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.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer Echocardiographer Doug Wuebben shares the story of a sonographer who battled severe work-related injuries. Her story is all too familiar, but there are steps those in her shoes can take.