Understanding Ultrasounds: 

Using Ultrasound for Risk Assessment in Pregnancy

Do you have the in-depth answers clients need regarding concerns about safety and accuracy? 

Are you confident in your knowledge of appropriate follow-up for common findings? Do you know when to consult or refer?

Learn how to...

  • Identify individuals who are qualified to perform and interpret diagnostic obstetrical sonograms.
  • Indicate the guidelines for the reporting, and performance, of obstetrical exams.
  • Recognize and practice ultrasound safety.
  • Evaluate sonographic dating accuracy in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters.
  • Breakdown an ultrasound report and identify its parts.
  • Describe common ultrasound findings found on a report, their association with various anomalies, and when to follow-up.
  • Explain fetal biometry and growth measurements and how they can affect patient care.
  • Compare the Full Biophysical Profile and Modified Biophysical Profile.
  • Determine the accuracy of Amniotic Fluid measurements.
  • Identify placental grading.
  • Explain the benefits vs risks of sonography in midwifery care.

Approved by MEAC for 4 hours of continuing education (approval number M1920-122-0731DE) through 8/13/2022.

Approved for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate, Category 1.

  • Instructor(s)

    Instructor Bio:

    Alisa Copeland is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARDMS.org) and a retired radiographer and mammographer. She has over 20 years of ob/gyn experience working in hospitals, the private ob/gyn sector, and with midwives. She is currently a Sonographer at Beautiful Beginning Birth Center and a senior apprentice midwife at the Midwife Training Center in Austin, Texas. She understands the desire for parents to receive individualized care, so they may make fully informed decisions.

    Alisa Copeland


Course curriculum

  • 01
    Quality Ultrasound Exams: Where, Who, How?
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    • 1.1 Ultrasound Facilities
    • Article: Ultrasound Performance and Interpretation Guidelines Published by the AIUM and ACR
    • 1.2 Sonographer Qualifications
    • 1.3 Who May Interpret?
    • Guidelines for Limited Exams by Advanced Clinical Providers in Women’s Health
    • 1.4 Regulations
    • 1.5 Safety Concerns and Considerations
    • Article: Ultrasound Biosafety Considerationsfor the Practicing Sonographer and Sonologist
    • Where Who How Quiz
  • 02
    Understanding the Report
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    • 2.1 Anatomy of a Report
    • 2.2 Legal Disclaimer
  • 03
    First Trimester
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    • 3.1 Abdominal vs Vaginal Probe
    • 3.2 First Trimester Dating
    • 3.3 ART Considerations and Twin Typing
    • 3.4 First Trimester Common Findings
    • First Trimester Quiz
  • 04
    Second Trimester
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    • 4.1 Second Trimester Dating
    • 4.2 Second Trimester Common Findings
    • Second Trimester Quiz
  • 05
    Third Trimester
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    • 5.1 Third Trimester Dating
    • 5.2 Third Trimester Biometry and Growth
    • 5.3 To (Routine Third Trimester) Scan or Not?
    • Article: ACR Appropriateness Criteria Assessment of Fetal Well-Being
    • Article: ACOG Practice Bulletin #145 Antepartum Fetal Surveillance
    • 5.4 BPP and Modified BPP
    • 5.5 AFI
    • Third Trimester Quiz
  • 06
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    • 6.1 Placental Grading
    • Placental Grading Quiz
  • 07
    Clinical Considerations
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    • 7.1 Clinical Considerations
    • Printable PDF (for clients!): Prenatal Ultrasound FAQ
    • Printable PDF (for clients!): Informed Choice Form for Routine Prenatal Ultrasound
    • Article: ‘Ultrasound is an invaluable third eye, but it can’t see everything’: a qualitative study with obstetricians in Australia
  • 08
    Post-test and CE Certificate
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    • MEAC Evaluation Questions
    • MEAC Post-Test and CE Certificate

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