ARCUS (Advanced Reader Certification for Unified Studies) is an online training and certification tool with the aim of standardising the training of ultrasound observers as well as thyroid ultrasound measurements in population-based studies.
ARCUS consists of a comprehensive thyroid image data repository for the training and certification of ultrasound observers. Successful completion of all three thyroid modules leads to a certification according to the Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) standards. This certification is for the purpose of standardising thyroid ultrasound measurements in population-based studies and has no clinical application.
ARCUS was developed as part of EUthyroid by partner Universitätsmedizin Greifswald.
One of the aims of EUthyroid is to reduce the bias introduced to thyroid ultrasound investigations by study staff by establishing a standardised training programme.
A thyroid ultrasound training video was developed to demonstrate a thyroid examination, including locating the thyroid gland, assessing its echo pattern, measuring its volume and documenting nodules. The video includes animation and graphics to highlight key points.
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