Breakthroughs in Ultrasound Transducer Materials and Assemblies



About Our Guest 

Dr. Alan Tai received his PhD in physics, specializing in quantum well research, from Boston College. Alan has worked at various medical ultrasound technology companies, including Philips as an engineer and GE Healthcare as a scientist. He has managed new medical ultrasound transducer products
from development conception to successful commercial release. During his career in the engineering field, Alan has twelve issued patents. Alan is currently a Scientist and author at scienceandlife.org with research in DNA, Ultrasound and Quantum well structure of nanoelectronics.


Sonolucent Cranial Implants: A Novel Innovation



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David Zajc, RDMS, RVT, MBA, is the Senior Clinical Specialist at Longeviti Neuro Solutions with responsibilities in business development and Transcranioplasty ultrasound imaging. Prior to this, he worked in point of care ultrasound at GE, also in process improvement and as a quality consultant in hospitals. He also has a long tenure with various roles in a hospital ultrasound department.


POCUS World Conference: Keynote Spotlight



About Our Guest

Larry Istrail, MD, is a hospitalist physician, entrepreneur, and author of The POCUS Manifesto. He has been covered by NPR and the Washington Post for various medical startups he has founded. He is the creator of the online POCUS educational site POCUSMedEd.com, and is certified in point-of-care ultrasound by the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American College of CHEST Physicians.


POCUS in Medical Education



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Kate Deiling has been the Ultrasound Instructor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ, since the inception of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the pre-clerkship medical curriculum in 2019. As part of the school’s simulation center, she teaches first and second-year medical students all modules of POCUS that include online education, a manikin-based high-fidelity simulator, and live hands-on training sessions utilizing 10 ultrasound machines. Together, these sessions help to facilitate the learning and development of essential psychomotor and cognitive skills for ultrasound probe handling, image interpretation, diagnoses, and clinical decision-making. In addition, a 2-week comprehensive POCUS elective is offered to fourth-year students with POCUS sessions for residents and faculty being developed.

Kate graduated from Thomas Jefferson University and has been practicing ultrasound for over 30 years in various capacities. Most recently, she worked extensively as a staff sonographer and was designated as the ultrasound education coordinator for a large multi-office radiology center. Early in her career, Kate worked exclusively in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and then moved on to a position as a clinical consultant for a major manufacturer. Following her work as an applications specialist, she went to work in perinatology at several antenatal testing units in both academic institutions and private settings. Her husband is also a graduate ultrasonographer from Thomas Jefferson University. For many years, Kate and her husband operated as independent contractors providing ultrasound services to radiology centers and several private offices. They have 3 adult children, including their oldest, who is a physician specializing in regional anesthesia at the University of Virginia and uses POCUS daily. Kate very much enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with family and friends, especially to US National Parks.


The Health Wagon: Mobile Rural Healthcare Since 1980



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As a Family Nurse Practitioner and the President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health Wagon, Dr. Teresa Tyson leads a medical nonprofit in Central Appalachia. St. Mary’s Health Wagon exists as the region’s only safety net health care clinic for far southwest Virginia. Tyson leads her clinic in promoting the mission of providing quality, affordable, accessible care to all with an emphasis on serving the medically underserved. St. Mary’s Health Wagon is a free nurse managed health clinic consisting of three stationary and two mobile clinics, serving Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan and Russell Counties. St. Mary’s Health Wagon is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, mobile clinic in the United States, serving patients since 1980. In an effort to expand access to primary and specialty health care services, Tyson is currently overseeing the construction of a stationary dental clinic in Wise County. Tyson’s leadership in the healthcare sector has garnered notable recognition including interviews from media that include: 60 Minutes, Nightline, CBS Nightly News, Inside Edition, Washington Post, New York Times along with other extensive media attention, including international press, regarding her efforts to provide access to health care to the poor and marginalized in the Appalachian region. Tyson has presented at the United Nations and the World Health Organization numerous times. Tyson is at the forefront of healthcare innovation. Tyson introduced the first monoclonal antibody infusions and post-COVID clinics to Central Appalachia. This past year, Dr. Tyson initiated a medication-assisted treatment program, addressing the opioid epidemic with an evidence-based integrated treatment model using injectable diversion free medications. Tyson is most proud of the Health Wagon’s renamed annual health outreach, Move Mountains Medical Mission (M7). Following nineteen years of collaboration, Tyson continues to host this event, which she co-founded with Stan Brock of Remote Area Medical (RAM) and Sr. Bernadette Kenny in 1999. Dr. Tyson is a preceptor to medical, nursing and business students from forty-three colleges and universities. In 2015, Tyson was an instrumental partner in the first ever FAA approved drone delivery of medications in the United States, in partnership with Flirtey, NASA Langley and others. The historic drone has been inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Tyson is a strong business development professional and is skilled in nonprofit organization management, budgeting, fiscal management, fundraising, capital projects management, communications strategy, strategic planning, project management, grants management, event planning, social media, public speaking, marketing, and healthcare policy. Tyson serves on many healthcare boards, advisory councils, and coalitions. Tyson also serves as a guest speaker on topics such as healthcare access, healthcare disparities, vulnerable populations, mobile health, Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training health expeditions, nurse managed clinics and a variety of other issues. Tyson is the co-founder of Forever Young Aesthetics and Weight Loss Management in Norton, Virginia. Tyson’s medical clinic brought platelet rich plasma therapy – a natural treatment for injured joints – to the area. Tyson is also co-founder of Hettie’s Haven – a specialized residential home designed to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities in Coeburn, Virginia. Tyson is married to Tim Tyson. They are blessed with a family of five wonderful children: two boys and three girls.


The Danish Society for Ultrasound in General Practice: A conversation with the Chair



Troels Mengel-Jørgensen, GP, is a General Practitioner in Vodskov, Denmark. Presently, he serves as the Chairman of the Danish Society for Ultrasound in General Practice (DAUS), a board member of the Danish College of General Practice (DSAM). Troels is also associated with the Center for General Practice at Aalborg University (CAMAAU) in Aalborg, Denmark.


Increasing Global Access to POCUS



About Our Guest

Brandon Greer, NP, has been a Nurse Practitioner for 1.5 years, and an Emergency Nurse for about 10 years. He has worked in a number of facilities, ranging from outpatient clinics to level 1 trauma centers. Brandon also teaches as an adjunct nursing professor, as well as an instructor of ACLS, BLS, PALS, and POCUS. He has worked to augment the role of POCUS in his community, using it at Urgent Care, the Emergency Department, and in outpatient services. His is also helping to establish and augment a POCUS education program out of Orlando, and has taught POCUS for populations such as nurses, advanced practice providers, EMTs, and residents. Brandon visits Peru annually to work in community clinics around Trujillo and Ollantaytambo. In this role, he began introducing the concept of POCUS in the hopes of bringing greater services and access to populations with greater health disparities.

Brandon is a current Doctoral student as well, with the intention of building a more formalized and intensive POCUS program as part of his Doctoral project. As part of this, he recently published an article that speaks to the utility of POCUS, and how more disciplines should consider adopting it as part of their practice. Brandon’s wife is also currently in school to be a nurse practitioner, and has been dabbling with the use of ultrasound herself. Outside of Brandon’s medical roles, he and his wife spend a large amount of time traveling. They live in a rural area with a menagerie of dogs, cats, and chickens. Brandon is also a triathlete, currently training for an Ironman, and a snowboarder and snowmobiler in the winter.


Incorporating POCUS into PA Education



About Our Guests

Amy Roberts, PhD, MS, PA-C, graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science and earned her Physician Assistant certificate in 2010. She then went on to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in December 2014 from Pace University and a PhD in Leadership from University of the Cumberlands in 2021. Amy has been working with the Hofstra Physician Assistant Program since 2012 and has been working in primary care since she graduated. Prior to becoming a PA Amy worked in radiology for more than 10 years. She continues to work in primary care with the goal of making a positive impact on the healthcare field.

Christine Zammit, MS, PA-C, has been a practicing PA for 20 years. For the past 8 years, she has held a full-time faculty appointment at the Hofstra University PA Program. In addition to her role in academia, she maintains an active clinical practice in the pediatric intensive care unit at an inner-city hospital.


Using POCUS to Improve Total Musculoskeletal Health



 

Alexa Chandler, M.S., CSCS,*D, is a doctoral student studying Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 2016 and her master’s degree in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from Rutgers University in 2019. While at Rutgers, her research focused on the use of ultrasound to assess body composition in elite ballet dancers. She is currently using ultrasound to assess changes in muscle and tendon thickness following a resistance-training program with and without blood flow restriction. Her interests include exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and sports science.


Evaluating Muscle Trauma: POCUS as First Line Imaging



Alexander Talaska works as a radiologist in Vienna, focusing on musculoskeletal sonography in diagnostics and therapeutic interventions as well as emergency medicine. He loves the complexity of anatomical knowledge combined with dynamic scanning in MSK, solving a problem efficiently and integrating sonography in patients needs and best outcome in diagnostics. One of his favorites is peripheral nerve imaging. Already in the second year during his studies of medicine at the Medical University of Vienna (MUVI) he deeply got in touch with sonography. First teaching as a sono tutor from student to student, in between organizing the students initiative Sono4You on the same time while building up a team of enthusiastic students tutors in sonography besides his studies. In his radiology residency at the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy at the MUVI he combined his broadly trained sonoanatomy skills with a huge variety of pathologies and MRI skills, especially in musculoskeletal imaging. Since 2012, Alex has contributed regularly to several teaching and educational events to medical specialists, residents, sonographers and medical students. He also focuses on comparable documentation techniques and structured reporting in sonography, interdisciplinary discussions and usage of sonography with consequence. At the moment Alex works in one of the biggest trauma and rehabilitation centers in Vienna, accompanied by sports medicine. He still enjoys teaching and passes on knowledge whenever he can.

Additional Resources

Read this article to learn how emergency physicians can use POCUS to visualize the structures beneath the skin.

Learn how musculoskeletal POCUS supplements the emergency physicians’ process of identifying the extent of an injury and the correct course of action.

The Point-of-care Ultrasound Diagnosis of Tennis Leg case study provides insights on why the portable, cost-effective nature of POCUS makes it an excellent modality for diagnosing a tear of the medial head of the gastrocnemius.