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Introduction to Echocardiography, Parts 1-2


CME Credit Information

Credit Type
AMA PRA Category 1

AMA Category 1 credits are used by physicians and other groups like PAs and certain nurses.  Category 1 credits are accepted by the ARDMS, CCI and Sonography Canada.

Number of Credits

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Understand the imaging planes used in echocardiography
  2. Describe a normal M-mode echo tracing
  3. Recognize normal and abnormal M-mode tracings
  4. Explain the transducer selection and patient position for a cardiac examination
  5. Understand the imaging planes used in echocardiography
  6. Know how to perform parasternal, apical, subcostal, and suprasternal images
  7. Describe a normal 2D echocardiographic examination 

Target Audience

Physicians, sonographers and others who perform cardiac ultrasound


The Institute for Advanced Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for Advanced Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Sonographers:  These credits are accepted by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), Sonography Canada, Cardiovascular Credentialing Internations (CCI) and most other organizations.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization.

Estimated Time for Completion
3 hours
Date of Release
Expiration Date


Sandra Hagen-Ansert, M.S., RDCS,FASE,RDMS,FSDMS
Former Manager Echo Lab
Scripps Clinic and Hospitals
La Jolla, California


In compliance with the Essentials and Standards of the ACCME, the author of this CME tutorial is required to disclose any significant financial or other relationships they may have with commercial interests.

Sandra Hagen-Ansert discloses no such relationships exist.

No one at IAME who had control over the planning or content of this activity has relationships with commercial interests.

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