Innovative Cardiovascular Ultrasound Solutions Showcased at ASE 2020 Virtual Experience

From point of care ultrasound that has been a key technology during the COVID-19 pandemic to robust technology that is enhancing efficiency and clinical care, over 20 companies and organizations will display their latest products and services at the world’s premier meeting for cardiovascular ultrasound practitioners, the ASE 2020 Virtual Experience. This virtual event, which promises a wealth of cutting edge education, research, and the latest vendor technology, is taking place August 8-10, 2020. Read more here.

ASE Statement Regarding AI and Ultrasound

ASE is a strong proponent for innovation in the field of ultrasound and has been actively engaged in fostering artificial intelligence (AI) to assist guidance of optimal image acquisition for cardiovascular ultrasound. We believe this type of innovation could be an ally to help meet the demands of a growing number of people who are in need of cardiovascular care as obesity and diabetes levels continue to rise around the world. Computer assisted guidance of optimal image acquisition can support sonographers in obtaining high-quality image acquisition following the guidelines and standards for the optimal practice of echocardiography. The Society believes vigorous scientific protocols are needed when creating these AI algorithms as the end products need to take into account many factors including gender, ethnicity, age, etc. that research has shown can dramatically change the testing outcomes.

We applaud the vision of newer industry innovators, such as Ultromics and Caption Health, as well as legacy ultrasound companies including Canon Medical Systems, GE Healthcare, Hitachi Healthcare, Philips, and Siemens Healthineers, who are dedicated to the continued development and adoption of high-quality echocardiography to better support patient-centered care. ASE engages with industry through multiple avenues, including technology summits, think tanks, and our Industry Roundtable program, to ensure that the future of cardiovascular ultrasound is driven by clinical standards of excellence. ASE will continue to set the standards for image analysis, including the quantitative parameters required, expected reliability of measurements, and how these measures are integrated to provide clinical insight.

Congratulations to Our Newest FASE!

Last week, ASE welcomed 31 new distinguished Fellows of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) designation recipients! These members have exemplified excellence through education, research, leadership, and volunteerism. They are ambassadors for ASE, and recognized experts in their field. A full list of FASE members can be found on SeeMyHeart.org. If you are interested in applying for FASE, or would like more information, please visit ASEcho.org/FASE. Join us in congratulating the newest FASE recipients:

Wilbur Jeremiah Asheld, DO, FASE
Faisal D. Arain, MBBS, MD, FASE
Sujatha P. Bhandary, MD, FASE
Michael L. Boisen, MD, FASE
Laura T. Boone, RDCS, RVT, RDMS, RT(R), FASE
Christopher Brockway, MS, RDCS, FASE
Sindu Chandran, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE
Jacqueline Suk Danik, MD, DrPH, FASE
Garrett J. De Francis, BS, RDCS, FASE
Mary Frances Duncan, RDCS, FASE
Elliott Elias, MD, MPH, FASE
Marie Ficociello, MA, RDCS, FASE
Suzette Blondelle Graham-Hill, MD, FACP, FASE
Sarah Ann Chambers Gurson, MD, FASE
Sonia A. Henry, MD, FACC, FASE
Arunima Misra, MD, FASE
Shaine A. Morris, MD, MPH, FASE
Akhil Narang, MD, FASE
Atif Nazier Qasim, MD, MSCE, FASE
Sahadev T. Reddy, MD, FACC, FASE
Albert R. Robinson III, MD, FASE
Karen Scholz, BAPPSci, Grad Dip(Cardiac Ultrasound), FASE
Jeffrey Mohl Scott, DO, FACEP, EDIC, FASE
Rhonda Smith-Hudson, MS, RDCS, FASE
Stephanie N. Stewart, MS, RDCS, RVT, FASE
Devorah M. Taylor, RDCS, RVT, FASE
Justin W Ulrich, MBA, ACS, RCS, RDCS, RVT, RCIS, CCT, FASE
Mani Vindhya, MD, FASA, FASE
John Joseph Wilbur Asheld III, DO, FASE
Michael Young, RDCS, RVT, AAS, FASE

Dr. Judy W. Hung Elected President of the American Society of Echocardiography

Judy W. Hung, MD, FASE, takes the helm as president of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) today. She has served on the Board of Directors as Vice President and President-Elect prior to ascending to her one-year presidency.

Dr. Hung will share her vision for the future of ASE on Saturday, August 8, during the opening session of the ASE 2020 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience. When asked about her upcoming presidency, she said “I see tremendous opportunity for ASE to advance its mission to be the leader of quality, education, innovation, research, and advocacy in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound. ASE is currently well-positioned to adapt to the changing and challenging healthcare environment and to lead innovation in echocardiography through its international reputation, organizational infrastructure, and commitment to quality and research. I have a deep admiration and belief in the goals and mission of the ASE and the dedication of my ASE member colleagues.” Read more here.

ASE Headquarters Closed: July 3 & July 6

ASE Headquarters will be closed in observance of U.S. Independence Day on Friday, July 3 and Monday, July 6. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, July 7.

Live Webinar: Use of TEE to Assist with Surgical Decision-Making in the Operating Room

Join Alina Nicoara, MD, FASE, and Nikolaos Skubas, MD, FASE, for a LIVE webinar, Thursday, July 9, 5:00 – 6:00 PM EDT as they review the recently published ASE guideline, Guidelines for the Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography to Assist with Surgical Decision-Making in the Operating Room. They will discuss a systematic approach on how to apply the existing guidelines in the intraoperative environment to answer questions specific to open, minimally invasive, or hybrid surgical procedures.

  1. To register, login to your ASE member portal.
  2. Select the ASE Learning Hub from the top red menu.
  3. Register for the webinar here.

Registration is FREE for ASE members and $25 for nonmembers. You can claim 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ within 24 hours of watching the webinar. The webinar will also be posted for on-demand viewing and claiming CME. Click here to find out when the webinar is taking place in your time zone.

Specific questions regarding webinar registration can be sent to Jenn Goss at JGoss@ASEcho.org.

Update Your Guideline Product Collection

New educational resources have been developed by ASE experts to help you enhance your practice. Add these latest products to your guideline collection with the most up-to-date Guidelines for Performance, Interpretation, and Application of Stress Echocardiography in Ischemic Heart Disease.

Visit the ASE Learning Hub to see all of ASE’s educational resources, and don’t forget to login to your member portal to take advantage of your member discount.

June JASE Free for Everyone

ASE and Elsevier have collaborated to offer the June JASE content free to everyone interested in cardiovascular ultrasound around the world. Please share this news with your colleagues and students so they may dig into the double focused issue including the new ASE guideline about echo and surgical decision making, echo and COVID-19, and original research abstracts accepted for ASE’s Scientific Sessions.

New ASE Guideline Outlines the Use of TEE to Assist with Surgical Decision-Making

Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography is a versatile diagnostic and monitoring tool used to assist in patient management in a wide-range of cardiac surgical procedures. The new document, Guidelines for the Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography to Assist with Surgical Decision-Making in the Operating Room: A Surgery-Based Approach, outlines a systematic approach on how to apply the existing guidelines to address questions on cardiac structure and function specific to the intraoperative environment in open, minimally invasive, or hybrid procedures. This peer-reviewed guideline was developed in collaboration with the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and has also been endorsed by 18 ASE International Alliance Partners. Read more here.

June JASE Features a Double Focus: COVID-19 and the Role of Echo In Surgical Decision-Making

Editor-in-Chief Michael H. Picard, MD, FASE, announces a double focus topic issue for the June Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE). In his editorial titled Life is Dynamic and So is JASE, he writes “I had planned that this June issue of JASE would focus on the role of echocardiography in surgical decision-making and also include some cutting-edge papers that would serve as a complement to the ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions. However, the world changed quickly, and so I felt it was important for the Journal to do so also.” Read more here.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. 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.