Artificial Intelligence Guided Point of Care Cardiac Ultrasound Performed by Novice Users is Instrumental in Rapid Diagnosis

COVID-19 changed everything in healthcare, and a benefit from this pandemic was a surge in innovations in the medical field. One of these is the growth in Artificial intelligence (AI) guided medical care. Research is now showing that AI provides the opportunity for frontline providers who do not have specialized training in cardiac ultrasound (novice users) to obtain diagnostic quality point of care cardiac ultrasound (POCUS) images. This facilitates real-time, bedside assessment and diagnosis of structural cardiac disease and expands its use on a larger scale than possible in the past. Two research studies being presented at the ASE 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience, June 18-21, 2021, highlight the use of AI by novice users including nurses and frontline practitioners. Read more here.

Cardiac Related COVID-19 Research Highlighted at the ASE Scientific Sessions

A new original science category being featured at the ASE 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience, June 18-21, 2021, focuses on the utilization of echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) and the indication for echocardiography in COVID-19. Three research studies being presented show the broad scope echocardiography plays in diagnosis and ongoing evaluation and treatment of this novel virus. Read more here.

Novel Research Shows the Value of Echo with UEAs in Complex CHD Patients

Echocardiography (heart ultrasound) with ultrasound enhancing agents (UEAs) has proven to be a valuable imaging procedure after surgery for children born with single ventricle congenital heart disease (CHD). This heart defect occurs when one of the two pumping chambers in the heart, called ventricles, is not large enough or strong enough to work correctly. Research being presented at the ASE 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience, June 18-21, 2021, highlights how echocardiography with UEAs (agents that do not involve radiation) in CHD patients postoperatively can improve diagnostic capabilities and decrease the need for additional testing. Read more here.

Innovative Cardiovascular Ultrasound Solutions Showcased at ASE’s 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions

The virtual exhibit hall at ASE 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience will feature over 30 companies and organizations highlighting the latest vendor technology and other services. Demonstrations of artificial intelligence software and intracardiac echocardiography technologies, how to incorporate strain and ultrasound enhancing agents (UEAs) into lab procedures, and more will all be available to explore, June 18-21, 2021, during the world’s premier meeting for cardiovascular ultrasound practitioners. Read highlights from the virtual exhibit hall here.

JASE Celebrates ASE Scientific Sessions Abstracts

In keeping with tradition, the June JASE (online) spotlights the ASE 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions Scientific Research Abstracts. A clinical investigation, “Association between Transesophageal Echocardiography and Clinical Outcomes after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery,” by Emily J. MacKay, DO, MS et al, is complemented by an editorial comment, “Assessing the Value of Echocardiography in the Absence of Randomized Trials: How Analytic Techniques from Causal Inference Can Fill the Gap,” by Jason H. Wasfy, MD, MPhil, and Falco J. Bargagli-Stoffi, MSc, PhD. Dr. MacKay, a cardiac anesthesiologist and echocardiographer, said that the goal was to approximate the design of a cluster-randomized trial within the framework of an observational study. “Across all analyses, which controlled for both observed differences (by matching) and unobserved differences (by instrumental variable analysis), TEE was associated with improved clinical outcomes after CABG surgery. As data becomes more readily available to researchers, the appropriate and rigorous application of causal inference statistical techniques to observational datasets is a very real opportunity to fill evidence gaps to help clinicians make informed treatment decisions and improve outcomes.”

Other clinical investigations in this issue examine atrial fibrillation and functional tricuspid regurgitation, echocardiography and percutaneous mitral valve interventions, carotid artery ultrasound, echocardiography in COVID-19, and pediatric echocardiography. An article on echocardiographic imaging strategies for the BASILICA procedure, a brief research communication on the midsystolic notching on RVOT flow velocity with an accompanying editorial comment, and several letters to the editor round out the issue.

ASE President Judy Hung, MD, FASE, writes about her ASE term, Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE, the sonographer co-chair of the ASE 2021 Scientific Sessions, gives a glimpse of its revolutionary programming, Gregory Tatum, MD, FASE, writes poignantly of the collaborative efforts of the Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease and the ASE Foundation, and the education calendar outlines a multitude of learning options near and far.

ASE Policy Statement on Adult Cardiac Sonographer Performing Screening Echocardiograms in the Newborn

On May 27, 2021, ASE approved the following policy statement on the adult cardiac sonographer performing screening echocardiograms in the newborn:

ASE is committed to supporting sonographers provide the best care for patients of all ages, newborns through adults. The ASE recognizes that sonographers without specialized pediatric training will be asked to perform transthoracic echocardiograms in newborn infants at institutions without onsite pediatric sonographers and pediatric cardiologists. The primary indication for these neonatal echocardiograms will be to assess for the presence of critical congenital heart disease that may require emergency medical intervention and transfer to a tertiary pediatric cardiac center for further infant care. Realizing the stress and challenges this scenario imposes upon sonographers, the ASE advocates for the universal adoption of the following:

  1. Availability of additional sonographer training (online or in-person) for sonographers tasked with performing these scans;
  2. Development of immediately accessible online educational tools;
  3. Availability of appropriate ultrasound equipment for imaging newborn infants at all institutions performing Obstetrical deliveries and neonatal pulse oximetry screening;
  4. Information Technology resources to support high bandwidth telemedicine transfer of imaging data; and
  5. Establishment of formal telemedicine agreements or consultative privileges between hospitals without on-site pediatric cardiology presence and designated pediatric cardiologists available for prompt consultation.

To review ASE’s policy statements, click here.

Join the Fun at ASE 2021

We are less than three weeks away from ASE 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience, June 18-21, 2021. Although we will still be virtual this year, the educational and scientific content will be just as exciting as if we were all together in person. We have also added in a fun “game” this year where you can win amazing prizes, and there will be an ASE member talent show on Saturday evening.

Play to Win – Compete for Prizes

Play to win badges! There are three badges available. Win them all to become an ASE Super Star! The more you explore the ASE 2021 virtual platform, the more you will earn. The top 3 on the Leaderboard at 9:30 PM ET on June 21, 2021 will win three exciting prizes.

  • FIRST PLACE: $2,500 credit towards registration, hotel accommodation, and transportation for any ASE 2022 conference!
  • SECOND PLACE: $500 credit towards ASE products, conference, online education, or membership.
  • THIRD PLACE: $250 credit towards ASE products, conference, online education, or membership. All prizes are not redeemable for cash.

LAST CALL: ASE Talent Show – Videos Due June 4

Can you juggle, sing (Karaoke counts as singing), yodel, whistle, play piano or violin? Whatever your talent, we are looking for all of our talented members to share a 30-45 second video to be a part of the ASE Talent Show on Saturday evening during the ASE Scientific Sessions. Upload your MP4 files to this Box folder by this Friday, June 4 to be included in this entertaining networking event. All the ASE 2021 registrants will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite, and the winner will be announced live. The winner will receive a free registration to the 2022 Scientific Sessions and the applause of many!

Nominations for Society Awards Now Open

ASE is now accepting applications for 2022 Society Awards. These awards will be presented at the 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions in Seattle, Washington, June 2022. Check out the links below to see how you may nominate someone (or yourself!) for an award.

Make sure you do not miss the upcoming deadline of August 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact

ASE Headquarters Closed – May 31

ASE Headquarters will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of U.S. Memorial Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, June 1.

NEW! ASE’s First Textbook Dedicated to Strain Imaging – Now available for Sale!

Pre-order your copy today for the member price of $179.99 USD, and receive a digitally signed edition! Offer ends July 15, 2021.

Written by international ASE experts, this textbook will be your go-to guide for everything related to strain technique and application. You will receive the hardbound book as well as online access to easily browse, search, and download content. 

Features Include:

  • Wide range of strain imaging/speckle tracking echocardiography applications, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up
  • Step-by-step techniques on how to use strain imaging with expert tips on nuances and pitfalls
  • Screening and follow-up of patients who receive cardio-toxic oncologic agents during cancer treatment
  • Evaluation of patients with cardiomyopathy, heart failure, arterial disease, valve disease, implantable pacemakers, pericardial disease, hypertrophy, ischemic disease, and chest radiation
  • Future applications, including elastography