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International School of Thyroid Ultrasonography

International School of Thyroid Ultrasonography
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Thyroid disorder
Workshop by Excemed
Friday, Jun 5 - Saturday, Jun 6 2015
Pisa, Italy



Event format



The official language of the live educational course will be English.

Registration status

To register for this event, contact

Denise Rizzitelli

c/o Meridiano Congress International

Via Sapri, 6 - 00185 Rome, Italy

Tel.: +39 06 88595 210 - Fax: +39 06 88595 234


Registration fee


This fee includes:

  • Scientific sessions
  • Educational materials
  • Certificate of attendance


Dear participant,

A warm welcome to all attending the “International School of Thyroid Ultrasonography”.

We would like to inform you that as of 28 April 2014 the name of our Foundation  changed  to  EXCEMED  –  Excellence  in  Medical  Education. The name change will not impact your registration status in this or any other Foundation event.

This transition marks an exciting point in the evolution of the Foundation. We are proud to have provided world-class education to thousands of healthcare professionals over the past four decades. As a result, the Foundation has become synonymous with delivery excellence and high- impact CME.

As  we  further  develop  our  scientific  and  geographical  presence  it  is important  to  us  that our  name  accurately  reflects  the  independent nature of the education we provide; EXCEMED symbolises our enduring mission to support the best possible outcomes for patients through the medical education we offer. We take pride in our complete dedication to the provision of CME - it is our sole focus and our passion.

We  wish  you  an  inspiring  and  successful  learning  experience  here  in Pisa.

Yours sincerely,



Thyroid  nodules  are  a  common  clinical  finding,  with  an  estimated prevalence  from  3%  to  7%  at  palpation.  Prevalence  of  non-palpable nodules at thyroid ultrasound (US) in the general population is much higher;  moreover,  many  patients  with  palpable  thyroid  nodule  have additional nodules at US (15-35%). The great majority of thyroid nodules are benign, with less than 5% being malignant (i.e. carcinomas). While cytological examination of fine needle aspirates is the gold standard for discriminating malignant nodules, thyroid conventional US patterns have high  specificity  but  low  sensitivity  in  the  diagnosis  of  carcinomas.

Elastosonography is a new technique which employs US to provide an estimation of nodular stiffness and is being developed for getting a better accuracy in diagnosis. Also, alternative treatment modalities for benign thyroid nodules, such as laser therapy, a novel mini-invasive treatment, are currently being tested, to overcome the limits of medical therapy and to avoid unnecessary thyroid excision.

EXCEMED  is  collaborating  with  the  Division  of  Endocrinology  and Metabolism,  Endocrine  Unit  #  1,  Department  of  Clinical  and Experimental Medicine, of the University of Pisa, Italy, in organizing an advanced course on thyroid ultrasonography focusing on new modalities for the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid nodules that will be exploring the  practical  aspects  of  US-guided  diagnostic  elastosonography  and laser therapy in the management of thyroid nodules.

The  main  objectives  of  this  live  educational  course  are  to  review  the latest news in thyroid ultrasound diagnostic criteria and applications in presence of thyroid nodules and to teach tools for use in daily clinical practice  regarding  the  execution  of  diagnostic  elastosonography  and laser treatment for benign nodules.

Learning objectives

After attending the live educational course, participants will have up-to- date knowledge on thyroid ultrasonography and on its novel applications such as elastosonography and laser treatment for benign nodule, thus being able to:

  • Recognize US patterns of thyroid nodules suggestive of malignancy
  • Refine the execution methods for fine needle aspiration biopsy on thyroid nodules
  • Apply novel alternative interventional approaches to treat benign thyroid nodules

Accreditation details

An application has been made to the EACCME ® for CME accreditation of the  EXCEMED  course  “International  School  of  Thyroid Ultrasonography” to be held on 5-6 June 2015, 11-12 September 2015, 13-14 November 2015, 11-12 December 2015 in Pisa, Italy .

EXCEMED adheres  to  the  principles  of  the  Good  CME  Practice  Group (gCMEp).


Additional information

EXCEMED designed this programme in partnership with the University of Pisa.

university of pisa

Scientific programme

Friday, 5 June

09.00 Welcome and presentation of the learning objectives of this live educational course

09.30 Introduction: Thyroid ultrasonography today
Neck anatomy, basics of ultrasonography, how to perform neck and thyroid ultrasonography

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Ultrasonography of thyroid nodules for the assessment of risk of cancer

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Real-time elastosonography in nodular thyroid disease

15.00 Interactive discussion of clinical cases

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Practical session
Participants to perform ultrasonography and real-time elastosonography on patients

End of the first day


Saturday, 6 June

9.00 Live case illustrations
Laser treatment of patients with multi nodular goiter and thyroid nodules – live session

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Indications for laser treatment in nodular goiter or thyroid nodules

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA): indications and execution techniques

15.30 Practical Session
Participants to perform thyroid ultrasonography on patients and ultrasound guided FNA on substitute subject or other models and FNA on patients – live session

17.00 Questions, answers and conclusion of the live educational course


CME provider

EXCEMED - Excellence in Medical Education

Salita di San Nicola da Tolentino, 1/b - 00187 Rome, Italy

Junior Project Manager: Francesca Cucciolla

Specialist Medical Advisor: Federica Cerri

Tel.: +39 06 420413 315 - Fax: +39 06 420413 677



EXCEMED is a Swiss Foundation with headquarters in  14, Rue du Rhône, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland


Paolo Vitti

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Endocrine Unit #1
University of Pisa
Via Paradisa, 2
Pisa, Pisa, 56124, Italy

Teresa Rago

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Endocrine Unit #1
University of Pisa
Via Paradisa, 2
Pisa, Pisa, 56124, Italy


Meridiano Congress International

Via Sapri, 6 - 00185 Rome, Italy

Congress Coordinator: Denise Rizzitelli

Tel.: +39 06 88595 210 - Fax: +39 06 88595 234