Recommendations for Special Competency in Echocardiographic Guidance of Structural Heart Disease Interventions: From the American Society of Echocardiography

Stephen H. Little, Vera H. Rigolin, Enrique Garcia-Sayan, Rebecca T. Hahn, Judy Hung, G. Burkhard Mackensen, Sunil Mankad, Nishath Quader, Muhamed Saric

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Abstract

Transcatheter therapies for structural heart disease continue to grow at a rapid pace, and echocardiography is the primary imaging modality used to support such procedures. Transesophageal echocardiographic guidance of structural heart disease procedures must be performed by highly skilled echocardiographers who can provide rapid, accurate, and high-quality image acquisition and interpretation in real time. Training standards are needed to ensure that interventional echocardiographers have the necessary expertise to perform this complex task. This document provides guidance on all critical aspects of training for cardiology and anesthesiology trainees and postgraduate echocardiographers who plan to specialize in interventional echocardiography. Core competencies common to all transcatheter therapies are reviewed in addition to competencies for each specific transcatheter procedure. A core principle is that the length of interventional echocardiography training or achieved procedure volumes are less important than the demonstration of procedure-specific competencies within the milestone domains of knowledge, skill, and communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-365
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Echocardiography training
  • Interventional echocardiography
  • Structural heart disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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