On-Site Ultrasound | Ultrasound Physics Mastery Course Tutorial

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Physics: from Latin, physica, nature      Nature: how things work in the world 

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Learn physics, not just memorize answers to a test you’ll take once.  The difference in your career will show.

We’ll make it simple.  We’ll make it memorable.  We’ll help you build a new way to think about physics– the way you’ll be able to use to answer any question they’ll ask you on the Registry Exam… the way you’ll think through every patient exam for the rest of your life.  We honor and appreciate the brilliant and entertaining engineers that have helped so many get through their test.  But we believe that patient care will benefit even more if clinicians understand things in clinicians’ terms, from a clinician’s perspective.  We’ll make you less afraid of what will be on the ARDMS, CCI, or ASRT exam and instead focus your confidence on how to think through any problem you’ll ever meet.  

After all, isn’t that really why a clinician is supposed to know ultrasound physics?

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Persons from every corner of our field have sat in this class: doctorate-level design engineers sitting next to clinical novices; industry executives alongside clinical professionals, and of course all those of us who have never been able to grasp it anywhere else.  If you really want to stand on top of this subject and finally put it under your heel, you belong in this class.  Even educators will glean a new approach and effective analogies that will help unlock student’s minds.


This course is conducted independently of any commercial or institutional grant, industry support or sponsorship.  No faculty members have any commercial interests or participation that might influence its content.  Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Explain the eight laws of basic mathematics relevant to acoustic physics in medicine.
  • Discuss and define the genesis and behavior of ultrasound from the transducer into the tissue and back using standard scientific terms.
  • Dissect the architecture and explain the function of different types of transducer/probe design and their influence on the acquired image or Doppler signal.
  • Explain the processes used by the system to turn reflected sound into a displayed image.
  • Discuss the factors underlying the difference between system sensitivity and output and human perception.
  • Recognize and explain the likely basis for image artifacts and describe how to overcome them.
  • Explain how the variables in the Doppler equation influence the velocity estimation of moving blood or tissue ‘s speed.
  • Differentiate the clinical advantages and limitations of CW vs. PW Doppler.
  • Compare and contrast FFT achromatic Doppler with color and power Doppler.
  • Explain the clinical implication of sample gate size with laminar and turbulent blood in normal and accelerated states.
  • Confidently reduce raw test findings to proper measures of statistical accuracy using Chi Square analysis.
  • Prepare to undertake a lifelong study of the most complex scientific literature with confidence, accuracy, and satisfaction.

Topics include:

  • Organize your thinking: the overarching themes of ultrasound physics.
  • Basic mathematics for non-mathematicians.
  • The nature of sound: genesis and transmission properties.
  • Sound entering the body: beam behavior and how it affects what we see.
  • How engineers think: ways to build the transducer assembly to get the results the clinician needs.
  • The interaction of sound with tissue: what makes a reflection what it is?
  • Issues of acoustic power and intensity.
  • Detecting and packaging the reflected signal for display.
  • How the human operator influences the process.
  • Dynamic range, display schema, artifacts, and conspicuity: How to use secret techniques to validate your findings.
  • Fluid in motion: Doppler physics applied to blood and tissue.
  • The many secret differences between continuous and pulsed wave Doppler probes.
  • S/N detection: Four different thresholds of detection sensitivity and their significance in cardiovascular disease.
  • The reality of Doppler’s angle of incidence issues.
  • Turbulence, sample gate size, and why or why not to be concerned with either.
  • The most memorable explanation for aliasing and why not to worry about it.
  • Range ambiguity and how dangerously close it took us to World War III.
  • The basis of color Doppler and its principal limitations in clinical use; differentiation from tissue Doppler and FFT display.
  • Chi-square statistical analysis for non-statisticians: how to do it without worry.
  • The simplest way to succeed in a lifelong study of science. 


This experience is held as a private tutorial for your Group at any site you specify, worldwide.  Its topics can be modified or combined with any part of any of our Hands-On, Interpretive, or Workshop courses.   The total cost is all inclusive and is based on your designated location, the number of participants, and the length of the training.  For groups of three or more, the cost is likely the same or less than attending individually, and when the cost of lost productivity is factored, it becomes much less.  

Typically, an individual department or group practice requests that the training is held at their site.  Others have actually specified a destination site where their participants could travel to, combining in-depth recreation and learning.  Either type of learning experience is tax deductible. 


We designate this course a non-CME credit activity, meaning that the curriculum is not defined by the constraints of a fixed format.  This is to your strategic advantage.  Though the content meets and exceeds every academic guideline, we have over many years determined that flexibility in tailoring specific elements—and the delivery to each individual learner’s need and style—supersedes the restraints of a traditionally rigid, time-limited format.  It also permits us to openly, honestly and independently without bias discuss virtually every manufacturer’s system features.  Too, the broad ranges of clinical professional specialist organizations have developed multiple exclusive brands of applicable CME.  We have chosen instead to focus on your lifelong bedside competence and strategic advantage. This decision has permitted us to make our classes microscopically small at the least tuition cost possible.  We will be delighted to direct you to the most appropriate free and low-cost traditional CME credit activities available online.


We’ve prepared a free library of high-resolution Anatomy Posters and Worksheets for you here.   Be certain to also download a free copy of our Employer/Employee Agreement, where you can gain your Employer’s sponsorship of your travel and education costs in exchange for your commitment over time.

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