A Practical Introduction to Rheumatology Based Ultrasound

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£799
Dates
Thur 05 Sep - Thur 03 Oct 2024
Wed 26 Feb - Wed 26 Mar 2025
Wed 08 Oct - Wed 05 Nov 2025


CPD: TBC

Course Objectives

  • Understand how ultrasound scanning works.
  • Appreciate the value of ultrasound use in a rheumatology setting.
  • Identify and understand relevant sonoanatomy.
  • Develop consistent and reliable approaches for performing a scan and injecting under ultrasound guidance.

What's Included?

  • Each delegate has their own POD Toolbox for the duration of the course. This contains a Sanon 300L ultrasound system and gel phantom. Ultrasound gel and wipes are also included.
  • 5 x 2hr live teaching sessions (one per week) with lectures, demonstrations, and interactive guided scanning practice.
  • Weekly homework assignment with feedback to guide practice.
  • CPD certificate upon completion.

This course is aimed at rheumatology trainees. consultants who have no or limited scanning experience. or AHPs working within rheumatology/MSK services. It will deliver instruction on and practice of fundamental techniques of scanning, mixing delivery of theory with hands on practice with assignments to reinforce techniques. The course does not constitute a formal credit-bearing qualification or deliver competency although CPD points are awarded.

The format is home-based practical instruction facilitated by loan of a simple hand held ultrasound scanner to each delegate to enable practice and reinforcement of technique away from the clinical use environment. The programme has been specifically designed to develop applied anatomic knowledge. focusing on scanning technique and identification of target structures.

The course is conducted over 5 weeks.

All delegates are sent an Orea POD Toolbox containing a Sanon 300L portable ultrasound. a specially made gel phantom. ultrasound gel and clinical. The POD Toolbox incorporates all the elements necessary to enable the progressive acquisition of knowledge and skills through home-based practice. The teaching programme is delivered by a combination of interactive lectures delivered over Zoom and practice exercises that will equip delegates with the essential cognitive skills necessary to begin incorporating ultrasound imaging guidance into their daily clinical management.

There is an assignment at the end of each session which helps the delegates to revise the concepts learnt during each session and to provide a framework for practising those skills.

Dr. Richard Wakefield

Dr. Richard Wakefield

Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology at the University of Leeds


Dr Richard Wakefield is a Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology at the University of Leeds and an Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. He is the ultrasound research leadfor the Leeds Biomedical Research centre. His main research focus for 25 years has been on the use of ultrasound for the diagnosis and management of patients with inflammatory arthritis. His work has contributed to the evidence base for the development of international standards for using ultrasound for a range of musculoskeletal disorders. Dr Wakefield was the founding co-chair of the OMERACT US group and has published over 200 imaging related papers and coedited the first ultrasound textbook endorsed by EULAR.

He supervises Masters, MD and PhD students. His other major interest is medical education and training. He has helped develop the first UK ultrasound curriculum for medical students at the Leeds Medical School, UK. He has hosted over 50 international ultrasound fellows, has been convenor of past ultrasound courses for the BSR and EULAR and has been a presenter and teacher at many international meetings/ courses.

Douglas Ogg

Douglas Ogg

Director Orca Medical Ltd, Lecturer on underlying physical principles of ultrasound


BSc Comparative Physiology (1983), MSc Information Science (1984), Medical device industry 1985present. Invited lecturer on numerous programs teaching underlying physical principles of ultrasound and optical technologies.

Technology application expertise specialising in ultrasound imaging, endoscopy, and minimally invasive therapies. Involved from the industry side in the development and adoption into clinical use of various image guided applications including Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – guided FNA, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) – guided FNA, Laser fetoscopy for treatment of Twin-Twin Transfusion syndrome (named author on first report of use), Interstitial image guided laser therapies, HIFU for treatment of prostate ca. Member of technical application teams at Olympus leading introduction of Narrow Band Imaging into gastroenterology, urology and surgery.

Week 1: Principles of scanning

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
19:00 - 19:15 Welcome and introduction Dr R Wakefield
Douglas Ogg
19:15 - 19:45 Basic Physics of Ultrasound and Probe Orientation Mr Douglas Ogg
19:45 - 20:00 Break
20:00 - 20:10 Alignment of the probe with a Structure Mr Douglas Ogg
20:10 - 20:30 Supervised practice session on a Gel Phantom Mr Douglas Ogg
20:30 - 20:50 Scanning the Patellar tendon- live demonstration and practice All
20:50 - 21:00 Q&A Dr R Wakefield and Douglas Ogg

Week 2: Knee

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
19:00 - 19:15 Review of week 1 assignments Dr R Wakefield
19:15 - 19:30 Why use ultrasound imaging on the Knee? Dr R Wakefield
19:30 - 19:50 Knee Sonoanatomy Dr R Wakefield
19:50 - 20:50 Practical - probe skills scanning the knee (bone anatomy, joint spaces, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, bursae, capsule with locations of potential abnormalities) All
20:50 - 21:00 Q&A and assignment Dr R Wakefield and Douglas Ogg

Week 3: Wrist and Hand

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
19:00 - 19:15 Review of week 2 assignments Dr R Wakefield
19:15 - 20:00 Wrist and Hand anatomy - how ultrasound helps and what conditions it is helpful in Dr R Wakefield
20:00 - 20:50 Probe skills scanning the joints (bone anatomy, joint spaces, tendons, cartilage, capsule with locations of potential abnormalities) All
20:50 - 21:00 Q&A and assignment Dr R Wakefield and Douglas Ogg

Week 4: Foot and Ankle

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
19:00 - 19:15 Review of week 3 assignments Dr R Wakefield
19:15 - 20:00 Foot and Ankle anatomy - how ultrasound helps etc Dr R Wakefield
20:00 - 20:50 Probe skills scanning the foot and ankle (bone anatomy, joint spaces. tendons. cartilage, ligaments, bursae, capsule with locations of potential abnormalities) All
20:50 - 21:00 Q&A and assignment Dr R Wakefield and Douglas Ogg

Week 5: Injections and Aspiration

Time Topic Speaker/Presenter
19:00 - 19:15 Review of week 4 assignments Dr R Wakefield
19:15 - 19:45 Needle visualisation techniques in plane out of plane and practice Dr R Wakefield
19:45 - 20:15 Practice on phantom All
20:15 - 21:00 Review of course - what has been learned, what could be improved and next steps All

How do I know whether a course is suitable for me?

The programme for each course is formulated by the course director and a description of the content and intended learning objectives is provided.


Who are the course directors?

The biographies for the Course directors of each course are provided so that you can see their experience.


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

It is recommended you attend an ultrasound foundation skills course or have some experience of using ultrasound before attending this event.


What if I cannot make one of the sessions?

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


What's included in the price?

The Course Fee includes access to all of the education workshop sessions, CPD points, certificate ,one night’s hotel accommodation and a ticket to the evening networking event.


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Price: £799.00

Week 1: Thursday 05 September 2024
Week 2: Thursday 12 September 2024
Week 3: Thursday 19 September 2024
Week 4: Thursday 26 September 2024
Week 5: Thursday 03 October 2024

Note: Bookings close on Wednesday 04 September 2024


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Price: £799.00

Week 1: Wednesday 26 February 2025
Week 2: Wednesday 05 March 2025
Week 3: Wednesday 12 March 2025
Week 4: Wednesday 19 March 2025
Week 5: Wednesday 26 March 2025

Note: Bookings close on Tuesday 25 February 2025


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Price: £799.00

Week 1: Wednesday 08 October 2025
Week 2: Wednesday 15 October 2025
Week 3: Wednesday 22 October 2025
Week 4: Wednesday 29 October 2025
Week 5: Wednesday 05 November 2025

Note: Bookings close on Thursday 09 October 2025


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