October 2018 | Deireadh Fómhair 2018

Ultrasound Study Day 2018

Wed, 24 October 18 15:45

BMUS & UCD Study Day: Hints & Tips to Excellence

Saturday 13th October, University College Dublin

On Saturday 13th October 2018, the ultrasound team at UCD was delighted to welcome the British Medical Ultrasound Society back to Dublin for their fourth high profile study day. The day attracted 200 delegates from all over Ireland and the United Kingdom. UCD ultrasound lecturers Ms. Therese Herlihy (MSc programme director), Dr. Mary Moran, Mr. Kevin Cronin and Ms. Ann Fleming worked with the BMUS team to make this extremely well received study day happen. Experts from the UK and Ireland joined together to share their ultrasound knowledge and expertise.

The morning covered ultrasound topics common to all aspects of imaging such as ultrasound safety (Dr. Emma Chung, University of Leicester, UK), the importance of guidelines, documents and checklists (Mr. Peter Cantin, Derriford Hospital, UK) and reporting top tips and with delegate interaction (Mr. Colin Griffin, Royal Liverpool University Hospital & Mrs. Pamela Parker, BMUS Professional Development Office Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, UK). After morning coffee Mr. Peter Cantin and Mrs. Catherine Kirkpatrick (Lincoln County Hospital, UK) provided top tips for renal and gynae imaging. These sessions were followed by three former UCD MSc Ultrasound students who presented very interesting gynaecological ultrasound cases of a cervical ectopic pregnancy (Ms. Denise McGrath, Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar), a struma ovarii (Ms. Bernice Dunne on behalf of Ms. Michele Keenan, Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise) and an appendicitis found on transvaginal ultrasound (Ms. Maeve O Donnell, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin).

The afternoon sessions were divided into two streams, with one focusing on prenatal screening, Doppler ultrasound and multiple pregnancy and the second stream focusing on general medical ultrasound. In the general medical stream delegates listened to updates in imaging and top tips for biliary imaging (Mrs. Pamela Parker), chronic liver disease (Ms. Therese Herlihy, UCD), lower limb DVT assessment (Mr. Colin Griffin) and ultrasound of the head and neck (Mrs. Catherine Kirkpatrick). In the obstetrics stream Prof. Peter McParland, (UCD/National Maternity Hospital) provided delegates with an insight into developments in non-invasive prenatal testing, while Ms Cecelia Mulcahy (National Maternity Hospital, Dublin) shared her expert knowledge of Doppler techniques in antenatal scanning which was followed by Dr. Jennifer Walsh (UCD/National Maternity Hospital, Dublin) updating delegates on the clinical applications of Doppler in obstetric ultrasound. Dr. Stephen Carroll (National Maternity Hospital, Dublin) informed delegates about issues in ultrasound surveillance of twin pregnancies which was followed by Dr. Fionnuala Breathnach (RCSI/Rotunda Hospital, Dublin) communicating the results of the Multiple Pregnancy: Esprit Study Results and current national guidelines in Ireland.

Feedback from the study day was excellent from both faculty and delegates. The day sold out and highlighted a high demand for continuing ultrasound education. UCD and BMUS brought a renowned faculty of experts from the UK and Ireland to Dublin to provide this educational and inspiring packed programme and hopefully this wonderful sharing of knowledge and expertise will continue with another study day planned for September 2019.

 UCD | BMUS Ultrasound Faculty Team at 2018 Ultrasound Study Day

Group faculty picture.

Front row left to right.;

  • Dr. Mary Moran (UCD)
  • Ms. Cecelia Mulcahy (National Maternity Hospital, Dublin)
  • Dr. Jennifer Walsh (UCD/National Maternity Hospital, Dublin)
  • Mrs. Pamela Parker (Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals)
  • Mrs. Catherine Kirkpatrick (Lincoln County Hospital, UK)
  • Ms. Therese Herlihy (UCD)
  • Ms. Marion Maher (UCD)
  • Prof. Louise Rainford (UCD)

Back row left to right;

  • Ms. Jennifer Grehan (UCD)
  • Mr. Kevin Cronin (UCD)
  • Ms. Ann Fleming (UCD)
  • Mr. Peter Cantin (Derriford Hospital, UK)
  • (Mr. Colin Griffin, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK)
  • Prof. Peter McParland, (UCD/National Maternity Hospital)