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SonoPath's SDEP Certification Program

SonoPath's SDEP Certification Program

Certification for the SonoPath Diagnostic Efficiency Protocol (SDEP™) is awarded to those 
sonographers (either veterinarian or technician) with the highest level of sonographic image capture skills (still and video) 
combined with the most diagnostically efficient manner of obtaining those images as defined
 by the SDEP™ protocol, as well as the ability to verbalize key points of the SDEP™ protocol.
 The SDEP™ Certified Sonographer should be able to scan acceptably at an advanced lab station or equivalent.
 With SDEP™ certification you can advertise in your hospital marketing materials that your 
ultrasounds are performed by an SDEP™ Certified Sonographer who has undergone training
 and testing at an advanced level, and achieved certification. This provides another level of
 confidence in your practice.

Certification is offered in the SDEP™ abdomen and SDEP™ ECHO; each is earned separately and has its own practical and written tests. This certification pertains strictly to scanning competence, not interpretation.

Scanning competence is defined as the ability to obtain the views necessary to provide for a 
diagnostic interpretation by a specialist, including the ability to recognize a pathology or 
abnormality and interrogate it appropriately.

 

For SDEP abdomen certification, applicants must be able to complete the following:

  • Perform a diagnostic SDEP™ 17 point abdomen in 15 minutes
  • Demonstrate proper measurements of kidneys and adrenals
  • Demonstrate higher end views: follow cbd to d-pap, urethra 3-4 cm past CUJ, GES,pylorus, ICJ, interrogate for a FB, shunt hunt
  • Demonstrate proper use of power Doppler and color flow
  • Explain the advantages and limitations of the linear probe and demonstrate its use
  • Explain how to hold the SDEP™ probe and reasoning behind it
  • Explain why the SDEP™ progression enables diagnostic scans in a short period of training time
  • Explain how to adapt to large masses and ascites presentations
  • Scans may be required on one cat, one small dog and one large dog
  • At least one submitted scan must be labeled with the SDEP positions and target organ
    (eg RK, iliacs, pancreas, etc) on each video and still submitted. May be required on more
    than one scan at the discretion of SonoPath

For SDEP ECHO certification, applicants must be able to complete the following:

  • Perform a diagnostic SDEP™ 7 point ECHO in 15 minutes

  • Be able to demonstrate the 5 SDEP™ measurements correctly
Explain the use of and rationale behind the different cardiac probe
  • Be able to perform correct color flow and Doppler flows and measurements

  • Scans may be required on one dog and one cat.
  • At least one submitted scan must be labeled with the SDEP positions and target area. (eg M-mode, EPSS, LA max, etc.) on each video and still submitted. May be required on more than one scan at the discretion of SonoPath

 
There are 3 requirements for initial SDEP™ Certification, completed successfully in order, within a 12-month period following applicant's initial registration date.

  1. Must have completed AT LEAST ONE (1) 3-day SonoPath SDEP lecture/wet lab in that particular cavity in which certification is sought.
  2. Written quiz (online). The passing grade requirement is 90% correct as determined
solely by SonoPath.
  3. After passing the written quiz, the registrant may take the practical exam.

 
For complete information about this certification, fees, requirements, and any questions you may have please contact us at: info@sonopath.com or call us at 1-800-838-4268