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Thoracic ultrasound

Organisers : Christian B. Laursen
Faculty : Morten Bendixen, Jesper Rømhild Davidsen, Søren Helbo, Klaus Nielsen, Pia Iben Pietersen, Stefan Posth

These skills-based courses provide participants with an overview of the knowledge and skills required to perform thoracic ultrasound to diagnose and treat patients with lung diseases. The maximum number of participants for each course is 10.

An application will be made to European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) for CME accreditation of this event. The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to the completion of the online modules and your attendance during the course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.

Target audience

Pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, respiratory physicians, clinical researchers, radiologists, fellows and residents.

Previous knowledge and experience of performing ultrasounds is not required for this course. The hands-on training will be based on the individual physician’s previous experience prior to the course, beginners as well as more experienced physicians are welcome to attend.

Course format

Online modules

It is mandatory that participants complete and successfully pass online modules before attending the hands-on course. These five online modules cover an introduction, basic principles of ultrasound, focused lung ultrasound, chest sonography and focused cardiac ultrasound. Each module includes theoretical content, images, statistics, videos and self-assessment questions to facilitate learning. Participants will also be asked to complete a pre-course assessment test at the end of the modules. 80% correct answers are needed in order to pass the test. Please allow between 12-20 hours to complete the online materials.


Participants will develop their practical skills by performing ultrasounds on healthy volunteers as well as patients. The practical training will be supplemented by short lectures as well as case demonstration at the bedside. At the end of the course, the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of each participant will be assessed. They will perform an ultrasound examination on a patient which typically lasts 15-30 minutes. The course content and length are in line with the EFSUMB recommendations for the theoretical training in thoracic ultrasound (level 1 & 2).

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will

  • have knowledge of basic ultrasound physics
  • have theoretical knowledge of thoracic ultrasound in accordance with EFSUMB requirements
  • be able to perform a focused thoracic ultrasound examination
  • be able to perform a diagnostic thoracic ultrasound examination