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Ultrasonography For Nephrologists


This is a comprehensive, CME-accredited, didactic and hands-on course that covers the physics of ultrasound, operation of equipment, acquisition of images, kidney biopsy, vascular ultrasound, basics of interpretation, normal and abnormal findings, and logistics. This 2-day course is offered 3-4 weekends per year.

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8:30 - 9:30    Practical physics of sonography


9:30 -10:00   Knobology


10:00-10:15   Break


10:15-11:15   Imaging techniques


11:15-12:30   Hands-on session: normal kidneys, biopsy guidance, knobology


12:30 - 1:30  Lunch


1:30 - 2:30    Interpretation: Developing a mindset for interpreting ultrasonography


2:30 - 4:30    Hands-on session: cysts, stones, hydronephrosis, CKD, neoplasms, fistula.


4:30 - 5:30    Interpretation: Cysts, stones, hydronephrosis, artifacts, normal variants              



8:30 - 9:15    Interpretation: Parenchymal disease, vascular disease, neoplasms


9:15 - 9:45    Sonography in renal transplantation


9:45 - 10:30  Sonography of the lower urinary tract


10:30-12:30   Hands-on session: transplant, Doppler, general abdominal, biopsy phantom, practice interpretation


12:30 - 1:30  Lunch


1:30 - 2:15    Logistics: costs, coding, reporting, records, quality assurance


2:15 - 2:45    Interpretation: other abdominal organs


2:45 - 3:30    Hands-on session: bladder, practice interpretation, biopsy phantom


3:30 - 4:00 Interpretation: practice studies                       


Charles O’Neill, M.D. is a professor of medicine in the Renal Division at Emory University School of Medicine, where he has directed the Renal Ultrasonography Program since 1994. He has extensive experience in teaching and training nephrologists in ultrasonography, including workshops at the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology national meetings and World Congress of Nephrology meetings. He is a founding member and past-president of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology

Kevin Rooker, RT, RDMS, RVT is an ultrasound consultant based in the Dallas - Fort Worth region of Texas. He has over 35 years of clinical experience in the field of ultrasound. Mr. Rooker has been involved in the didactic and hands-on training of physicians and sonographers throughout the United States and internationally for over 30 years. He is a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, as well as the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Society of Vascular Technology.


Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Conference Center rooms 5,6,7

Emory University Campus
1405 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322
Parking on Uppergate Drive


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children's designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Upcoming courses

November 9-10, 2024. Registration will open soon.

Tuition is $985.

Pre-registration is required.
•Space is limited to 24 and the course usually fills, so early registration is strongly encouraged.
•There is no on-site registration, as we cannot accommodate extra attendees.
•You must receive confirmation to attend. If unsure, please email
•If you want to be put on a waitlist in case of cancellations or for future courses, please email as above.


Cancellation policy:

Because there are usually more people wanting to attend than there is room, cancellations often deprive someone of the opportunity to attend and are occurring at increasing frequency. Therefore, we have had to institute the following policy:
•If registration is not full, then cancellations receive a 100% refund (or credit towards the next course). If cancellation is less than two weeks before the course, there is no refund.
•If the registration is full and we are able to fill the slot, the refund (or credit towards the next course) is 100%, otherwise the refund is 50%. If cancellation is less than two weeks before the course, there is no refund.


For more information, contact 

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