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ECHO CME Event: CARDIOMYOPATHIES & SYSTEMIC DISEASE

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ECHO CME

Ultrasound Solutions Corp. is pleased to present another ECHO CME Free Learning Session in our series of Wharton’s Wednesdays.  Dr. Ronald Wharton will conduct  a discussion on cardiomyopathies and systemic diseases affecting the structure and function of the heart on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT). This free event has been approved for 1 SDMS CME credit.

ECHO CME Course Description

Are you well acquainted with different types of cardiomyopathies and their appearance using 2-D,   M-mode, and Doppler echocardiographic imaging?   This one hour event will cover the sonographic appearance of non-ischemic causes of abnormal cardiac morphology/physiology and help familiarize attendees with the impact of these conditions on the structure and/or function of the heart.

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Categorize non-ischemic causes of abnormal cardiac morphology and function, both genetic and acquired
  • Recognize abnormalities in function that cannot easily be explained by coronary artery disease
  • Identify abnormalities in valvular heart disease which can occur secondary to cardiomyopathies

About Our Speaker

Dr. Ronald Wharton is a Clinical Cardiologist, Echocardiographer, and nationally recognized expert. He is currently a member of the faculty at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Prior to working at North Shore University Hospital, he was a member of the Non-Invasive Cardiology Divisions of Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY) and Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY). 

Dr. Wharton, who is board-certified in Cardiology and Echocardiography, has been a member of the faculty at the annual meeting of the American Society of Echocardiography four times. He has written questions for the practice exams used by Cardiology Fellows to study for their board certification in Echocardiography, and for practicing Cardiologists to maintain their certification. In addition, he has been the author of the series “Analyze This Image” at Medscape Cardiology since 2012. 

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Be sure to visit our CME page to stay up to date on all new courses and sign up for notifications!

Ultrasound Transducer Care and Handling Tips

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Extend the life of your ultrasound probe with these simple tips.

Let’s face it, having to replace an ultrasound transducer can be extremely costly. Especially if you are buying them directly from a manufacturer.  The good news is, by following the proper handling protocol and using the right probe disinfectant, you can extend the life of your ultrasound probes.  We put together some simple tips to keep in mind and help ensure your probes are being handled with care.

Ultrasound Transducer Care Tips

  • Accidental Dropping:  Everyone is busy and things move fast!  In our 20 plus years of being in the ultrasound service industry, we have found that the majority of ultrasound probe repair and replacements are due to transducers being accidentally dropped.  Costs associated with probe repairs and replacements can quickly add up!  Careless handling can result in damaged lenses, crystal damage, cracked housings and cable connector damage.
  • Cable Damage: Cable damage occurs from the probe cable and wires being yanked, pulled or “run over” with the system. Be mindful when moving/transporting the ultrasound system. Be attentive to the probe cables location and make sure they are not getting caught, torn or ripped. Avoid excessive twisting or pulling of transducer cables. When transporting transducers, try to maintain control of cables and system connectors. Use protective covers if possible. USC Tip – Oven mitts make an easy and affordable probe cover. 
  • Cleaning: Do not allow prolonged exposure to excessive moisture or immersion of transducers in any liquid above the recommended level as stated in the user manual. Do not soak transducers in any liquid for longer than the recommended period according to the chemical manufacturer instructions for use. Always refer to the manufacturers user manual or guide for cleaning and disinfecting probes. DO NOT use abrasive paper products when cleaning or wiping probes.
  • Storage: Always store transducers in the holders located on the side of your system (for console systems). Hang probe cables appropriately on the system cable drapes. Probes can be stored on a securely mounted wall rack. Make sure your transducer holders are clean before storing.

If you should have any questions regarding your ultrasound probe or are in need of an evaluation, feel free to reach out to our service team at 1-800-773-4582.  You can also send us a photo of your probe to service@uscultrasound.com.

NEW OBGYN CME EVENT: Interesting Cases in GYN Ultrasound

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Obgyn CME event

Ultrasound Solutions Corp. is pleased to present Cara Q. Case, director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Gateway Community College, for an evening discussion on Interesting Cases in GYN Ultrasound.  This free OBGYN CME event will take place Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT;NY).  Stay home, stay safe and join us for this free virtual experience via Zoom!

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OBGYN Course Description

Through an in-depth discussion of case studies of the female reproductive system, attendees will have the opportunity to learn and review normal anatomy and scanning techniques, as well as analyze a spectrum of GYN pathologies. Sonographers from beginner to advanced levels could all benefit from this presentation.  This free course has been approved for 1 SDMS CME credit.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this OBGYN educational activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Analyze normal and abnormal female reproductive anatomy
  • Identify abnormal uterine pathology
  • Describe differences in ovarian pathology
  • Apply critical thinking to ultrasound case studies

About Our Speaker

Cara Quedens Case, MS, BS, RDMS, RDCS has 37 years of experience as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.  She began as a Staff Sonographer in a large trauma center where she conducted a variety of General, OB/GYN, and Cardiac exams.  Ms. Case also had the privilege of being employed as a Research Sonographer at Yale University under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Taylor, world renowned academic Radiologist and pioneer in the applications of diagnostic medical ultrasound.  Cara helped establish the first ovarian cancer screening center at Yale and has also been involved with multiple contrast agent and drug trials, including working with the FDA to develop protocols.  After her many years at Yale, Ms. Case became the Chief Sonographer at a large OB/GYN practice in Connecticut.  In addition, she has collaborated with ultrasound manufacturers on machine design.  For the past 20 years, Ms. Case has taught Medical, Physician Assistant, and Sonography students.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational/Instructional Technology from Post University. Presently, Ms. Case is the Program Director at Gateway Community College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program in New Haven, Connecticut.  

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Remember to check out our CME page for all upcoming events and sign up to receive updates on new workshops!

Survey – CME Events At USC Headquarters

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We want to hear from you.

Please take our short survey regarding future CME events at USC’s Long Island Headquarters.  As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed this past spring, USC moved our events to a new virtual format.  We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our attendees and speakers for making these virtual events such a success.  Now, as the NY metro area continues to reopen, we would like to gauge how comfortable you are with possibly attending future CME events at our Ronkonkoma, NY location. Please note, we do plan on continuing to offer the virtual option as well.  It has been wonderful to “see” our attendees from all over the country.

The survey below is just two very quick questions and your responses would greatly help us in future planning.

Create your own user feedback survey

We thank you again for taking the time to complete this brief survey.  We look forward to reviewing all of the feedback we receive.  Please be sure to keep checking the CME page for updated event information. Check out our latest free virtual event here.  

You can also sign up to receive email notification of new CME events and news here.

As always, we appreciate your continued support of our CME program here at Ultrasound Solutions Corp.!

Coronavirus: New Virtual CME Event

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Coronavirus Free Virtual CME Event

Ultrasound Solutions Corp. is pleased to present Dr. Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos, Director of Endovascular Surgery at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, for an innovative presentation on the treatment of Arterial and Venous Thrombosis in COVID patients.  Stay home, stay safe, and join us via Zoom on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT;NY).

Course Description

One of the life-threatening complications that patients with COVID-19 face is the development of blood clots in both arteries and veins.  Vascular Sonography is a crucial part of the diagnostic process that can make a difference in survival for these hypercoagulable patients.  This virtual conference, given by Dr. Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos who leads Stony Brook Medicine’s Vascular and ICU COVID-19 Team, will focus on the significance of sonography for patients with coronavirus related thrombosis.  In addition, Dr. Tassiopoulos will highlight the aggressive anticoagulation protocol based on D-dimer levels developed by his team and now implemented throughout the Stony Brook Medicine hospital system.  This event has been approved for 1 SDMS CME credit.

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of arterial and venous thrombosis in patient with COVID-19 infection
  • Analyze the use of duplex ultrasound in the diagnosis of arterial and venous thrombosis
  • Describe strategies for preventing thrombotic complications in these patients

About Our Speaker

Apostolos Tassiopoulos, MD holds multiple positions within the Stony Brook University medical system including Chief of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Division, Director of the Vascular Center, Director of Endovascular Surgery at Southampton Hospital, Co-Director of the Aortic Center, Director of the Surgical Skills Center, as well as Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Quality and Outcome at Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine. He graduated from Aristotle University Medical School and completed his residency in Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical School, followed by a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Loyola University.  With over 31 years of experience, he has been published extensively and lectured both nationally and internationally on the diagnosis and management of vascular pathologies.  Dr. Tassiopoulos is currently involved with heading the Vascular and ICU COVID-19 Teams at Stony Brook University Hospital and the development of their innovative anticoagulation clinical trial protocol for both the inpatient and post-discharge periods.

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Ultrasound Preventive Maintenance

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Ultrasound Preventive Maintenance – Keep Your System Running At Peak Performance

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During these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still rely on Ultrasound Solutions Corp. for your ultrasound preventive maintenance needs.  Whether your practice is closed or you are seeing patients on a limited basis, we can help ensure your system will continue to run at peak performance.  We take the safety of our customers and field technicians very seriously.  Our technicians are equipped with safety gear and can work with your office on limiting contact with staff.

Make sure your system is ready to go

USC’s Preventive Maintenance protocol standard contains a thorough 26 point check list that pinpoints over all system health, probe conditions, electrical safety and passes Accreditation & Joint Commission guidelines. Since USC has OEM partners, many of our check points come directly from them. This gives the end user the comfort in knowing that USC is following procedures from partners who have to report to a higher jurisdiction.

If you are seeking accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) or from the American College of Radiology (ACR), both organizations require that ultrasound equipment be fully inspected before the submission of documents and that an ongoing preventive maintenance plan be in place to ensure quality control in the future.  As an ISO 13485:2016 certified company, USC can help you do this.

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As with all major purchases, ongoing preventative maintenance is critical to extending the life of your equipment.  PM’s can help head off any major issues or system failures therefore your practice can keep running with no wasted equipment downtime. 

Contact us today at 1-800-773-4582 or service@uscultrasound.com to set up a PM on your ultrasound system today.  USC is open during the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing to service customers.  And if you have a portable ultrasound machine, be sure to ask about our depot services.  Just ship us your portable system and our technicians will perform a PM or system repair and ship your system right back.

Free CME Credits

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New Virtual Events Added For June

Stay home, stay safe and join us via Zoom for free CME credits!

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Ultrasound Solutions Corp. continues to be so appreciative of all healthcare workers on the frontlines of this ongoing challenge.  We want to show our gratitude by offering 2 new virtual events for free CME credits. 

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The first event is another Wharton’s Wednesdays on ECHO ARTIFACTS – Things You See That Aren’t There & Things You Don’t See That Are! An unavoidable consequence of the use of ultrasound is the production of artifacts. These can be manifested by creating an illusion of an object that is not really there, or masking an object that is present. 2-D and Doppler imaging each have their own unique artifacts. This presentation will serve to demonstrate and explore many of the common artifacts cardiac sonographers should be familiar with. This event has been approved for 1 SDMS CME credit. (Pre-Registration is required for this Free event)

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2020: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Sonographic Assessment of Renal Transplants- Renal transplantation is the best treatment option for patients with end-stage renal disease, and is the most common type of transplant performed today. Sonography is the imaging modality of choice for evaluating renal transplants for anatomic complications, perinephric fluid collections, vascular compromise, and signs of rejection. This seminar will review anatomy of the transplanted kidney, scanning protocol, and complications that may arise. Representative normal and abnormal sonographic images will be used to describe and explain various findings.  This event has been approved for 1 SDMS CME credit. (Pre-Registration is required for this Free event)

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Simply click the registration links above and send your completed forms to Rosemarie Cann at rcann@uscultrasound.com.  Once you register, a link will be emailed to you to join the session.

Keep checking our Continuing Medical Education page for updates and sign up to receive notification emails. 

Because USC is an essential business, we have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic. For system service, preventive maintenance, probe repair, or an ultrasound system sale consult – give us a call at 800-773-4582.

Used Ultrasound Equipment For Sale

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You can now browse our inventory of used and refurbished ultrasound equipment.

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If you are looking to purchase used or refurbished ultrasound equipment, we now have a place where you can check out our current inventory of Used Ultrasound Equipment For Sale.  Ultrasound Solutions Corp. is your source for affordable ultrasound equipment.  Our expert knowledge in all things ultrasound guarantees you will find the best used or refurbished ultrasound machine for the best price. And because you are buying from USC, you have the peace of mind that your purchase is backed by us.  Above all, we stand behind each piece of equipment sold from our inventory.

Our inventory contains a wide variety of systems from manufacturers like GE, Philips, Mindray/Zonare and many more.  We have portable ultrasound systems as well as full console systems. You will also find great deals on demo equipment that we have available for purchase.  

System Modalities: 

  • Cardiac ultrasound
  • Vascular ultrasound
  • OB/GYN ultrasound
  • Shared service ultrasound
  • General imaging systems

Why Buy Used Ultrasound Equipment From USC?

All equipment is tested and inspected by USC technicians before they are listed on our site.  We will help you choose which used or refurbished system is best for your needs as well as your budget. USC always has systems and ultrasound parts coming into our warehouse so our inventory is constantly being updated.  Be sure to keep checking for our newest listings. 

Still can’t find a particular system or part you are looking for?  Give us a call at 800-773-4582 or email us at sales@uscultrasound.com and we will help! Financing and leasing options are also available for qualified buyers. Special finance deals are always happening

Take the guesswork out of purchasing used or refurbished ultrasound systems and parts, give us a call or email us today.