Critical Care and ICU Imaging
This categorical course aims to provide a systematic overview of common acute and often life-threatening disease processes, entities, and imaging findings encountered in patients admitted to critical care units and the ICU. Experts will offer attendees a comprehensive approach to the diagnostic interpretation and recognition of acute imaging findings and diagnoses that impact the care and management of critically ill patients. The course will also focus on bedside imaging studies, such as point-of-care ultrasound and portable head CT, which are sometimes used to assist in the immediate management of patients.
- Understand the appropriate use and relative strengths of key imaging modalities (e.g., conventional radiography, CT, ultrasound) and apply them effectively in the diagnosis of emergent and life-threatening issues encountered in critically ill patients.
- Adapt the latest best practices to optimize the diagnostic yield of imaging studies performed on these patients.
- Recognize various malpositioned tubes, lines, and monitoring devices on chest radiography; identify emergent gastrointestinal and genitourinary imaging findings; recognize emergent or acute neurologic patient changes and findings; and identify circumstances where cross-sectional imaging may be indicated.
- Apply ICU imaging techniques for critical care and patient management decisions concerning malpositioned devices, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), pulmonary embolism with right ventricular strain (PERT), abdominal complications, and stroke alerts.
- Understand the latest imaging innovations in pulmonary, abdominal, and neurologic imaging and utilize them effectively to further improve critical care in the ICU.
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