1.00 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM 1.00 / CE for Nurses
Provided by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Learning Network
Supported by an educational grant from GE Healthcare
Produced by Haymarket Medical Education (HME)
Echocardiography is an important imaging modality in the cardiac setting as it provides information that helps in diagnosis and prognosis as well as patient management. Although echocardiography allows for cardiac anatomical and physiological parameters to be obtained using a noninvasive, safe, and well-tolerated technique, suboptimal images are obtained in up to 30% of cases of performed. With the advent of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), there is now a method available to convert these nondiagnostic images into accurate and clinically useful scans. This case study, of a 78-year-old female with coronary artery disease, shows the value of utilizing contrast imaging when noncontrast echocardiograms are suboptimal.
Cardiologists, cardiac nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other specialists who order and/or perform imaging tests to determine heart disease, including radiologists and sonographers
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
Implement contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) into clinical practice by performing and obtaining optimal imaging in patients without contraindications
Manage the technical challenges that exist with CEUS using evidence-based guideline recommendations
Assess the risk of adverse reactions with ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) for individual patients
Utilize UCAs in patients who may benefit from left ventricular function assessment or improved image quality
Anthony N. DeMaria, MD Professor of Medicine Judith and Jack White Chair in Cardiology University of California San Diego School of Medicine San Diego, CA
Dr. DeMaria is a consultant for ResMed, is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the ResMed Foundation, and is on the speakers’ bureau of Zoll Pharmacy. Dr. DeMaria also receives research grant funding from Acusphere, Angioplast Systems, General Electric Medical Systems, Gilead, and Lantheus.
CME Course Advisor Mario J Garcia, MD, FACC Chief, Division of Cardiology Professor, Medicine and Radiology Co-Director, Montefiore-Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
Dr. Garcia has nothing to disclose.
CE Course Advisor Mary McLoughlin, RN-BC, MSN, CEN, CDE Clinical Nurse Specialist Montefiore Learning Network The University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
Ms. McLoughlin has nothing to disclose.
CME Reviewer Victor B. Hatcher, PhD Research Director Montefiore Medical Center Associate Dean Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry The Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Hatcher has nothing to disclose.
The staff of the Center for Continuing Medical Education of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Learning Network have nothing to disclose with regard to commercial support.
Publishing Staff Disclosures
Priya Wanchoo, MD, Ruchit Parikh, PharmD, and Lynne Callea, CHCP, of Haymarket Medical Education have nothing to disclose with regard to commercial support.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CE for Nurses
Montefiore Learning Network is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is awarded 1.00 contact hour and is assigned provider number: NYP268-5/16-19.
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of unapproved and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. GE Healthcare, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Learning Network, and Haymarket Medical Education do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of GE Healthcare, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Learning Network, and Haymarket Medical Education. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.