What you will learn

Course description: 

This two-day course is designed for experienced sonographers, anesthesiologists, and cardiologists who wish to receive a comprehensive review of advanced echocardiographic imaging methods and techniques which may prove useful in their study for an advanced practice national board examination. The course will be primarily didactic with a wealth of actual case studies as a base learning device from research, surgical, device implantation, resuscitation, myocardial mechanics with strain, and hemodynamic calculations. QLAB stations and carts will be utilized for viewing images, performing measurements, and instruction on the use and application of advanced methodology within 3D datasets. Each section will have a brief real world testing phase for group evaluation and discussion.

This course will be presented by Rick Meece ACS, RDCS, RCS, RCIS. FASE . Rick serves as Cardiac Imaging Specialist for Saint Thomas Heart in Nashville, TN, and a member of the inaugural group of echocardiographers who have received the designation of Advanced Cardiac Sonographer.Serving as Cardiac Imaging Specialist with both invasive and non-invasive credentialing, Rick has been in field for over 30 years and has extensive experience in interventional cardiology, transesophageal echocardiography,and research development as primary and co-investigator. He currently works in the OR and Structural Heart procedural areas, where he has trained anesthesiologists and senior echocardiographers in advanced clinical echocardiography.



Course objectives: 

Following attendance of this course, attendees should be able to:

  • Describe and perform appropriate methods for guidelines based assessment of valvular disease and regurgitation in various conditions, including prosthetic valve evaluation.
  • Understand the relationship between invasive and non-invasive Doppler based hemodynamics in pathological conditions and how to differentiate the most relevant information at bedside in both stable and resuscitation conditions.
  • Explain 2D segmental and global strain analysis and compare values to 3D volumetric methods as related to myocardial mechanics, including emerging applications in stress and contrast perfusion imaging.
  • Discuss techniques used for surgical and transcatheter procedures, approaches and mechanisms for determining the most successful procedural processes and tracking outcomes data.
  • Describe approaches in elevating and educating your echo lab with methods using structured teaching design, presentations, and research projects.
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Delivery method: 

  • Instructor-led


  • English


2 Days

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