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Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 2
July 30, 2014 -- Repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer, can trigger tennis elbow. Part 2 of this series presents three exercises sonographers can use to improve stability and strength to alleviate the condition.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 1
July 17, 2014 -- Just because you don't play tennis or racket sports doesn't mean you can't come down with tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. A painful condition caused by overuse, tennis elbow can be triggered by repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer.
Ultrasound visualizes odor perception in brain
July 15, 2014 -- A neurofunctional ultrasound method can provide in vivo visualization of odor perception in the brain, shedding light on the functioning of the olfactory system, researchers from France reported in an article published in NeuroImage.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 16 -- Breast ultrasound screening
July 10, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 16th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he discusses breast cancer screening in general and the role of ultrasound in particular.
USPSTF still against US carotid artery stenosis screening
July 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has finalized its draft recommendation advising against the use of widespread ultrasound screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis as a tool for stroke prevention.
Ultrasound screening catches embolism in cancer patients
July 3, 2014 -- Ultrasound screening of cancer patients judged to be at high risk for venous thromboembolism can identify a significant number of deep vein thrombosis cases, according to research from the University of Rochester Medical Center.
USPSTF finalizes AAA screening recommendations
June 24, 2014 -- Adhering mostly to its draft statement published in January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) included no big surprises in its new recommendations in favor of ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).
Analysis finds evidence lacking for HCC screening
June 18, 2014 -- Screening for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic liver disease can detect early-stage cancer, but it's unclear whether systematic screening would yield a survival advantage over clinical diagnosis, according to an analysis published on Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Quantitative US gauges cellular tumor treatment response
June 13, 2014 -- Canadian researchers have succeeded in measuring chemotherapy treatment response in mice at the microscopic level using quantitative ultrasound combined with maximum mean discrepancy measurements, according to a new study in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.
SRU guidelines would catch nearly all incidental thyroid cancers
June 5, 2014 -- Very few incidentally detected thyroid cancers would be missed if recommendations from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) for thyroid nodules were followed. What's more, the nodules not worked up are unlikely to become a problem, according to research published in the June issue of Radiology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Embracing telemedicine
June 5, 2014 -- Telemedicine is a powerful and disruptive force in today's healthcare system. For sonographers and others on the front lines of healthcare, telemedicine can be stressful and a big change. But it can also offer some of the very best moments for a healthcare worker, according to echocardiographer Doug Wuebben.
Image quality, patient safety, and the future of 3D ultrasound
May 30, 2014 -- Ultrasound has a bright future ahead, thanks to new developments in 3D/4D that are making the technology more versatile for a wide range of applications. In this article, two application specialists from software developer ContextVision discuss the state of the art in ultrasound image processing.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 15 -- The way of the radiologist
May 22, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he reflects on the early days of his career in ultrasound, and how things might have been.
Echo screening cost-effective after childhood chemo
May 19, 2014 -- Young cancer patients treated with chemotherapy can be screened cost-effectively throughout their adult lives with echocardiography to help them live longer, according to a pair of just-released studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Experience matters in point-of-care ultrasound
May 19, 2014 -- Experienced sonologists had significantly higher sensitivity for diagnosing appendicitis with point-of-care ultrasound than sonologists with less experience, in a study from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Either way, though, it's important not to rely only on point-of-care ultrasound to rule out the condition.
Study: Do fetal anatomy US scans earlier in obese women
May 19, 2014 -- Morbidly obese pregnant women face a greater risk of poor outcomes and can be difficult to image adequately on prenatal ultrasound. For that reason, fetal anatomy ultrasound scans should be performed earlier in these women, with the optimal gestational age for scans dropping as body mass index goes up.
SIIM: DICOM structured reports speed ultrasound reporting
May 17, 2014 -- LONG BEACH, CA - Implementing ultrasound DICOM structured reporting tools yields a significant improvement in dictation times over conventional reporting methods, according to a study presented on Friday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
Outpatient echo code bundling has unintended effects
May 15, 2014 -- When Medicare began code bundling for echocardiography scans in 2009, the move produced a sharp drop in outpatient claims from cardiologists -- which was expected. But the success of code bundling could have unintended effects for both echocardiography and other imaging exams, according to a study in the May Journal of the American College of Radiology.
NIRS-IVUS sees lipid core plaque in vivo
April 30, 2014 -- A new technique based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) used during an intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) procedure is the first to directly visualize unstable lipid core plaque, according to an article in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology.
Off-label use unlocks contrast ultrasound for radiology in U.S.
April 9, 2014 -- While the interminable wait continues for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of ultrasound contrast agents in radiology applications, the delay doesn't preclude their clinical use now in the U.S., according to a presentation by Dr. Richard Barr, PhD, at last week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting.
AIUM: Study finds women with dense breasts often skip US
April 3, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - A new study found that fewer than 2% of women informed that they had dense breast tissue returned for follow-up exams with ultrasound, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting. The study raises questions about the effectiveness of breast density laws in improving screening.
AIUM: Collaboration drives musculoskeletal ultrasound
April 1, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - Musculoskeletal ultrasound has had a turbulent history, with periods of overutilization and turf battles that continue to this day. But the modality continues to flourish thanks to collaboration, according to a presentation at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
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