Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University


Program Description

Women's Imaging Symposium
May 8-10, 2018
Over a period of three days the Women's Imaging Symposium covers Breast Ultrasound and recent Advances in Ob/Gyn Ultrasound.

The Breast Ultrasound Tutorial program is directed by Annina N. Wilkes, MD. This day-long session covers all the key topics from both the clinical and the imaging perspectives.  After attending this program the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the development and anatomy of the breast
  • Discuss optimization of breast ultrasound images
  • Recognize common abnormalities from ultrasound images
  • Discuss the correlation of ultrasound findings with mammography findings

The Advances in Ob/Gyn Ultrasound program is directed by Oksana H. Baltarowich, MD. This course provides practice updates, discussion of current issues and presentations on recent advances in Ob/Gyn Ultrasound. After attending this program the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of ultrasound in the diagnosis of common abnormalities in obstetrics and gynecology
  • List the major sonographic applications of 3D ultrasound in Ob/Gyn
  • Assess the value of recent advances in Ob/Gyn ultrasound for application to the participant's practice

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
May 9-10, 2018
Director: Levon Nazarian, MD
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is quickly taking its place as a widely used application within general ultrasound. This two-day program, directed by Levon N. Nazarian, MD, provides a comprehensive overview of key topics in musculoskeletal ultrasound. The course is designed to teach physicians and sonographers how to apply the technology of musculoskeletal imaging in their daily practice. The presentations will show you what is possible in each area and what can be accomplished by the informed and motivated sonographer/sonologist.  After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ultrasound presentations of common pathologies of the musculoskeletal system
  • Describe the capabilities and limitations of ultrasound imaging in the evaluation of the joints and soft tissues
  • Identify appropriate applications of ultrasound for invasive and diagnostic procedures

Vascular Ultrasound Imaging and Doppler
May 8-10, 2018
Director: Laurence Needleman, MD
The 2018 Vascular Course at the Leading Edge provides a comprehensive update and refresher for all ultrasound practitioners who provide vascular services.  The program consists of a Physics Refresher on Tuesday, May 8, followed by a 2-day clinical oriented program May 9-10.

The Physics Refresher covers gray-scale imaging technology in the morning and Doppler in the afternoon.  The three-day clinical component of the Leading Edge Vascular Course highlights the areas where major changes in technology or clinical protocol have taken place over the past year and addresses some of the controversial areas of vascular diagnosis.

Principles Tune-up:  How Sharp are You?
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Lecturer: Frederick Kremkau, PhD, FACR, FAIMBE, FAIUM, FASA
Principles of Ultrasound Imaging covers the major topics involved in understanding how ultrasound imaging works. Principles of Doppler covers the major topics involved in understanding how the detection, presentation and evaluation of blood flow and tissue motion are accomplished with Doppler ultrasound.

This course can serve as an introduction for participants who are new to the field or as an up-to-date review for active physicians, sonographers and vascular technologists. The course can also serve as a review for those preparing for the UPI, CPI and VPI examinations administered by the ARDMS. After attending this program, participants should be able to demonstrate improved ability to:

  • Understand physical principles and instruments of ultrasound and how these principles apply to clinical practice
  • Provide a basic understanding of ultrasound, transducers, sonographic instruments, the Doppler effect, color Doppler instruments, spectral Doppler instruments, artifacts, performance, and safety

The Physics Refresher is presented by Frederick W. Kremkau, PhD, Past President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and author of Diagnostic Ultrasound: Principles and Instruments, now in its 8th edition.

Contrast Agents in Ultrasound
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Director: Flemming Forsberg, PhD
The 2018 symposium will provide a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in ultrasound contrast materials. After attending this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the major types of ultrasound contrast agents currently in use or in clinical evaluation
  • Identify the mechanism by which each agent produces the contrast effect
  • Identify those contrast agents which might produce the desired effect for a given type of ultrasound imaging or vascular procedure

Abdominal Ultrasound
May 10, 2018
Director: Laurence Needleman, MD

This track will consist of an overview of diffuse liver disease and elastography.  There will be additional lectures on introduction to contrast enhanced ultrasound, ergonomics and renal masses.  Half of the course will focus on abdominal doppler techniques and diagnosis.  After attending this program, participants should be able to:

  • Choose which patients will benefit from Contrast Ultrasound.
  • Optimize machine settings for common disease states.
  • Diagnose common diffuse liver disease and incorporate elastography into these diagnoses.


Musculoskeletal MRI
May 7-8, 2018
Directors: William B. Morrison, MD and Adam C. Zoga, MD

This track presents an opportunity for radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, sports medicine specialists and other practitioners involved in musculoskeletal care to advance their imaging knowledge base. The course will review basic evaluation of the musculoskeletal system using MR imaging, while introducing advanced concepts and "hot" topics. Special sessions will review how the experts take a case; panel discussions and interactive Q and A sessions round out the course.  After attending this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize basic musculoskeletal pathology and injury on MRI
  • Understand the basics of optimizing a musculoskeletal MRI exam
  • Be able to incorporate a practical approach to interpreting MRI of the major joints