Lectures given will emphasize illustrative cases and as such will not be “canned talks” from other cardiovascular ultrasound courses. This review course will cover all aspects of cardiovascular ultrasound essential to these examinations, including physics, valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease, congenital heart disease, and new technologies. The expert faculty will use case studies, lectures and interactive sessions to help prepare the attendee for the ASCeXAM® or ReASCE® examinations. An Audience Response System and question and answer sessions facilitate faculty interaction and self-guided learning.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be better able to:
• Explain the essential physical principles of cardiac ultrasound.
• Recognize common ultrasound artifacts and their genesis.
• Estimate systolic function using standard M-mode and 2D echocardiography, as well as newer modalities such as strain imaging and 3D echocardiography.
• Identify and quantitate valvular heart disease severity.
• Describe the application of Doppler in the assessment of hemodynamics and diastolic function.
• Perform clinically relevant calculations of valve areas and intracardiac pressures.
• Explain proven techniques for interpreting stress echocardiographic examinations.
• Differentiate features of cardiac tamponade, constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy.
• List appropriate applications of echocardiography.
• Recognize newer applications of echocardiography such as myocardial contrast.