New ASE Guideline Focuses On The Acquisition Of Essential Transesophaegal Echocardiogram Images For Structural Heart Disease Assessment Before Intervention

As the increasing number of structural heart interventions are assisted by real-time imaging guidance, interventional echocardiography is being recognized as a subspecialty requiring advanced training for intraprocedural guidance. The new guideline document from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), Standards for the Performance of Transesophageal Echocardiographic Screening for Structural Heart Intervention, focuses on providing a teaching resource for this growing population of specialists. The guideline elucidates and standardizes the acquisition of essential pre-interventional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) images to help accurately identify the mechanism of structural/valvular dysfunction, the hemodynamic as well as anatomic severity of the disease, and specific anatomic features to facilitate appropriate device selection or exclusion. This peer-reviewed guideline, created by 14 international echocardiographers who are experts in this emerging field, has been endorsed by 25 ASE International Alliance Partners and is published in the January 2022 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. Read more here.