EHR alerts boost participation in AAA screening February 12, 2014 -- Many men who are at risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) unfortunately don't get screened for the often deadly condition. But Kaiser Permanente in California has found a way to reach more of them by integrating alerts for screening into its electronic health record (EHR) software.
WBUS: Better than DBT as adjunct to mammography? January 31, 2014 -- Whole-breast ultrasound (WBUS) is still a valuable adjunct to conventional mammography, even if digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is available, according to Yale University researchers, who discovered that WBUS found some cancers that DBT missed.
USPSTF revises stance on ultrasound AAA screening January 28, 2014 -- In an update on Monday to its 2005 recommendations for ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) largely kept to its previous recommendations for men while adding nuance to its suggestions for screening in women.
Is point-of-care ultrasound the new stethoscope? January 27, 2014 -- The role of point-of-care ultrasound in developing countries, the need for early ultrasound education, and the expansion of point-of-care cardiac ultrasound are among the featured topics in the latest issue of the World Heart Federation's Global Heart journal.
AJR: Using ultrasound 1st for appendicitis saves money January 14, 2014 -- Using ultrasound as a first-line evaluation tool for patients suspected of having appendicitis -- and sending equivocal cases on to CT -- reduces radiation dose and saves healthcare dollars compared with a CT-only protocol, according to a new study in the January American Journal of Roentgenology.
Rads equally comfortable with handheld, whole-breast US December 30, 2013 -- Radiologists show equal confidence in visualizing suspicious masses with automated and handheld breast ultrasound, which could decrease the amount of handheld imaging used in diagnostic clinics, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2013 meeting.
Sonographers can reliably handle screening breast US December 20, 2013 -- For screening breast ultrasound studies, can sonographers deliver a performance comparable to that of radiologists? Turns out they can, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2013 meeting in Chicago.
In a pinch, sonographers can handle emergency abdominal US December 13, 2013 -- When radiologists are unavailable to provide final reports in a timely fashion, sonographers are capable of providing interpretations of abdominal ultrasound studies in an emergency setting, according to Australian research published online in Radiography.
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.