Scenario Based Ultrasound Workshop For Rheumatology Assessment

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Fri 10 Feb - Sat 11 Feb 2023


Course Objectives

  • To understand the common presentation scenario in Rheumatology.
  • Apply probability- based approach to evaluate individual presentations
  • Understand role or point of consultation ultrasound in the probability-based algorithm
  • Recognise specific and sensitive ultrasound signs/ patterns
  • Confirm / exclude scenarios by applying ultrasound findings
  • Understand individual settings and procedures for ultrasound scanning
  • Understand additional role of ultrasound in assessing response to therapy

Live Demonstrations and Supervised Hands-On Workshops

  • The use of Colour Doppler ultrasonography and ultrasound system settings.
  • Identification of vascular sono-anatomy.
  • Principles for applying ultrasound in Rheumatology
  • Standardised sonographic scanning in clinical scenarios for:
    o Rheumatoid
    o SpA
    o Gout / Crystal A
    o PMR / GCA
    o Assessment of the GCA Halo score and reliability exercise.

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Focused ultrasound course on Rheumatology assessment, which consists of 16 hours of activities over 2 days. 6 hours for lectures and live demonstrations.

10 hours for supervised hands-on scanning of models, patients with large vessel vasculitis and patients with GCA mimics.

Prof. Bhaskar Dasgupta

Prof. Bhaskar Dasgupta

Consultant Rheumatologist

Professor Dasgupta Professor Dasgupta is regarded as one of the leading clinicians in his specialty worldwide and has helped Southend University Hospital grow to become one of the foremost centres of Rheumatological advancement globally. The Unit is renowned for research, teaching and training. Also, a Clinical Director of Research at the Hospital, he was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the University of Essex - the hospital's first professorship at a United Kingdom university and has been key to forging strong links between the hospital and academia, with the relationship of the University of Essex and Southend Hospital.

Dr. Richard Wakefield

Dr. Richard Wakefield

Senior Lecturer (Honorary Consultant) in Rheumatologist)

Dr Richard Wakefield is an honorary consultant is Rheumatology and senior lecturer for university of Leeds. His work has contributed to developing international standards for acquiring and scoring images for evaluation of joint diseases. He is the ultrasound research lead for Leeds Biomedical Research centre developing the use of ultrasound and other imaging techniques for clinical trials. Dr Wakefield has published over 160 imaging related papers coedited the first ultrasound textbook endorsed by EULAR and contributed to several book chapters.

Dr Wakefield interests are exploring the role of ultrasound in investigations of inflammatory disorders and to explore the educational role of ultrasound in undergraduate education.

Day 1

Session 1: Introduction, the scenario-based approach

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
08:00 - 09:00 Registration: Lounge Bar, Ground Floor
09:00 - 09:20 Principles of applying Ultrasound in Rheumatology
09:20 - 09:30 Live Demonstration - Ultrasound principles in Rheumatology
09:30 - 10:30 Practical workshop All in groups
10:30 - 11:00 Break and exhibition
11:00 - 12:30 Scenario Based approach – Overview of clinical scenarios.
  • Rheumatoid
  • SPA
  • Gout/Crystal A
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and exhibition in the Lounge Bar

Day 1

Session 2: Rheumatoid

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
13:30 - 14:00 Rheumatoid - review of the Phenotypes
14:00 - 14:30 Scanning techniques and protocols
14:30 - 15:15 Rheumatoid scenarios with case studies
15:15 - 15:30 Live Demonstration - Ultrasound principles in Rheumatoid All in groups
15:30 - 16:30 Practical Workshop All in groups
16:30 - 17:00 Day 1 questions and round up
19:00 Evening networking event (On site)

Day 2

Session 3: Spondylarthritis / Gout

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
09:00 - 09:30 Spondylarthritis / Gout - review of the Phenotypes
09:30 - 10:00 Scanning techniques and protocols
10:00 - 10:30 Break and exhibition
10:30 - 11:15 Spondylarthritis / Gout subtypes with case studies
11:15 - 11:30 Live Demonstration - Ultrasound scanning in Spondylarthritis / Gout
11:30 - 12:30 Practical workshop
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and exhibition in the Lounge Bar

Day 2

Session 4: PMR/GCA

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
13:30 - 14:00 PMR/GCA- review of the Phenotypes
14:00 - 14:30 Scanning techniques and protocols
14:30 - 15:15 PMR/GCA subtypes with case studies
15:15 - 15:30 Live Demonstration - Ultrasound scanning in PMR/GCA
15:30 - 16:30 Practical Workshop
16:30 - 17:00 Day 2 questions and round up

There is a Buffet dinner and networking event planned for the Friday evening that all delegates, faculty, and sponsors are invited to attend.

Time: 19:00 Venue: Lounge Bar area on the ground floor. Meet the team in an informal setting, exchange ideas, meet new friends and contacts!

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Does this course qualify me to perform ultrasound guided injections in my workplace?

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Do I need to have scanned before in order to attend a course?

Our Foundation courses are specifically designed for people who have no previous scanning experience.

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When you have registered you'll be asked to fill out a form which gives us your preferred delivery details. Your Orca POD will be shipped to you via DHL Express. You get to keep and use the Orca POD for the entire duration of the course and we'll arrange the collection after the last session/assessment.

How will I be able to operate the SONON Ultrasound on my own?

We provide pre-course technical support to help you from the time you receive your Orca POD. Our team is available for one-on-one meetings before and between sessions to support you.

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When someone is unable to attend a session a colleague can attend in their place.

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Price: £1200.00

Venue: Holiday Inn, Eastwoodbury Crescent, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 6XG

Day 1: Friday 10 February 2023
Day 2: Saturday 11 February 2023

Note: Bookings close on Sunday 05 February 2023

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