TOE accreditation


BSE / ACTA Transoesophageal Echocardiography Accreditation


 BSE / ACTA: Accrediation Partners

Further information, information packs and application forms for the examination may be obtained by following links on the British Society of Echocardiography website

The Accreditation Committee wishes to align TOE accreditation with the transthoracic process.

Logbook reports should contain a minimum dataset and five of these will be checked against the acquired images. Therefore, candidates who sit the 2010 examination must submit five digitally stored studies with each logbook. One study should be normal and one should show an example of aortic stenosisImage acquisition, optimization and interpretation will be assessed. It is important that all reports and digital images are completely anonomysed (removal of all patient identifier data like name, date of birth, address and hospital or NHS number).

The BSE Education Committee recently produced guidelines on performing a comprehensive TOE examination. It is recognised that it may not be possible to acquire all the recommended views in all patients. In particular, there are certain probe positions that may be poorly tolerated in awake patients. Cases must be submitted as digital loops and stills within a Powerpoint presentation or uploaded onto when this facilty becomes available. Reports should include quantitative measurements, observations, summary and conclusion. 

An example of the marking schedule for the digital studies is included in the accreditation document.

Transoesophageal Ecocardiography Proficiency Examination


For more details, the Accreditation Pack is downloadable from the BSE website:

On the index page of the BSE website follow the links above to obtain accreditation pack and exam registration form.

Henry Skinner, Accreditation Committee


British Society of Echocardiography


BSE/ACTA Transoesophageal Echocardiography Accreditation