Fundamentals of Strain Imaging

Fundamentals of Strain Imaging

Fundamentals of Strain Imaging is a series of case-based video presentations featuring a practical “how-to” approach. It is intended for beginners to echocardiographic strain imaging to experienced users who wish to improve their skills. The appropriate audience include physicians, sonographers and other health care professionals involved in diagnostic echocardiography. The focus is on global longitudinal strain or GLS as a measure of cardiac function additive to left ventricular ejection fraction using different software. Because strain imaging technology is constantly changing and improving, contemporary approaches are demonstrated emphasizing steps for quality control and recognizing limitations. Strain imaging has transformed from a research tool to clinical acceptance and careful utilization will have an impact on the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases.

Authors: John Gorcsan III, MD, FASE, Chair; Vincent L. Sorrell, MD, FASE; Madeline Jankowski, RDCS, FASE

Release Date: November 25, 2019

CME End Date: November 25, 2022

CME Credit: 3.0 credits, 3.0 ABIM MOC Points, 3.0 ABA Part 2 CME (Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment) Credits

Speaker Disclosure: John Gorcsan III, MD, FASE - Research Grants from GE, TOMTEC, Canon,V-Wave, EBR Systems; Vincent L. Sorrell, MD, FASE and Madeline Jankowski, RDCS, FASE have nothing to disclose.

This CME includes instructional modules on the use of strain from different vendors. Although trade names could not be totally excluded, an attempt has been made to provide education pertinent to strain modalities available through a variety of vendors

Commercial Support: None

Standard: $150.00
ASE Members: $95.00

Assessing Left Ventricular Diastolic Function

Assessing Left Ventricular Diastolic Function

Echocardiography plays an important role in the assessment of diastolic function in patients with known or suspected heart failure and patients presenting with dyspnea. Assessing Left Ventricular Diastolic Function is comprised of case-based lectures followed by case studies. The dedicated lectures include questions on the echo parameters used to assess diastolic function and the physiology of diastology. This educational tool also describes how to utilize the ASE and EACVI 2016 guideline on diastology to classify and grade diastolic function, estimate left atrial filling pressure in patients, and evaluate patients with indeterminate diastolic function. You will also learn about the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with dyspnea such as restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis, as well as the physiology of diastolic function, and the pitfalls in the assessment of diastology.

This educational product is intended for cardiologists, anesthesiologists, cardiac sonographers, fellows, and other medical professionals interested in a comprehensive review of diastology and applying the updated diastology guideline in routine clinical practice.

Authors: Susan A. Mayer, MD, FASE, Chair; Hisham Dokainish, MD, FASE; S. Allen Luis, MD, FRACP, FACC, FASE; Menhel Kinno, MD, MPH; Kameswari Maganti, MD, FACC, FASE; Lena Mathews, MD; Sherif Nagueh, MD, FASE; Sithu Win, MD, MPH.

Release Date: February 28, 2019

CME End Date: February 28, 2022

CME Credit: 8.0 

Speaker Disclosure: None

Commercial Support: None

Standard: $250.00
ASE Members: $175.00

Basics of Bubbles: What Every Clinician Should Know

Basics of Bubbles: What Every Clinician Should Know

Ultrasound contrast agents, also known as ultrasound enhancing agents, are composed of acoustically active microbubbles. These agents undergo cavitation in an acoustic field, thereby producing strong ultrasound signals that can be detected by unique contrast-specific imaging algorithms available on most ultrasound systems. Ultrasound contrast agents are used to enhance the blood pool, thereby improving patient care by: (1) improving accuracy for left ventricular (LV) volume and function assessment, (2) improving accuracy for detecting regional wall motion at rest and during stress, (3) increasing the ability to detect and characterize thrombi and other masses, and (4) improving accuracy for conditions that influence LV geometry (pseudoaneurysm, non-compaction cardiomyopathy, apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).  

This educational program provides key information for both early users and established users of ultrasound enhancing agents and is intended to promote the adoption and appropriate use of contrast in echocardiography more broadly.  The content of the lectures has been carefully selected by top experts in the field to provide valuable information regarding the contrast agents available, the methods used to detect them, policies and procedures necessary for integration of contrast echocardiography, appropriate indications for contrast using case-based approaches, and advanced uses such as perfusion imaging. The use of physician-sonographer teams in the live program is intended to stress the need for team-based implantation of contrast policies and procedures. 

The duration of each of the lectures (20-25 min) has been intentionally designed to provide key information in a succinct fashion. We are confident that this program will be valued for both the quality of its didactic content and the “personal touch” of live webinars that allows individuals to have their questions addressed. 

Authors: Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, FASE; Sharon L. Mulvagh, MD, FASE, FRCP(C); Thomas R. Porter, MD, FASE; Howard Leong-Poi, MD, FASE; Margaret Park, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE; Rajesh Janardhanan, MD, MRCP, FACC, FASE; G. Monet Strachan, ACS, RDCS, FASE

Release Date: January 18, 2019

CME End Date: January 18, 2022

CME Credit: 6.0

Speaker Disclosure: Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, FASE - Investigator-initiated Grants from GE Healthcare, Lantheus, Pfizer, and Bracco; Sharon L. Mulvagh, MD, FASE, FRCP(C) -  GE Healthcare (Research Grants), Lantheus Medical Imaging (Consulting), Bracco Diagnostics (Consulting); Thomas R. Porter, MD, FASE - Bracco Diagnostics (Speakers Bureau), Philips Healthcare (Equipment Support); Howard Leong-Poi, MD, FASE - Lantheus Medical Imaging (Speakers Bureau), Bracco (Clinical Trials); Margaret Park, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE - Lantheus Medical Imaging (Speakers Bureau), Lantheus Medical Imaging (Speakers Bureau Advisory Board), Previous faculty and speaker for Northwest Imaging Forums (Sponsored by Bracco); Rajesh Janardhanan, MD, MRCP, FACC, FASE - Lantheus Medial Imaging (Speakers Bureau); G. Monet Strachan, ACS, RDCS, FASE - Lantheus (Speakers Bureau).

Commercial Support: This program was made possible by the funding of an unrestricted educational grant from GE Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Diagnostics.


Proper Echocardiographic Measurements: How and Why

Proper Echocardiographic Measurements: How and Why is a guideline-based product focused on the methods used to obtain measurements, including explanations describing why such methods are appropriate. This educational tool comprises a combination of didactic lectures and clinical questions. It can be used as a review for experienced sonographers, as well as a training tool for new or early-career sonographers and others who are interested in the practice of cardiovascular ultrasound. Topics include imaging measurements (2D vs. M-mode, LV linear dimensions, basal cardiac measurements, LV volume, LA volume, inferior vena cava, and right ventricle) as well as velocity measurements (spectral Doppler, mitral inflow, mitral annulus, pulmonary vein, mitral stenosis, tricuspid regurgitation, aortic valve, and HOCM).

Utility of 3D Echocardiography

Utility of 3D Echocardiography

Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography has multiple advantages for the visualization of cardiac anatomy, chamber quantification, and guidance of transcatheter interventions.

In this DVD, experts in 3D echocardiography address essential topics in a case-based approach with multiple examples. The DVD begins with history of the technology and moves to the basics of image acquisition and display. Subsequent lectures focus on chamber quantification and valvular heart disease. The use of 3D echocardiography to guide transcatheter interventions is also examined in depth. Finally, a vision for the future of 3D echocardiography, including virtual reality, fusion imaging, and holographic display is presented.

This teaching tool has multiple benefits including the capacity to quickly gain knowledge and improve your understanding of the capabilities of this novel imaging technique, the aptitude to visualize dynamic images in our clinical work, and an understanding of the potential future of 3D echocardiography.

This 3D echocardiography lecture series was created to help instruct and expand your knowledge and confidence of interpretation of this imaging modality. We hope you enjoy this learning experience. 

Standard: $250.00
ASE Members: $175.00

Transesophageal Echocardiography

These case-based, educational tools are for anesthesiologists, cardiologists, fellows, surgeons, and other interested individuals currently performing and/or interpreting transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for intraoperative procedures. Throughout these activities, surgical cases have been used to showcase the value of TEE in the perioperative setting. Topics include, but are not limited to: LV function, RV function, diseases of the aorta, aortic valve and root, LVOT (Including HCM), mitral valve stenosis, mitral valve regurgitation, tricuspid valve, atrial septum, and other intraoperative uses outside of monitoring and emergency diagnosis.

ASEUniversity III: Case-Based Learning

Welcome to ASEUniversity III: Case-Based Learning.
This course contains two volumes available for purchase, each taking you through a variety of topics in a case-based format. Each volume has been approved by ABIM for credit towards part II (self-assessment of medical knowledge) MOC requirements. Topics covered include new technology, artifacts, valvular heart disease, ventricular size and function, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, diastolic function, pericardial disease, stress echocardiography, cardiac masses, aortic regurgitation, endocarditis, mitral stenosis, Doppler, congenital heart disease, closure devices/device placement, image optimization, CRT, and more!

Focus on Congenital Heart Disease

Focus on Congenital Heart Disease

Welcome to Clinical Cases in Echocardiography: Focus on Congenital Heart Disease. Approved by both ABIM and ABP towards part II MOC requirements, this activity will provide cases reviewing the role of echocardiography in diagnosis and follow-up of a wide variety of different congenital heart diseases and defects, including, but not limited to: valve defects, atrial and ventricular septal defects, patent foramen ovale, patent ductus arteriosus, coarctation of the aorta, Ebstein's anomaly, pulmonary artery stenosis, Tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries, etc. Cases will include symptomatic and asymptomatic diagnosis and treatment, as well as adult patients with repaired or palliated CHD.

Case-Based Learning

Case-Based Learning: Focus on Patient Safety is an enitrely online product consisting of 18 patient case studies and 28 related questions. This activity inlcudes cases reviewing the role of echocardiography in stress echocardiography, minimizing the risk of ultrasound, describing the process and appropriateness of TEE, advantages and complications of interventional echocardiography and benefits obtained through the use of contrast agents. 

Cardiovascular Point-of-Care Imaging for the Medical Student and Novice User

Cardiovascular Point-of-Care Imaging for the Medical Student and Novice User

Cardiovascular Point-of-Care Imaging for the Medical Student and Novice User introduces basic cardiac point-of-care ultrasound concepts for all stages of medical school. The curriculum is modular in format, allowing educators and learners to select the components needed to either enhance their existing ultrasound programming, or to use the modules as a starting point to deliver cardiovascular point-of-care education. Modules include anatomy, integration with the physical exam, pathology, 'teach the teacher', and testing themes. The Cardiovascular Point-of-Care Imaging for the Medical Student and Novice User is endorsed by ASE's partners, WINFOCUS and the Canadian Society of Echocardiography.

Standard: Free