~ AAPM endorses the educational component of this program. ~
It does not, however, endorse any 
product used or referred to in the program. 

Schedule

In-person and live webinar options

Day One

Live course in Ann Arbor runs from 8am-5pm local time

Schedule subject to change
 

 

Basic Ultrasound Physics 

Fundamental
 

Sound propagation  

Acoustic velocity 

Frequency           

Wavelength          

Longitudinal waves

-   Acoustic impedance          

Reflection

Interference
 

Absorption  

Attenuation  

Intensity  

Power           

Decibel           

- Echo ranging

Acoustic transduction

-  Piezoelectric effect

-  Pulse repetition frequency and period

-  Pulse duration

Q-value

Bandwidth

Beam width         

-  Transmit power

-  Backing material

-  Pulsed wave

-  Spatial length

-  Near and far field

-  Mechanical focusing

-  A-mode

 

Real-time Ultrasound Imaging 

Basic Methods

-  Image formation

-  Line density

-  Mechanical sector

-  Transmit focusing

-  Curvilinear array

-  Vector array

-  1.5D array

-  Beam width

-  Frame rate

-  Linear array

-  Dynamic receiving focusing

-  Linear phased array

-  Annular phase array

-   2D array

Advanced Methods

-  Broadband techniques

-  Spatial compounding

-  Coded excitation

-  Tissue harmonic imaging

-  Frequency compounding

-  Extended field of view

-  Zone sonography

-  3D and 4D

 

 Informal Discussion and Break
 

Real-time Doppler and Elastography Imaging 

Doppler

-  Doppler effect

-  CW vs. PW

-  Aliasing

-  Maximum velocity waveform

-  Color controls

-  Velocity measurement

-  PW spectral Doppler

-  Duplex scanner

-  Color flow imaging

-  Power Doppler

Elastography

-  Elastic modulus

-  Shear wave velocity

-  Acoustic radiation force

-  Speckle tracking

-  Shear wave propagation

-  Stress and strain

-  Elastography approaches

 Lunch Break
 

Ultrasound Imaging Artifacts and Error Sources 

-  Partial volume

-  Reverberation

-  Mirror image

- Ghost imaging

-  Range ambiguity

 

Emerging Technologies

  • Therapeutic Ultrasound - MRI and Ultrasound guidance
  • Interventional ultrasound
  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Quantitative ultrasound
 Informal Discussion and Break
 

Knobology Review

  • Depth, gain, power
  • Focal zone
  • Display of thermal index (TI)
  • Effect of controls on TI and MI
 Ultrasound Quality Control Phantoms and Tests
 Adjourn for the Day
Day TwoLive course in Ann Arbor runs from 8am-4:30pm local time
 

ACR Ultrasound Accreditation

Role of the Medical Physicist

 

Clinical Safety and Proper Scanning Techniques

Heating

-  Cavitation

Epidemiological studies         

-   AIUM statements          

Thermal index

-  Mechanical index

Probe orientation, control adjustments

Cable management, scanning pattern

Survey scans, targets scans

Image acquisition, labeling

-  Structured examination

-  Protocols & ergonomics

 

 Informal Discussion and Break
 

Hands-on Labs/Workshops 

Webinar Attendees will receive Lab/Workshop Recordings to watch during this session

10:45 am    Lab A

Image Uniformity & Caliper Accuracy (Horizontal and Vertical)

11:30 am    Lab B

Axial and Lateral Resolution

Lunch Break

 

1:00 pm    Lab C

Maximum Penetration Depth and Dead Zone

1:45 pm   Lab D

Low Contrast Detectability

2:30 pm

Informal Discussion and Break

  

2:45 pm   Lab E

Doppler

3:30 pm   Lab F

Elastography

 

Questions and Answers and Wrap Up

4:30 pm

Adjourn

 

 

      

Audience

Who should attend?

Medical physicists looking for an in-depth review of ultrasound physics including hands-on QA testing procedures while also acquiring the continuing education credits required by various accrediting bodies should attend. The workshop would be useful for medical physics students or residents learning ultrasound technology. Some sonographers looking for an in-depth review of ultrasound physics and more understanding of ultrasound QA testing may find the workshop of value.

Program Faculty

Meet your presenter(s)

Brian Fowlkes

PhD - Program Director

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering
Department of Radiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Mitch Goodsitt

PhD

Professor of Radiology, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
Department of Radiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Oliver Kripfgans

PhD

Research Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering
Department of Radiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Sandra Larson

PhD

Diagnostic Physicist
Department of Radiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Dana Rowland

RT(R) RDMS, RMSK

Ultrasound Technologist
Department of Radiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Credits

Accredited training programs

CAMPEP

This program provides 14.5 hours of continuing education for medical physicists. The program has been approved by CAMPEP for Medical Physics Continuing Education Credit (MPCEC) for qualified medical physicists.

ASRT Category A Credit Information

ASRT Category A

This program provides 15.25 hour(s) of Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists approved by ASRT and recognized by the ARRT and various licensure states.  Category A credit is also recognized for CE credit in Canada.  You must attend the entire program to receive your certificate of completion.  

Location

Course location and hotels

Ann Arbor, MI - October 04 & 05, 2024

Accommodations & Course Location 
Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734.996.0600

Reservations click here  (coming soon)
Rate  $179.00 + Tax per night
Make reservation by: September 12, 2024


 

 

Tuition

Convenient payment options available

AudiencePriceEarly PriceMember PriceMember Early Price
Physicist$1,165.00$1,070.00$1,120.00$1,025.00

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Early Pricing Guidelines

Qualifying 'Early' registrations must be made at least 21 days in advance for the program.


Cancellation Policy

“Hands-On” Courses

Refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, will be granted for cancellations received prior to 10 days before the program. Cancellations received within 10 days of the program will receive a credit toward a future MTMI program, minus the $50 processing fee. No refunds will be made after the program starts. MTMI reserves the right to cancel any scheduled program because of low advance registration or other reasons. MTMI’s liability is limited to a refund of any program tuition paid. MTMI recommends that attendees use refundable airline tickets. In case of cancellation of a program for any reason, MTMI is not responsible for travel costs incurred by attendees including non-refundable airline tickets.