Guidelines

In 2018, 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. Abstract should be divided into the following sub-sections: 

Introduction – provide a brief background to case/clinical scenario; include clinical details, presenting symptoms, unusual situations.
Method – briefly describe your ultrasound approach and how this was modified or could have been.
Results – briefly describe the main ultrasound findings and link them to the clinical presentation.
Conclusion – statement of what you found and how this fits in with the existing knowledge of this condition.
Take home message – State the most important learning from your presentation.

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. Abstract should be divided into the following sub-sections: 

Introduction – provide a brief background to the topic and an aim.
Method – briefly describe your method. Include study design, how data was collected, scanning details, etc.
Results – briefly describe the main results/findings of your work.
Conclusion – statement of what you concluded.
Take home message - State the most important learning from your presentation.

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. Abstract should be divided into the following sub-sections: 

Introduction – provide a brief background to the topic and the objectives of the presentation.
Method – briefly describe the area of practice and timeframe for your audit.
Results – describe the findings of your audit.
Conclusion – statement of what you concluded.
Take home message – State the most important learning from your presentation.

4) Clinical Update / Non 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. Abstract should be divided into the following sub-sections: 

Introduction – provide a brief background to the topic and the objectives of the presentation.
Method – briefly describe the approach you will be taking.
Results – describe the impact of this practice.
Conclusion – statement of what you concluded.
Take home message – State the most important learning from your presentation.

What you need to know about submission

  • All proffered presentations will be submitted as an abstract using the conference website and using a supplied template.
  • 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 ‘poster 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 proffered paper 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.