The purpose of this Thoracic Aorta series is to assist the reader in analysis of the thoracic aorta, with particular focus on atherosclerosis, aortic dissection, and relevant artifacts.

Please note this course includes a Reference section. For accurate completion status, you MUST review the reference section.

Course Details

In this course, you will learn:
  • Terminology
  • Aortic cannulation for cardiac surgery
  • Epicardial echocardiography and aortic imaging
  • Aortic plaque grading systems
  • Aortic aneurysms and quantification of aortic aneurysm size

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.

The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close that tab.


Estimated time to Complete: 15 minutes
Credit/contact hours: .25
Expiration date: October 1, 2021
Publication date: October 2, 2018

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Course Author

Robert H Thiele, MD

Board certified in anesthesiology, critical care, and advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.
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