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The National Board of Echocardiography develops the requirements and administers the exams for clinical echocardiography. The 2009 exams will be offered through Prometric Testing Centers and will follow a multiple choice format.  The Advanced PTE Board Certification will no longer offer an "experience" pathway to residents finishing their training after June 30, 2009.
The National Board of Echocardiography, Inc. (NBE) worked in collaboration with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to develop this examination to allow physicians to test and demonstrate their knowledge of perioperative transesophageal echocardiography based on an objective standard.
The test will consist of one (1) case oriented block and three (3) multiple choice blocks covering the following content areas:
1) principles of ultrasound
2) transducers
3) imaging
4) principles of doppler ultrasound
5) doppler flow profiles for normal and abnormal physiology
6) quantitative echocardiography
7) artifacts and pitfalls of imaging
8) equipment, infection control, and safety
9) normal anatomy and flow during the complete examination
10) myocardial ischemia and segmental ventricular function
11) ventricular function and hemodynamics
12) recognizing intracavitary contents
13) echocardiographic manifestations of congenital heart disease in adult patients
14) hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
15) dilated and restricted cardiomyopathies
16) echocardiography for the pericardium and extracardiac anatomy
17) echocardiography during cardiac surgery
18) assessing heart valves during the perioperative period
19) indications for transesophageal echocardiography
20) non-tee imaging and other diagnostic modalities
The case oriented block will last up to 1-1/2 hours, while the other three (3) blocks will last up to 60 minutes per block.

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