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Competence and certification 

Competence and certification
Competence and certification

Alexandros S. Stefanidis

and Bogdan A. Popescu

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date: 26 January 2022

Echocardiography has become a mainstay in the evaluation process of patients with known or suspected cardiovascular diseases. In recent years this ongoing trend has been accompanied by a number of challenging issues related to training, competence, certification, and credentialing. The clinical benefits of recognition of individuals and clinical settings are well recognized, and certification-accreditation is critical in all areas of cardiovascular imaging to ensure optimal performance and interpretation of quality studies for patient diagnosis and management. The certification-accreditation procedure of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging has been developed to test the adequacy of competence of individuals and clinical settings. In this chapter, the rationality and current methodology of these procedures are described.

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