Developing your skills


14
Feb 2019
Short axis cat

Screening for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) can currently only be performed by a veterinarian. Yet, with increasing numbers of breeders becoming proficient in the use of reproductive ultrasound, there is a growing interest in expanding their skills to heart scanning. In the world of pregnancy scanning, a number of trained and experienced scanners work closely with their veterinarians. Some scan inside their local practice, and others scan independently, receiving referrals from their veterinarians and referring any concerning cases back in return. Most vets simply don’t have the time for performing detailed pregnancy scans......

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28
Dec 2018

As the New Year dawns, it’s common for people to get in touch about 2019 training courses for animal ultrasound scanning. Given that January is typically a time for making new commitments and investing in one’s self, this is hardly surprising. Ultrasound scanning to detect pregnancy in dogs is becoming increasingly mainstream, and whilst many people do appreciate the time and study that goes into it, one unfortunate byproduct of its increasing popularisation is the impression that it’s something that can be mastered after a single day’s training and a relatively low......

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08
Nov 2018

I recently listened to a Podcast interview with Anders Ericsson, a Swedish psychologist who studies how humans become experts. He looks at masters of everything, from professional athletes through to grand master chess champions and world-leading scientists. In this particular interview, he discusses his 2016 book, ‘Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise’ and the topic of deliberate practice. Optimal methods for training and practice interest me because I spend a significant amount of my time learning and teaching. Anything that can accelerate my own progress or that of my students is......

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23
Sep 2018
canine pregnancy

The publication date of the book ‘Ultrasound for Canine Pregnancy Scanning’ is fast approaching, and with that, some final touches and triple-checking research into some of the remaining puzzles of ultrasound imaging. Those with scanning experience already will know very well how bone appears on ultrasound. Not only does it return very strong reflections, making it appear bright white, but solidified bone also affects imaging of surrounding tissue, casting a shadow behind it. This is due to both its high reflectivity (and why it’s so reflective is explained thoroughly in the book) but......

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08
Aug 2018
Scanning a pygmy goat on Bassetwood Farm

The following article is a short introduction to getting started with goat scanning using the Scan Pad ultrasound machine. This machine has been reviewed against other systems in our goat ultrasound road trip article. We have produced a free downloadable quick start guide for the Scan Pad, which covers setting up your system and adding your name to the top left, saving images and videos, adjusting basic controls, and a final section on more advanced controls once you become more confident in your scanning. You can claim yours here.   Probe positioning......

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28
Jul 2018
Sine Wave

I remember one thing that always baffled me when I was trying to get my head around ultrasound physics was the concept of transverse and longitudinal waves. As simple as it may be to you – and I don’t know how many people suffer the same confusion that I did – for me, it was one of those things that as soon as I had it clear in my mind, something else would come along to disrupt it all and I’d be confused again. It reminded me of repeatedly failing to be......

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07
Jul 2018

  Whether you are a lay scanner or a veterinarian, there are two main ways that a local scanning service grows its business: Word of mouth Active marketing Personal referrals are as powerful as ever, but modern day marketing has become almost synonymous with search engine optimisation, or SEO. SEO is a very interesting field, and its expansion and maturity as an industry has almost paralleled the rise of the professional animal scanner. We’re going to look at what SEO is and give you 4 simple ways you can boost your chances of being found......

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01
Jul 2018
Handheld echoardiography

In the United Kingdom, there is a growing enthusiasm among recently qualified veterinarians to incorporate ‘FAST’ cardiac scans into their consultations to rule out acute pathology and obvious cardiac disease. This mirrors a similar movement in human medicine, where registrars are being encouraged to learn a limited protocol to use in the emergency setting using a portable or handheld ultrasound machine. FAST scans offer a fantastic service to pet owners, making a cardiac screen affordable and accessible to patients whose owners might otherwise decline one. It is best used to answer a......

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30
Jun 2018
Aortic valve trace

There is a lot of debate within cardiology over what the definition of an echocardiogram should be. This has been fueled by the recent miniaturisation of ultrasound technology, its greater affordability, and the associated attempts to get ultrasound into the hands and pockets of those on the ‘front line.’ This has been most marked in the realm of human cardiology, but increasingly so within the veterinary world as wellm with many emergency vets and anaesthetists opting for handheld machines. The use of ultrasound as an additional diagnostic tool is to be encouraged, but......

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22
Jun 2018
Animal Ultrasound Association logo

Animal Ultrasound Association (AUA) membership is currently open to people with measurable, verifiable training and experience. In the UK and USA, this currently means individuals who have completed training with Vet Image Solutions (VIS), and in Canada, with PetTech Solutions. Why the AUA accredits VIS-trained individuals in the United Kingdom A typical individual’s ultrasound training journey with VIS begins with a level 1 day course, led by a fully accredited sonographer. A sonographer is somebody who holds a masters degree or equivalent in diagnostic ultrasound, and an accredited sonographer is somebody who keeps......

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