Dr. Jon Zachary Elliott recently attended the 8th Annual Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Conference in San Diego. The conference was designed to review ultrasound scanning protocols and essential pathology for radiologists, songraphy technologists, and physicians working with the MS system who are seeking to refine their skills and advance their continuing education with these imaging systems.
The five-day course provided a comprehensive overview of MSK diagnostic tools through a concurrent schedule of didactic lectures with live scanning demonstrations as well as the unique feature of supervised hand-on workshops with live models. For example, one interventional workshop allowed participants to practice needle placement under ultrasound guidance, while other workshops involved raw turkey breasts and pig feet. These workshops were proctored by internationally known experts in the field of radiology so that participants were able to thoroughly discuss these advanced applications in a collaborative environment.
The program provided daily instruction in musculoskeletal ultrasound of joints and extremeties. For example, the first day of the conference focused on topics involving the shoulder, such as rotator cuff ultrasound and biceps pathology. Another day focused entirely on medical conditions regarding the elbow, wrist, and hand. Diagnostic imaging and ultrasound-guided interventional techniques were also discussed extensively with great opportunities for radiology professionals trying to hone their scanning skills. Some specialists were able to use and compare several different ultrasound machines from various companies. Participants from every corner of the country, as well as internationally, were able to provide plenty of opportunities among themselves for engaging in discussions regarding MSK ultrasound and its growing role in the United States.