Multimodality Imaging of Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta in Adults: An Interactive Live Webinar

Date: April 1, 2015

Time: 01:00PM - 02:00PM

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Aortic pathologies are numerous, presenting manifestations are varied, and aortic diseases present in many clinical services. Many aortic diseases manifest emergently and are potentially catastrophic unless suspected and detected promptly and accurately. Optimal management of these conditions depends on the reported findings from a handful of imaging modalities. During this webinar, Dr. Goldstein will provide a comprehensive overview of the newest guideline document, Multimodality Imaging of Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta in Adults: From the American Society of Echocardiography and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, to include a review of the applications of these noninvasive imaging modalities to aortic disease. 

Speaker(s):

  • Steven A. Goldstein, MD, FASE , Director, Non-invasive Laboratories, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Target Audience:
This activity is designed for all cardiovascular sonographers, physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, interventionalists and clinical cardiologists with a primary interest and knowledge base in the field of echocardiography; in addition, residents, researchers, clinicians, intensivists and other medical professionals with a specific interest in multimodality imaging and diseases of the thoracic aorta will find this activity beneficial.

Introduction:
Aortic pathologies are numerous, presenting manifestations are varied, and aortic diseases present in many clinical services. Many aortic diseases manifest emergently and are potentially catastrophic unless suspected and detected promptly and accurately. Optimal management of these conditions depends on the reported findings from a handful of imaging modalities. During this webinar, Dr. Goldstein will provide a comprehensive overview of the newest guideline document, Multimodality Imaging of Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta in Adults: From the American Society of Echocardiography and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, to include a review of the applications of these noninvasive imaging modalities to aortic disease.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, the viewer should be better able to:
  1. List the relative strengths and weakness of each of the major imaging modalities (Echocardiography, CT-scan, MRI) for diseases of the thoracic aorta.
  2. Explain how to measure the aorta on echo and CT-scan.
  3. Describe the role of noninvasive imaging for the diagnosis of acute aortic syndromes, including aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, ruptured aortic aneurysm, and penetrating ulcer.
  4. List the imaging hallmarks that distinguish "classic" aortic dissection from intramural hematoma.
  5. List several and describe several pathologies that are associated with bicuspid aortic valve.
  6. Describe a system for grading aortic atherosclerosis.

Accreditation Statement:
The American Society of Echocardiography is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Echocardiography designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ARDMS, CCI, Sonography Canada recognize ASE’s certificates and have agreed to honor the credit hours toward their registry requirements for sonographers.

The American Society of Echocardiography is committed to ensuring that its educational mission and all sponsored educational programs are not influenced by the special interests of any corporation or individual, and its mandate is to retain only those speakers whose financial interests can be effectively resolved to maintain the goals and educational integrity of the activity. While a monetary or professional affiliation with a corporation does not necessarily influence a presentation, the Essential Areas and policies of the ACCME require that any relationships that could possibly conflict with the educational value of the activity be resolved prior to the activity and disclosed to the audience. Disclosures of faculty and commercial support relationships, if any, have been indicated.

Faculty and Credentials:
Steven A. Goldstein, MD
Director, Non-invasive Laboratories
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC

Disclosure Statements:
Dr. Goldstein has reported that he no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this webcast.
The ASE staff and ACCME/CME Committee members who were involved in the planning and implementation of this activity have no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to his activity: Rhonda Price, Chief Standards Officer and Ronna Yates, Project Specialist
No commercial support was received for the development or implementation of this activity.

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The information provided during this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s condition.

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