American Society of Echocardiography Minimum Standards for the Cardiac Sonographer: A Position Paper

      Echocardiography is an invaluable diagnostic tool for the evaluation of cardiac form and function. Evaluation of the cardiac form and function requires highly skilled acquisition given that the technique of performing the examination has become increasingly sophisticated. Although several publications exist relating to the role and training of cardiac sonographers, none of these articulate clearly and concisely minimum qualifications for cardiac sonographers. In light of the advances in cardiovascular ultrasound imaging, which have placed growing educational and professional demands on cardiac sonographers, and the fundamental vision of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) as being an organization that strives for excellence and stands for quality, ASE believes that such a statement is necessary.
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