American Society of Echocardiography


Echovation Challenge 2018

ASE is hosting a competition to foster and disseminate advances in cardiovascular ultrasound, and ultimately patient care

Challenge Overview

After two successful iterations of the Echovation Challenge in 2016 and 2017, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is once again hosting a challenge to help achieve our mission of accelerating innovation and shaping the future of cardiovascular ultrasound. This ASE initiative provides a platform and forum for ASE members, along with others in the entire medical/scientific community, to offer ground-breaking solutions to the challenges that face cardiovascular ultrasound and cardiac imaging as a whole.

Challenge 2018: Echo at the Speed of Life

Cardiovascular ultrasound is an exceptional clinical tool used to help provide insight into all aspects of cardiovascular disease. In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing healthcare environment, it has become critically important for clinicians to quickly and accurately diagnose patients, so that targeted, effective, and personalized treatments can be chosen and begun.

The Challenge Objective

The overall objective for the Echovation Challenge is to showcase innovations in cardiovascular ultrasound technology that have the potential for faster diagnoses, optimal decision making, and improved quality and value for patients dealing with a variety of cardiovascular diseases.

While the Echovation Challenge is open to ANY innovations in the cardiac imaging realm that may achieve these goals, this year we are particularly interested in solutions within the following areas:

  1. Cost-effective imaging pathways: Complex disease states often require a team approach to establish a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan, requiring experts of various imaging modalities and collaboration among specialists for optimal patient outcomes. However, in this era of value-based payment models, finding ways to more efficiently integrate complementary modalities will be crucial to success.
  2. Automated Quantitative Echo: Echo must continuously improve its quantitative techniques in order to keep pace with other modalities. Additionally, automation of existing techniques will be critical to improving efficiency, reproducibility, and accuracy.
  3. Artificial intelligence and computational modeling: Exponential growth in computational speeds has led to development of cognitive techniques. The use of these computational techniques for transforming the echo images and data reports into a dashboard that provides disease blueprints that can eventually model treatment options would be an important breakthrough.  
  4. Workflow innovations: In any busy cardiovascular imaging lab, there are always numerous challenges to efficiency, such as scheduling and throughput issues, contrast administration, education and training needs, and ergonomic concerns. Fostering wide-scale adoption of innovative solutions and best practices for such common struggles continues to be an important goal for ASE and the Echovation Challenge.

Submissions may include innovations that have already been established or may be in development in echocardiography laboratories and medical institutions throughout the United States and across the world. The Echovation Challenge is designed to encourage, spotlight, and ultimately promulgate advances in the cardiovascular imaging field. In addition, ASE hopes to facilitate multidisciplinary networking and collaboration within the field of cardiovascular imaging, linking researchers, industry, labs, engineers and thought-leaders to share information and educate one another.


The Challenge Breakthrough

ASE hopes to discover and promote the best practices and processes in an effort to enhance the diagnostic capabilities of cardiovascular ultrasound while maintaining excellence in patient care. To discover the best utilization of human and capital resources along with the incorporation of novel technologies, including but not limited to probe design, image visualization, computational modeling, myocardial mechanics, contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), data analytics, miniaturized ultrasound devices, smartphone and mobile imaging technologies, and therapy planning.


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Challenge Updates


May 10, 2018, 10:25 a.m. PDT by American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

Congratulations to our three finalists, who have been selected to present their projects on Sunday, June 24 during ASE's Scientific Sessions in Nashville! The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Achi Ludomirsky: Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence Techniques

Jennifer Monti: TEE2.0: Untethering TEE from its colonoscopy roots

Team Toronto EchoMasters: Echo GPS: AI-Powered Standard View Capture Advisor


There were over 30 submissions this year, all of which were very interesting and made the judges' task very difficult. In addition to the three finalists who will present live, ASE would also like to recognize the following innovative submissions as part of our Honor Roll:

Duke University team: Automated Analysis of Renal Doppler Waveforms

Michael Henry: Stop Inappropriate Echos

David Jantzen's team: Virtual Reality Education in Echocardiography

Amer Johri's team: RESCU: Remote Emergency Streamed Cardiac POCUS

MagiQuant team: The "instantaneous Dimensionless Index"

David Marmor's team: Solving the problem of blind intubation for TEE

David Playford's team: Aortic Stenosis using AI at the Speed of Life

Ross Upton's team: Ultromics

Thank you again to all of you for all of your efforts to innovate and improve the field of cardiovascular ultrasound, and ultimately patient care. We hope to see you in Nashville to celebrate Echovation Challenge 2018!






March 19, 2018, 5:14 p.m. PDT by American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

Hi Echovators, 

First, thank you all for some wonderful proposals; our selection panel has thoroughly enjoyed reading about all your innovative projects and ideas! I wanted to let you know that we are still in the middle of the judging process, but hope to be able to notify the three finalist teams by March 30. We will also let everyone know if they were selected as a possible alternate and/or honorable mention around that time.

Thank you for your patience and good luck to all!

Andie & the Echovation team


Feb. 8, 2018, 8:27 a.m. PST by American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

Hi Echovators!

Thank you to all have submitted your proposals - there are some really interesting ideas so far! Many of you have asked for a little more time to finish your proposals, so we have decided to extend the deadline until February 23. Hopefully, this will also allow those of you who haven't yet submitted your proposals a bit more time to do so. And even if you've already submitted, you can edit your proposal up until the deadline if you like. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to participate!

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, and keep on echovating!

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