The BSE represents the interests of those working in clinical
echocardiography at all levels, and in all areas, including adult
and paediatric cardiology, cardiovascular research and teaching.
With over 3,300 members, it is the largest of the professional
groups affiliated to the British Cardiovascular Society. It also
has functional links to the EACVI and is an ASE International
Although originally intended to cater primarily for the United
Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the Society now has members in
over 30 other countries in Europe, the Middle and Far East, North
and South America and Africa.
An annual clinical and scientific meeting and exhibition is held
each autumn. The BSE Autumn Meeting caters for the interests of
practising echocardiographers through invited presentations on
clinical and technical aspects of ultrasound imaging and Doppler.
All the leading equipment manufacturers attend the associated
technical exhibition. The Social Event has established a reputation
as one of the best and liveliest of its kind at any professional
The Society has a major interest in education and training of
physicians and echocardiographers. It has published training
guidelines and members can undertake a formal accreditation
programme of written examinations and documented clinical
experience. There are specialist options for adult transthoracic,
transoesophageal, critical care and community echocardiography.
These Accreditations are accepted as evidence of competence by
employers and those responsible for organising higher medical
training in cardiology. In order to encompass continuing rapid
advances in ultrasound technology and clinical applications, there
is a need for continuing professional education. This is being
addressed through a programme of regular re-accreditation.
The BSE also operates a Departmental Accreditation programme,
details of which can be access through its own dedicated website.
In conjunction with the Consortium for Accreditation of
Sonographic Education (CASE), the BSE assesses and validates Degree
programmes involving cardiac ultrasound. It represents UK interests
on committees charged with coordination and harmonisation of
training standards throughout Europe and co-operates with similar
organisations in other countries.
Members receive regular BSE publications containing articles on
topical professional matters, details of meetings and training
courses, reports of overseas meetings, news items, job vacancies,
etc. In addition the BSE has recently launched a new open access
journal, Echo Research and Practice, which aims to be the premier
international journal for Physicians, Sonographers, Nurses and
other allied health professionals practising echocardiography. ERP
is indexed in Pubmed and publishes quality clinical and basic
research, reviews, videos, educational materials and selected case
reports across all echocardiography modalities and disciplines.
The Society is a Registered Charity and is administered by a
President and an elected Council. Membership is open to everyone
associated with echocardiography including cardiologists,
radiologists, anaesthetists and junior doctors; veterinarians,
managerial, sales and technical staff of instrumentation companies,
clinical scientists, medical physicists, cardiac physiologists and
radiographers. Members are required to subscribe to the Society's
Rules and Code of Professional Conduct.