How do breast density laws affect radiology practice? June 27, 2016 -- Since 2009, 28 states have enacted breast density notification legislation -- a victory, say women's health advocates. So how are radiologists reacting, particularly in regard to assessing breast cancer risk and offering supplemental imaging? With caution, according to a new study published in The Breast Journal.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: 100% every time June 10, 2016 -- In our previous contributions for AuntMinnie.com, strength and conditioning coach Mark "Coach Rozy" Roozen and I have focused on helping sonographers live and scan pain-free. In this article, though, I'd like to share a personal story that reminded me once again how important we as sonographers really are.
ABUS: An effective option for dense breast screening June 9, 2016 -- The rise of the breast density movement has more women's health practices turning to ultrasound as an adjunct to mammography screening. A new study in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology found that automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) can meet this need, without the drawbacks of handheld ultrasound.
Ultrasound fusion software clears up liver biopsies May 31, 2016 -- Software that fuses ultrasound images with MRI or CT studies can accurately guide liver biopsies for lesions that are hard to see on conventional ultrasound, yielding similar accuracy as CT-guided biopsy as well as some key benefits, according to an article in the June issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
MRI, ultrasound combined best assess baseball elbow pain May 25, 2016 -- The combination of MR arthrography and ultrasound is significantly better than either modality alone for diagnosing medial elbow pain in baseball pitchers who face the prospect of a long recuperation after surgery, according to a study in the June issue of Radiology.
Ultrasound contrast can help treat heart attacks May 23, 2016 -- Ultrasound contrast agents aren't just for diagnostic use anymore. They can also be used therapeutically to help restore blood flow and salvage heart tissue in patients with one of the most serious types of heart attacks: ST-elevation myocardial infarction, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
TI-RADS guidelines shine for managing thyroid nodules May 20, 2016 -- Of the three guidelines available for assistance in managing thyroid nodules, the Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS) guidelines may offer the best diagnostic yield for thyroid cancer, according to research from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Living Pain-Free: Sonographer neck/shoulder pain, part 1 May 18, 2016 -- After focusing on back problems in the previous Living Pain-Free series for sonographers, it's now time to focus on the shoulders and neck. This new four-part series will explore the causes of pain in these common problem areas, as well as share some practical strategies that can help you get back to living pain-free.
Can automated breast ultrasound handle screening? May 12, 2016 -- Even if it may detect slightly fewer noncystic lesions than handheld ultrasound performed by radiologists, automated breast ultrasound can still serve as an effective supplemental breast cancer screening tool in women with dense breasts, according to a multi-institutional research team.
When should carotid stenosis be followed up? May 3, 2016 -- Lower levels of carotid artery stenosis tend to worsen much more slowly than more significant stenosis, and they can be followed up with carotid ultrasound studies less frequently, according to researchers from the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.
For years, coach Mark Roozen and sonographer Doug Wuebben have advised sonographers on how they can correct movement problems that lead to job-related pain. We've collected their wisdom in a single downloadable resource that is available for free to AuntMinnie.com members.