Introduction to Adult Echocardiography
  • Ultrasound Imaging Fundamentals: The Basics
  • Introduction to 2D/M-Mode Adult Echocardiography
  • Introduction to Cardiac Doppler Ultrasound
  • Cardiac Hemodynamics
  • Echocardiographic Evaluation of Mitral and Aortic Valve Heart Disease
  • Doppler Evaluation of Mitral and Aortic Valve Heart Disease
  • Echo Eval of Right Heart DIsease
  • Evaluation of Pericardial Effusions and Cardiac Masses
  • Echocardiographic Evaluation of Cardiomyopathies
  • Echocardiographic Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease
  • Echocardiographic Evaluation of Diastolic Function
  • Contrast Echocardiography
  • Stress Echocardiography

Date of Original Release: 12/29/2015
This edition valid for credit through: 12/29/2018

Price:  $945.00 (12 months access)
Code: OC-CARD151
19.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

 

Details

Modules

  1. Ultrasound Imaging Fundamentals: The Basics
  2. Introduction to 2D/M-Mode Adult Echocardiography
  3. Introduction to Cardiac Doppler
  4. Cardiac Hemodynamics
  5. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Mitral and Aortic Heart Disease
  6. Doppler Evaluation of Mitral and Aortic Heart Disease
  7. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Right Heart Disease
  8. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pericardial Effusions and Cardiac Masses
  9. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Cardiomyopathies
  10. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease
  11. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Diastolic Function
  12. Contrast Echocardiography
  13. Stress Echocardiography
Topics & Objectives
Topics:
  • Ultrasound Imaging Fundamentals: The Basics
  • Introduction to 2D/M-Mode Adult Echocardiography
  • Introduction to Cardiac Doppler Ultrasound
  • Cardiac Hemodynamics
  • Echocardiographic Evaluation of Mitral and Aortic Valve Heart Disease
  • Doppler Evaluation of Mitral and Aortic Valve Heart Disease
  • Echo Eval of Right Heart DIsease
  • Evaluation of Pericardial Effusions and Cardiac Masses
  • Echocardiographic Evaluation of Cardiomyopathies
  • Echocardiographic Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease
  • Echocardiographic Evaluation of Diastolic Function
  • Contrast Echocardiography
  • Stress Echocardiography

Objectives

Upon completion of these enduring materials, the viewer should be able to accomplish the following: 

Ultrasound Imaging Fundamentals: The Basics

  1. Cite the interaction of sound with soft-tissue and other mediums
  2. State the relationship of transducer frequency to resolution, penetration and attenuation
  3. List different types of transducers and their selection for different applications
  4. Optimize system parameters to maximize resolution and improve diagnostic accuracy
  5. Recognize commonly seen imaging artifacts

Introduction to 2D/M-Mode Adult Echocardiography

  1. Cite the indications and advantages of performing a comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram
  2. Identify and describe normal cardiac anatomy, cardiac physiology, and cardiac circulation
  3. List the normal 3-lead ECG components and its role in echocardiography
  4. Demonstrate proper probe orientation and essential scanning maneuvers to optimize imaging in each window.
  5. Perform a routine 2-D cardiac ultrasound evaluation
  6. Apply the routine 2-D and M-mode measurements
  7. Increase knowledge/competence to better perform and/or interpret a routine transthoracic echocardiogram

Introduction to Cardiac Doppler Ultrasound

  1. State the basics of Doppler including the use of PW and CW Doppler.
  2. Demonstrate system optimization for proper Doppler acquisition
  3. Summarize Doppler assessment of valves including the various windows to use in evaluating each valve.
  4. Define Doppler measurement techniques and method to quantify disease
  5. Outline chamber pressures with velocity/pressure conversion
  6. Evaluate timing of flow (systole & diastole) and correlate with ECG

Cardiac Hemodynamics 

  1. State the value of echocardiographic assessment of cardiac hemodynamics
  2. Demonstrate the various calculations used to assess the pressures within the heart
  3. Distinguish technical caveats that may affect accuracy when performing hemodynamic calculations

Echocardiographic Evaluation of Mitral and Aortic Valve Heart Disease

  1. Identify pathology commonly seen with mitral valve disease
  2. Correlate clinical symptoms associated with commonly seen mitral valve with the two dimensional echocardiogram
  3. Identify common pathology for aortic valve disease
  4. Recognize cardiology pathology associated with each type of aortic valve

Doppler Evaluation of Mitral and Aortic Valve Heart Disease

  1. Identify common pathology for mitral valve disease
  2. Recognize cardiology pathology and correlate the two dimensional and Doppler echocardiography findings associated with various types of mitral valve disease
  3. Perform routine Doppler measurements and apply the Doppler criteria for grading mitral valve stenosis and insufficiency
  4. Identify common pathology for aortic valve disease
  5. Recognize cardiology pathology and correlate the two dimensional and Doppler echocardiography findings associated with various types of aortic valve disease
  6. Perform routine Doppler measurements and apply the Doppler criteria for grading aortic valve stenosis

Echocardiographic Evaluation of Right Heart Disease

  1. Identify the normal anatomy and function of the right heart
  2. Recognize and quantify tricuspid valve disease
  3. Identify and quantify pulmonic valve disease
  4. Diagnose pulmonary emboli and common echo findings

Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pericardial Effusions and Cardiac Masses

  1. Increase the participant's knowledge to better perform and/or interpret pericardial effusions and cardiac masses with echocardiography
  2. Identify the ultrasound findings associated with pericardial disease and cardiac masses

Echocardiographic Evaluation of Cardiomyopathies

  1. Differentiate the types of cardiomyopathy seen in echocardiography
  2. State the techniques to use to evaluate each type of cardiomyopathy
  3. Identify echocardiographic features used to diagnose the various types of cardiomyopathies

Echocardiographic Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease

  1. Identify the different imaging and non-imaging techniques for evaluating coronary artery disease
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how to perform echo imaging for myocardial infarction
  3. Identify common complications of a infarction
  4. Measure LV contractility

Echocardiographic Evaluation of Diastolic Function

  1. State the importance of the echocardiographic evaluation of diastolic function
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of diastology
  3. Outline technical potential pitfalls in diastolic echo acquisition
  4. Demonstrate how to measure diastolic function
  5. Identify the degree of diastolic dysfunction during case review
  6. Demonstrate the use of contrast agents for left ventricular assessment, Doppler enhancement and to document LV structural abnormalities

Contrast Echocardiography

  1. State the appropriate indications for use of contrast
  2. Outline administration techniques and instrument settings when contrast is utilized
  3. Interpret contrast acquired information

Stress Echocardiography

  1. Illustrate the indications and benefits of stress echocardiography
  2. State the sensitivity and specificity of stress echo compared with nuclear perfusion imaging
  3. Outline examination protocols for performing stress echocardiography and image acquisition
  4. Apply diagnostic criteria for interpreting stress echocardiograms
  5. Recognize normal and abnormal response to stress echo
Target Audience
Sonographers, physicians, PAs and other medical professionals learning how to perform adult echocardiography exams. Also, physicians who are at an entry level of interpreting exams. Physician participants may include (but are not limited to) those involved with: internal medicine, radiology, cardiology, family practice, emergency medicine and critical care.
Course Instructors

Dennis Atherton

RDCS, RCT, RRT, ACS, FASE

Director: Non-Invasive Cardiology, Maine Medical Center,Portland, ME, Speaker Disclosures: Bristol Myers Squibb, SDMS, ARDMS - Speakers’ Bureau, Philips Ultrasound - Research, Consulting, and Speakers’ Bureau
No relevant financial relationship(s) exist.

Richard Palma

BS, RDCS, RCS, ACS, FASE,FSDMS

Program Director and Clinical Coordinator, Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute, St Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT
No relevant financial relationship(s) exist.

Daniel Bourque

MS, RCS, FASE

Orlando Regional Medical
No relevant financial relationship(s) exist.

Lori Green

BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

President, Program Director, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc., Saint Petersburg, FL
No relevant financial relationship(s) exist.

Theresa Jorgensen

RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Ultrasound consultant – Phoenix, Arizona
No relevant financial relationship(s) exist.

Faculty & Content Disclosures...
Faculty Disclosure
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc. adheres to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies regarding industry support of CME. Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity.

Content Validation
All presentations for this CME activity were reviewed and approved by members of the GUI CME Review Committee to determine content validity and to ensure that no conflicts of interest exist prior to the activity commencement or material compilation.

Disclosure of Individuals in Control of Content
In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by GUI as being in control of content of this program:

James Mateer, MD, RDMS (Medical Director-planner, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Medical Director, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Andreas Dewitz, MD, RDMS(Member of Advisory Board, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair of Ultrasound Education
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Program Director/planner and reviewer, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Brian Schenker, MBA, RDMS, RVT
Program Coordinator, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

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Continuing Education Credits
The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course also meets CME/CEU requirements for ARDMS. Note: While offering the CME credit hours noted above, activities are not intended to provide extensive training or certification for exam performance or interpretation.
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