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General Principles and FAST Techniques (VETS90040)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90040
Semester 1 - Online
Semester 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will focus on the importance of the correct use of the ultrasound machine controls and guide the candidate in learning how to control their own machine to create an optimal image.

The general principles of the ultrasound examination – this topic will include image formation and artefacts- how to recognise the artefacts and how to minimise those which impede image interpretation. There will be specific instruction on the “ultrasound report” and the importance of the description of findings and then the interpretation of these findings in light of the patients other clinical information.

FAST- focused assessment with sonology for triage: the use of ultrasound in the emergency situation. In this tutorial the principles of the AFAST (abdominal) and TFAST (thoracic) will be covered.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the subject, students should be able to;

  • Correctly set up and adjust the machine for optimal imaging of the abdomen of a dog or cat
  • Explain the origin, and possible correction or minimisation of ultrasound artefacts
  • Explain the features of a well written ultrasound report
  • Describe the technique for AFAST and TFAST (abdominal/ thoracic focused assessment with sonology for trauma, triage and monitoring)
  • Assess the thorax and abdomen for the presence of fluid and the thorax for pneumothorax
  • Interpret the sonographic findings of AFAST and TFAST examinations.

Generic skills

Successful candidate should develop skills in problem solving, analysis and written and verbal communication.

Last updated: 14 August 2019