PG07: Ultrasound Imaging In ART

Date:October 12, 2013

Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Location:Room 203 - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Laurel A. Stadtmauer, M.D., Ph.D. (Chair), Eastern Virginia Medical School

Todd Deutch, M.D. (Co-Chair), Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago

Botros Rizk, M.D., University of South Alabama

James M. Shwayder, M.D., J.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center


Developed in Cooperation with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

Patient Care

Ultrasound has become the most widely used and important tool in diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Ultrasound and ultrasoundguided procedures have become integral components not just of assisted reproductive technology (ART), but also in the day-to-day practice of reproductive medicine, infertility and gynecology. 3-D ultrasound allows better imaging, as well as more accurate volume rendering. It has become the gold standard for the diagnosis of uterine anomalies, and may assist in more accurate follicular monitoring measurements. In 2009, new practice guidelines for ultrasound in reproductive medicine were published by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and in collaboration with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Surveys of members of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Imaging Special Interest Group and ASRM have revealed a strong desire for CME credits in ultrasonography that would prepare reproductive medicine professionals and gynecologists for accreditation by AIUM. In addition, there is an interest in training and credentialing reproductive nurses and nurse practitioners to perform limited ultrasounds in the office. 

This live one-day course, designed to meet the needs of physicians and other healthcare providers who use gynecologic sonography, will fulfill CME requirements for AIUM credentialing. The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive survey of the use of ultrasonography in the female pelvis for physicians, nurses and ultrasonographers actively involved in reproductive medicine, infertility and gynecology. 

This course will emphasize the use of ultrasound in maximizing ART success and including follicular monitoring with 3-D sonographic automatic volume calculation, assessment of the uterine lining during retrieval and embryo transfer in an evidence-based manner. Newer technologies, such as 3-D ultrasound, Doppler and the use of CT- and MRI-guided procedures, will also be discussed, along with costeffective current or potential applications. Participants will be encouraged to actively take part in case presentations and discussions of controversies. Practical applications of the technology will be addressed along with case presentations, and participants will have the opportunity to manipulate 3-D images.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Summarize the appropriate use of ultrasonography in the evaluation of infertility, uterine abnormalities and the pathology of the reproductive tract.
  2. Describe the proper assessment of early pregnancy and list findings on early pregnancy assessments that are associated with poor outcome.
  3. Discuss the importance of 3-D ultrasonography in reproductive medicine, and the importance of Doppler blood-flow assessment in reproductive medicine and gynecology.
  4. Evaluate the use of fallopian tube patency with ultrasound.
  5. Critically evaluate how ultrasound can maximize the success of ART.


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