New ASE Guideline in JASE on Performing TEE Exam in CHD Patients

The February JASE contains, “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transesophageal Echocardiographic Examination in Children and All Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography.” The prior guideline for TEE was published in 2005 and focused on when to do it, how to do it, and who should do it. Writing group chair, Michael D. Puchalski, MD, FASE, said, “This new paper really expands on that in a significant way by providing a comprehensive protocol for image acquisition. We recommend numerous views to evaluate a wide variety of congenital heart conditions and have added 3D echo, which did not exist in 2005. The technologic advancements in the last decade or more have expanded the use of TEE to guide interventions in the catheterization lab and improve operative outcomes from the smallest babies to the oldest adult.”

Other JASE articles include a state-of-the-art review on pathophysiology and echocardiographic diagnosis of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and clinical investigations on three-dimensional echocardiography of the tricuspid valve, left atrial function and heart failure risk, cardio-oncology, echocardiographic markers of high risk Chagas cardiomyopathy, and fetal echocardiography along with a preclinical investigation on three-dimensional echocardiographic holography. James N. Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE, and Alan S. Pearlman, MD, FASE, penned the article, “Ethical Challenges in the Practice of Echocardiography: What is Right and How Do We Do It?” based on the 2018 Richard Kerber Lecture on Ethics and Humanitarianism. The Blue Pages include the President’s Message by Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, FASE, “Technology is Sometimes a Double-edged Sword,” and the COPE column, “Perioperative Echocardiography in a Multi-Disciplinary Care Team,” by Himani Bhatt, MD, MPA, FASE, and Sheela Pai Cole, MD, FASE.

There is Still Time to Register for SOTA – Final Program Available

There is Still Time to Register for SOTA – Final Program Available
You will not want to miss the 32nd Annual State-of-the-Art Echocardiography, February 16-18, 2019, that includes an expanded computer-based session, a sonographer-only session, TMVR, TAVR, LAA occlusion cases, and advance strain imaging. You will learn from a powerhouse team led by Drs. Bijoy Khandheria, William Zoghbi, and Roberto Lang. During the course, over 100 cases will be presented on themes of structural heart disease, myocardial and pericardial disease, coronary artery disease, and interventional echocardiography.

On February 15-16, there is an optional learning lab that is limited to 100 registrants. This allows for easy access to the expert faculty and nearly private instruction. The location for this one-of-a-kind course is the beautiful Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California. This family-friendly resort was ranked in the Conde Nast Top 25 Top Resorts in Southern California: Readers’ Choice Awards 2018. Learn more here, download the Final Program, and register today.

Celebrate American Heart Month with ASEF!

Celebrate American Heart Month with ASEF!

In honor of American Heart Month, the ASE Foundation is hosting its third annual Spread the Love campaign. We invite you to thank those who have supported you in your career. Who has left a lasting impact on you? Think about those individuals who have played an important role and thank them with a donation in their honor!

Here’s how it works: make a donation by February 12th and include the name and email address of the person you would like to honor. Then on Thursday, February 14th, the Foundation will send a special electronic Valentine’s Day card to that person thanking them for the role they have played in your career. You may also leave a personal message if you would like!

Give a gift that supports the future of our field while honoring those who have supported you throughout your career. Join the Foundation in Spreading the Love! Questions? Contact Foundation@ASEcho.org.

Transesophageal Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease – A Vital Component in Imaging

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common form of birth defect worldwide. In the United States alone, over 40,000 children are born annually with CHD and the number of children and adults living with CHD is estimated at two to three million. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has always been an essential non-invasive diagnostic tool for pediatric cardiologists, but recent advances in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) technology have led to its increasing importance in the care of both children and adults with CHD. A new document, Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transesophageal Echocardiographic Examination in Children and All Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography, provides a comprehensive review of the optimal application of TEE for patients with CHD. Read more here.

ASNC AND ASE ANNOUNCE 2019 QCDR DESIGNATION FOR THE IMAGEGUIDE REGISTRY

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved the ImageGuide Registry® as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for 2019. The designation as a QCDR allows the ImageGuide Registry to submit provider data to meet reporting requirements under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2019 reporting year. The ImageGuide Registry has been recognized annually as a QCDR since 2015. Read more here.

ASE Releases New Guide to Performing the Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination

Medical experts have released “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography.” ASE first established recommendations for the comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) exam in 1980, and TTE has continued to be a centerpiece of ASE’s educational resources over the years. With the evolution of both technology and performance, this new guideline addresses these changes and aims to provide new guidance to enhance imaging quality and empower echocardiographers to provide the best possible care for their patients. Filled with original illustrations, instructive videos, and detailed instructions to provide an effective resource for all echocardiographers, this document gives a comprehensive view of scanning techniques and protocols for today’s cardiovascular imaging. Read more here.

ASE Foundation Partners with WomenHeart to Help Heart Disease Patients

The ASE Foundation (ASEF) is very proud to announce that it has partnered with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, to provide women with important information to help them better navigate the often complicated process of living with heart disease. ASEF has become a sponsor of WomenHeart’s Red Bag of Courage® educational program that delivers heart health materials directly into the hands of women who need it most. Read more here.

The January JASE is Now Online – ASE’s Newest Guideline Debuts!

The January issue of JASE, now online, includes, “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography.” Co-chairs Carol Mitchell, PhD, ACS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), FASE, and Peter S. Rahko, MD, FASE, shared a little about the TTE guideline content. “As the writing committee surveyed the many excellent educational resources available, we found a void in information available to students and new sonographers. There is a lack of material defining how to best perform the TTE exam. Thus, part of the focus of the new guideline is to provide information focusing on exam performance and how to acquire the echocardiography views.” The guideline is a CME article, and a live webinar related to it is scheduled for January 31 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time (see more about this below).

Also in this JASE are clinical investigations on echocardiography in coronary artery disease, echocardiography in aortic valve disease, contrast-enhanced vascular ultrasound for atherosclerotic plaque assessment, echocardiography in children, fetal echocardiography, and several editorial comments as well as letters to the editor. The Society blue pages feature ASE Dr. Jonathan Lindner’s President’s Message, “Yearn to Learn,” highlighting that ASE is highly regarded as an educational resource for all healthcare providers who use cardiovascular ultrasound, but ASE never rests on its laurels, and is constantly striving to advance and adapt its educational offerings. The sonographer communication by Liza Y. Sanchez, RCS, FASE, explores echocardiographic cardiac evaluations of primates in the Great Ape Heart Project.

You Did It!

While we wait for the final count, the ASE Foundation is happy to announce that we exceeded our $250,000 2018 Annual Appeal donation goal! We sincerely thank all of our incredibly generous donors who supported the ASE Foundation throughout this past year! The list of donors will be published in the Winter edition of the ASEF newsletter. You can feel confident that your gifts will have a direct impact on the future of cardiovascular ultrasound because 100% of all donations will be used to support the Foundation’s 2019 initiatives. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2019 and have all of you to thank for setting it up for a successful giving year!

Don’t Miss Part Two of the Live Guideline-based Webinar on Comprehensive TTE

Join Peter Rahko, MD, FASE, on Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time for an interactive live webinar as he presents part two of this webinar series “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography.” Dr. Rahko will discuss the difference between the comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography protocol and limited transthoracic echocardiography protocols, writing protocols, developing quality assurance programs as well as implementing these recommendations into daily practices. He will also provide information for how to acquire the standard set of echocardiography views and measurements to maximize diagnostic accuracy which will serve as a resource for protocol development for echocardiography laboratories.

Click here to find out when the webinar is taking place in your timezone. Those taking part in the live webinar can receive CME! Interested in this topic, but the scheduled time is not convenient for you?  Register for the live webinar, and an email will be sent to you once the recorded webinar (non-CME) is available in your content on ASEUniversity. You can then view it at your convenience.