• Cardio Vascular Institute Ulrasound
  • Cardio Vascular Institute Ulrasound
  • Cardio Vascular Institute Ulrasound
  • Cardio Vascular Institute Ulrasound
  • Cardio Vascular Institute Ulrasound
  • Cardio Vascular Institute Ulrasound

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The Cardiac and Vascular Institute of Ultrasound (CVIU) is a fully accredited Ultrasound School dedicated to providing students with an in-depth and highly blog_iconspecialized education in cardiac and vascular ultrasound. We were the first Ultrasound Institute in the United States to separate the two fields—cardiac and vascular—from general diagnostic ultrasound and emphasize specialization rather than generalization. Specialization makes our students more employable. By specializing in either cardiac or vascular ultrasound, you will be more qualified than graduates of General Ultrasound Schools. Small classes, instructors that love teaching, and a curriculum that emphasizes immediate practical application, all make CVIU a fascinating and rewarding place to learn.

This, combined with the real world experience gained in our externship program, makes CVIU one of the best Schools of Ultrasound in the U.S. Currently, CVIU is one of only 13 schools in the U.S. that specializes in only echocardiography and vascular ultrasound.

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Graduates from CVIU qualify immediately upon graduation to apply for the Registry (certification exam) with ARDMS ( or with CCI (

CVIU is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) which is recognized by U.S. Department of Education.
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
Institutional Accreditation, Non-degree
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N | Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: 703-917-9503 | Fax: 703-917-4109

CVIU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
1361 Park Street | Clearwater, FL 33756 Phone: 727-210-2350
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News & Events: The Cardiac and Vascular Institute of Ultrasound (CVIU) is now enrolling for our Summer 2014 Evening Courses in: Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound, Cardiac Ultrasound, and Vascular Ultrasound! Click on link below to view our catalog. If you would like to request someone to contact you, please go to our Contact Us page Dear CVIU Staff: Thank you all for a wonderful learning experience. I always felt like all our instructors were very dedicated to their students.  My passion for cardiovascular sonography grows every day… See what our current students at CVIU are saying about our programs and opportunities!
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View from a Cardiac Sonographer… Remembering the WHY factor for patients

Remembering the ‘why’

I have been doing echo for about 14 years now and have worked on thousands of patients. I know what I’m doing. I’m good at it, and I pride myself on providing quality work. But at times I have forgotten the “why” behind what I do.MI_MOL_small

During this patient’s echo, there were several echo indicators that revealed evidence of a pulmonary embolus (PE), which is a blood clot or clots in your lungs blocking blood flow to the lungs. This condition can be life-threatening if it is not treated and recognized quickly.

After completing the echo, I contacted the cardiologist and relayed my findings and my suspicions about the pulmonary embolus. The cardiologist then ordered a PE protocol and the patient was taken to CT for a lung scan. While en route from CT back to the ICU, this patient coded twice. Both times he was successfully resuscitated.

The CT showed a massive PE, treatment was initiated, and ultimately it was successful. The patient fully recovered and is now back at work and able to undertake the demands and responsibilities of family life.

After the process had run its course, my cardiologist approached me and thanked me for calling him. He explained that PE initially was not one of the differentials, and that the echo I did and the recognition that it was a likely PE probably saved the patient’s life. He praised me and gave me recognition that, while unnecessary, sure felt good.

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