ECHO VOL 11 | Issue 4


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RUC – Practice Expense

The American Medical Association (AMA) RUC will be reviewing the practice expense for “rooms” that the RUC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created. ASE will need to supply invoices for every piece of equipment in the ultrasound room by June 18, 2022.

Click here to gather more information, see how you can help, and view the list of medical equipment included in the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Room.

We need your help in defending the value of this room!

ASE 2022 Early Registration Closes May 10

The 33rd Annual ASE Scientific Sessions will be live and back in-person in Seattle, Washington, at the Seattle Convention Center, June 10 – 13, 2022.

Registration and housing are now open. Register before May 10 to save $100!

After two years of nearly 100% online learning, the ASE 2022 program chairs Sharon Mulvagh, MD, FASE, and Carol Mitchell, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), ACS, FASE, as well as the entire Scientific Sessions Program Committee, are pleased to present a comprehensive program that also allows plenty of time for individualized learning and networking opportunities.

Registration is available in two options:

  • ASE 2022 In-Person: registration includes all the live sessions, choice between 12 tracks, and up to 23 CME/MOC credits. The live sessions are not included in the on-demand content. To claim CME credits from these sessions, you must participate in them live. 44 additional on-demand sessions for up to an additional 52 CME/MOC credits will be available for access for 90 days from Monday, July 11, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022 (75 total CME/MOC credits pending approval).
  • ASE 2022 Virtual: registration includes live streaming from the main plenary room, up to 20 CME/MOC points. Live-streamed content is only available at the time listed in the program. These sessions are not available on-demand. Please double check what time these sessions will be presented in your specific time zone to not miss the presentations. To claim CME credits from these sessions, you must watch them live. 44 additional on-demand sessions for up to an additional 52 CME/MOC credits will be available for access for 90 days, from Monday, July 11, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022 (72 total CME/MOC credits pending approval). 

April CASE – The Thrill of Echo

The latest issue of CASE, ASE’s open access case reports journal, is available and includes “Acquired Dynamic Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction: A Rare Complication of Acute Myocardial Infarction” by Kapil Rajendran, MD, DM, Sivaprasad Kunjukrishnanpillai, MD, DM, DNB, and Baiju Rajan, MD, DM. The CASE Editor-in-Chief, Vincent L. Sorrell, MD, FASE, noted, “This CASE report demonstrates the importance of recognizing that dynamic LVOT obstruction may occur due to the compensation of the hyperkinetic basal LV during an acute myocardial infarction. In their excellent report, Figure 5 shows the acute LVOTO and its resolution during serial echocardiography follow up. Figure 6 emphasizes how the aortoseptal angle may contribute to the likelihood of this complication of an MI. This is something all echo labs need to be aware of.”

Additionally, this issue includes two unusual congenital heart disease cases, three cases highlighting echo’s role in diagnosing cardiac tumors, an uncommon cause of presyncope after bypass, and a rare veterinary case of atrial dyssynchrony in a dog.

The latest editorial from Dr. Sorrell, “#EchoFirst Wins Gold, Silver, and Bronze,” explores parallels with the Olympic Games to highlight the exciting environment, comprehensive array of capabilities, and vital role of teamwork that exemplify today’s echo lab.

Explore the CASE Homepage’s newest feature, Sonographer Sound-Off. This interactive element provides an opportunity for sonographers to share tips and tricks they have learned in everyday practice. Congratulations to Agatha Kwon, BSc (Hon), GradDipCardiacUltrasound, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland, Australia, for supplying the images and text for the INAUGURAL Sonographer Sound-Off. Email us if you’d like to submit or have questions!

ASE Welcomes Nine New Board Members

ASE is pleased to announce that its membership has elected nine new board members to serve the Society starting July 1, 2022. The 2022 ASE Executive Committee welcomes newly elected Vice President (one-year term) Theodore Abraham, MD, FASE, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, and Secretary (two-year term) Kelly Thorson, DHSc, MSRS, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, CA.

In addition to the new officers, the following new Board of Directors members were elected to serve two-year terms: Jose Banchs, MD, FASE, FACC, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO (Member at Large); Akhil Narang, MD, FASE, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL (Member at Large); Fadi Shamoun, MD, FASE, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ (Council on Circulation & Vascular Ultrasound Steering Committee Chair); Neha Ringwala Soni-Patel, MEd, RCCS, RDCS (AE/PE), FASE, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland, OH (Member at Large); and G. Monet Strachan, ACS, RDCS, FASE, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA (Council on Cardiovascular Sonography Steering Committee Chair). Sujatha Buddhe, MD, MS, FASE, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Leadership Academy Representative) and Arthur Labovitz, MD, FASE, Naples Cardiac & Endovascular Center (Retired), Naples, FL (Council on Critical Care Echocardiography Steering Committee Chair) will each serve a one-year term.

Previously elected members of the 2021-2022 ASE Executive Committee transitioning to a new position on the 2022-2023 Board are Stephen Little, MD, FASE, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX (President); Benjamin Eidem, MD, FASE, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (President-Elect); and Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX (Immediate Past President). Cynthia Taub, MD, FASE, Dartmouth Hitchcook Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, will continue serving as Treasurer through June 2024, and Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL, will join the 2022-2023 ASE Executive Committee for a two-year term as the Council Representative.

Directors continuing with their final year of service include Carolyn Altman, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (Council on Pediatric & Congenital Heart Disease Steering Committee Chair); Anthony Gallagher MHA, FASE, Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, KY (Member at Large); Leo Lopez, MD, FASE, Stanford Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA (Member at Large); G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Council on Perioperative Echocardiography Steering Committee Chair); Susan Mayer, MD, FASE, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO (Member at Large); Kian-Keong Poh, MA, MMed, FRCP, FAMS, FAsCC, FACC, FASE, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (International Representative); Thomas Ryan, MD, FASE, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Past President Member); and Vandana Sachdev, MD, FASE, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD (Member at Large).

ASE thanks the following eight Board members who will complete their service on June 30, 2022: Meryl Cohen, MD, MSEd, FASE, FACC, FAHA, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (Council Representative); Judy Hung, MD, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (Immediate Past President); Danita Sanborn, MD, MMSc, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (Member at Large); Vincent Sorrell, MD, FASE, FACP ASIM, FACC, FCMR, University of Kentucky Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, Lexington, KY (Member at Large); Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, FASE, Beth Israel Deaconess, Milton, MA (Leadership Academy Representative); Ritu Thamman, MD, FASE, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA (Member at Large); Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Aurora Health Care, Muskego, WI (Secretary); and Bryan Wells, MD, FASE, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA (Council on Circulation & Vascular Ultrasound Steering Committee Chair).

The current 2021-2022 Board of Directors will meet for the final time at ASE’s 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions in Seattle, WA, from June 10-13, 2022.

ASE Headquarters Closed – April 15

ASE Headquarters will be closed on Friday, April 15. Normal business hours will resume Monday, April 18.

New Grant Opportunity Related to Newly Diagnosed Severe Valvular Heart Disease Patients

The application process for a new funding opportunity of up to $1.1M USD for research is now open. This ASE/ASEF grant opportunity is aimed at examining the impact of embedded echocardiography report interventions on referral patterns and outcomes in patients newly diagnosed by echocardiography with severe aortic stenosis (AS). The presence of severe AS and other forms of valvular heart disease in patients may affect their risk of stroke and mortality. Considering the growth in numbers of patients presenting with AS, ASE is concerned that the diagnosis, referral, and treatment for these patients needs to be optimized to lower overall healthcare costs and increase positive patient outcomes. This study in particular will examine the role of a primary care provider and referral patterns to a cardiac specialist for patients presenting with severe AS, though the study may be expanded to include other forms of severe valve disease.

One grant will be awarded by ASE, through its Foundation, with funding support from Edwards Lifesciences. ASE members will be given priority should the merits of the grant applications be equal. Application closes August 31, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET.

NEW CASE Sonographer Feature!

The CASE Editorial team is excited to announce the latest addition to the CASE homepage, Sonographer Sound-Off. This new interactive element provides an opportunity for sonographers to share tips and tricks they have learned in everyday practice. Congratulations to Agatha Kwon, BSc (Hon), GradDipCardiacUltrasound, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland, Australia, for supplying the images and text for the INAUGURAL Sonographer Sound-Off. Learn more here.

New Multi-Society Recommendations Highlight How Non-Invasive Imaging Modalities Play a Key Role in the Evaluation and Management of Patients with Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Noninvasive imaging modalities play a fundamental role in the evaluation
and management of patients with known or suspected CAD. A new, multi-society document,
Non-Invasive Imaging in Coronary Syndromes: Recommendations of The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography, in Collaboration with The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, and Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, focuses on how multiple imaging techniques can evaluate different aspects of CAD and the importance of choosing the proper imaging test depending on the patient characteristics, clinical scenario, and expertise at each imaging center. This document, which was developed by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), in collaboration with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), is published in the April 2022 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. Read more here.

ASE Statement on a Patient-Centered and Personalized Approach to Imaging

4-11-2022 – ASE approves the following policy:

ASE Statement on a Patient-Centered and Personalized Approach to Imaging

ASE strongly endorses patient-centered and personalized imaging. Rather than an automatic testing default, a personalized approach to testing based on clinical information is better and benefits the patient. Every clinical presentation should be evaluated individually to determine which imaging test is appropriate. Factoring in technical local expertise, quality and availability of equipment, likelihood of cardiovascular disease, and patient preference are all extremely important in deciding the optimal approach. We believe a multi-disciplinary team is best and the patient, patient advocate and their family’s viewpoints are important contributors for shared decision-making. A patient-centered approach may reduce administrative burden, avoid care delays, and support the unique role of the physician/patient interaction. In alignment with personalized imaging, ASE also believes in high-quality testing. The ASE Accreditation Policy Statement published on February 15, 2014, outlines ASE’s commitment to advocating for an environment of excellence in quality and practice of cardiovascular ultrasound.