The project of an
International Certification for Neurosonology
was launched by the officers
and the executive committee of the NSRG during the 2005 meeting in Osaka Japan.
Later the E
ociety of N
eurosonology and C
joined this initiative.
The aim is to improve the quality worldwide. The certificate should indicate a high level
of theoretical knowledge of the candidate and sufficient practical skill to be able to teach
Neurosonology. In countries with established quality control and elaborated regulations
outstanding personal qualification can be used to support accreditation on a national level.
The following experts
were nominated members of the international commission:
| E. Bartels
G.-M. von Reutern
| N.V. Ramani
of the project is Prof. Dr. Michael von Reutern, Germany,
the Commission Vice Chair
is Prof. Dr. Eva Bartels, Germany.
They first discussed the format
of the certification. The problem is that practical involvement
and responsibilities for ultrasonic examinations are not the same in different regions of the
world. The decision was made to offer first a Multiple Choice (MC)-examination and those
who pass will than take an additional practical exam with patients or subjects. Members of
the commission were asked the help to build up a database of MC-questions. Suitable
questions were selected from the submitted ones and formatted. A trial examination to test
the appropriateness and format was done during the ESNCH meeting in Düsseldorf,
May 2006. The final format was decided afterwards and published.
The first official Certification
was offered during the ESNCH/NSRG meeting in Budapest
2007 (L. Csiba and L. Olah), followed by the meeting of the ESNCH in Geneve Italy 2008
(M. del Sette) and Riga 2009 (G. Baltgaile). In addition a certification was offered at the end
of the International course in Bertinoro, Italy (C. Baracchini et al.) during the 1st International
Neurosonology Training Course in 2008. Dr. Ramani organized a test in Singapore and
together with Dr. Navarro a second one in Kuala Lumpur in 2009. A further exam took place
in Budapest in March 2010. The last examination for International Certification for
Neurosonology took place in Madrid during the 15th Meeting of the ESNCH, 22-25 May 2010.
Between 20% and 45% of candidates successfully passed
the MC-test, all of them passed
the following practical test. This selection is due to the teaching level of questions including
physics and instrumentation. It has also to be recognized that English terminology was an
additional handicap for non-native speakers, which is the majority of candidates. In this issue
the complete list of successfully participating and awarded physicians is published.
Technicians were accepted to take part at the MC-test receiving a special certificate.
Some ranged among the best.
It is planned of offer this Certification under the umbrella of the WFN at further NSRG and
ESNCH meetings e.g. the NSRG meeting in Cairns Australia as well during advanced
courses of Neurosonology. Efforts are needed to brush up and enlarge the database of
questions, which will not be an easy task. Any submitted questions (4 answers, one correct)
G.-Michael von Reutern, MD Eva Bartels, MD
Chairman of Commission Commission Vice Chair