Archives for August 2017

ASE Past President, Susan Wiegers Named to Medical Imaging Drugs Advisory Committee

We are excited to announce that ASE Past President, Susan Wiegers, MD, FASE, has accepted an invitation to serve on the Medical Imaging Drugs Advisory Committee (MIDAC) of the Food and Drug Administration for a term effectively immediately and ending June 30, 2021. The MIDAC advises the FDA Commissioner or designee in discharging responsibilities as they relate to helping to ensure safe and effective drugs for human use and, as required, any other product for which the Food and Drug Administration has regulatory responsibility. As a committee member, Dr. Wiegers will help review and evaluate data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug products for use in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using radioactive pharmaceuticals and contrast media used in diagnostic radiology and make appropriate recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Join us in congratulating her on this very important appointment.

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Announcing ASE’s Latest Product – Self Study: Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease DVD

One of the latest products from ASE, Self Study: Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease DVD, provides a comprehensive review of the use of echocardiography in the diagnosis and follow-up of a variety of congenital heart diseases. Imaging from basic to comprehensive echocardiographic assessment is discussed. The DVD provides a review of anatomy and physiology including identifying and optimizing echocardiographic views for assessing and characterizing variations of congenital heart disease. It also includes a review of the different surgical approaches used to repair and palliate lesions.

Self Study: Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease DVD is suitable for sonographers, fellows, cardiologists, and physicians with limited background in congenital heart disease as well as those with significant congenital cardiac expertise. This DVD is designated by ASE for 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Purchase your copy today at ASEMarketPlace.com.

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Call for Officers and Board Nominations is Now Open

ASE is seeking the best and brightest members to move forward the mission and goals of the Society. Now is your opportunity to become a leader in ASE. If you are an active member and meet the criteria outlined on the nominations page, ask a friend or colleague to submit a nomination on your behalf. All positions are open to any member regardless of specialty (sonographer, pediatrician, anesthesiologist, etc.).

The process is easy. Candidates need to have one letter of nomination, up to three letters of support from active members that outline the candidate’s leadership abilities, a current CV, a one to two page personal vision statement, a completed brief online self-assessment survey, and a completed conflict of interest/disclosure form. Guidelines for submitting nominations can be found on ASE’s nominations page.

The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, October 20, 2017. Ask an active ASE member TODAY to submit your nomination. Please contact Mary Alice Dilday at 919-297-7188 or madilday@asecho.org with any questions or to submit nominations.

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The Fledgling CASE Journal is Soaring

The 4th issue of CASE is now online along with a new “What is This Image?” The ten case reports’ topics include ablation complications, coronary sinus fistula, CRT and Fabry, COR triatriatum, coronary perforation, ECMO, endocarditis by 3D, intramyocardial dissecting hematoma, and ePLAR for pulmonary embolism. The lead author on the ePLAR article, “Dramatic Normalization of the Echocardiographic Pulmonary-to-Left Atrial Ratio with Thrombolysis in a Case of Life-Threatening Submassive Pulmonary Emboli,” is Isabel G. Scalia, BSc, from Heart Care Partners in Brisbane, Australia. “This was a great opportunity to be able to highlight the power of ePLAR,  a new echocardiographic surrogate for transpulmonary gradient, in a case of massive life threatening pulmonary embolus,” said Scalia. “In particular, in both diagnosis and management follow up, ePLAR was able to demonstrate the physiology of acute subtotal occlusion of transpulmonary flow. As a young clinician, CASE journal has offered me an excellent platform to showcase the potential impact of this new, clinically useful echo tool. I very much hope that this case will encourage other clinicians to consider measuring ePLAR in patients with these conditions as a non-invasive aid to diagnosis and treatment.”

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Remember Your Colleagues in Texas and Louisiana

Dear ASE Members,

By now, we are all familiar with the reports of flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and the devastating impact on Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana. At times like these, we draw from our compassion to support others through difficult times.  We are specifically thinking of our colleagues in the affected areas.  For our members in that vicinity we wish you well and thank those of you who have stayed at the hospitals and other care centers to help and treat patients during this time.

Many ASE members have contacted us to express their interest in assisting with relief efforts. Because ASE does not have the infrastructure to organize disaster recovery efforts, we encourage our members to volunteer with reputable, established relief teams that are already in place and/or give to other charitable organizations offering services in that area. If you would like to support their efforts, the American Red Cross, United Way Relief, and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and managed by Greater Houston Community Foundation) are just a few of the organizations that are providing relief specifically for Hurricane Harvey.

Again, we hope all ASE members affected by the storm are safe, secure, and will soon be on the path to recovery. Our thoughts are with you.

Sincerely,

Vera Rigolin, MD, FASE
ASE President

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Picard Named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography

Read release here.

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CMS finalized increase to echo code 93306 and accepted the cardiology community’s proposal that prevents cuts to echoes with contrast