Here to Make Your Day: CASE for May

The latest issue of CASE is now available with intriguing reports, including “Use of Three-Dimensional Echocardiography to Identify an Unusual Cause of Aortic Regurgitation” by Buck et al. CASE Editor-in-Chief Vincent Sorrell, MD, FASE, remarked, “The authors have provided readers with an impactful CASE report that discusses an unusual cause of AR that was discovered with 3D TEE. Their patient had a new diastolic murmur and reduced diastolic BP after a recent invasive coronary angiogram with PCI performed 10 days earlier. TTE demonstrated significant AR and a small linear mass on the AV. Despite an initial suspicion for infective endocarditis, blood cultures remained negative and deductive reasoning raised the concern for an iatrogenic injury to the AV. The 3D TEE demonstrated a band of tissue on the edge of the right coronary cusp. This finding correlated beautifully to an intraoperative photograph and confirms the mechanism of the AR to be due to iatrogenic, partial detachment of the AV cusp. One of the great strengths of CASE is how it serves to help build your imaging knowledge base with these types of surgical and pathologic direct comparisons.”

In addition to that report, this issue presents two other cases in the Valvular Heart Disease category: rheumatic heart disease as an atypical cause of severe aortic stenosis and a rare acquired Gerbode-type shunt from endocarditis. Rare But Deadly Findings displays an accidental discovery of a mushroom-shaped RVOT as an early hint of pediatric arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), as well as a report on type A aortic dissection that emphasizes the importance of a rapid diagnosis through multimodality imaging. Read up on Dr. Sorrell’s editorial as he uncovers the historical evolution of echo and how today’s serendipitous findings in the lab continue to move the practice of echo forward.

Looking for a journal to submit your case report to? We want to hear from you! Email us with questions or submit your report today.

Now Open: 2024 Echo Florida Registration

Registration is now open for the 12th Annual Echo Florida, which will take place October 12-14, 2024, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Register early and save up to $225!

This year, attendees will register for Echo Florida through ASE’s Learning Hub. There are three registration options:

NOTE: Remember to log in to the ASE Member Portal before accessing the Learning Hub to also receive your member registration discount.

This annual course offers a comprehensive review of cardiovascular ultrasound, and this year will also include a new interactive format with hands-on workshops. Attendees can earn up to 20.25 CME/MOC credits.

EchoGuide Surpasses 65,000 Downloads

Since its release 18 months ago, ASE’s FREE calculator and algorithm app EchoGuide has been downloaded more than 65,000 times!

Enjoying EchoGuide? Let us know by writing a review in the Apple or Android App stores. Potential users will benefit from reading about your favorite app features and how this resource helps you in your day-to-day practice.

If you haven’t already, Download EchoGuide for access to more than 50 easy-to-use calculators, algorithms, and charts based on key ASE guidelines. The app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores and on the web

IGE Registry Welcomes Four New Participating Institutions and BMS as a Sponsor

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ASE’s ImageGuideEcho Registry Welcomes Four New Participating Institutions and Bristol Myers Squibb as a Sponsor

(DURHAM, NC, May 14, 2024)—The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is pleased to announce the addition of four new participating institutions to its renowned ImageGuideEcho RegistryTM. Over the past year, ASE has seen significant growth in its Registry, with the inclusion of Allina Health, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, University of Pennsylvania, and Lee Health. These institutions join six previously enrolled institutions aiming to support the Registry’s ongoing efforts to assess specific quality metrics and patient outcomes to drive technology application and quality improvement within the field of echocardiography and patient care.

Allina Health, a leading healthcare system based in Minnesota, became a participating institution on August 25, 2023. Children’s Mercy Kansas City, the first pediatric medical center to enroll in the Registry, joined on December 11, 2023. The University of Pennsylvania, renowned for its exceptional medical education and research, became a participating institution on February 22, 2024. Lee Health, a leading healthcare system in Southwest Florida, joined the Registry on March 28, 2024.

“We are thrilled to have these new institutions as a part of the ImageGuideEcho Registry,” said Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, FASE, ASE ImageGuideEcho Registry Committee Chair. “ With the addition of these four institutions, the Registry now encompasses an even broader range of healthcare settings, enhancing its ability to capture a comprehensive snapshot of echocardiography practice in the United States. This expansion reflects the growing recognition of the Registry’s value in improving patient outcomes and promoting evidence-based practice.”

In addition to the new participating institutions, ASE is proud to welcome Bristol Myers Squibb as a Gold Sponsor. Bristol Myers Squibb’s support will enable the Registry to further its mission of promoting excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and improving patient outcomes.

“At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are committed to transforming patients’ lives through science,” said Cecilia Marta, PhD, CMD, VP, Head of U.S. Medical Cardiovascular and Established Brands, Bristol Myers Squibb. “We are proud to support ASE’s ImageGuideEcho Registry, as it aligns with our desire to advance cardiovascular care and underscores our belief in the power of data-driven insights to drive meaningful change for patients.”

The Registry serves as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, providing valuable data and insights to enhance the quality of echocardiography imaging. The addition of these four institutions and the support of Bristol Myers Squibb, helps bolster the continued growth and success of the ImageGuideEcho Registry.

“We are extremely grateful to Bristol Myers Squibb for their commitment that will help us further our mission of promoting excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and improving patient outcomes,” said Dr. Strom. “I encourage other institutions and sponsors to join the Registry and contribute to the ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and safety of echocardiography. By participating in the Registry, institutions can gain access to valuable data-driven insights, identify areas for improvement, and benchmark their performance against national standards.”

About ImageGuideEchoTM Registry

ImageGuideEchoTM is a comprehensive database that collects data from echocardiograms performed across the United States. The Registry data provides valuable insights into the use and outcomes of echocardiography and helps clinicians make informed decisions and improve the quality of care at their institutions. For more information on the registry and enrollment, please visit ImageGuideEcho.org or contact Registry@ASEcho.org.

 

About ASE

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is the Society for Cardiovascular Ultrasound Professionals™. ASE is the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging serving physicians, sonographers, nurses, veterinarians, and scientists and as such is the leader and advocate, setting practice standards and guidelines for the field. The Society is committed to advancing cardiovascular ultrasound to improve lives. For more information visit ASE’s website ASEcho.org or social media pages on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), LinkedIn, or Instagram.

 

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Registration is Open for Advanced Echo 2024

Did you miss Echo Hawaii or State-of-the-Art Echocardiography (SOTA) earlier this year? Or maybe you are looking for unlimited on-demand access to the latest education on established and emerging cardiovascular ultrasound technologies? Register for ASE’s Advanced Echo 2024 online course and access 28 presentations compiled from the 2024 Echo Hawaii and SOTA courses. Expert faculty discuss the latest technologies with a particular focus on how they can be effectively applied in a clinical setting.

Registration includes access to course materials until April 16, 2025; up to 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, and ASE members receive reduced registration fees as a benefit of membership.

New Volunteer Opportunity: Echo Magazine Physician Co-Editor

Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2024

ASE is seeking applications for a new volunteer opportunity—Echo magazine Physician Co-EditorEcho magazine is a highly regarded publication that has featured hundreds of unique and interesting articles from ASE members over the past several years.

The selected individual will start on July 1 and serve a three-year term. The main responsibilities include proofreading each issue, suggesting article content, reviewing submitted articles, among other duties. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity and the criteria to apply!

May We Present JASE: Precision Imaging in Echo

The May issue of JASE includes, “Coronary Artery Tortuosity and Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Association With Echocardiography and Global Longitudinal Strain, Fibromuscular Dysplasia, and Outcomes.” Author Marysia S. Tweet, MD, MS, remarks, “Our recent publication describes detailed echocardiography findings of 116 patients after spontaneous coronary artery dissection.  Left ventricular ejection fraction and global longitudinal strain were of normal range in the majority of patients, although approximately half of the patients had persistent left ventricular regional wall motion abnormalities. While coronary artery tortuosity (TCA) was not associated with specific echocardiographic parameters, TCA was associated with older age, fibromuscular dysplasia and a trend towards larger mid-ascending aortic size.”

This issue emphasizes precision imaging in echocardiography and includes various novel applications of echocardiography to guide patient care. Clinical investigation topics range from stress echocardiographic markers of ischemia, echo vs. CMR for prediction of wedge pressure, and diastolic phenotypes in pediatric HCM, to spontaneous coronary artery dissection, pulmonary vein flow in the assessment of mitral regurgitation severity, and endurance training and LV mechanics in children. An editorial comment complements a clinical investigation on right atrial remodeling and outcome in patients with secondary tricuspid regurgitation. Readers can also look forward to a state-of-the-art review on the advances in the application of artificial intelligence in fetal echocardiography. Two letters to the editor and five brief research communications round out this issue.

Dr. Eidem’s President’s Message highlights ASE’s international efforts and impact as the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound. Be sure to check out May’s Author Spotlight to learn more from author Minh B. Nguyen, MD, on his recent paper, Modeling the Relationship Between Diastolic Phenotype and Outcomes in Pediatric Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Please see the May ASE Education Calendar for a listing of educational opportunities far and wide.

Register Now for ASE’s ASCeXAM Review Course: Virtual Experience

Content Available: Next Monday, May 6

Now is the perfect time to register for ASE’s 25th Annual ASCeXAM Review Course: Virtual Experience. Starting Monday, May 6, you’ll have online access to more than 40 pre-recorded presentations to help you prepare for the National Board of Echocardiography’s ASCeXAM. Additionally, these varied presentations offer a comprehensive review of cardiovascular ultrasound information.

Topics covered in this virtual course include:

  • TTE, TEE, right and left ventricular hemodynamics, endocarditis, chamber quantitation, systolic function, and hand-held echo
  • Spectral Doppler, deformation, stress echo, mitral stenosis, mitral valve disease, and mitral regurgitation
  • Mitral valve prostheses, aortic stenosis, HCM, systemic disease, and formulas
  • Physics, knobology, artifacts, right ventricular function, and tricuspid and pulmonary valve disease
  • Aortic regurgitation, aortic prosthesis, cardiac masses, myocardial infarction, and interventional echocardiography
  • Contrast, congenital heart disease, diastolic function, pericardial disease, diseases of the aorta, heart failure, and LVADs

Registration also includes a virtual live component on Saturday, June 22. Expert faculty will host two live question and answer sessions online from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET and 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET to answer your specific questions, review course material, and dive deeper into certain subjects. These sessions will be recorded and added to the online content for on-demand viewing through August 12, 2024. Registrants can earn up to 28.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Congratulations to ASE’s Newest FASE!

In April, ASE welcomed 28 distinguished Fellows of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) recipients! These members exemplify excellence in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound through education, research, leadership, and volunteerism. They are ambassadors for ASE and recognized experts in their field. Join us in congratulating the newest FASE recipients:

  • Vinesh Appadurai, MBBS, FRACP, FASE
  • Matthew J. Campbell, MD, FASE
  • Stephanie R. Catron, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE
  • Silvia Cortes, RCS, FASE
  • Etienne Côté, DVM, FASE
  • Shawn Cupp RCS, RCCS, FASE
  • Angela Dewar, RDCS, FASE
  • Regina Dickey, ACS, RVT, RDCS, FASE
  • Marissa Edmiston, MD, FASE
  • Lindsay Atherton Edwards, MD, FASE
  • Courtney Ryan Ereddia, RDCS, FASE
  • Maria Magdalena Hallden, MD, FASE
  • Joseph W. Huntsman, RCCS, RCS, RVS, FASE
  • Tikeshia Johnson, RDCS, FASE
  • Tyler Johnson, RDCS, FASE
  • Marius Keller, MD, FASE
  • Laura Kuzava, RDCS, RVT, RCCS, ACS, FASE
  • Samantha Marinelli, BS, RCS, CTT, FASE
  • Ian L. McCullough, MD, FASE
  • Purvi Parwani, MD, FASE
  • Florian Pracher, MD, FASE
  • Donald Shanebrook, RDCS, RCS, FASE
  • Ashley M. Warta, RDCS, FASE
  • Priscilla Wessly, MD, FASE
  • Yaw Amo Wiafe, PhD, FASE
  • Naveena V. Yanamala, PhD, FASE
  • Nadia Leandra Do Couto Francisco, MSc, ACS, RDCS, RCCS, FASE
  • Kerrilynn C. Hennessey, MD, FASE

A complete list of FASE members can be found at SeeMyHeart.org. To apply for FASE, or learn more, visit ASEcho.org/FASE. The next deadline to apply is June 1.

ASE 2024 Early Registration Rates End in ONE WEEK

Register by May 8 and save up to $225

35th Annual Scientific Sessions

ASE’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions is the premier cardiovascular ultrasound event of the year for physicians, sonographers, nurses, veterinarians, scientists, and multimodality partners with an interest in echocardiography. Join colleagues and friends June 14-16 in-person in Portland, Oregon—or virtually—for quality education, focused sessions, and networking. Register by May 8 to save up to $225 and attend ASE 2024 for the best price!

Now is also the time to reserve your discounted hotel room at one of the four hotels ASE has secured room blocks in Portland. It is likely that ASE’s block of rooms at discounted rates will sell out before each hotel’s cut-off date in May.

Portland is a great jumping off point for a vacation in the Pacific Northwest! Bring your family and see the Oregon Coast, Mount Hood or the Columbia River gorge—all accessible within easy driving distance from our meeting! Learn more here.