Spectacular Attention to Detail! The February CASE Now Online

The latest issue of CASE, ASE’s online case reports journal, is now available and contains, “Misdiagnosis or Missed Diagnosis: Digging Out the “Near-Field Clutter” Artifact in a Patient with Stroke,” from Laurens De Vos, MD, Veerle De Herdt, MD, PhD, and Frank Timmermans, MD, PhD.” CASE co-Editor-in-Chief, Karen Zimmerman, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE, writes in her editorial that this case stresses the importance of attention to detail and physics. “In this case, an apical LV thrombus was believed to be the cause of an embolic stroke due to a few questionable surface echo images. The patient was subject to multiple imaging examinations to finally reveal Near-Field Clutter (NFC). They also provide an excellent lesson and strategy for differentiation of NFC.”

The other illuminating cases in this issue look at imaging for percutaneous procedures crossing the atrial septum, masses/thrombosis, and sinus of Valsalva ruptures.

As CASE begins its 4th year of publishing cases that help its readers enhance their knowledge and provide outstanding healthcare for their patients, Karen G. Zimmerman, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE, and L. Leonardo Rodriguez, MD, FACC, FASE, would like to thank everyone who is involved in creating such an impactful publication every two months. Without the generosity of reviewers, who take their personal time to review cases and work hard to help authors fine-tune their submissions, CASE would not be possible. The Editors-in-Chief would also like to thank CASE’s publisher, Elsevier, for its excellence in supporting the submission, proofing, and publication process. CASE always wants to hear from readers and potential authors with opinions and questions. Don’t hesitate to email managing editor, Deborah Meyer at DMeyer@ASEcho.org.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, in compliance with the Durham County North Carolina order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of coronavirus, the entire ASE staff will be working remotely through April 30. 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.