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Sonography of Tendons


CME Credit Information

Credit Type
AMA PRA Category 1

AMA Category 1 credits are used by physicians and other groups like PAs and certain nurses.  Category 1 credits are accepted by the ARDMS, CCI and Sonography Canada.

Number of Credits

Course Objectives

After completing this activity the learner will:

1) discriminate advantages and disadvantages particular to ultrasound imaging of tendons when contrasted with features of other imaging techniques

2) extrapolate the significance of tendon findings from epidemiologic data referenced in the text

3) supervise a tendon ultrasound examination by selecting the proper equipment and the proper set of ultrasound imaging parameters

4) recall the anatomy pertinent to ultrasound pathology recognition

5) discriminate between individual pieces of macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of fibrous and fibro-cartilaginous tendon entheses pertinent to ultrasound given a diagram, an ultrasound image or key terms of anatomy

6) distinguish the different anatomy of tendons with and without tendon sheath covering given a diagram, an ultrasound image or key terms of anatomy

7) explain the physiology of tendons that can be observed through ultrasound

8) recognize common artifacts that affect tendon imaging by ultrasound in order to be able to appraise their significance in daily practice

9) differentiate ultrasound characteristics of frequently encountered pathologies in tendons

10) outline the role for ultrasound guided needle treatment of tendon disease

11) integrate patient data and imaging results of other imaging tests in the ultrasound assessment of tendons

12) prepare for the musculoskeletal ultrasound registry examination

Target Audience

Physicians, sonographers and others who perform and/or interpret musculoskeletal ultrasound.


The Institute for Advanced Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for Advanced Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For non-physicians these credits are accepted by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) .

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization.

Estimated Time for Completion
approximately 10 hours
Date of Release
Date of Most Recent Review
Expiration Date


Marnix van Holsbeeck, M.D.
Director, Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology
Henry Ford Hospital
Professor of Radiology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, Michigan

Joseph Introcaso, M.D., D.M.D.
Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley
Neenah, Wisconsin
Physician Director of Clinical Neuroscience Programs
Ascension Healthcare, Wisconsin Southern Region


In compliance with the Essentials and Standards of the ACCME, the author of this CME tutorial is required to disclose any significant financial or other relationships they may have with commercial interests.

Drs. van Holsbeeck and Introcaso disclose no such relationships exist.  Elise van Holsbeeck and Bea van Holsbeeck, who assisted with editing, also disclose that they have no such relationships.

No one at IAME who had control over the planning or content of this activity has relationships with commercial interests.

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