SPI exam preparation can be an overwhelming task, even for those still in school. Breaking down what you need to know topic by topic can help make it more manageable. Let’s take a look at how this could be done with the topic of ultrasound artifacts.
To begin, there are lots of artifacts, even more than what is usually covered on the exam. So to focus on what you should know for the SPI exam, it’s a good idea to check with the ARDMS website. This offers a general overview by means of an outline of what you will need to know to complete the exam successfully.
SPI Exam Preparation Tips Regarding Ultrasound Artifacts
For each artifact you intend to study, keep in mind three key points:
- You want to be able to identify the artifact if they show you a picture during the exam. Being able to identify the correct artifact if it is described in a question is equally valuable.
- Know what the cause of the artifact is. This usually involves reviewing and understanding some basic sound principles.
- Some ultrasound artifacts require that the tech fix the problem. Knowing which artifacts can be fixed and how to fix them is the final point to remember.
Another piece of information to keep in mind when studying artifacts is that some artifacts are helpful. They help the radiologist to make a diagnosis. In these cases, the artifact should not be removed. Committing these points to memory for each artifact will help with SPI exam preparation, but understanding how it all works will make it easier to answer questions.
We hope these tips help with your SPI exam prep. If you are looking for more help to prepare for your upcoming SPI exam, CCI exam, or a specialty, feel free to contact us. We will happily send you more information about our tutoring program and set you up with a tutor who will help you reach your ultrasound career goals.