During this course we will review the recommended process for quantification the chambers of the heart. Some consider the assessment of cardiac chamber size and function as the foundation of echocardiography. Advancements in imaging such as 3D, Speckle tracking to mention a few, have changed the ability to quantify the heart. Additionally, the development of large databases provides an opportunity to update the published reference values.
You will be presented with examples of both correct and incorrect measurements, descriptions of what makes a good measurement and why another is poor.
While we will cover many topics this program cannot cover every possible clinical situation, however this review can be an excellent foundation to build upon.
These are recommendations and clinical judgment is still needed to assess the pathology you may be presented with and determine the correct course of action to assess that pathology.
This course is part of the Cardiovascular eLearning Curriculum.