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Introduction to Echocardiography, Parts 1-2

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    CME Credit Information

    Credit Type
    AMA PRA Category 1 *
    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

    * 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.


    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 International (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.

    "Information is very informative and valuable to my area of practice."

    Angela Dorosky-Lisauskas RDMS, Canton, Ohio