Archives for January 2018


The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is pleased to announce that ImageGuideEchoTM, a module under the ImageGuide Registry® platform, is now open to enrollment for U.S.-based physicians. ImageGuideEcho is the first registry exclusively devoted to measuring quality in cardiovascular ultrasound. Its mission is to provide the framework necessary to support a community of cardiology labs committed to patient-centered imaging, patient safety, outcome improvement, practice transformation, and innovation through ongoing data collection and quality improvement. Read more here.

New JASE Features

The inaugural JASE podcast, featuring discussion of the January issue by Editor-in-Chief Michael H. Picard, is now available at Tell us what you think! These podcasts will be a regular feature of the JASE homepage often taking the place of an Editor’s Page in the Journal.

Also new to JASE is PlumX Metrics, an altmetric scoring system used by Elsevier, which publishes JASE.  The PlumX Metrics look beyond citations by providing insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of online content (e.g., journal articles) using a comprehensive set of metrics: usage (clicks, views, downloads), captures, mentions (such as in a news article or blog post), social media, and citations.  Once one of these five activities has occurred for a JASE article, a Plum Print icon will be added to an article, and the metrics are updated daily. This system allows readers to track the impact of their article, and also allows readers to expand their insights into the published article.

Register for ASE’s Newest Live Course: Echo on the Inside Passage of Alaska

The Inaugural Echo on the Inside Passage of Alaska  will take place on an Alaskan cruise, July 21-28, 2018. This new educational opportunity differs from ASE’s other courses by providing attendees with a small, intimate environment to learn from the experts. Ships have been sailing from Seattle to Alaska since the gold rush. Now it is your turn to follow in the wake of history on a seven-day cruise vacation filled with glacier-carved fjords, forested islets, and quaint ports along Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Cruise to Alaska from Seattle with ASE: stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, British Colombia.

Participants will attend lectures and workshops while the ship is at sea. The current schedule allows for 26 hours of CME education. The expert faculty will present traditional lectures, facilitate at least one, 1-hour workshop, and lead ‘Chalk Talks’ where they will do a deep dive into a particular topic with an individual faculty member. Learn more and register today at

Register for the Symposium on Interventional Echocardiography and Decision-Making In Structural Heart Disease

Join ASE for the 2nd Annual Interventional Echo and Structural Heart Symposium. This fantastic offering, immediately following SCA Echo Week 2018, focuses on the role of echocardiography within the structural heart team.

This one-day course, on March 3, 2018, will feature multidisciplinary experts in interventional echocardiography, interventional cardiology, cardiac anesthesiology, and cardiac surgery – all engaged in the heart valve team approach to structural heart disease. Download the Advance Program, register, and learn more at

January JASE Now Online

As we ring in the new year, the January 2018 issue of JASE debuts with Michael H. Picard, MD, FASE, as Editor-in-Chief, his first editorial, “JASE 3.0: Entering our 4th Decade,” and a new cover design! The issue also features Recommendations for Multimodality Cardiac Imaging in Patients with Chagas Disease: A Report from the American Society of Echocardiography in Collaboration With the InterAmerican Association of Echocardiography (ECOSIAC) and the Cardiovascular Imaging Department of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (DIC-SBC). The writing group for this important paper was led by Harry Acquatella, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE, MACP, of Centro Medico de Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela (Chair), one of the world’s foremost experts on Chagas heart disease and Federico Asch, MD, FASE, of MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC (Co-chair). Dr. Asch commented, “While historically it has been rare in the U.S., migration has changed the epidemiology of Chagas Heart Disease. However, there is still a lack of awareness in our medical community on how Chagas disease should be screened for and diagnosed, and how imaging could impact the outcome of these patients. This document brings together experts from Latin America, led by Dr. Acquatella, with U.S.-based clinicians to raise awareness of this not-so-rare-anymore cardiac disease and provide guidance on how different cardiac imaging modalities can impact the outcome of patients at risk or infected.”  Other articles in this issue cover valve disease, left ventricular strain and clinical outcomes, Doppler ultrasound assessment of cardiac hemodynamics, and echocardiography in children.

Register for the Upcoming Live Guideline-based Webinar

Join Federico Asch, MD, FASE, on Thursday, February 8 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as he reviews Recommendations on the Multimodality Cardiac Imaging in Patients with Chagas Disease. During this webinar, Dr. Asch will discuss recommendations for the use of cardiac ultrasound and other imaging modalities in the diagnosis, classification, and risk assessment of myocardial damage from early to advanced forms of chronic Chagas heart disease (ChHD). Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending this live webinar event. Registration is free for ASE members. Register online today!

Submit Your Research Today! Abstract Deadlines Approaching for Echo ASEAN and ASE 2018

New this year –  At the 3rd Annual Echo ASEAN in Manila, Philipines, March 22-24, 2018, all investigators are invited to submit abstracts of their original research or clinical case reports to be considered for presentation in Manila. Presenters benefit from discounted registration rates and feedback from our world-renowned faculty. Visit the Call for Abstracts page for submission instructions. Submission closes Monday, January 15, 2018.

Submit your abstract of original work or clinical case report to be considered for presentation at the premier cardiovascular ultrasound conference of the year, the 29th Annual ASE Scientific Sessions in Nashville, Tennessee, June 22-26, 2018. Make your submission online today! Presenters benefit from dedicated viewing times, a global audience that promotes future collaborative work, eligibility for travel support, and low conference registration rates. Exceptional research is also considered for the prestigious Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition for young investigators under the age of 40 and the Sonographer Investigator’s Award Competition for non-physicians who served as the primary investigator on their project. Visit the ASE 2018 Call for Abstracts for more information. Submission closes Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

New International Report Provides Comprehensive Guide to Imaging in Chagas Heart Disease

Read release here.