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Second infant hip ultrasound course – Dublin 2017

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) - Training

The second DDH training programme ran in the National Maternity Hospital in December 2017. This included a one-day refresher course for 15 participants and a three-day core training programme which 39 people attended. This adds to the 32 people trained on the 2016 course.  All participants have trained in the Graf technique for taking and reading the ultrasounds, which is specified as the approach to use in the national DDH Screening programme.  Both courses were delivered by Professor Graf, who developed the technique.  He is an orthopaedic surgeon with a strong personal interest in improving outcomes for children.  He brings over 30 years’ clinical experience of using ultrasound to diagnose and guide treatment for DDH as well as an impressive publication record.  We were also very lucky to have Dr Sally Scott teaching on the course.  Dr. Scott is a retired radiologist from England who was on the UK National Screening Committee subgroup on DDH and has been delivering training in the UK for many years.  Both Dr Scott and Professor Graf have been very supportive of the work being done in Ireland to improve outcomes for children with DDH. 

 The participants include radiologists, radiographers, orthopaedic surgeons and paediatricians. It gives a great opportunity for the participants to learn alongside colleagues from other disciplines who are all interested in improving outcomes for children. The project is developing a network for people who have done the Graf training, which will be a peer support in the future for these highly skilled professionals.   

Radiology DDH training 

L to R: Prof R Graf, Dr S Scott, Dr C Mason Mohan, Dr A Tarrant, Ms H McDonald, Mr J O’Beirne
Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division