TABLE 1

Requirements for neck ultrasound (NUS) training: procedure numbers and competencies to be acquired

NUS training number requirements
 Observing 20 NUSs
 Performing 20 detailed normal NUSs
 Performing 10 NUSs in patients with abnormal appearing lymph nodes
 Performing 10 ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspirations under direct supervision
NUS competencies to be acquired
 Recognition of normal muscle anatomy
 Identification of carotid arteries and jugular veins using colour flow Doppler
 Identification of the thyroid gland
 Identification of the submandibular and parotid salivary glands
 Identification of normal appearance of lymph nodes
 Identification of abnormal features of lymph nodes#
 Measuring lymph node short and long diameters
 Needle aspiration of abnormal appearing lymph node

#: including shape, size, hilar structures, necrosis and lymph node blood flow on Doppler.