Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pericardial Effusions and Cardiac Masses

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1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Date of Original Release: 1/7/2015
Reviewed for content accuracy: 1/8/2018
Reviewed by: Gulfcoast Ultrasound CME Committee
This edition valid for credit through: 1/8/2020
Video Length: 0:28:00

Product Codes:
Online Video: OV-PECM
ISBN: 978-1-940954-45-5

Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pericardial Effusions and Cardiac Masses

This ultrasound training video is designed to provide an introduction to the 2D evaluation of pericardial effusion and commonly seen cardiac masses.

  • Etiology of Pericardial Effusion
  • Clinical Presentation with Pericardial Effusion
  • Size & Type of Pericardial Effusion
  • Echo Characteristics of Pericardial Effusion
  • Differentiation of Pleural Versus Pericardial Fluid
  • Echo Characteristics of Tamponade; Constrictive Pericardial Disease
  • Primary Benign Intracardiac Tumors: Primary Malignant Intracardiac Tumors
  • Secondary (metastatic) Intracardiac Tumors
  • Echo Characterization of Cardiac Tumors; Case Studies


  • Etiology of pericardial effusion
  • Clinical presentation with pericardial effusion
  • Size & type of pericardial effusion
  • Echo characteristics of pericardial effusion
  • Differentiation of pleural versus pericardial fluid
  • Echo characteristics of tamponade; constrictive pericardial disease
  • Primary benign intracardiac tumors: primary malignant intracardiac tumors
  • Secondary (metastatic) intracardiac tumors
  • Echo characterization of cardiac tumors; case studies
Objectives Upon completion of this enduring material activity, you should be able to accomplish the following:

  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

Target Audience

Sonographers, physicians, nurse practitioners, PA’s or other professionals involved with performing adult echocardiography. Physician participants may include (but is not limited to) : Cardiologists, anethesiologists, Intensivists, Critical Care, primary care, internal medicine, hospitalists, radiologists.

Course Instructors

GulfCoast Ultrasound Institute

Dennis Atherton  RDCS, RCT, RRT, ACS, FASE

Director: Non-Invasive Cardiology, Maine Medical Center.
Portland, ME.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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)
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)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Brian Schenker, MBA, RDMS, RVT (Program Coordinator/planner and reviewer, QI Task Force)
Program Coordinator, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Disclosure of Commercial Support
There was no commercial support involved in the planning, development/implementation of this activity.

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Accreditation Statement

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

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 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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