COVID-19 Recommendations

ASE Statement on Protection of Patients and Echocardiography Service Providers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Over the past week a small group of experts commissioned by ASE leaders have prepared a statement to be shared with our members and the entire cardiovascular ultrasound community. This statement, which was approved by the ASE Executive Committee on March 17, 2020, addresses triaging and decision pathways for handling echocardiographic requests, as well as indications and recommended procedures to be followed for an echocardiographic assessment of cardiovascular function in suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases. In addition, we list measures recommended to be used in the echo lab for prevention of spread of disease.

ASE is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our members and the patients we serve. My colleagues James Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE, Smadar Kort, MD, FASE, Judy Hung, MD, FASE, and Cynthia Taub, MD, FASE, helped create this resource for sonographers, nurses, advance practice providers, and physicians who have a duty to care for patients and are at the frontlines in the battle against disease.

We thank you all for your tireless commitment to our patients and each other.

On behalf of the ASE leadership team,

Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE
Duke University Medical Center
ASE President

Download a PDF of the Statement (Updated March 25, 2020)

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ASE Headquarters Closed: Monday, December 10

Due to inclement weather, ASE Headquarters is closed Monday, December 10, 2018.

NIH RO1 Grant Awarded to ASE Member Noyan Gokce, MD, FASE

ASE sends its congratulations and a hearty well done to Dr. Noyan Gokce who is the Director of Echocardiography at Boston Medical Center for recently being awarded an NIH R01 award to study the relationship between obesity, insulin resistance, and regulation of the vasculature in multiple tissues, including adipose tissue. The project represents a multidisciplinary approach that uses sophisticated imaging to understand the intersection between metabolic diseases and vascular disease or dysfunction. These studies reflect ongoing efforts looking into how abnormalities in the vasculature are not just a consequence of diabetes, but may contribute to diabetes. We look forward to seeing the results from these exciting studies in the years to come. Read more.

Has your institution sent a press release about your research? If so and you would like us to push this information out to our members, email a copy of the press release to communications@asecho.org.

International Experts Release Updated Guidelines for the Effective Use of Cardiac Ultrasound Enhancing Agents

Imaging experts from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) today released a paper, Clinical Applications of Ultrasonic Enhancing Agents in Echocardiography: 2018 American Society of Echocardiography Guidelines Update, to provide guidance for clinicians on the expanding utility of ultrasound enhancing agents (UEAs), also known as contrast media, in medical imaging. This new guideline aims to update the previous 2008 consensus document, and encourage the appropriate use of UEAs in patient testing, particularly in new and growing areas of cardiovascular care. Read more here.

What is Normal? ASE and Its International Partners Explore New Standardization Across the Globe

Durham, NC, February 26, 2018 – The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and its International Alliance Partners are joining efforts in the World Alliance of Societies of Echocardiography (WASE) Normal Values Study. This study is bringing together the scientific cardiovascular ultrasound community from around the world to better understand if the current recommended normal values for heart dimensions and function in subjects from different races and countries are similar or different. In addition, normal values for novel echocardiography modalities such as 3D and strain will be established. Read more here.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, in compliance with the Durham County North Carolina order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of coronavirus, the entire ASE staff will be working remotely through April 30. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through ASE@ASEcho.org. Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.