Abstract Content Guidelines

The ASA encourages member participation at education meetings. Traditionally the conference has a mix of invited speakers and people who make suggestions for topics they wish to present (proffering is the technical term). At the ASA’s annual conference in Melbourne (29-31 May 2020), proffered papers will be an important feature of the program. We are encouraging clinical sonographers, sonography students, and those working in sonographic research or education to consider proffering a paper for presentation.

Presenting your own work gives you a unique opportunity to share your perspective, experience and knowledge with your colleagues. You will also gain valuable feedback and insight from the audience that may help you progress your project along. And since all of the abstracts will be published in the ASA’s journal Sonography, you will have a published abstract as well.

Title: The abstract title should be in initial capital/lower case, not all capitals.

Authors: Authors’ names should be supplied in the surname-last format and should be in initial capital/lower case, not all capitals (e.g. J Smith). Institutional affiliations should be indicated with superscript numbers following the author name (e.g. J Smith1 ). Note: authors names should not be included in the abstract itself but suppliued as part of the submission process.

Affiliation: All affiliations should contain institution, city and country (e.g. Hospital, Melbourne, Australia).

References: References should not be included.

Abstract text: Abstract text will be slightly different depending on the category you are proffering in (see below).

In 2020, oral abstracts will be presented within themed sessions; your work will be presented to an audience of delegates interested in your topic and alongside some of Australasia’s ultrasound experts. There will be four categories of proffered papers:

1. Case Studies

Have you seen some unusual cases lately? Maybe even a few similar presentations? Not just the rare and unusual pathology or clinical presentations, but examples of missed diagnosis and what you would do differently. How about cases where multimodality imaging or new techniques helped? This can be a single case or a series, and your abstract should include an introduction, methods, results, conclusion and take-home message.

2. Sonography Research

Have you been involved in some interesting sonography research? This can be collaborative, solo or part of your postgraduate study. Research that is related to sonography, uses sonography, sonography practice or sonography teaching and supervision. Abstracts should include an introduction, methods, results, conclusion and take-home message.

3. Clinical Audits

Have you got a database full of interesting cases? Clinical audits are great ways to start your research career. Audits might be about clinical outcomes, clustering of clinical presentations, introduction of new technology or protocols, or health and safety. We often audit our practice and the lessons we learn may be very useful for others as well. Abstracts should include an introduction, methods, results, conclusion and take-home message.

4. Clinical Update

Are you an expert in an area or sub-speciality of sonography? We invite you to present a summary of clinical or technical advances in any area of sonographic practice. Topics could include new approaches to scanning, reviews of clinical evidence, educational initiatives, new imaging protocols, etc. Share your tips and advice – tell your colleagues how you do it and why. Abstracts should include an introduction, methods, results, conclusion and take-home message.

What you need to know about submission

  • All abstracts will be submitted using the submission portal and should follow the specified format.
  • All abstracts will be subject to anonymous peer review by a panel of expert sonographers and graded for selection on quality alone.
  • Allocation will be made to oral presentations (in themed sessions) or poster based on topic, not grade or quality. Presenters will be able to select ‘ePoster only’ if this is their preferred mode of delivery
  • You can have more than one presenter, but you will need to nominate a corresponding author.
  • The abstract will be a maximum of 250 words.
  • References will not be required.
  • If your abstract is accepted, you will be required to register for the conference, but a special discounted registration fee will apply. All of your other costs will be your responsibility (accommodation, travel, etc.)
  • Presenters may also be eligible for one of the ASA presenter prizes.
  • Abstracts will be published in a supplement of the ASA’s journal Sonography.