Archives for September 2019

ASE Partners to Impact the Field in MSK Grand Challenge Design Summit

ASE is proud to be a funding partner of the pioneering alliance working toward solutions to stop work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD). Elaine Shea, ACS, RCS, RCCS, FASE, Jane Marshall, RDCS (AE/PE), FASE, and ASE President Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, participated in the MSK Grand Challenge Design Summit on Wednesday, September 26, in Washington, D.C. They are making sure ASE’s voice is involved in helping solve two major components of WRMSD including preventing disorders from happening in the first place, and assisting those who have injuries today. We will keep our members informed of the outcomes of this alliance and how you all can get involved in this movement.

Donate A Cup to ASEF this weekend for National Coffee Day!

This Sunday is National Coffee Day. If drinking coffee is part of your morning ritual, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to celebrate! Coffee shops around the country will be offering free coffee in honor of this national holiday. Here’s a link to a list of locations offering deals and freebies! Since you most likely won’t have to pay for your cup this weekend, we encourage you to take what you would normally spend on your morning caffeine and donate it to the ASE Foundation!

When you donate, share a picture with a post on social media and tag @ASE360 using #GaveACup. We want to see your pictures whether you’re sipping on a cup of coffee at home, at the echo lab, or with your favorite barista and a local shop! See ASE Vice President and ASEF Annual Appeal committee member Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE, with his local barista Monique! He and other committee members have made early pledges for National Coffee Day. Get in on the fun this weekend and ‘Donate A Cup’ to ASEF between September 28 – 30. We’ve set a goal to raise $2,500 and every ‘cup’ counts!

There is Still Time to Register for Echo Florida

ASE’s 8th Annual Echo Florida course is a comprehensive review of cardiovascular ultrasound in clinical practice. The course takes place October 13-15, 2019 with a preconference Learning Lab available on October 12, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts at Walt Disney World® in Orlando, FL.

Course Director, Gerard P. Aurigemma, MD, FASE, Co-Director, ASE Past President Linda D. Gillam, MD, FASE, and Learning Lab Director, Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, have created a program with a heavy emphasis on case-based learning that includes fun opportunities for the participants to interact with the faculty.

This year’s Learning Lab covers two different topic areas.Left Ventricular Function and Strain: This learning lab will be interactive with a combination of live scanning, computer-based sessions, and case examples. Sessions will show attendees exactly how to make measurements to assess chamber quantification, systolic and diastolic function, and valvular function.

3D Workshop: The 3D workshop will be a combination of live scanning and computer-based sessions focusing on 3D acquisition techniques, as well as cropping and image display. After introductory lectures and live scanning, the session will break into a workshop with different 3D vendors. There will be limited numbers of laptops pre-loaded with 3D examples for hands-on learning. This workshop will cover 3D quantification of ventricular size and function, as well as valvular morphology and function.

Download the Final Program and register today because the on-site registration fee increases by $100.

Renew Your Membership Today

We hope you value the benefits that you accrue by being part of our vibrant organization. You can save time by renewing online at Don’t miss access to JASE, CASE, free CME, programs designed to save you time and money, and all your other membership benefits. Renew by December 31 and receive a 2020 ASE Image Calendar. Questions? Contact or call us at 919-861-5574 if you have questions about your renewal.

Introducing ASE’s Fellow Starter Kit!

Are you a fellow just getting started in your training? ASE has specifically created a starter kit for fellows including products recommended by early career members as the best tools to have as you continue to learn about cardiovascular ultrasound. The kit includes three products offered at an additional 20% off member pricing:

  • Essentials for Proficiency in Basic Cardiovascular Ultrasound
  • Self-Study Program IV
  • ASE’s Comprehensive Echocardiography Textbook

ASE members receive a discount on all products, so do not forget to log in to the member portal before purchasing. At checkout, please use Discount Code FELLOWKIT19 to receive the Fellow Starter Kit discount of 20% on these three important products.

Soak Up the Sun at Echo Hawaii

Expert U.S. and international faculty from 14 different institutions will provide top-notch, diverse education at ASE’s 30th Annual Echo Hawaii™, January 20-24, 2020.

You won’t want to miss:

  • An opportunity to interact with the faculty at the casual and lively welcome reception.
  • Learning state-of-the-art technologies with a focus on how they can be effectively applied in the clinical setting.
  • Case-based approaches on new and established uses of echocardiography for diagnosis and guiding management in patients with a broad array of cardiovascular conditions.
  • Focused workshops on advanced topics that cover Echo Quantitation, Contrast including Myocardial Perfusion, 3D Visualization, and Strain Techniques and Analysis.
  • A beautiful sunset reception where you can view poster presentations sharing the latest in research.

Download the Advance Program to see the faculty list and preliminary agenda.

The course is being held on the beautiful Kohala Coast at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. This location on the Big Island has an average high temperature in January of 81 degrees Fahrenheit which is a full 10 degrees warmer than most other Hawaiian Islands at this time of year. If you are looking for an island with little to no rain, the Kohala Coast only receives nine inches of rain a year. This all but guarantees sun-filled days and beautiful sunsets during the entire course.

Calling all investigators! Submit your basic or clinical research for a chance to present at Echo Hawaii. Submissions are free, and authors chosen to present receive $100 off their conference registration. Selected authors are also entered into a poster competition and have the chance at further prizes and recognition. Visit the website to review all the details for 2020’s Call for Science on the Big Island. Submission closes Friday, November 1, at 11:59 pm EST – don’t miss out!

Save the Date: Donate to ASEF for National Coffee Day

Save the Date: Donate to  ASEF for National Coffee Day
National Coffee Day is celebrated on September 29th, and the ASE Foundation is lifting a cup together on Sunday! Want to do more than just enjoy a coffee drink? Instead, buy a cup of coffee or a whole pot to help the Foundation meet its Annual Appeal goal and raise needed funding to support scholarships, guideline dissemination, and research!

We’ve set a fundraising goal to raise $2,500 and need your energizing help to make this happen. Members of the Annual Appeal Committee have already pledged over $1,000 from their coffee funds. Will you join them and pledge a cup to ASEF?

Mark your calendars and plan to “Donate A Cup” to ASEF! Donations will be accepted all weekend long, September 28-30, 2019. Contact to make your early pledge.

State-of-the-Art Echocardiography is Back in Arizona

Register today to join us at ASE’s 33rd Annual State-of-the-Art Echocardiography, February 21-24, 2020. This spectacular course follows the themes of structural heart disease, myocardial and pericardial disease, coronary artery disease, and interventional echocardiography. Over 100 cases will be presented by the expert faculty including Drs. Bijoy Khandheria, Roberto Lang, and William Zoghbi.

NEW in 2020!

  • Image Acquisition Workshops: Learn techniques for 3D and myocardial speckle tracking (will include live scanning and didactic lecture).
  • Expanded Learning Lab: New topics include advanced hemodynamics, myocardial strain, and structural heart disease. Participants will perform 3D cropping, measurements such as LV and RV Strain, LA strain, critical measurements for TAVR, TMVR, MitraClip, and LAA occluder.
  • Glimpse of the Future: Learn about the impact of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Virtual Reality on the field of echocardiography.

This course will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2020 where they enjoy 330 days of sunshine every year. Spring begins February 16 in Scottsdale, and the average high temperature is 79 degrees. You will want to make time in your course schedule to stretch your legs on a wildflower hike and possibly catch a spring training baseball game. The nearby McDowell Sonoran Preserve is an other-worldly landscape of rugged mountains, towering saguaros, and whimsically shaped cacti. Plan to join us in sunny Arizona for CME and a recharge of your mind and body.

Learn more heredownload the Advance Program, and register today.

CASE: Now Accepting Veterinary Medicine CV Imaging Cases

With many of our members engaged in working with zoos to echo animals or working on research projects studying animal heart and circulatory systems to bring knowledge to the understanding of human diseases and conditions, ASE is thrilled to announce that a new veterinary section will now be included in ASE’s online case reports journal, CASE. Veterinary/comparative medicine submissions are now being accepted! Case submissions can include any type of cardiovascular imaging.

This section of the journal is being managed by our new Associate Editor of CASE, Rebecca L. Stepien, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology), Clinical Professor, Cardiology, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She and an esteemed group of veterinary colleagues will review the case submissions.

CASE is listed on PubMed and is published every other month. Our goal is to publish the first veterinary case in December 2019. As an added bonus for this new section, ASE and Elsevier are funding publication of the first 10 accepted veterinary cases and Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica has offered funding for the next seven.

Click here for submission details. Questions? Contact CASE Managing Editor, Debbie Meyer at

WASE Normal Values Study Presented as Late-Breaking Science at European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris

Durham, NC, September 2, 2019 – Final data from the World Alliance Societies of Echocardiography (WASE) Normal Values Study was presented this morning as a part of the late-breaking science at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Paris, France. The data presented focuses specifically on 2D left ventricular dimensions, volumes, and function. The WASE Normal Values Study, which was launched in 2016, is unique in that it provides normal reference values of echocardiographic parameters in adults across a wide range of age, race, and ethnicity from 15 different countries. In contrast to previous studies, WASE included head-to-head inter-country and inter-race comparisons, in which all technical differences in data acquisition between regions were minimized and standardized by using state-of-the-art equipment and strictly following the 2015 ASE and European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) updated recommendations for chamber quantification. In addition, data analysis and interpretation were conducted uniformly by a core-laboratory at MedStar Health Research Institute and the University of Chicago. Read more here.