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This presentation will review the ultrasound examination of the abdominal arterial vascular system. The lecture will focus on the aorto-iliac vessels, the mesenteric system and the renal vasculature. Ultrasound findings pertaining to normal vessels, collateral pathways, surgical grafts and endovascular interventions will be presented. Waveform characteristics for the abdominal vessels will be defined as well as current diagnostic criteria. Specific case examples will be shown to demonstrate some of the pathology encountered during an arterial ultrasound examination in the abdomen.

At the completion of this lecture a participant will be able to:

  • Define the normal Doppler waveform characteristics of the aorta and its main branches
  • Describe the findings associated with renal vascular disease
  • Explain collateral pathways for the mesenteric vascular system
  • Identify common vascular pathology in the abdomen
  • List current diagnostic criteria used for the abdominal vascular system as well as criteria for patients following vascular surgery or endovascular interventions.

Featured Speaker

Ann Marie Kupinski is the president and technical director of North Country Vascular Diagnostics located in Capital District Region of New York. She is also a Clinical Professor of Radiology at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Ann Marie is a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a senior member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and a fellow of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound. She has served on the Society for Vascular Ultrasound's board of directors. She is a current member of board of directors for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Vascular Testing. She has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on vascular diagnostic techniques and has lectured extensively. She is also the author of the textbook Diagnostic Medical Sonography: The Vascular System, published by Wolters Kluwer. She has been a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) since 1986 and became registered in abdominal scanning (RDMS-abdomen) in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology in 1996 from Albany Medical College.