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.
Study suggests hand sanitizer OK as ultrasound gel substitute
May 8, 2013 -- If you're interested in a low-cost substitute for ultrasound gel, hand sanitizer works very well, according to a presentation last month at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting in New York City.
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.