Why is thyroid cancer being overdiagnosed in Canada?
August 22, 2017 -- Despite stable mortality rates over time, the incidence of thyroid cancer has skyrocketed in Canada -- particularly among middle-aged women and in certain provinces. The culprit for this "overdiagnosis epidemic" is diagnostic imaging, according to a study published online in CMAJ Open.  Discuss
USPSTF to take another look at AAA screening
August 11, 2017 -- Will the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) change its recommendations for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening? It's too early to tell, but the task force published a draft research plan on August 10 to share its vision for how it will reassess the benefits and harms of ultrasound screening.  Discuss
How do women fare when breast cancer is detected on US?
August 10, 2017 -- Women whose breast cancers are detected with screening ultrasound generally have good outcomes, but some do experience cancer recurrence. South Korean researchers analyzed the factors that could predict recurrence in these women in a new study in the August issue of Radiology.  Discuss
AI can obviate biopsies of indolent thyroid nodules
August 7, 2017 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can characterize thyroid nodules on ultrasound with a high degree of accuracy, potentially helping to avoid unnecessary biopsies of indolent lesions, according to research published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 3
August 2, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. To help with this often overlooked task, this series from CardioServ will review the proper methods to quantify the right heart. Part 3 focuses on the preferred volumetric measurement methods and linear measurements for calculating the size of the right atrium.  Discuss
Point-of-care ultrasound shows its merit
July 27, 2017 -- While conventional diagnostic ultrasound understandably offers higher sensitivity and specificity, point-of-care ultrasound can yield a valuable level of accuracy for low-resource settings, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 2
July 19, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. To help with this often overlooked task, this series from CardioServ will review the proper methods to quantify the right heart for both size and function.  Discuss
3D ultrasound quantifies subclinical atherosclerosis
July 11, 2017 -- While detecting subclinical atherosclerosis is useful, quantifying the plaque burden is even more valuable. A 3D vascular ultrasound method can reliably perform this task and help to estimate cardiovascular risk, according to research published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
Elastography, color Doppler US avoid breast biopsies
July 7, 2017 -- Adding elastography and color Doppler to B-mode ultrasound can significantly decrease the number of false positives when screening women with dense breasts, avoiding as many as two-thirds of unnecessary biopsies, according to research published online June 21 in Radiology.  Discuss
Can mild carotid atherosclerosis hurt mental cognition?
June 28, 2017 -- Can subclinical carotid atherosclerosis as identified on ultrasound negatively affect cognitive performance? Yes -- at least in individuals who carry a genotype known to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the July issue of Stroke.  Discuss
Special Feature
ACR publishes TI-RADS thyroid nodule classification model

A new risk stratification model for thyroid nodules has been published by the American College of Radiology (ACR) Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS) committee. The TI-RADS model is designed to be easy to use by ultrasound practitioners and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies for thyroid nodules. Read more

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