Monday, 14 April 2014

Understanding Echo: Part 1

Echo is such a huge part of medicine – not just in cardiology departments, but in emergency care, oncology, community practice, and maternity units…to name but a few! You may never actually have to handle a transducer, but I’ll bet at some stage you’ve come across some of the terminology or you’ve seen an echo clip or report at work or on the internet.

In this screencast we are going to concentrate on the standard imaging views and what each view demonstrates in terms of identifying the main cardiac structures. This is by no means comprehensive of all the images we record, but as always I have the rookie in mind. So even if you are a complete beginner you should be able to follow no problem.

In terms of actually being able to perform and report a scan yourself takes years of hands on practice. Usually this involves some form of ongoing accreditation process whereby each sonographer is mentored by a senior member of staff, is required to keep an extensive logbook of case studies, and undertakes rigorous written and practical examinations. Consequently we can be found spending vast amounts of time in a darkened overheated room – usually small and often next to the store cupboard or lavatory! Despite our pale demeanour, being unaccustomed to daylight and run off our feet, we are a nice friendly bunch.

As ever thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the presentation. Mx

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