14 Feb 2016 - 15 Feb 2016
The objective of this course is to introduce the practicing surgeon to office-based examination of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and related pathology. The distinction between normal and malignant lymphadenopathy will be emphasized with a demonstration of the comprehensive examination of lymph node basins in cervical zones I-VI. The process of ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid nodules and enlarged lymph nodes will be demonstrated in didactic lecture format. In addition, the hands-on skill sessions allow the surgeon to learn varied techniques of FNA phantom models. The use of patient volunteers will allow supervised hands-on experience with transverse and longitudinal ultrasound methods. Participants will be instructed in the practical details and hurdles in developing office-based ultrasound, including credentialing and coding issues.
Prior to the course, registrants must complete “Ultrasound for Surgeons: The Basic Course, 3rd Edition online course” The course prerequisite is available for purchase online at www.facs.org