Our Education, Communication and Advocacy
ICUS is at the forefront of CEUS education, communication and advocacy. Key ICUS initiatives have included
FREE CME Education — Live and online
More than 1,500 ultrasound professionals are now ICUS trained … and all CME programs are now free, whether live or online! These acclaimed educational experiences offer actionable insights and inspire CEUS champions. Exhibits feature multiple agents and machines for participants to examine. For more information or to register, CLICK HERE
ICUS commitment to sonographer training
ICUS is leading a multi-organization effort to expand CEUS education in sonographer schools. Our joint task force is developing dynamic and scalable CEUS curriculum modules that will be distributed free of charge to all sonographer schools. ICUS also collaborates with the IAC to present free CEUS webinars for sonographers. They are available on the ICUS website.
ICUS leverages its unique global, multi-specialty CEUS expertise to create a comprehensive, dynamic CEUS resource for physicians and scientists, sonographers, administrators, patients and the public. There is no charge for accessing webinars and other references on the ICUS website.
The global ultrasound community is at the front lines of the battle against the novel coronavirus. The ICUS COVID-19 HUB offers a range of resources and protocols to address the urgent need for up-to-date information.
Reimbursement chart and advocacy
ICUS recognizes the importance of educating practitioners and policymakers about appropriate payment for CEUS procedures. ICUS therefore offers a free CEUS coding and payment chart on its website. ICUS has also successfully advocated for appropriate reimbursement models.
ICUS Weekly News Monitor
ICUS Bubble Blogs
Showcases real-life CEUS experiences and how they impact patient care globally. Bubble Blogs are featured on the ICUS website.
Removal of shunt contra-indications
ICUS successfully pressed the FDA to remove all contra-indications for known or suspected cardiac shunts, based on the ICUS white paper.
Approval of pediatric CEUS without pediatric trials
ICUS also successfully urged the FDA to approve pediatric indications without pediatric clinical trials, based on a white paper submitted by ICUS with collaboration from SPR.
ICUS White Papers For FDA Staff
Both of the above FDA actions closely followed two ICUS white papers prepared for FDA staff: (a) Safety of Ultrasound Contrast Agents in Patients With Known or Suspected Cardiac Shunts, and (b) Safety of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in children for non-cardiac applications: a review by the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) and the International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS). Both white papers were also published in peer-reviewed journals.
Removal of black box
FDA staff briefings
ICUS periodically briefs FDA staff on new CEUS trends and developments.
Accreditation & guidelines
ICUS successfully advocated for the first inclusion of CEUS in adult echo lab accreditation standards, and has collaborated with other professional societies on CEUS guidelines.
ICUS spreads awareness of important CEUS developments through press releases that reach mainstream media outlets, trade publications and websites globally.
Suboptimal echo guide
This handy ICUS pamphlet is available on the ICUS website.
ICUS annual roundtables provide a forum for sharing challenges and identifying opportunities to advance CEUS where indicated.