– less hocus, more pocus.

How digital transformation leads to major changes in healthcare and what that means for the future of pocus. Technology tends to ignite societal changes. One of these that the access to technology goes along with democratization. This happened with mobility once the car was invented, it happend to music, once the record was invented, and it happened to banking, retail etc. with the rise of the internet.

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Teaching POCUS

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) continues to evolve as an essential adjunct to clinical examination not only in the acute care setting but also in other disciplines such as critical care medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. There is a wide array of simulation and clinical integration strategies for POCUS training. The common approach often begins with workshops and conferences with didactics, phantoms,simulators and live models to simulate bedside skills and techniques. The purpose of this presentation is to outline potential strategies and techniques to optimize POCUS training / teaching.

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Automating Workflows via AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms have made great strides in medical imaging over the past number of years; ultrasound somewhat lags behind other modalities in this area because of the real-time imaging aspect and there being a greater push over the last 20 years for bedside interpretation instead of the traditional radiological over-read.

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AI for ultrasound imaging

AI has become ubiquitous across many application domains. In medical imaging, AI methods (often deep neural networks) are already used to automatically analyze and interpret images, automate measurements, and support users in decision making. Such solutions will increasingly find their way into the systems and to the users.

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Recommendations for POCUS Training, Education & Certification

In recent years, an increase use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) has made it essential as bedside quick diagnostic tool preoperatively and in Critical care settings. What are the tools and resources, as well as, certification process, that are available and needed for an Anesthesiologist to become competent to make decisions based on the scans obtained?

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Removing barriers for new users and uses of Ultrasound

hans huiberts

by Invited Speaker Dr. Hans Huiberts, Fellow Ultrasound for new Users and Uses, Philips

POCUS brings much wider access to ultrasound imaging technology, placing ultrasound in the hands of emergency physicians at the ER, intensivists at ICU, and beyond. With its ever-expanding application areas, ranging from acute trauma to hemodynamic monitoring, and increasingly widespread use, ultrasound imaging is becoming a critical component in physicians’ training.

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Differentiating cardiogenic from non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema: Is lung ultrasound the holy grail?

Pieter Roel Tuinman

presentation by Invited speaker Pieter Roel Tuinman, MD, PhD, Amsterdam UMC.

Differentiating cardiogenic from non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema in critically ill patients is notoriously difficult. Lung ultrasound is an excellent tool to diagnose pulmonary edema, but can it also differentiate between those two clinical entities? Using both basic and some more advanced ultrasound signs, lung ultrasound has the potential to become the gold standard for diagnosing the cause of pulmonary edema in critically ill patients.

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Point-of-Care Ultrasound in (Helicopter) Emergency Medical Services

Rein Ketelaars

presentation by Invited speaker Rein Ketelaars, Anesthesiologist, HEMS physician, Radboud University Medical Center

In this presentation I will give an overview of useful applications of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the challenging environment of prehospital acute medical care. I will discuss the utility of POCUS, but also its shortcomings.

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Bubbles for medical imaging and therapy

michel versluis

by Invited Speaker prof. dr. Michel Versluis, Professor of Physical and Medical Acoustics, University of Twente

Bubbles are important for a large variety of applications in medical acoustics, including contrast imaging and ultrasound-assisted therapy. For example, stabilized microbubbles are used as contrast agents for ultrasound imaging and aid in delineation, perfusion and flow imaging.

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