Wrightington Upper Limb Ultrasound Course by SMUG & Mr. Len Funk

Wrightington Upper Limb Scanning and Guided Injection Masterclass

£390 Inc VAT
Venue Start Date
Wrightington Hospital Conference Centre, WN6 9EP
Fri 31 May 2019
  • Expert faculty with internationally renowned lecturers and clinicians
  • Upper limb only focus - ideal for shoulder/upper limb surgeons, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists, Rheumatologists, Sonographers and Radiologists
  • Highly practical to ensure plenty of opportunity for the delegates to practice and learn from our expert faculty
  • Opportunity to scan real patients with pathology under close supervision. The patients have been hand picked to ensure delegates see a variety of pathologies
  • High tutor to delegate ratio to allow plenty of feedback and close supervision to the delegates
  • Comprehensive course notes, online pre-reading and teaching resources

Shoulderscan has been organising ultrasound courses for over 10 years and has now teamed up with the Shoulderdoc, Wrightington Upper Limb Unit and SMUG (Sports Medicine Ultrasound Group) to bring you a unique and comprehensive ultrasound and guided injection upper limb course. Our course is the only one in the UK and Europe that specifically covers scanning and guided injections of the upper limb in one day. It is also one of the only courses to give delegates the opportunity to scan real patients with real pathology under close supervision. The patients have been hand-picked to ensure delegates see a variety of pathologies.

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The course focuses on scanning the shoulder and elbow (wrist can be covered on request) in small groups, with plenty of machines and close supervision from our expert faculty. The morning includes short presentations, faculty demonstrations and practical workshops where the delegates scan with close supervision on models. After this, delegates get the opportunity to scan real patients with a variety of pathology.

There is a strong clinical focus throughout and particular attention is given to when and how imaging findings change clinical management. Many case examples are presented, and discussion is encouraged to share ideas and experiences. Clinicians attend our courses from a variety of disciplines, providing an excellent forum to network, learn from each other and challenge clinical practice.

The afternoon focusses on ultrasound guided injections. Delegates will be taught how to carry out an in-plane and out-of-plane guided injections and will have the opportunity to practise this on meat specimens (chicken breasts and pigs trotters). Our tutors have taught this course all over the world and have lots of top tips, technical knowledge and clinical gems to ensure delegates maximise this unique learning opportunity and develop their skills. For each injection the delegates are taught the simplest and most effective techniques.

This course is suitable for clinicians with no ultrasound imaging experience or those looking to develop their skills further.

Upper Limb Scanning and Guided Injection Masterclass

Time Summary
09:00 - 09:10 Introduction/welcome
09:10 - 09:30 Lecture
Introduction: physics, terminology, equipment, safety, artifacts.
09:30 - 10:00 Lecture and Live Demo
Shoulder Ultrasound - Indications, correlation with anatomy and technique.
10:00 - 11:00 Practical Workshop (One Machine and One Model to 2 delegates)
Shoulder - Diagnostic Ultrasound Workshop.
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break (opportunity for the delegates to meet the sponsors).
11:30 - 12:00 Lecture and Live Demo
Elbow Ultrasound - Indications, correlation with anatomy and technique.
12:00 - 13:00 Practical Workshop (One Machine and One Model to 2 delegates)
Elbow - Diagnostic Ultrasound Workshop.
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch (opportunity for the delegates to meet the sponsors).
13:30 - 14:15 Practical Demonstration and Practical Workshop
Live patient demos and workshop - real patients with real pathology. Delegates get the opportunity to scan real patients under close supervision.
14:15 - 14:45 Lecture and Demo
Advantages and disadvantages of guided injection. Research - guided versus unguided injections. Injection technique - How to carry out an in-plane and out-of-plane US guided injection - technical and procedural considerations. .
14:45 - 15:30 Lecture and Demo on Phantoms and Meat Specimens
Practical workshop - in-plane and out-of-plane technique will be practised.
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break (opportunity for the delegates to meet the sponsors).
15:45 - 16:30 Lecture and Practical Workshop
Shoulder scanning and US guided shoulder injections. Demo and practical workshop.
16:30 - 17:00 Lecture and Practical Workshop
Elbow scanning and US guided injections. Demo and practical workshop. Finish - recap of the day - where to go from here?

Are SMUG courses endorsed by The College of Radiographers?

Endorsment for our Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine course is currently being processed.


How does the SMUG introduction course differ from other courses?

It is an intensive, highly practical, hands-on and highly interactive course with a high tutor participant ratio of at least 1:6. It is designed for sports medicine practitioners and provides a good grounding in tissue recognition and scanning skills as well as giving participants a clear idea of the skill level required and the time it takes to be competent and confident.


Do I get a qualification/certificate at the end of the Introduction course?

You will receive a certificate for the allocated CPD hours for the course, not a certificate of competence.


How do I continue to develop my skills after the Introduction course?

For MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound the only accredited pathways are via the Royal College of Radiologists and a PG Cert in MSK Sonography (such as at Canterbury University); it takes approximately 18 months and you have to do a clinic with a radiologist/sonographer once a week.


I only want to know how to scan a particular area (shoulder, muscle, ankle). Is the introduction course for me?

Yes, any scanning requires the skill to optimise the image using the machine settings and the correct manual skill to assess the tissues of interest as well as the knowledge of how to avoid pitfalls.


I am already injecting and only want to know how to do it under guidance. Is the introduction course necessary?

Yes, to identify the correct target area you need the manual skill to visualise the needle and the procedure correctly as well as to follow up after injections.


My company is looking at purchasing a machine. Any suggestions or things to look for?

Many portable machines are very good quality. Look for multi-frequency probes (5-12 MHz or higher), sensitive Power and colour Doppler and most important of course good, clear images. GE, Siemens, SonoSite, Mindray to mention a few manufacturers. Ask the representative to demonstrate a model in your clinic and compare!


Will I be able to scan my patients after the introduction course?

The course gives you the practical skills, but it takes a lot more training to get familiar with the spectrum of normal anatomy appearance, trauma, pathology and clinical interpretation, before ultrasound can be combined with your clinical examination. Practise your skills on patients with their consent, do not use it immediately as a clinical skill.


What is your cancellation policy?

Less than 28 days notice = No refund
29 to 56 days notice = 50% refund
Over 57 days notice = Full refund, less a £25.00 admin charge


What are the prerequisites for the Introduction course?

Participants should have good anatomical knowledge (especially cross-sectional) and clinical experience.


What are the prerequisites for the Advanced course?

Participants have ideally attended an introductory (Level 1) course, are expected to have regular access to an ultrasound scanner, are using ultrasound scanning as part of their daily practice, have completed at least 10 documented scans and are competent at identifying the normal appearance of most commonly assessed structures in MSK ultrasound.


Do SMUG run courses specific to emergency medicine to identify DVT etc?

No, our courses are purely sports medicine orientated and as such do not cover DVT screening or application in an A&E department.

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Wrightington Upper Limb Scanning and Guided Injection Masterclass

£390.00 Inc VAT

Venue: Wrightington Hospital Conference Centre, Hall Lane, Wrightington, Wigan, WN6 9EP

Date: Friday 31 May 2019 09:00-17:00

Note: Bookings close on Friday 31 May 2019


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