Course Description

This course will outline the uses of Ultrasound in the head and neck by a series of lectures, practical live demonstrations and multiple “hands on sessions“. The programme starts with a live demonstration of the relevant anatomy using models. The key structures that act as landmarks within the neck will be highlighted.

A systematic examination technique will be demonstrated, delegates will then have the opportunity to scan following the techniques outlined in the later workshops.

The major constituents of the neck and their associated pathology will be covered by a series of lectures, namely: salivary glands, thyroid, lymph nodes and cysts and conditions which may mimic cysts in the neck.

Consideration of the many techniques available for sampling in the neck is dealt with in a series of lectures and practical demonstrations of Fine Needle Aspiration techniques and Core Biopsy techniques. The use of sampling technique in the context of “One Stop Clinics” will be discussed.

These techniques can be extensively practised in the workshop planned for the second day of the course, delegates will be taught techniques using models and phantoms.

Issues regarding the use of Cytology in US guided FNA techniques will be introduced by a Cytological expert with an opportunity to discuss the implications involved in setting up FNA clinics.

The larynx is an oft neglected structure in the neck with regard to Ultrasound, methods of examination and the uses of Ultrasound in the assessment of the larynx will be covered via lecture and live demonstration.

The learning curve in head and neck Ultrasound can be steep, avoidance of the recognised pitfalls and the gleaning of the common initial mistakes in assessing the neck with Ultrasound is a pre requisite and will hopefully allow the operator to move up the learning curve more smoothly. Specific lectures dealing with the pearls and pitfalls that can trap the unwary will be delivered.

The course is aimed at Ultrasound operators who wish to develop their technique for Ultrasound assessment of the neck be they Radiologists, Sonographers, Surgeons or Physicians.


Buccal region

Posterior triangle fat plane

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Thyroid papillary tumour

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Core biopsy - left deep cervical lymph node

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Larynx – para-sagittal anatomy