The Human Body

The Human Body: This journey details the exploration of the systems in the human body. You will be taking on an adventure through the intricate body systems to learn anatomy and physiology. The information can be directly applied to your education in sonography. 

Journey through the Biliary Tract

Start the Journey

The adventure into the human body continues as we arrive at the biliary tract. Within the intricate organ system lies an ornate pathway of ducts that will lead you on the exploration of a lifetime. As we twist and turn in our pursuit for ultimate understanding of this system a growth challenge will arise. Do not get lost in the maze. Stay the course and create a map of information that will assist you when it comes time to apply the acquired data.

The next step is to examine the learning objectives.

Objectives

Learning Objective 1: Given worded descriptions of the gallbladder anatomy and physiology the sonography student will be able to link them with key terminology by completing the Match Up game. 

Learning Objective 2: Given the exploration of the gallbladder anatomy and physiology the sonography student will examine the gallbladder system in detail after making the choice to complete the Growth Challenge (GC) solo or by joining forces.

Proceed to Begin the Journey through the Biliary System

Begin the Journey through the Biliary Tract

Click on the Biliary Tract to enter and embark on the amazing journey. Take mental note of the detailed anatomy as your acquire knowledge that will be put to the test when you face an upcoming growth challenge:

 

 

Match Up!

You have come to the first test of your knowledge acquisition. Take your time to match the puzzle pieces with their counter parts to demonstrate the knowledge expedition has succeeded in preparing you for the growth challenge ahead.
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  • Common Bile Duct
    Duct which carries bile from the cystic and hepatic ducts to the duodenum
  • Gallbladder
    Pear-shaped sac responsible for storing bile until it is released through the cystic duct
  • Phyrgian Cap
    Fold within the gallbladder fundus
  • Junctional Fold
    Fold within the neck or body of the gallbladder
  • Valves of Heister
    This structure lies within the cystic duct
  • Cholecystokinin
    Hormone released in reaction to food ingestion to contract the gallbladder
  • Diverticulum
    Out-pouching of the gallbladder wall
  • Approximately 6mm AP
    CBD (common bile duct)
  • Approximately 3mm AP
    Gallbladder wall
  • Hartman's Pouch
    Fold at the neck of the gallbladder

Growth Challenge

Here is your chance to take control of the situation. You must decide if you want to move forward alone or join forces with another explorer.

Solo: You are taking a leap of faith. Everything from this point forward will be up to you and you alone. There is no turning back. In order to make your way through this organ system your information gathering skills will be tested as you embark on a Growth Challenge solo.

Joined Forces: Although joining forces can be wise in a sticky situation this may lead to a bit more work. Stick together and pull from both of your vast knowledge resources (your brains!). (You will need to contact a classmate to join forces and submit one Join Forces Growth Challenge with both names provided.)

***If you choose to join forces then type "skip" in the Solo Growth Challenge answer box to continue on.

Solo Growth Challenge

The challenge: You are being asked to examine the gallbladder in detail. Include the following information:

Size/Shape

Location

Variants

Function

Once the Solo Growth Challenge is finished the Journey to the Gallbladder module is complete.

Join Forces Growth Challenge

The challenge: You are being asked to examine the gallbladder in detail. Include the following information:

Size/Shape

Location

Variants

Function

Lastly, with your combined efforts, describe the protocol for the sonographic examination of the biliary tree. Include the patient preparation, patient positioning, and required images.

Do not forget to add both names of the team members for credit.

Once the Joined Forces Growth Challenge is finished the Journey to the Gallbladder module is complete.