Introduction to Cardiac Doppler/Color Flow Imaging - Training Video

Introduction to Cardiac Doppler/Color Flow Imaging


Introduction to Cardiac Doppler/Color Flow Imaging

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Introduction to Cardiac Doppler/Color Flow Imaging

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Introduction to Cardiac Doppler/Color Flow Imaging training video reviews the fundamentals of pulsed, CW, and color Doppler techniques and diagnostic criteria for evaluation of cardiac pathology.

Date of Original Release: 1/28/2019
Reviewed for content accuracy: 1/28/2022
Reviewed by: Gulfcoast Ultrasound CME Committee
This edition valid for credit through: 1/28/2025
Video Length: 87:00

Online Video Product Code: OV-CDU2
DVD Product Code: VL-CDU2
USB Product Code: USB-CDU2


  • Indications for Cardiac Doppler
  • Basic Spectral Doppler Concepts
  • The Doppler Principle/Doppler Shift
  • Impact of Doppler Angle
  • The Bernoulli Equation
  • CW Verses PW Doppler
  • Doppler Artifacts
  • Spectral Doppler Sample Sites, Flow Direction, and Timing of Flow
  • Color Flow Imaging Fundamentals: Flow Direction, Timing, Limitations, and Artifacts


  • State the basics of Doppler including the use of PW and CW Doppler.
  • Demonstrate system optimization for proper spectral Doppler/color flow acquisition.
  • Summarize Doppler assessment of valves including the various windows to use in evaluating each valve.
  • State the importance of utilizing the appropriate Doppler angle of interrogation.
  • List Doppler measurement techniques & method to quantify disease.
  • Evaluate timing of flow (systole & diastole) and correlate with ECG.
  • Identify normal and abnormal color flow direction and timing of flow.
  • Recognize commonly seen Doppler/color artifacts.


Physicians, PA’s, sonographers and other medical professionals who have little or no experience performing and/or interpreting adult echocardiography examinations. Physicians may include (but is not limited to) radiology, cardiology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, critical care, hospitalist, anesthesiology, and primary care.


GulfCoast Ultrasound Institute

Daniel Bourque  MS, ACS, RCS, FASE

Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Orlando, FL.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Content Validation
All presentations for this CME activity were reviewed and approved by members of the GUI CME Review Committee to determine content validity and to ensure that no conflicts of interest exist prior to the activity commencement or material compilation.

Disclosure of Individuals in Control of Content
In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by GUI as being in control of content of this program:

James Mateer, MD, RDMS (Medical Director - planner, QI Task Force)
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
Milwaukee, WI
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS, FACEP (Co-Medical Director-planner, QI Task Force)
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine &
Fellowship Director of Emergency Medicine
Ultrasound Fellowship Program
University of South Florida Medical School
Tampa, FL
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Andreas Dewitz, MD, RDMS(Member of Advisory Board, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair of Ultrasound Education
Boston Medical Center Boston, MA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Program Director-planner, Content Reviewer, QI Task Force)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Disclosure of Commercial Support
There was no commercial support involved in the planning, development/implementation of this activity.

Credits (Optional with additional purchase)

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course also meets CME/CEU requirements for ARDMS. Note: While offering the CME credit hours noted above, activities are not intended to provide extensive training or certification for exam performance or interpretation.


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