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New contrast agent "Lumason"

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Has anybody used this contrast yet? If so what is your thoughts compared to Optison and Definity? Our manager wants us to give this contrast a trial and just wanted to know how is adds up. Thanks!
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To all of our valued Scavenger Hunt participants: Thank you so much for making the ASE Foundation’s Heeling Hearts Scavenger Hunt and After-Party in Boston a huge success! With the incredibly generous support of our sponsors Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. and Siemens Healthcare, we were able to raise $16,000 for future student and fellow travel grants and scholarships. Now, on to the score report! Please reference the list below to see how your team did during the Scavenger Hunt. Team Name / Listing 1. Boston TEE Party – SIEMENS Revolution # 2– Overall Winner! 2. Lubb Dubb 3. Misfits 4. Blue Devil Scavengers 5....
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With the permanent repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), Washington’s approach to healthcare has shifted significantly. Congress is no longer consumed with financing annual patches to the SGR, now that the gridlock has been addressed. With this significant change comes great possibilities and many concerns, as Congress moves to work on other issues. Congress is contemplating redesigning the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program, reforming the Medicare program, implementing new and far reaching incentive and quality programs, and making many other changes to healthcare. ASE is committed to being part of the long term discussion as new healthcare...
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WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH CARDIOVASCULAR ULTRASOUND? I began echocardiography in 1997. My grandmother had a valve replacement and a pacemaker. After seeing the years of doctor visits and diagnostic testing she went through I knew I wanted to contribute my time helping others with heart disease WHAT IS THE NAME AND TYPE OF FACILITY/INSTITUTION WHERE YOU WORK, AND WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT POSITION? I am currently employed by Novant Health as an echocardiographer. From 2008 to 2014 I held a position as Technical Director, however, when I succeeded with my graduate degree in August 2014, I stepped...
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It's Throwback Thursday at the ASE Foundation headquarters! The photos below show attendees at the 5th Annual Research Awards Gala during the 2014 Scientific Sessions in Portland, OR. Haven't purchased your tickets to the 6th Annual Research Awards Gala? Over half of tickets have been sold - click here to purchase your tickets or learn more about the Foundation's premier fundraising event of the year!
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I’m writing this blog from the harbor city of Fukuoka, Japan . One of the most populous cities in this beautiful country, Fukuoka is located in the southern part of Japan, positioned across from mainland Asia and closer to Seoul than Tokyo. This is the 3 rd largest city in Japan and I was struck by the effectiveness of all the elevated pedestrian walkways in the city, eliminating the need to compete with traffic or brave the elements. Overall, I have found Japan to be a very pleasant blend of old tradition (even the toll booth attendant bowed before taking the toll!) and new technology. ...
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1. WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH CARDIOVASCULAR ULTRASOUND? I became involved with ultrasound in the late sixties when I was working at University of California Medical Center. I was working in the radiation therapy department with Dr. George Leopold. A large Siemens real time water path system was installed in our office as it was the only spot available to house such equipment. The imaging fascinated me and the challenge of trying to figure out what we were imaging was engaging. I worked at a time when Polaroid was an essential part of the ultrasound exam. Since we did not have real time 2D systems, we took multiple freeze...
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ASE’s Washington Fly-In

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Your ASE Advocacy team was in action yesterday on Capitol Hill campaigning against site neutrality. We spread ASE’s message that site neutrality represents poor policy, and should not be considered on its own or as a means of paying for health care reform. Our team was ably organized by ASE Vice President of Health Policy Irene Butler and lobbyist Peggy Tighe, JD, of DC law firm Power Pyle Sutter & Verville. Our group of volunteers traveled from as far away as Oregon, Texas and Florida, and comprised Dr. Ben Byrd (immediate past president of ASE), Hollie Carron, Dr. Scott Chadderdon, Scott Choyce, Dr. Rick Grimm, Dr. Smadar Kort, Dr. Susan...
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Pediatric Cardiac Technician (CH - Cardiology) PER DIEM ONLY Facility: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Shift: Day ...
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Pediatric Cardiac Technician (CH - Cardiology) PER DIEM ONLY Facility: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Shift: Day ...
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The new Congress has started work, and with it come some very familiar and concerning proposals targeting echocardiography. At the risk of sounding alarmist, I do want to get these issues on your radar so you can be aware of and react to them. President Obama’s budget proposal this year calls for eliminating the In-Office Ancillary Services Exception (IOASE). The language would prohibit referrals for radiation therapy, therapy services, advanced imaging, and anatomic pathology services except in cases where a practice is clinically integrated and required to demonstrate cost containment. Last year’s attempt to fix the Sustained Growth Rate also dealt with...
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1. WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY? After graduating with a BS in Rehabilitation Studies from ECU in 2001, I didn’t feel the pull to work with my degree. So I did what a lot of recent college graduates do: I tended bar. When the push came to do something more concrete, I tried my hand at marketing and then sales. However, I still wasn’t sure of which path my life would take me. I was interested in the health field, but there were so many different fields; which way should I go? I wanted a career that was both challenging and satisfying, something to keep me on my toes, where I was constantly learning....
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ASE at EuroEcho

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ASE is everywhere and today, it is in Vienna ! It all started yesterday as ASE members from around the world flew in (despite a strike by Lufthansa pilots) into Vienna, Austria for the annual EuroEcho meeting held by our European colleagues at EACVI. In true ASE spirit, we hosted a member reception to thank our members and to give them a chance to get together with friends and colleagues in a beautiful setting at the Cafe Griensteidl in the heart of the city (see picture to right). The city was all 'dressed up' with Christmas lights and bustling with activity with the holiday shopping. After a few Viennese appetizers and Austrian wine, we...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? Humble beginnings…I have been performing cardiovascular ultrasounds since 1996. My involvement in cardiovascular ultrasound almost never happened. I have been on an amazing journey every since. Looking back, if someone would have told me I would be where I am now I would not have believed it. I have more passion for cardiovascular ultrasound than ever before. And truly, it all began by asking a question. In my early years, I was hired as a radiology ICD-9 coder. I used to read radiologist dictations in a community hospital in Seattle Washington. My job...
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WINFOCUS World Congress

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I am writing to you from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the 10 th Annual WINFOCUS Worl d Congress on Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care. ​ WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused On Critical Ultrasound) is an international society dedicated to improving the health of everyone through access to ultrasound when and where it is needed. As such, they address all point-of-care ultrasound needs (not just for heart and vascular, but abdominal, Ob/Gyn, lung ultrasound and musculo-skeletal) with an emphasis on training new users. Some examples of the lectures were: Integration of ultrasound in medical school education so you see...
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I am in search of some information about getting some education/training for pediatric echo. I work in an adult lab for a facility that has opened a NICU. There are about 5-6 of us that need to get some education in pediatric echo. Is anyone aware of a program that is in an online format? Thank you for your time. Delia Seaman, RDCS
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Hi ASE Members, Dr. Weissman has allowed me to take over his blog for this post! Greetings from the ASE International Committee. I’m just back from Beijing, where Becky Hahn and I represented the ASE at the 25 th Annual Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology. This is the largest cardiology meeting in China with over 10,000 attendees, and 2014 marks the eighth year that ASE has been participating in joint sessions. Over the years, we have been well served by the many Chinese-American members of ASE, who have helped us understand the complex echocardiography landscape in China. For example, most echocardiography in China is not done by...
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1. When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? In 1975, I was a cardiopulmonary technologist (C-CPT). My technical director was an insomniac and read medical journals to fall asleep. He kept coming across something called “echocardiography” and we started to talk about it. I then went to a training seminar with Drs. Harvey Feigenbaum and Walter Henry. After a day, they “knighted” me and sent me to conquer the world (with A-mode and M-mode). I was registered in adult echocardiography in 1981 and pediatric echo in 1986. I have been in echocardiography ever since. It has been very, very good to me. 2. Where do you work,...
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I remember it well, just like it was yesterday. I was hanging a poster at the annual ASE Scientific Sessions. I was very proud to have a poster at this meeting and was annoyed the the sides of the poser were not lying flat against the board but I did not have enough push-pins. I think she saw that I was fussing with the poster and came up to me and simply said 'Can I get you some more pins for that poster?' She helped me 'get it just right' and we started talking about the meeting. That was when I first met Hillary, soon after she joined the staff of ASE. Now fast forward 20 years and Hilary Lamb is the Chief Operating Officer at ASE, overseeing...
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Hi ASE members, I am writing from sunny Orlando, FL where ASE's 3rd Annual Echo Florida is well underway at a new location, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. Course Director, Dr. Mike Picard and co-director Becky Hahn have put together a dynamic three day comprehensive echocardiography course. It all started out with a Point of Care Symposium that featured ample time for hands-on scanning with multiple types of devices. Also, Marti McCulloch Learning Lab Director, put together a Learning Lab where participants received individualized instruction on quantitative echocardiography at computer workstations using real cases. These small group sessions...
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