Successful Accreditation in Echocardiography A Self-Assessment Guide PDF

Successful Accreditation in Echocardiography A Self-Assessment Guide PDF



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Preface

There has been a vast expansion in the field of cardiac imaging in recent years. Coronary CT is now part of NICE guidance for low-risk ischaemic heart disease and cardiac MRI is increasingly favoured for certain pathologies. Echocardiography remains however of paramount importance in the cardiological assessment of patients. Its fundamental advantage lies in being widely available, cost-effective and easily portable without any appreciable reduction in picture quality.
This has meant not only an increase in the number of studies being performed per year, but also in the specialty of the operator performing the studies. Emergency physicians and anaesthetists are now well versed in the application of echocardiography to critically ill patients in the resus citation department, ICU or operating theatres. It is important therefore that adherence to a quality standard is safeguarded to ensure that the patient receives a uniformly high standard of examination. There are a number of accreditation processes worldwide and this book is designed to broadly mimic the layout of the British Society of Echocardiography Transthoracic accreditation process, which currently comprises a written MCQ paper and a video section. This book has 8 chapters derived from the current syllabus and each chapter consists of 20 MCQ style questions each with 5 ‘True/False’ stems, except the LV Assessment chapter which has 30 questions. Chapter 9 is comprised of 20 video cases each consisting of 4 or 5 questions with the option to pick one ‘best-fit’ answer from the given stems.
It is my hope that all candidates sitting a board exam or accreditation will find this book an invaluable revision aid and that those not sitting for accreditation will still nevertheless find it useful for their continued professional development.


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