Professional/Short course Introduction to Clinical Echocardiography
30 credit level 7 module
Page last updated 12 October 2023
This 30 credit level 7 Introduction to Clinical Echocardiography module introduces trainees to echocardiography in the clinical setting. This module aims to provide echocardiography trainees with the knowledge and skills to perform and report high-quality transthoracic echocardiography.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- recognise and interpret ECG and its application within echocardiography.
- explain and apply the fundamental physical imaging principles relating to clinical echocardiography.
- evaluate and critique the role of echocardiography with respect to clinical presentation, diagnosis and management.
- elucidate and employ anatomical and physiological associations with the conventional imaging planes utilised in transthoracic echocardiography.
- plan, execute and evaluate detailed echocardiographic data within the context of normal findings using nationally recognised clinical guidelines and reporting techniques.
The module content typically includes the following:
- recognition and interpretation of ECG and applications to echocardiography.
- indications for and effectiveness of echocardiography with respect to patient presentation, diagnostic and treatment pathways.
- ultrasound physics and equipment function / manipulation.
- normal cardiovascular anatomy and physiology.
- echocardiographic imaging planes with respect to cross sectional anatomy.
- normal parameters and advantages versus disadvantages relating to the measurement of normal parameters.
- introduction to the current national standards for performing and analysing data obtained during transthoracic echocardiography.
- alternative clinical imaging techniques used in cardiology practice.
Learning and Teaching
The module will be delivered as a mixture of online and on-campus. On-campus sessions will be taught over two block weeks and will include both theoretical and practical laboratory sessions.
Assessment for this module will include:
- a poster to demonstrate an understanding of ECG interpretation and how this related to echocardiographic imaging and measurement.
- a presentation based upon a quality audit (15 minutes + 5 minutes Q+A).
How to apply
How to apply
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