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International course on thyroid ultrasonography and minimally invasive procedure

International course on thyroid ultrasonography and minimally invasive procedure
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Thyroid disorder
Practice teaching course by Excemed
Friday, Oct 27 - Saturday, Oct 28 2017
Pisa, Italy
Registration status
Closed

Target audiences

Endocrinologists
Radiologists
internists and any other healthcare professional involved in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid nodules.

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Introduction

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Overview

Thyroid  nodules  are  a  common  clinical  finding,  with  an  estimated prevalence  of  3%  to  7%  at  palpation.  Prevalence of non-palpable nodules at thyroid ultrasound (US) in the general population is a lot much higher; many patients with palpable thyroid nodules have additional nodules at US (15-35%).  The  great  majority  of  thyroid nodules  are  benign -- less  than  5%  are  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 for diagnosing carcinomas. Elastosonography is a new technique employing US to give an estimate of nodular stiffness and is being developed to achieve greater accuracy in diagnosis.  Alternative treatment  modalities  for  benign  thyroid  nodules,  such  as  laser therapy –  a novel, minimally invasive treatment – are currently being tested  to  overcome  the  limits  of  medical  therapy  and  avoid unnecessary thyroid excision.

EXCEMED  is   cooperating with  the  Division  of  Endocrinology  and Metabolism,  Endocrine  Unit  #  1,  Department  of  Clinical  and Experimental Medicine, of the University of Pisa, Italy, to produce deliver a high level course  in  thyroid  ultrasonography  focusing  on  new modalities for diagnosing and treating thyroid nodules while exploring  the  practical  sides of  US guided  diagnostic elastosonography  and  laser  therapy  for managing thyroid nodules.

The main objectives of this course are to review the latest news in thyroid ultrasound diagnostic criteria and applications in the presence of thyroid nodules and to provide tools for daily clinical practice when executing diagnostic elastosonography and laser treatment for benign nodules.

Learning objectives

After attending the course, attendees will have up-to-date knowledge of thyroid ultrasonography and its novel applications such as ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration, percutaneous ethanol injection and laser treatment for benign nodules, therefore being able to:

• Refine execution methods for fine needle aspiration biopsy of thyroid nodules

• Refine execution methods for percutaneous alcohol injection of cystic thyroid nodules

• Apply novel alternative interventional approaches to treating benign thyroid nodules

Accreditation details

An application will be made to the EACCME® for CME accreditation of the EXCEMED “International Course of Thyroid Ultrasonography and minimally invasive procedure” to be held on 27-28 October 2017 in Pisa, Italy.

Scientific programme

Friday, 27 October 2017


T. Rago will be delivering all lectures and overseeing all live activities

13.30 Local welcome
          P. Vitti (Italy)


13.45 Learning objectives presentation
          T. Rago (Italy)


14.00 Introduction
          Ultrasound guided Fine Needle Aspiration: When and how


14.20 Percutaneous ethanol injection:When and how


15.00 Live case illustrations:

          Ultrasound guided Fine Needle Aspiration
          Percutaneous ethanol injection


15.30 Coffee break


16.00 Practical session:
          Live session: participants to perform ultrasound guided FNA on substitute subjects or other models and FNA on patients


17.00 Practical session:
          Live session: participants to perform percutaneous ethanol injection on substitute subject or other models and FNA on patients


18.00 Interactive discussion of clinical cases

          End of the first day

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Saturday, 28 October 2017


T. Rago will be delivering all lectures and overseeing all live activities

08.30 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 thyroid diseases


12.00 How to plan and perform laser treatment


12.15  Patient preparation: Before and after laser treatment


12.30 Thyroid contrast enhance ultrasound after laser ablation


13.00 Lunch


14.00 Practical session:

          Live session: participants to perform laser ablation on substitute subject or other models


15.30 Question and answer session

          Conclusion of the live educational course

Chair(s)

Teresa Rago

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

Paolo Vitti

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

Teresa Rago

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

Paolo Vitti

Director
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Endocrine Unit #1
University of Pisa
Via Paradisa, 2
Pisa, Pisa, 56124, Italy
Slide kit
Teresa Rago
Endocrinology and metabolism
Slide kit
Teresa Rago
Endocrinology and metabolism
Slide kit
Teresa Rago
Endocrinology and metabolism
Slide kit
Teresa Rago
Endocrinology and metabolism