This half-day program includes the application, evaluation, and diagnosis of basic and advanced topics on echocardiography. The attendees will begin with an introduction to heart mechanics that are not obvious by standard 2D imaging. Examples will include the application of 2D rotational mechanics in healthy and diseased hearts. The program will continue with the challenges of diagnosing pericardial disease, including pitfalls and telltale echo findings to make the diagnosis. The second half of the program will focus on the dilemma in the assessment of diastolic function. The attendee will develop and apply standard 2D and Doppler criteria to improve the understanding and diagnosis of diastolic dysfunction. The program will conclude with the advanced application of speckle tracking strain imaging for the quantitative assessment of right heart function. (Approved for 4 SDMS CME Credits)
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:
List the echocardiographic tools for quantitative assessment of heart function
Identify the imaging modalities required for the diagnosis of pericardial disease
Analyze challenging diastolic cases commonly encountered in the Echo Lab
Demonstrate a systematic approach to the assessment of right heart function with strain imaging
About Our Speaker
Jeffrey C. Hill, BS, ACS, FASE, is the Department Chair of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Assistant Professor to the School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Worcester, MA. He received his initial training in echocardiography at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.
Jeff is the At-Large Chair and Commissioner of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology. He also served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography for many years and currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. Jeff’s research interests include studying myocardial mechanics and strain imaging, along with the development of tele-operative robotic lung ultrasound.