Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults: Instrumentation and Nomenclature

Date: December 6, 2018

Time: 12:00PM - 01:00PM

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Dr. Carol Mitchell will guide the learner through the material presented in the instrumentation section of the “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography.” She will cover topics such as echocardiography scanning nomenclature, image instrumentation and optimization, scanning maneuvers, optimizing image acquisition, color Doppler, spectral Doppler and grayscale maps and gain. Individuals will gain knowledge about how to adjust instrumentation settings to achieve high quality echocardiography images to improve knowledge for communicating with ultrasound system vendors. Application specialists will learn how to adjust their ultrasound system instrumentation setting to acquire high-quality echocardiography images.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the scanning maneuvers of; tilting and sweeping, rotating, sliding, rocking and angling and how they are used to optimize image acquisition
  2. State how the following instrumentation controls affect an ultrasound image; grayscale maps, dynamic range, overall gain and time-gain compensation.
  3. Describe why optimizing the color Doppler scale setting is important to evaluate low flow states and how this setting may influence the appearance of regurgitant jets.
  4. Describe how the spectral Doppler settings can be optimized for performing Doppler tissue imaging
  5. List the advantages and limitations of pulsed-wave and continuous-wave spectral Doppler.