Combination of ultrasound, tPA may boost stroke treatment
October 31, 2013 -- The combination of a novel, operator-independent ultrasound therapy device and tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) therapy may be able to increase the rate of artery recanalization in patients with ischemic stroke, according to a study published online October 24 in Stroke.
Nonrads now performing bulk of US-guided procedures
October 14, 2013 -- Radiologists no longer predominate in the performance of ultrasound-guided procedures, which may have implications for the quality of patient care, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Panel recommends new US criteria for judging viable pregnancy
October 10, 2013 -- To lower the risk of incorrectly diagnosing a pregnancy as nonviable, more-stringent criteria for ultrasound scans should be used to determine if a first-trimester pregnancy cannot result in a live-born baby, advised a multispecialty panel in an article published October 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Help this person
October 9, 2013 -- In the first article of a new series, cardiac sonographer Doug Wuebben reminds sonographers never to forget the importance of their work and its effects on patients' lives.
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.