Spring, 2015

Spring, 2015

Hello, everyone! My name is Hudson O’Keefe and over the next year, I will be creating four newsletters; this being the very first. I am always available to NCUS members at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any ideas, suggestions, or case study/article submissions. The NCUS newsletter is a great place to build up your publishing muscles so I hope to hear from you!

We have just opened our activities to member volunteers. If you would like to learn more about what opportunities are available, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.ncus.org. For mobile users, we maintain Facebook and Twitter accounts as well.

What a wonderful Spring symposium we had in Wilmington, NC in March! We ran a day long MSK course, coordinated a great lineup of Echo, Vascular, General, and OB/GYN speakers, and brought back the evening reception! If you weren’t able to attend, lecture handouts are available on the website and a video mashup of the symposium will be available in the June newsletter courtesy of 2014/2015 Mentee Phoebe Blankinship.

Our new president, Chris Mann, gives us a Spring symposium recap in his President’s message and Mike Foster, NCUS President for 2016, gives us a first peek at the Fall symposium being held in Chapel Hill, NC. Remember, if you have a suggestion for a location of a future symposium, let us know! We try to vary the location so all members can remain active. Symposiums are a great way to get out of town, meet up with new and old friends, and GET THOSE CMEs! Why wait till the very end?

The newsletter is now available as a PDF for easy download, email and print options so be sure to share it with your co-workers who haven’t become members yet and encourage them to become a part of one of the largest, most active sonography societies in the country. We work hard to keep the membership cost low and the value high so that everyone can benefit from the knowledge, companionship, and support we have to offer each other.

Look for the next edition in July where we will feature an interview with the 2015 Sonographer Excellence winner Elizabeth Allison. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you! Take care and happy scanning!

Hudson O’Keefe

Hello fellow sonographers! Last month we enjoyed our 34th Annual Spring Symposium at the Hilton Riverside in Wilmington. We had over 200 attendees, exhibitors and speakers on the coast of North Carolina and despite a little bad weather, it was a beautiful place to be! I would like to personally thank our past President, Marta Thorup, for putting together such an excellent conference and to Laura Currie from Central Office for keeping things organized and running smoothly. The line-up of speakers and topics was truly diverse and well received by those who attended, as evidenced by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received. The material covered really seemed to “hit home” and I hope you will use this knowledge to improve your everyday practice. After all, renewing our CME credits is more than just a requirement, but a chance to improve ourselves and the services we offer our customers in healthcare! Phil Bendick, PhD, gave an outstanding keynote lecture on professionalism and reminded us how important our role is as professionals and our responsibility to be the best at our craft. If you missed the symposium, take advantage of the handouts provided by lecturers on the website under documentation. In addition to excellent lectures, 18 attendees were able to experience our very first hands on scan lab featuring Randy Moore, DC, teaching Musculoskeletal Sonography techniques. Our thanks go out to Esaote for sponsoring this event and we hope to offer more like this in future meetings. The Sonography programs across the state were well represented and offered up some friendly competition at the Quiz Bowl and with their Scientific Exhibits on Saturday.

The NCUS Fall symposium will be held at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC on October 17, 2015. This will be a one day meeting with two tracks offering seven (7) CME credits per track. A variety of lectures will be presented by sonographers and MD’s and our friends from industry will be present with their latest products to show you how they can help with your patients. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of your registration. This is a good time to meet others in your field from the state and began “networking”. Members of NCUS get a discounted registration fee for this meeting, but ALL are welcome. If you have any “topic” suggestions, for lectures, questions about the meeting, or would want to volunteer, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hope to see you there,
Mike Foster BA, RCS, RDCS, FASE

The society offers two meetings each the year, a three day meeting in the Spring and a one day meeting in the Fall. These meetings are held in different parts of the state, in order to provide Sonographers in North Carolina and surrounding states the opportunity to obtain credits without driving long distances.

Here is a quick introduction to some of our new board members elected in 2015. For a list of all members of the NCUS Board of Directors and to see their photos, go to: NCUS Board of Directors

And remember, suggestions for next year’s BOD members can be made through the website as well!

Alice Bradley, M.Ed., BHS, RT (R), RDMS
How long did you serve on the board and what will you be doing now?
I would like to say that it has been my pleasure to be a part of this group for the past 9 years (since Spring 2006). I have grown to view this society as family. We have achieved so many things together during my time serving as BOD, Vice president X 2—then drafted president.

(Editor’s Note: This publication is not endorsed by the NCUS or its affiliates. I read it recently and learned quite a bit and thought you might enjoy it as well.)

Concise Guide to Reading, Understanding, and Evaluating Medical Journal Articles
Judith Green-McKenzie MD MPH FACP FACOEM
July 2006. Paperback, 128 pages.
ISBN 1-883595-46-0

Whether you are struggling to understand the research behind articles in your favorite sonography journals or have been considering writing a case study or research article yourself, Dr. Green-McKenzie’s 128 page handbook could be a great asset in your professional library.

The first 50 pages provide valuable insight into the types of journal articles, their format, and several research techniques employed while the remainder of the handbook is a glossary dedicated to defining many of the terms commonly seen in medical journals. I recommend this publication to students and career sonographers alike.

Have you read something recently that you would like to recommend to other NCUS members? Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell me about it!

3 Cases: Click Read More to view the three cases.

Case # 1 submitted by Mentee Brittany Davis, South Piedmont Community College:

Correct Answer- Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)

Correct answers submitted by the following:
Anna Zachariason (Winner of Drawing)
Virginia Wallace
Shelby Holdsworth
Danielle Lundy
Scarlette Brummitt
Cara Mason
Hudson O’Keefe
Rachel Zeiler
Brittany Lowery
Shannon Hamlin
Steven Penny
Bethany Snow