2013 Program Information

Disease Based Focus on the Role of Echo in Diagnosis and Guiding Therapy

Judy Hung, MD, FASE, Program Chair, along with the Scientific Sessions Program Committee have developed a fresh, exciting Scientific Sessions Program in 2013. The American Society of Echocardiography’s (ASE) 24th Annual Scientific Sessions will focus on clinical practice to help you be the best practitioner you can be. This year’s disease based diagnosis and therapy theme will assist you in your every-day clinical needs. An increase in the amount of small sessions and faculty involvement will allow you to have the most meaningful conference experience possible. Old favorites and new features at ASE 2013 will provide you the quality education you expect from an ASE course. There will also be sessions on new technologies and what you will be seeing in the future. In addition, particular care has been taken to incorporate ASE guidelines into talks that will demonstrate how and why they should be applied in daily practice.

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Track Descriptions Ticketed Breakfast Descriptions
Who should attend ASE 2013? Preliminary Program and Schedule at a Glance

Scientific Program Tracks and Key
SymposiaThese daily tracks concentrate on clinical use of cardiovascular ultrasound. Each symposium discusses a specific topic in detail and instructs you on how to apply state-of-the-art cardiovascular ultrasound techniques in clinical practice.  NEW for 2013 – innovative multi-specialty symposia bring you a comprehensive view of the issues.
PIPeri-Operative: This one day symposium, “Multidisciplinary Approach to Complex Intraoperative Decision Making” taking place on Saturday, June 28, has been designed by the ASE Council on Intraoperative Echocardiography to bring surgeons, anesthesiologists, echocardiographers, and sonographers together. The session will feature true multidisciplinary integration with interactive panel discussions, porcine heart dissection, and multimedia presentations including surgical video that comprehensively explore current concepts in mitral valve disease.
Interventional:  Interventional echocardiography is a rapidly growing discipline.  Learn more about this cutting-edge field.

practiceThere are ongoing rapid changes in the health care delivery system that affect the practice of cardiology and cardiovascular imaging. These sessions will help attendees gain knowledge about these developments and learn strategies for having a successful practice. Topics that will be covered include strategic planning, building the successful practice, and communication skills. The sessions will also address the role of echocardiography in the successful practice. The presentations are geared not only to cardiologists but also to practice administrators and hospital and physician executives with plenty of time for audience interaction with the panel of presenters.

PCThe Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Council has put together a program that promises to be jam-packed with cutting edge science, imaging pearls and hands-on instruction to benefit all members of the pediatric and adult congenital echocardiography community. The popular staples of the program return: Pediatric Echo Jeopardy; the Fireside Chat; case presentations; oral abstract sessions; and the always entertaining controversy debates. We will unveil the mysteries of some of the newer echo technologies and see how expert centers apply them in clinical practice. There will be a full serving of Adult Congenital topics throughout the meeting, with relevant sessions on each day of the meeting.

csSonographers’ advancement, leadership and contribution to patient care and safety are important to the ASE and discussed in multiple sessions.


researchInvestigators will present the latest advances in cardiovascular ultrasound throughout the program. Don’t miss the rapid fire abstract sessions or the prestigious Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition, where the four best abstracts submitted compete in front of a panel of luminaries for cash prizes and international recognition. Meet the investigators during dedicated poster viewing times, and the Scientific Sessions Wrap-Up will highlight the science you may have missed.

imagingThis track will instruct practitioners on techniques of assessment and quantitation.   This track is specifically designed for those who want to learn, review or solidify their practical skills.


vascularASE’s Council on Vascular Ultrasound has put together a rich program that will provide the attendee with an excellent overview on vascular ultrasound topics of interest to the practicing cardiologist/ ultrasound technologist. Topics such as carotid imaging will be covered from basics to advanced techniques. Additional state of the art and emerging technologies will be covered as well in what promises to be an exciting session.

Ticketed Breakfast Sessions: Have breakfast with an expert (or two)
breakfastEarly morning risers will be rewarded with the opportunity to learn from luminaries in intimate breakfast sessions.  These sell-out sessions are case-based and explore one topic in detail in an informal setting with experts in the field. The sessions have been reformatted for 2013 and are strictly limited to 25 attendees each to allow for maximum interaction between faculty and students.  The cost for each ticket is $50.00.  You may purchase these sessions while you are registering for the Scientific Sessions.

Here is a listing of the topics and speakers for the available sessions each is held from 7:00 – 8:00 am.

– Echo in Patients with VADs
– Prosthetic Valve Dysfunction
– Contrast Echo for Improving Patient Care
– Diastolic Function-How to Incorporate into Clinical Care
– Constrictive, Restrictive, and Effusive-Constrictive Physiologies: How to Distinguish

– Hemodynamics: Shunt Evaluations and Doppler Quantification
– Case Studies in Advanced LV Mechanics – Twist, Torsion, Strain
– Aortic Stenosis: Pseudo, Low Flow, Low Gradient: How to Tell
– Basic Approach to Assessment of CongenitalHeart Disease
– Echo in the OR

– Aortic Trauma: Dissection, Intramural Hematoma,Transection-Differential Diagnosis
– How to Run an Efficient Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory
– Stress Echo: Experts Bring Their Toughest Cases:Do You Agree With Their Interpretations?
– How to Map the Mitral Valve: 2D and 3D
– Workshop on CRT: Dyssynchrony and

Who should attend ASE 2013?
ASE 2013 will benefit all healthcare providers interested in the application of cardiovascular ultrasound imaging in the care of patients. Participants in all areas of cardiovascular ultrasound imaging and at all levels of experience will find sessions that meet their needs and help improve their practice. High quality lectures, debates, hands-on sessions and poster presentations offer a broad spectrum of educational opportunities in both large and small group settings. Adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac sonographers, and emergency and critical care physicians, as well as hospitalists, radiologists, research scientists, residents and fellows in training, students, and nurses, are encouraged to participate actively in sessions and interact with available faculty, get a broad overview of all topics, or delve deeply into one or two topics.