Aortic Stenosis and Native Valvular Regurgitation Pocket Guidelines

Add the latest valve pocket guidelines to your collection. These FIVE pocket guidelines are based on the ASE guidelines, four of which were released in April 2017. They are available individually or in a valve bundle. Take advantage of your member discount by visiting ASEMarketPlace to purchase yours today.  Posters, Inserts, and Flip Chart Posters are also available.

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ASNC and ASE Team Up to Expand the ImageGuide Registry

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Sun, Sand, and Science – Submit Your Research to Present at Echo Hawaii

Don’t miss your chance to present your basic or clinical research in sunny Hawaii in January. ASE is now accepting abstracts for the 28th Annual Echo Hawaii meeting to be considered for poster presentation. Submission is free of charge, and presenting authors are eligible for a $100 discount off their conference registration. A “Best Poster Prize” will recognize the top work presented. Visit the Echo Hawaii Call for Science page for more information. Submission closes Wednesday, November 1. 

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Did You Miss ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions? September JASE Gives a Glimpse of It through Photos

The September JASE includes “Three-Dimensional Echocardiographic Automated Quantification of Left Heart Chamber Volumes Using an Adaptive Analytics Algorithm: Feasibility and Impact of Image Quality in Nonselected Patients,” by Medvedofsky et al. This prospective study tested an automated 3D echocardiographic technique for left heart chamber quantification in non-selected patients. Co-author Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, said that “We found that analysis was feasible in 90% of consecutive patients, but reliably accurate measurements were obtained in 66%, including those with adequate image quality, as defined in the article. We also found that the accuracy of the automated measurements was improved by editing the endocardial boundaries by an experienced reader, but did not change significantly when performed by readers without 3D echocardiography training. Importantly, however, the default fully automated measurements were accurate in the above patients, rendering border corrections non-essential. We suggest that this automated approach may overcome the workflow limitations and facilitate further integration of 3D quantification in clinical practice.”

As is the tradition, this JASE also includes a photo spread of the highlights from the 28th Annual Scientific Sessions, June 2-6, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Call for Proposals – 2017 Research Grant Funding

Do you have a research idea but need funding to get it started? The ASE Foundation is now accepting proposals for its annual research grant program. We invite research proposals relevant to the value of echo-guided procedures in interventional care and their impact on patient outcomes. Of particular interest are proposals that provide comparative or demonstrative evidence of the key role echocardiography plays in cardiac and/or vascular surgical, catheter-based or device-placement related procedures.

For more details, please visit ASEFoundation.org/2017-research-grant. Proposals are due by October 31, 2017.

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Complimentary Webinar: Echocardiographic Assessment of Diastolic Function

IAC Echocardiography will present a live webinar (followed by a Q&A session) on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 1 PM ET, entitled Echocardiographic Assessment of Diastolic Function. This webinar will be presented by Merri L. Bremmer, EdD, RN, RDCS, FASE, and is a joint presentation of IAC, ASE, and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).  This webinar will discuss technical tips for echo assessment of diastolic function and diastolic function assessment as detailed in the 2016 ASE Diastolic Function Guidelines. Registered participants will receive 1.0 ASE CEU credit. Register here.

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ASE Headquarters Closed September 4

ASE Headquarters will be closed Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

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