15th Annual Chicago Sonographer Update

Echocardiographic Assessment of the Cyanotic Neonate with Optional Hands-on Scanning Workshop

An Educational Meeting Developed by Sonographers for Sonographers

Lurie Children’s 15th Annual Chicago Sonographer Update, Echocardiographic Assessment of the Cyanotic Newborn with Optional Hands-on Scanning Workshop will focus on the use of echocardiography to recognize and understand the importance of an accurate assessment of a cyanotic defect. This workshop was designed by sonographers, with the sonographer’s learning experience in mind.  The meeting will encompass specific anatomic features of congenital heart disease to allow the sonographer to recognize defects in the fetus, neonate and child.  Lurie Children’s pediatric cardiologists with expertise in the diagnosis and management of congenital heart disease will lead the lectures.  Our keynote address by Dr. Wayne Tworetzky, a leader in fetal cardiology, will focus on advances in prenatal evaluation of cyanotic heart disease.

The small-group, hands-on scanning sessions will be led by senior cardiac sonographers and will give participants an opportunity to improve their understanding of anatomy and scanning technique for assessing types of cyanotic congenital heart disease.  Participants will scan patients with normal anatomy with emphasis on subcostal and suprasternal notch views that are  diagnostic for cyanotic heart disease.  Printed materials demonstrating various cyanotic lesions will be provided.

Interesting cases will be presented simultaneous to the hands-on scanning sessions, focusing on clinical presentation and emphasizing the importance of understanding each cyanotic defect for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

See this year's brochure for a detailed agenda and listing of speakers.


Upon conclusion of this educational meeting attendees should have improved their ability to:

  • Recognize echocardiographic abnormalities seen in association with cyanotic anomalies
  • Identify surgical repairs and/or palliations of cyanotic heart anomalies
  • Comprehend the limitations of echocardiography and the need for multi-modality imaging
  • Apply the imaging views and techniques taught in the conference into day-to-day practice
  • Identify advances made in prenatal evaluation of cyanotic heart disease

Date, Time & Location

Saturday, April 21, 2018. 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lurie Children's 11th Floor Conference Center
225 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60611

Intended Audience

This course is designed for cardiac sonographers, fellows in training, pediatric cardiologists and sonography students embarking on a career in pediatric cardiac sonography.  Participants should have a basic understanding of echocardiography.

Teaching Material

Attendees will receive USB drives with pre-loaded lectures.  An option to purchase a paper binder will be available during online registration for $25.

Conference Cost

ASE Member

Lecture with Hands-on Scanning (space limited to 30)

$250 on or before March 16, 2018
$300 after March 16, 2018

Lecture only

$200 on or before March 16, 2018
$250 after March 16, 2018
Printed binder: $25

Non-ASE Member

Lecture with Hands-on Scanning (space limited to 30)

$300 on or before March 16, 2018
$360 after March 16, 2018

Lecture Only

$240 on or before March 16, 2016
$300 after March 16, 2018
Printed binder: $25


Online registration for this event is now open, and will close on Friday, April 20, 2018. Onsite registration for lectures only will be available for $300.


Parking is available in the Huron-Superior garage, located at 225 E. Huron, with entrances on both Huron and Superior Streets.  Participants will receive a reduced-rate parking ticket for $25 upon check-in.


All cancellations must be confirmed in writing. A $50 administrative fee will be retained.  In order to refund the balance, a WRITTEN notice of withdrawal must be received by Friday, April 13, 2018.  No refunds will be issued thereafter.


A limited amount of rooms have been reserved at Cambria Hotel, located at 166 E. Superior Street, at a reduced rate of $169, plus tax.  Rooms must be booked on or before March 30, 2018.


Contact  Kathleen Nolan at 312.227.0390 or at kgnolan@luriechildrens.org.

In Cooperation With


​The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.