Ultrasound Artifacts 5: Image Optimization

Authors: Robert H. Thiele, MD
Credit/contact hours: .5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Expiration date: March 7, 2027



Ultrasound artifacts, which are becoming increasingly rare as technology improves, can still lead to critical errors in interpretation if they are not recognized and dealt with appropriately. A proper understanding of how they are created allows the echocardiographer to recognize, and work around these potentially hazardous pitfalls. This course covers recommendations for image optimization, including use of harmonic imaging and system gain, dynamic range, and variance mapping, among others.

(NOTE: This material is best understood after completing The Physics of Ultrasound series first.)

Please note this course includes a Reference section. For accurate completion status, you MUST review the reference section.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

Recommendations for image optimization, including:

  • gastric decompression
  • use of harmonic imaging and system gain
  • finding the optimum depth, width, zoom, and focus
  • dynamic range
  • color gain
  • variance mapping

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close the tab.