USC is pleased to present Melissa Wasserman, RDMS, RCCS, FASE Lead Sonographer – Echo Lab Satellite Operations, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for an informative session on evaluating Congenital Heart Disease in the adult population.
Congenital heart disease is the most common type of birth defect, and over 85% of children born with CHD are expected to reach adulthood. Currently, in the US, there are more people living with CHD over the age of 20 than those below that age. Therefore, imaging patients with repaired congenital heart disease is no longer limited to pediatric cardiac sonographers. In this lecture, we will review the most common types of ACHD repairs/palliations and discuss imaging strategies to visualize these repairs and improve image quality. The ultimate objective is to improve sonographer confidence when imaging adult patients with these potentially complex conditions. (Approved for 1 SDMS CME Credit)
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:
- Identify common ACHD repairs and palliations
- Describe single ventricle physiology
- Explain instrumentation settings and imaging approaches for repaired AHCD patients
About Our Speaker
Melissa Wasserman, RDCS, RCCS, FASE is the Echo Lab Satellite Operations Sonographer Lead at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an internationally recognized cardiac sonographer with expertise in both pediatric echocardiography and imaging congenital heart disease in the adult population.
Her 17-year career at CHOP began as a junior congenital cardiac sonographer and has evolved to leading satellite echo lab operations at 13 locations, dividing her time between active clinical patient care, administrative responsibilities, and research.
Melissa’s interests include sonographer education, specifically congenital echocardiography education for adult sonographers. She serves as a subject matter expert for Cardiovascular Credentialing International’s (CCI) Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer exam. She has held many leadership positions, including serving 3 years on the ASE Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Council. She has been invited as faculty within multiple ultrasound imaging organizations, sharing her expertise on topics such as the use of echocardiography to screen newborns for critical congenital heart disease, as well as tailored imaging approaches to better understand adult congenital heart disease. Melissa has also served on multiple writing groups within the American Society of Echocardiography, ranging from sonographer COVID-19 safety to guidelines for imaging the pediatric oncology population.
A native New Yorker, Melissa was raised in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from New York University’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. When not completely immersed in echo, she enjoys spending time with her husband and almost 7-year-old twins Ryan and Avery, driving to and from soccer and dance, every…single…day!
This activity has been approved for 1.0 SDMS CME credit.
The CME participant roster will be reported by Ultrasound Solutions Corp. to the SDMS CME Tracker System.