Pre Congress Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSUS) Workshop

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSUS) is increasingly being used by Rheumatologists, Orthopaedics, and Sport & Medical Physicians for the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders in daily practice worldwide. The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has promoted education in MSUS for the last 15 years with very successful results. Currently, there is a great need and demand for education on MSUS in APLAR countries.

The basic MSUS course aims to give the participants the opportunity to learn the sonoanatomy, the ultrasound scanning technique of the musculoskeletal system, and the basic MSUS lesions and abnormalities under the guidance of expert the guidance of expert rheumatologist and radiologist ultra-sonographers.

Course Structure

The course will be of the Basic level, being a combination of lectures and hands-on scanning of models and/or patients with MusculoSkeletal disorders in small groups with experienced tutors. It will consist of lectures with demonstrations and hand-on scanning in small groups (5-6 participants per tutor and ultrasound machine) with experienced tutors.


  • Minimum 30 participants, and a Maximum of 60 participants.
  • Small groups of 5 – 6 participants each.

Official Language

The official language of the MSUS workshop is English.

Course Description

The Course will focus on learning Ultrasound physics, image acquisition, normal SonoAnatomy, standardized examination techniques and Ultrasound findings of basic pathological lesions. The basic course is recommended for participants with little no experience in MusculoSkeletal Ultrasound. There will be no prerequisite for delegates wanting to attend this course.

Learning Objectives:

  • To know the application, indications and limitations of MusculoSkeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology
  • To know the Ultrasound physics and technology
  • To hold the probe, to optimize B-mode settings of the Ultrasound equipment and to acquire Ultrasound Images
  • To identify the sonographic pattern of the different MusculoSkeletal tissue
  • To recognize MusculoSkeletal artefact and pitfalls
  • To learn the systematic standardized scanning technique for each major anatomic area (i.e Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand, Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot
  • To document images and to report Ultrasound finding and diagnosis
  • To identify basic MusculoSkeletal abnormalities (e.g. joint effusion and synovial hypertrophy, Tenosynovitis, enthesopathy/enthesitis, complete tendon tear, bursitis, bone erosions and osteophytes)

Course Certification

A certificate of attendance will be supplied to attendees at the conclusion of the workshop.

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Dr Fred Joshua, Australia
Dr Anita Lee, Australia
Prof Helen Keen, Australia
Prof Andrew Harrison, New Zealand
Dr Julian Martin, New Zealand
Prof Minhaj Rahim, Bangladesh
Dr Ikeda, Japan
Dr Seto, Japan
Dr Gavin Lee, Hong Kong
Dr Waleed Al Shehhi, United Arab Emirates
Dr Phonpen, Thailand
Prof Chaturvedi, India
Dr Anwar Arshad, Malaysia


Basic Course Day 1 – Sunday 7 April 2019
0930-1000 Registration – Welcome Reception
1000-1015 Welcome – introduction Anwar Arshad
1015-1030 History and development of MusculoSkeletal UltraSound (MSUS) Anwar Arshad
1030-1045 US physics and techniques Fred Joshua
1045-1100 Coffee Break
1100-1115 Scanning technique: Ultrasound machine settings, image optimization Julian Martin
1115-1130 Artefacts and limitations of MSUS Waleed Al Shehhi
1130-1145 Clinical applications of MSUS Andrew Harrison
1145-1200 Basic SonoAnatomy: MusculoSkeletal tissues and Semiology Phonpen
1200-1230 Standardized scanning of the Elbow. Basic pathological findings Gavin Lee
1230-1245 Live demo with normal models
1245-1400 Break for lunch
1400-1445 Standardized scanning of the Wrist and Hand. Basic pathological findings Anita Lee
Live demo with normal models
1445-1515 Standardized scanning of the Shoulder. Basic pathological findings Ikeda
1515-1530 Live demo with normal models
1530-1600 Coffee break
1600-1800 Supervised Hands on scanning of Upper Limbs
Basic Course Day 2 – 8 April 2019
0830-0945 Standardized scanning of the Hip. Basic pathological findings
Live demo with normal models
0945-1015 Standardized scanning of the Knee. Basic pathological findings Minhaj Rahim
1015-1030 Live demo with normal model
1030-1045 Coffee break
1045-1130 Standardized scanning of the Ankle and Foot . Basic pathological findings.
Live demo with normal models
1130-1330 Supervised US scanning of the Lower limbs
Closing remarks / Certificate
Hands on
Supervised US scanning of the Shoulder