Today was the last day of the conference and boy, was it a good one! We started the day off with the Young Professional panel, where the discussion was geared towards the newer technologists. Kayla Wieseckel talked a lot about transitioning from a student to a sonographer, which was particularly helpful for a student like me. Next, Dr. Polak and Ann Marie Kupinski did an amazing job talking about multiple modalities such as CTA and MRA, how they work, what the pros and cons are and finally, related them to a few cases. Those cases were amazingly done and taught us a lot about how to read them! Next, various awards were given out to several physicians, technologists and students. I’m super proud to say that two of our very own Rush University graduates received awards for their oral and poster presentations!
Following some refreshments, we all resumed to the room to start the next session, which was titled Thrombo-emoblic. In this session, we learned a lot about several factors that lead to hypercoagulability, such as Factor V Leiden and cancer related hypercoagulabilty. We also learned a ton about pulmonary embolisms and the various ways to treat them, such as thrombus aspiration, thrombolysis, and catheter directed thrombolysis. I had no idea that so many ways existed to treat a PE. The conclusion yielded that ultrasound assisted thrombolysis was a safe option and it was no more superior to the standard catheter directed thrombolysis. Then, Dr. Natalie Marks presented an amazing case of ultrasound duplex guided thrombolysis for a patient who had acute arterial ischemia. It was all done on ultrasound and there were so many “oohs” and “ahhhs” in the audience! She claimed that duplex arteriography provided so very unique advantages! Finally, we all dispersed for lunch!
Once we got back from lunch, I heard Dr. Joseph Caprini gave a talk about best ways to manage venous ulceration. He told us to always evaluate the arterial perfusion if there are non-healing ulcers present. Some of the options he mentioned included short-stretch compression bandages, which allow for low resting pressure and high working pressure. All in all, it was a great talk and a great day!