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Practice of Ultrasound: Part 13 -- Liver fat and fibrosis
November 12, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 13th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this edition, Dr. Birnholz addresses the challenges of imaging liver fat and fibrosis in the age of obesity.
Combination of ultrasound, tPA may boost stroke treatment
October 31, 2013 -- The combination of a novel, operator-independent ultrasound therapy device and tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) therapy may be able to increase the rate of artery recanalization in patients with ischemic stroke, according to a study published online October 24 in Stroke.
Nonrads now performing bulk of US-guided procedures
October 14, 2013 -- Radiologists no longer predominate in the performance of ultrasound-guided procedures, which may have implications for the quality of patient care, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Panel recommends new US criteria for judging viable pregnancy
October 10, 2013 -- To lower the risk of incorrectly diagnosing a pregnancy as nonviable, more-stringent criteria for ultrasound scans should be used to determine if a first-trimester pregnancy cannot result in a live-born baby, advised a multispecialty panel in an article published October 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Lancet: Angiography busts theory of venous link to MS
October 8, 2013 -- Countering prior findings that cerebrospinal venous narrowing and multiple sclerosis (MS) go hand in hand, a study incorporating both x-ray venography and ultrasound found that venous narrowing is unrelated to MS. The new results were published online October 9 in Lancet.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 12 -- Evaluating new equipment
September 19, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he reviews a number of ultrasound systems and offers some feedback on the state of affairs in sonography technology.
Cardiac imaging unsuitable for screening asymptomatic athletes
September 16, 2013 -- Despite technological advances in imaging in recent years, a new review has concluded that cardiac imaging cannot yet be recommended as a first-line screening tool for athletes who show no obvious signs of coronary abnormalities.
Ultrasound developer InnerVision looks for partner
September 11, 2013 -- Looking to accelerate its path to market, ultrasound developer InnerVision Medical Technologies has begun to search for a corporate partner to license its version of synthetic aperture technology. The company believes the technology produces a big boost in ultrasound resolution, particularly in scans of obese patients.
Imaging may contribute to excessive thyroid treatment
August 28, 2013 -- In some countries, thyroid cancer has been one of the fastest-growing diagnoses over the past 30 years. In other nations, however, malignancy rates have remained stable. What's behind the discrepancy? Researchers believe that aggressive use of imaging could be leading to overdiagnosis of thyroid disorders, according to a new analysis in BMJ.
Thyroid ultrasound features can guide biopsy decisions
August 27, 2013 -- Basing a decision to biopsy a thyroid nodule on the presence of certain ultrasound imaging characteristics could reduce unnecessary biopsies by 90%, according to a large study published online August 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Ultrasound-detected BI-RADS 3 lesions rarely malignant
August 20, 2013 -- Breast lesions categorized as "probably benign" on supplemental screening ultrasound are rarely malignant and could be re-evaluated at 12 months rather than six -- reducing patient anxiety, follow-up exams, and unnecessary biopsies, according to a study published online in Radiology.
Exercises can help sonographers scan without pain
July 26, 2013 -- "I was scared and stressed out," explains sonographer Doug Wuebben. Unsure whether he could continue with his career due to chronic shoulder pain, Wuebben improved after performing some basic movement training exercises, which he shares in this article.
Toshiba veteran Ryan takes reins at Samsung's medical division
July 15, 2013 -- Over the past year, South Korean industrial giant Samsung has made clear its ambitions to become a powerhouse in the healthcare market. The company recently took another step toward that goal by naming imaging industry veteran Doug Ryan to lead its Health and Medical Equipment division in North America.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 11 -- Through the lymphatic bayou
June 26, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he discusses lymphatics and the importance of using your intuition.
Shear-wave elastography boosts second-look breast US
June 6, 2013 -- Adding shear-wave elastography to a second-look breast ultrasound study performed after dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI can detect nearly a third more cancers than B-mode ultrasound alone, Ohio researchers have found.
New approach may elevate thyroid elastography performance
April 19, 2013 -- Ultrasound elastography has established a role in breast imaging, and the thyroid is one of the next clinical applications on the horizon. At last week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting, Polish researchers unveiled a new data analysis method that may improve the technique's ability to characterize benign from malignant thyroid nodules.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 10 -- Trustworthy ultrasound
April 15, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 10th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he discusses fetal gender determination and behavior, as well as why withholding information is a violation of trust.
Higher credentials needed to change sonographers' image, pay
April 10, 2013 -- NEW YORK CITY - To many, sonographers are just ultrasound techs -- with their sophisticated skills underappreciated, undervalued, and underpaid. It's important for the profession to work to make changes. This was the wake-up call delivered during a presentation at this week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting.
Quality measure boosts shear-wave elastography performance
April 9, 2013 -- NEW YORK CITY - The sensitivity of shear-wave breast elastography can be significantly improved by a quality measure that grades the adequacy of the shear wave itself, according to research presented at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting.
Including menopause as factor aids breast US performance
March 9, 2013 -- VIENNA - Menopause has an important influence on breast elasticity as measured by elasticity parameters, according to study results presented this week at ECR 2013. Taking this factor into consideration may help improve the diagnostic performance of breast sonoelastography, the researchers found.
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