International Group Issues Recommendations for Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Use

The Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) announced the publication of a new consensus statement on the use of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) in its July 2014 issue. The article, entitled “International Evidence-Based Recommendations for Focused Cardiac Ultrasound,” was spearheaded by the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical UltraSound (WINFOCUS), and presents the results of the first International Conference on FoCUS, which aimed to comprehensively address this branch of point-of-care ultrasound, providing a framework for FoCUS to standardize its application in different clinical settings around the world. To access the article, click on this link.

16th Annual Canadian Echo Weekend – Another Record Breaking Event

Dear colleagues:

The 16th Annual Canadian Society of Echocardiography meeting took place from 10 to 12 April 2014 at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Center in Toronto.  This year we have record attendance of more than 470 delegates. This event is accredited by CCS for 13.5 RCPSC credits and by Sonography Canada for 13 credits.

Please visit the following link to view the program: csecho.ca/csemeeting 

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Lantheus Medical Imaging, Philips, GE Healthcare, Siemens, Actelion, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer, Edwards

Please mark 23-25 April 2015 in your calendar for the 2015 meeting. It will be held at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre.

We have also created a Twitter account. Please follow us at: @CSEchoCA

Dr. Tam, Dr. Leong-Poi & Dr. Sebag attended ASE Echo Hawaii 2014 on behalf of CSE

Dr. James Tam:

The Canadian Society of Echo participated for the first time at Echo Hawaii 2014.   Escaping the cold weather, wind chill and snow, Drs Igal Sebag and Howard Leong-Poi and myself participated actively in the five day session, joining an exciting American faculty of echo leaders.  Of the over 300 participants, over 60 were from Canada, keenly enjoying the stimulating academic pursuits, as well as visits to the beach, volcano and waterfalls.  Our American hosts were extremely gracious, and we were well treated to many receptions.   The hotel and conference facilities at the Hapuna Prince were world class.  The 4 bedroom presidential suite/villa  was especially impressive, and befit the efforts of the main conference organizer, Dr. Jonathon Lindner.  Next year’s meeting dates have been confirmed for Jan 19 to 23, 2015.  Why not escape the polar vortex and join us in the Big Island.

Dr. Howard Leong-Poi:

It was a privilege to represent the Canadian Society of Echo along with Drs. James Tam and Igal Sebag, and work with our ASE colleagues at Echo Hawaii 2014. What a beautiful setting to have an echo meeting – echo images look even more spectacular in paradise! The hotel and conference facilities at the Hapuna Prince beach hotel on the sunny Kohala Coast on the Big Island were excellent, with welcoming and personal service. The beach was great for swimming, sunbathing and boogy boarding. Breaks were outdoors in the warm sunshine, with local fruit, juices and Kona coffee. It was great seeing our Canadian colleagues. The lineup of speakers included many echo luminaries, including Oh, Thomas, Lindner, DeMaria, Ryan, Sugeng, Stewart, Grayburn, Porter and Gillam! The program was very comprehensive, with high level, excellent presentations. Would not want to miss next year’s meeting, so save the dates now – Jan 19 to 23, 2015.  See you in paradise!

 Dr. Igal Sebag:

For me, attending Echo Hawaii epitomized a beautiful mix of pleasure and superb learning. This was my first time in Hawaii and I was stricken by its serene beauty and the variety of its grandiose landscapes. I truly felt as though I was in a privileged setting – the volcanoes, the tropical forest, our proximity with the animals, the ocean and the sunsets.

Along with James Tam and Howard Leong-Poi, the experience was also one of premiere education with world leaders putting in as much effort on reviewing the fundamentals of echocardiography as breaking new frontiers in effortlessly transitioning into the application of cutting-edge technologies for our day-to-day. We also understood from Jonathan Lindner’s introductory speech that our role as faculty did not limit itself to giving talks but, importantly, to remain very accessible and approachable to attendees for questions, debate and discussion. And we indeed had many, many exchanges – and I learned as much from other faculty than I did from physicians and sonographers attending the conference who had many experiences to share from the world of cardiac imaging.

Si vous êtes intéressés à revoir quelques notions fondamentales en écho et à intégrer les technologies émergeantes dans une ambiance des plus féériques, joignez-vous à nous en janvier 2015 ! L’expérience est unique !

2013 CSE Achievement Award Winner – Dr. Zion Sasson

Congratulations to Dr. Zion Sasson for receiving the 2013 CSE Achievement Award during the CSE dinner at the Candian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) in Montreal.

Second World Echocardiography Summit (WES) 2013, New Delhi, India

WES CSE 2013

Dr. Hisham Dokainish, Dr. Lawrence Rudski, and Patricia Pellikka at WES 2013, New Delhi, India

The second World Echo Summit (WES) was held from October 25-27, 2013 in New Delhi, India, and was a tremendous success. The WES is a biennial international echocardiography conference bringing together eight echo societies from around the world (India, China, US, South America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Canada).  The inaugural WES was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011 and was chaired by Dr. Roberto Lang of the USA, while this second WES was co-chaired by Dr. Partho Sengupta of the USA and Dr. J.C. Mohan of India. During this congress, physicians from around the world gathered together for three days of scientific sessions highlighting the strengths of the all nations in echocardiography, as well as their varied challenges. The conference started with a session reviewing the state of each echo society as well as interesting facts. Canada was represented by the Niagara’s Horseshoe falls, highlighting their resemblance to an annuloplasty ring, as well as a fusion between Montreal’s Olympic Stadium and the Saddle Dome, mimicking the mitral valve. This session was streamed live on YouTube and is available on the WES website (wsecho.org). Cutting edge talks as well as basic talks, and case presentations of pathologies that we never see in North America, taught us all valuable information.  There was also a Young Investigators competition with original research entries from around the world.  The CSE was represented at this meeting by Dr. Hisham Dokainish of McMaster University, who gave talks on speckle tracking and diastology and co-hosted an exciting Clash of the Continents Echo Quiz, in which Asia (India & China) and Pacific Region (South Korea & Japan) excelled over Europe and the Americas, while Dr. Lawrence Rudski gave talks on the right heart (with a twist) and pulmonary hypertension, and participated in a panel discussion/debate on the role of hand held echo systems. The CSE received much attention and there were calls for more collaboration between the CSE and the other seven major echo societies around the world. The 3rd WES is being planned for September 2015 in Beijing, which promises to be another exciting meeting of the minds.

Echo AUC & iASE, ASE Echo Guidelines Mobile App 2.5 released at the ASE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis

EchoAUC is an app that provides an immediately accessible source to make a quick decision for patient care that is backed up by expert opinion. The physicians will find it easy to use the free AUC App to stratify the patient, by disease and condition, into different treatment scenarios and determine quickly whether an echo should be ordered. They will also be prompted with information on how to best describe these testing limitations to the patient. They will then have more time to focus on the care of the patient and be able to eliminate extra, unneeded or overused testing. This App includes the 98 AUC indications for transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE).

iOS (iPhone 3GS or above/iPad/iPod Touch) and Android versions are now available (Free).

iASE is a tool developed by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) to provide clear and concise summaries of the most popular guidelines published by the ASE, and as a platform to deploy additional guidelines and tools in the future. Each guideline summary includes key tables, reference values, and figures that are quick and easy to look-up. They can also serve as a teaching tool in an educational setting. Over 20 echocardiography calculators are also included to complement the guidelines. They feature useful information, figures, references, echo calculators, and easy look up for prosthetic valve gradients.

iOS (iPhone 3GS or above/iPad/iPod Touch) and Android versions are now available ($).