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Vascular Ultrasound: An Intensive Review
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Vascular Ultrasound: An Intensive Review is a 15 hour program conducted by Dr. Joseph Polak and Dr. John Pellerito. It is designed to cover all the important areas of vascular ultrasound evaluation - carotid, peripheral and abdominal applications - with lectures and extensive case-based illustrations. This is the third edition of our most popular DVD course!

Vascular Ultrasound: An Intensive Review is also an excellent way to help prepare for the RPVI and RVT exams.


At the end of this educational activity the participant will be able to:

  • Integrate hemodynamic information into the interpretation of vascular studies
  • Differentiate normal from abnormal blood flow patterns
  • Apply the diagnostic criteria for carotid artery disease
  • Optimize the use of color Doppler and pulsed wave Doppler
  • Establish protocols for consistent performance of carotid examinations
  • Recognize pitfalls of the carotid ultrasound study
  • Possess strategies to compensate for technically limited studies
  • Recognize the technical needs for integrating carotid IMT into their clinical practice
  • Diagnose complex and unusual cerebrovascular pathologies
  • Recognize the role of Doppler ultrasound as compared to magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomographic angiography
  • Link Doppler image information to the manifestations of cerebrovascular disease
  • Achieve improved patient outcomes through vascular ultrasound practice
  • Understand normal venous physiology by the evaluation of Doppler imaging
  • Recognize the significance of venous pathophysiology by the use of ultrasound imaging
  • Diagnose and evaluate the significance of venous insufficiency using venous ultrasound
  • Appropriately integrate ultrasound with CT and MRI in the diagnostic workup of thromboembolic disease
  • Compensate for common pitfalls in the diagnosis of venous thrombosis
  • Know the different diagnostic criteria for peripheral arterial disease
  • Apply ultrasound for the diagnosis and monitoring of abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Recognize how to apply thrombin injection for the ablation of pseudo-aneurysms
  • Identify practice management strategies employing vascular ultrasound to manage patients following bypass surgery and stent placement
  • Determine the presence and evaluate the significance of renal artery stenosis
  • Integrate vascular ultrasound to the evaluation of the abdominal vessels
  • Achieve improved patient outcomes through vascular ultrasound practice


The Institute for Advanced Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Advanced Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 credits©.

These credits are accepted by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and they fully satisfy the CME requirement for Vascular Lab Accreditation.

Release Date: June 1, 2014
Expiration Date: May 31, 2017


Joseph F. Polak MD, MPH
Professor of Radiology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Vice-Chair of Business Development
Tufts Medical Center
Chief of Radiology
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
Boston, MA

John S. Pellerito, MD, FACR, FSRU, FAIUM
Associate Chairman, Strategic Planning and Technology
Chief, Division of Ultrasound, CT, MRI
Director, Peripheral Vascular Laboratory
Department of Radiology
North Shore University Hospital
Associate Professor of Radiology
Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine
Manhasset, NY


Doppler Instrumentation and Waveform Analysis
Carotid Artery Pathophysiology
The Carotid Examination: What's Needed, What's Not
Hemodynamics: Distinguishing Normal from Abnormal
Interpreting the Carotid Examination

Carotid IMT: What's Needed
Carotids: Diagnostic Criteria and Case Review
Carotids: Beyond the Basics and Case Review
Carotid Interventions: Value of Doppler Ultrasound
The Difficult Carotid Exam: Case Review

Doppler Ultrasound and the Value of MRA and CTA
Carotid Case Review and Discussion
Venous Ultrasound: Protocols and Integration into Clinical Practice
Ultrasound Approach to the Upper Extremity Veins
Uses of Venous Ultrasound in Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Venous Ultrasound: Case Review and Discussion
Peripheral Arterial Evaluation
Ultrasound Guided Thrombin Injection of PseudoAneurysms
The Abdominal Aorta: Aneurysms and Interventions
Doppler Evaluation of Renal Artery Stenosis

Correlative Imaging: Lower Extremity Arterial Disease
Peripheral Interventions and Surveillance
The Mesenteric Arteries: Pathology and Doppler Imaging
Venous and Arterial Disease: Case Review and Discussion