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Pericardial Effusion

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    CME Credit Information

    Credit Type
    SA-CME *
    Number of Credits

    Course Objectives

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

    • List common causes and understand mechanism of pericardial effusion
    • Understand the early signs and diagnosis of pericardial tamponade
    • Describe the role of echocardiography in the diagnosis of pericardial effusion

    Target Audience

    Physicians, sonographers and others who perform and/or interpret ultrasound.

    * AMA Category 1 credits that also serve as Self Assessment Module (SAM) credits, as defined by the American Board of Radiology. Other specialists should consult their respective specialty board for applicability. As these courses count as AMA Category 1 credits they 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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    These credits are accepted by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

    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
    Approximately 1 hour
    Date of Release
    Date of Most Recent Review
    Expiration Date


    Sanjay Kumar, M.D., F.A.S.H., F.A.C.P.
    Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    SUNY Downstate Medical Center
    Brooklyn, NY 11203

    Adam S. Budzikowski, M.D., Ph. D., F.H.R.S
    Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    SUNY Downstate Medical Center
    Brooklyn, NY


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

    Drs. Kumar and Budzikowski disclose 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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