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Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

6 Clues to Determining Presence of Cardiac Tamponade

As sonographers, we have all commonly experienced the patient presenting with shortness of breath and unable to lay down flat for their echocardiogram. As we begin to scan the patient, we immediately visualize a large amount of fluid around the heart. Keeping our poker faces on point, we take...
Written by Judith Buckland MBA, RDCS, FASE

How to Calculate Echo Reference Ranges

We are frequently asked how to calculate abnormal cut-off values for echo measurements based on the standard deviation displayed on the different guideline papers.  How do we use standard deviation to calculate normal reference ranges? This week we will demonstrate how to interpret the echo...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Sonographer’s Standpoint on the ACC.18!

ACC.18 The American College of Cardiology (ACC) hosts their 3-day Scientific Sessions (ACC.18) conference annually. This year, the ACC.18 was held in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center! This event brings in around 18,000 cardiovascular professionals around the WORLD!...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Helpful Tips to Mastering the Pedoff Probe!

Before harmonic imaging, our imaging transducers had major limitations when it came to obtaining high velocity gradients with continuous-waved (CW) Doppler. Two of the main restrictions included the ultrasound frequency (no ability to drop down to a lower frequency) and the large footprint of the...
Written by Judith Buckland MBA, RDCS, FASE

Getting Paid: Don’t miss the March deadline for 2017 MACRA/MIPS reporting!!

In general, talking about the urgency for understanding the new MACRA/MIPS reporting usually results in physicians' eyes glazing over!  This topic seems to cause instant headaches!  As consultants, we work hard at helping physicians to provide the best possible care.  For this reason, we...

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