Using Ultrasound for Risk Assessment in Pregnancy
Has a pregnant person ever asked you...
"I've heard ultrasound waves can overheat the baby. Is that true?"
"I worry about getting an sonogram. How can I get the most important information with the least 'intervention'?"
"I've heard that ultrasound isn't accurate anyway. Can you tell me when it is...and isn't?"
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? If you are a midwife, do you know when to consult or refer?
Understanding Ultrasounds provides midwives, nurses, and everyone providing perinatal care with the evidence behind safety and accuracy, and translates the report from findings to meanings.
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able 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.
Course materials include two downloadable/printable PDFs for use with clients:
- frequently asked questions regarding ultrasound use in pregnancy
- informed choice form regarding ultrasound in pregnancy
Please note: This course will NOT train you to perform ultrasounds.
HiveCE is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Board of Nursing, and this course meets the California Board of Nursing criteria for 4 hours of continuing education. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17686, for 4 contact hours.
Approved by MEAC for 4 hours of continuing education (approval number M1920-122-0731DE) through 8/31/2022.
Approved for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate, Category 1.
Note: Course completion does not authorize the learner to use skills outside their scope. Please refer to your state guidelines for determining scope of care.
For information regarding our refund policy and other Frequently Asked Questions, please refer to our FAQ. If you have additional questions, please email jesica@HiveCE.com.
RDMS (ABD, OB/GYN, NT, CLEAR)
- Important Course Details and Tour
- 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
- 2.1 Anatomy of a Report
- 2.2 Legal Disclaimer
- 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
- 4.1 Second Trimester Dating
- 4.2 Second Trimester Common Findings
- Second Trimester Quiz
- 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: Joint ACOG AIUM Committee Option #700
- 5.4 BPP and Modified BPP
- 5.5 AFI
- Third Trimester Quiz
- 6.1 Placental Grading
- Placental Grading Quiz
- 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
- MEAC Evaluation Questions