Standards and Guidelines

Guidelines for the Cardiac Sonographer in the Performance of Contrast Echocardiography: A Focused Update from the American Society of Echocardiography, JASE, August 2014

ASE Consensus Statement on the Clinical Applications of Ultrasonic Contrast Agents in Echocardiography, JASE, November 2008 
Ultrasound contrast agents, when used with contrast-specific imaging techniques, have an established role in diagnostic cardiovascular imaging in the echocardiography laboratory. This document focuses on when and how contrast agents are used to enhance the diagnostic capability of echocardiography. It also reviews the role of physicians, sonographers, and nurses, as well as ways to integrate the use of contrast agents into the echocardiography laboratory most efficiently. (11/08)  Full-Text PDF (2999 KB)

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Guidelines for the Cardiac Sonographer in the Performance of Contrast Echocardiography: Recommendations of the ASE Council on Cardiac Sonography, JASE, May 2001
Contrast echocardiography requires a high level of competence and expertise in addition to the skills frequently required in standard cardiac sonography practice. The American Society of Echocardiography highly recommends that cardiac sonographers take the appropriate steps to become trained in the administration of the contrast agents used in contrast echocardiography.