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Echocardiography Assessment of Cardiac Wall Motion and Diastolic Function

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This module teaches you how to how to assess cardiac wall motion and diastolic function.

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This module teaches you how to how to assess cardiac wall motion and diastolic function. The interactive simulator provides three different scenarios that test your ability to evaluate various aspects of diastolic function. Online simulations enable students and practitioners to build or refresh knowledge and cognitive skills, and offer a safe practice environment so you can prepare for the real clinical world. Simulations also give you the opportunity to try out procedures that you might not otherwise experience. This module is ideal if you are studying for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) registry exams.

You’ll learn

  • to better visualize and understand the anatomy and physiology of the heart and major vessels, with our 3D model and illustrations
  • the use of scanning planes and transducer positions to obtain optimal images
  • to calculate linear and volume measurements of the cardiac chambers
  • to evaluate the wall motion of the left ventricle and quantify abnormalities
  • to identify pathology that may affect the cardiac chambers
  • to obtain special measurements used in echocardiography
  • much more (see “Content Details” for more specific information).
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Patient preparation
Step 1.2.1 - Position the patient
Step 1.2.2 - Apply ECG electrodes
Step 1.3 - Operator preparation
Step 2 - Select the transducer and apply the gel
Step 3 - Obtain the parasternal long axis view in 2D
Step 3.1 - Scan the aorta
Step 3.2 - Scan the left ventricle and myocardium
Step 3.3 - Scan the left ventricle in M-mode
Step 3.4 - Scan the aortic root and left atrium in M-mode
Step 4 - Obtain the parasternal short axis view in 2D
Step 4.1 - Evaluate the basal left ventricle
Step 4.2 - Evaluate the mid left ventricle
Step 4.3 - Evaluate the left ventricular mass
Step 4.3.1 - Left ventricular mass measurements
Step 4.4 - Evaluate the apical left ventricle
Step 5 - Obtain the apical four-chamber view in 2D
Step 5.1 - Scan the ventricles and atria
Step 5.2 - Scan the mitral valve, using pulsed wave Doppler
Step 5.3 - Scan the mitral valve, using color M-mode Doppler
Step 5.3.1 - Color M-mode flow propagation velocity measurements
Step 5.4 - Perform tissue Doppler imaging of the lateral mitral annulus, using pulsed wave Doppler
Step 5.5 - Perform tissue Doppler imaging of the septal mitral annulus, using pulsed wave Doppler
Step 5.6 - Scan the pulmonary vein, using pulsed wave Doppler
Step 5.7 - Scan the left ventricle and obtain the volume
Step 5.7.1 - Biplane Simpson’s method for left ventricle volume measurement
Step 5.8 - Scan the left atrium and obtain the volume
Step 5.8.1 - Biplane area-length measurements of the left atrium
Step 5.9 - Scan the right ventricle for dimension
Step 5.9.1 - Right ventricle basal diameter measurement
Step 5.10 - Scan the right atrium and obtain the volume
Step 5.10.1 - Biplane area-length of the right atrium
Step 6 - Obtain the apical two-chamber view
Step 6.1 - Scan the left ventricle to evaluate the myocardium
Step 6.2 - Scan the left ventricle to obtain the volume
Step 6.2.1 - Biplane Simpson’s method for measuring left ventricle volume
Step 7 - Obtain the apical long axis view
Step 7.1 - Scan the left ventricle in apical long axis to evaluate the myocardium
Step 8 - Complete the procedure
  • Review cardiac anatomy.
  • Describe the pathologies that may affect the cardiac chambers.
  • Calculate linear and volume measurements of the cardiac chambers.
  • Evaluate the wall motion of the left ventricle.
  • Describe and demonstrate special measurements used in echocardiography.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA) and Patient Safety Act (see reference).

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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