Basic Echo - 5 Day Course

Basic Echo - 5 Day Course




This intensive five-day program provides practitioners at the beginning of the learning curve in cardiac imaging with anatomy, physiology, a detailed knowledge of sonographic planes, terminology, measurements and valvular assessment. There is an emphasis on the practical aspects of these topics with “hands-on” tuition, led by expert sonographers. Low student/tutor ratios (4:1) ensure comprehensive practical tuition in a personalised fashion.


Course content assumes an understanding of:

  • The basic physics of ultrasound, including the basic principles of Doppler.
  • The cardiac cycle and relationship to the ECG




  • Normal adult anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Sonographic appearances and terminology
  • 2D/cardiac anatomy
  • Measurements, using 2D, M-mode and Tissue

      Doppler Imaging, (TDI)

  • Wall motion assessment
  • Valvular assessment using colour, pulsed wave

      and continuous wave Doppler,

  • Normal examination protocol – putting it all together
  • Common pathologies
  • Case studies will also be discussed




  • To provide a detailed description of the sonographic appearances of the heart
  • To provide an insight into the haemodynamics and physiology of the heart
  • To describe routine measurements associated with M-Mode, 2D and Doppler
  • To describe the normal values for heart chamber sizes and wall thickness
  • To assess the valves, using qualitative and quantitative analysis and measurements
  • To provide an understanding of the physics of Colour and Doppler
  • To develop an appreciation of the clinical terminology used in echocardiography
  • To provide an overview of common pathologies identified by ultrasound examination
  • To provide participants with an opportunity for extensive tutor assisted hands-on echocardiographic experience and access to experienced sonographers for specific problems




ACEM | Course 027 is approved for 37.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies.


ASUM | CCPU units included in the course:

  • BELS (Basic Echocardiography in Life Support)
  • Rapid Cardias Echocardiography (RACE protocol)


ACRRM | This course is approved for 36 total activity hours. PDP units: 3 Performance Review, 32 Educational Activity. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


RACGP | This course is an RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 CPD Program points in 2020-22 Triennium. RACGP ID 192298.


ANZCA | Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim this this course under the Knowledge and skills activity Short format learning at 2 credits per hour


CICM | Lectures – Category 2A, points per hour 1;
Demonstrations – Category 2B, points per hour 2;

Skills – Category 3B, points per hour 3




Gold Coast Office

2 Miami Key

Broadbeach Waters, QLD 4218

Basic Echo - 5 Day Course

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