Feature | May 31, 2013

ASE Defines Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Practice Standards

May 31, 2013 — The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) released a new expert consensus statement this week focusing on the practice of using ultrasound as a tool for improving patient physical examinations. “Focused Cardiac Ultrasound: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography” will appear in the June issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE).  

The recent improvements in portability of cardiovascular ultrasound equipment have had a significant impact on its use in medical practice. As such, this new recommendation aims to inform the medical community and define how focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU) can be used to positively impact patient care. Technological advances have resulted in a growth in cardiac ultrasound images being procured by a variety of specialists and generalists in a range of settings, such as outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, critical care units, emergency departments and remote clinics. With the creation and publication of these recommendations, ASE is identifying how practitioners with limited training can appropriately use portable devices to expedite and improve the quality of patient care.  

“The development of small, inexpensive, portable ultrasound devices, combined with a growing interest of physicians in many specialties to use ultrasound at the bedside for point-of-care assessment, prompted the American Society of Echocardiography to develop this expert consensus document,” said Patricia Pellikka, M.D., FASE, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and president of ASE. “This document establishes definitions for focused cardiac ultrasound, describes its appropriate application and discusses issues of training for the user. It will be a valuable reference for ASE members and for the medical community at large.”

This document will change practice for clinicians by encouraging additional training in light of the significant role the comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) has in the proper care and treatment of the heart patient. Key information obtained during the TTE is crucial in initiating proper therapies and in the evaluation of abnormalities. FCU is a focused examination of the cardiovascular system performed by a physician using ultrasound as an adjunct to the physical examination to recognize specific ultrasonic signs that represent a narrow list of potential diagnoses in specific clinical settings. The document distinguishes the emerging field of FCU as a bedside adjunct to the physical examination and echocardiography.  Defining the distinctions between these techniques will allow practitioners to realize the utility of FCU while maintaining the value of echocardiography.

“Recent advances have resulted in the development of small platforms which have brought the power of ultrasound to the bedside,” said Kirk T. Spencer, M.D., FASE, cardiologist at the University of Chicago and ASE’s Guidelines and Standards Committee chairman, who served as the lead author of the guideline. “Physicians from diverse specialties, who have less training in cardiac image acquisition and interpretation compared to those trained in echocardiography, can learn to acquire and interpret cardiac ultrasound images as an adjunct to their physical examination assessment in clinical settings relevant to their scope of practice.”

For more information: www.onlinejase.com, www.asecho.org/guidelines

Related Content

Toshiba Medical Rolls Out Interactive Learning Tools for Ultrasound and Vascular Training
News | Ultrasound Imaging | December 04, 2017
Toshiba Medical, a Canon Group company, introduced new educational tools and interactive learning resources to help...
Toshiba Medical's Portable Ultrasound Used in Second Pediatric Mission in Tanzania
News | Ultrasound Imaging | October 05, 2017
October 5, 2017 — To provide lifesaving surgical care for sick children in one of the most underserved countries, 13
Clarius Wireless Ultrasound Scanners Now Available With Advanced Features
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 09, 2017
Clarius Mobile Health has released advanced features and options for its wireless handheld ultrasound scanner for...
Oregon Tech Partners with Mindray for High-Tech Ultrasound Education
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 04, 2017
To better prepare its ultrasound students to compete and thrive in the evolving healthcare environment, Oregon...
News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 28, 2017
Young rabbits exposed to ultrasound during fetal development had weaker thighbones than unexposed rabbits, according to...
ultrasound systems market, $5 billion, 2023, GlobalData report
News | Ultrasound Imaging | January 25, 2017
The ultrasound systems space, which covers 39 major markets, is set to rise steadily from $4.2 billion in 2016 to $5...
GE Healthcare, Vscan Extend, app-based ultrasound, dual-probe, RSNA 2017
Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | January 12, 2017
GE Healthcare unveiled its new generation of pocket-sized, dual-probe ultrasound, the Vscan Extend. From the hospital...
Toshiba, Aplio 500 Platinum ultrasound, International Contrast Ultrasound Society, ICUS, live case, contrast-enhanced ultrasound
News | Ultrasound Imaging | September 07, 2016
September 7, 2016 — Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.
best ultrasound technician schools, 2016 ranking, College Choice
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 22, 2016
August 22, 2016 — College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published
ContextVision, US PLUSView ultrasound enhancement software, iOS
Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2016
ContextVision has signed a contract to bring its US PLUSView ultrasound image enhancement software to hand-held iOS-...
Overlay Init