Ultrasound Certification

After completing an introductory ultrasound course, the next step in honing your skills is creating an image portfolio. It takes months if not years of deliberate practice to become proficient at bedside ultrasound. In order to document your continued skill development, we would like to scan and record at least

  • 20 hearts
  • 10 lungs
  • 10 abdomens
  • 10 vascular exams

Please upload these images to your image portfolio folder. Please organize your folder by the 4 major categories above, and create individual patient folders within each 4 major categories. In addition to the normal exam images below, your portfolio should include at least one of each of the following:

Cardiac (20 patients)

  • Normal Heart (4 views)
  • Hyperdynamic EF
  • Moderately reduced EF
  • Severely reduced EF
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Right ventricular strain

Pulmonary (10 patients)

  • A lines
  • B lines
  • Pleural effusion
  • Lung sliding (including M mode)
  • Lack of lung sliding (including M mode)

Abdomen (10 patients)

  • Normal FAST exam (3 views)
  • Hepatorenal fluid
  • Spleenorenal fluid
  • Fluid around the bladder
  • Normal kidneys (short and long axis)
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Bladder distension

Vascular Exam (10 patients)

  • Normal DVT Exam (4 views)
  • Abnormal DVT exam with non-compressible thrombus
  • Jugular venous pressure (2 views)
  • IVC CVP 0-5
  • IVC CVP 5-10
  • IVC CVP 10-20

Competency

Once you have completed the minimum number of scans, please email Jason Williams to schedule a time to meet with you to get feedback on your images. If you portfolio is complete, we will administer a hands on case-based exam in the simulation center. Once you pass the exam, we will certify your competency in acquiring, interpreting and using bedside ultrasound to aid medical management. This certification can be later be used on your resume or by future employers to document your training and competency.