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.
AIUM: Ultrasound helps U.S. Olympic athletes get back into action
March 31, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - U.S. short-track speed skater J.R. Celski seemed unlikely to compete at the 2010 Winter Games five months after his skate sliced into his thigh after a fall in a race. Thanks in part to ultrasound, however, Celski made it to Vancouver and won two bronze medals, according to a talk at this week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.
NEJM editorial examines proliferation of point-of-care US
March 24, 2014 -- Broader training and thorough assessment of the benefits of point-of-care ultrasound are required before the technology can replace the stethoscope in physical examinations, according to an editorial published March 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.