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Information about the ASCeXAM

The ASCeXAM is also referred to as the Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography. It is intended for those who wish to demonstrate special competence in all areas of echocardiography.

The 2015 Pass Rate for the ASCeXAM was 81%.

How long is the ASCeXAM?

The ASCeXAM consists of four sections: The case oriented section will last up to 1.5 hours, while the other three sections will last up to 60 minutes per section.

What is covered on the ASCeXAM?

According to the NBE ASCeXAM Handbook, the exam covers the following topics:

  1. Physical Principles, Instrumentation, Examination Principles
  2. Valvular Heart Disease
  3. Chamber Size and Function
  4. Congenital Heart Disease
  5. Cardiac Masses, Pericardial Disease, Contrast and New Applications
  6. Miscellaneous Topics (Role of Echo)

Information about the Advanced PTEeXAM

The Advanced PTEeXAM is also referred to as the Examination of Special Competence in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography. It is intended for those who wish to demonstrate special competence in advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.

The 2015 Pass Rate for the Advanced PTEeXAM was 92%.

How long is the Advanced PTEeXAM?

The Advanced PTEeXAM consists of four sections: The case oriented section will last up to 1.5 hours, while the other three sections will last up to 60 minutes per section.

What is covered on the Advanced PTEeXAM?

According to the NBE Advanced PTEeXAM Handbook, the exam covers the following topics:

  1. Principles of Ultrasound
  2. Transducers
  3. Equipment, Infection Control, and Safety
  4. Imaging
  5. Principles of Doppler Ultrasound
  6. Quantitative M-Mode and TwoDimensional Echocardiography
  7. Quantitative Doppler
  8. Valvular Spectral Doppler Profiles
  9. Cardiac Chamber Anatomy
  10. Global Ventricular Systolic Function and Pathology
  11. Segmental Left Ventricular Systolic Function and Pathology
  12. Cardiac Valves – Anatomy and Pathology (Excludes Spectral Doppler)
  13. Intracardiac Masses and Devices
  14. Pericardium and Extracardiac Structures– Anatomy and Pathology
  15. Assessment of Perioperative Events
  16. Congenital Heart Disease
  17. Artifacts and Pitfalls
  18. Related Diagnostic Modalities
  19. Ventricular Diastolic Filling and Function
  20. Transesophageal Echocardiography for Interventional/Hybrid Procedures

Information about the ReASCE

The ReASCE is also referred to as the Recertification Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography and is designed for those who have previously passed the ASCeXAM and to promote continued excellence in all areas of echocardiography.

The 2015 Pass Rate for the ReASCE was 95%.

How long is the ReASCE?

The ReASCE consists of 3 sections: The case oriented section will last up to 1.5 hours, while the other two sections will last up to 60 minutes per section.

What is covered on the ReASCE?

According to the NBE Advanced ReASCE Handbook, the exam covers the following topics:

  1. Physical Principles, Instrumentation, Examination Principles
  2. Valvular Heart Disease
  3. Chamber Size and Function
  4. Congenital Heart Disease
  5. Cardiac Masses, Pericardial Disease, Contrast and New Applications
  6. Miscellaneous Topics (Role of Echo)
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