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Trial evaluates MRgFUS for treating Parkinson's disease
November 1, 2012 -- Surgery can sometimes help patients with their Parkinson's disease symptoms when medications are ineffective. But could transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) offer a better and more noninvasive treatment alternative? Researchers at the University of Virginia are taking the first step toward answering that question.
Breast US tops mammography for symptomatic women under 40
October 22, 2012 -- Ultrasound beats mammography as the best imaging modality for initial evaluation of breast cancer in symptomatic women ages 30 to 39, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 8 -- Fetal biometry
October 19, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the eighth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. While fetal measurements might not be the most glamorous of topics, exploring them yields useful practice tips, he says.
AAA ultrasound screening hasn't saved many lives in Medicare
October 2, 2012 -- Legislation that mandates ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) of individuals entering the Medicare program hasn't had much of a direct impact on mortality since taking effect in 2007, according to Stanford University researchers.
U-Systems lands final clearance for somo.v for dense breasts
September 18, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound technology developer U-Systems has become the first vendor to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance to market a device specifically for use in screening women with dense breasts.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 7 -- An ultrasound conundrum
September 17, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the seventh 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 tackles the issue of how to deliver the best services to as much of the population as possible.
Adding ultrasound boosts radiotherapy for prostate cancer
August 17, 2012 -- Combining pulsed nonthermal focused ultrasound with radiotherapy could increase the efficacy of prostate cancer treatment, according to a presentation at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine annual meeting held in Charlotte, NC, earlier this month.
ABUS equals MRI as screening option for dense tissue
July 24, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) shows promise as a cost-effective adjunct screening modality compared to MRI for women who have dense breast tissue at mammography, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 6 -- Shear-wave elastography
July 18, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the sixth 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 discusses the development and use of shear-wave elastography.
Scanning in Pain: Part 4 -- Final sonography sins
July 12, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the final installment of a four-part series on overcoming work-related musculoskeletal issues for sonographers. Part 4 presents the final sonography "sins," along with several exercises and basic stretches to tackle these common problem areas.
BMJ: Twice is the key to cost-effective AAA screening
July 6, 2012 -- Danish researchers have found a sort of Goldilocks solution to the question of whether abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is cost-effective if performed repeatedly rather than just once in a patient's lifetime. The most cost-effective scenario is twice, they reported on Friday in the British Medical Journal.
Breast ultrasound performs well in wake of density laws
June 25, 2012 -- Technologist-performed handheld screening breast ultrasound -- offered to women in the general population with dense breasts -- can help detect small mammographically occult breast cancers, although overall positive predictive value is low, according to a study published online June 21 in Radiology.
Study doubts value of liver cancer screening
June 19, 2012 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Screening people with alcoholic liver damage for signs of cancer may not be worth the expense or other downsides, Danish researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Report ties keepsake ultrasound to fetal gender tests in Canada
June 15, 2012 -- An investigative report has caused a stir in Canada after it revealed that keepsake ultrasound clinics are willing to provide the gender of fetuses before 20 weeks of gestation. This is early enough for women to request an abortion and feeds into the phenomenon of female feticide in some immigrant communities in Canada.
Incomplete abdominal US documentation leads to income loss
May 30, 2012 -- Incomplete documentation in abdominal ultrasound reports is common and contributes to loss of revenue at many practices, according to a new study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
ARRS: CT useful when abdominal US is inconclusive
April 30, 2012 -- About a third of CT exams performed after inconclusive abdominal ultrasound are positive, making CT a good choice for follow-up in many patients, researchers said on Monday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in Vancouver.
Toronto Star: Hospitals won't reveal baby's gender on US
April 18, 2012 -- Whether it's by coincidence or not, six major hospitals in the Toronto metropolitan area that are in or near areas with high concentrations of South Asian immigrants have adopted policies that prohibit sonographers from divulging a baby's gender to expectant mothers, according to a report from the Toronto Star.
Breast US: Getting back to basics may be best
April 13, 2012 -- Breast ultrasound is coming into its own, especially with new attention being paid to dense breast tissue. Specialists have a range of high-tech tools at their disposal, but sometimes getting back to basics may be the best choice, according to an April 13 talk at the National Conference on Breast Cancer.
FDA panel recommends approval for ABUS for breast screening
April 11, 2012 -- The first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) system in breast cancer screening applications moved closer to reality after an FDA panel voted to recommend approval of U-Systems' somo.v system for use in screening of women with dense breasts.
U-Systems awaits FDA panel review of ABUS for screening
April 10, 2012 -- Ultrasound developer U-Systems hopes Wednesday's meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Radiological Devices Panel will be a big step forward in its bid to be the first vendor to receive approval to market an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) system for screening applications in women with dense breasts.
Adding MRI, US to mammo aids cancer detection in dense breasts
April 3, 2012 -- The addition of ultrasound or MRI to annual mammography screening in women with an increased risk of breast cancer and dense breast tissue resulted in the detection of more breast cancers, according to a study in the April 4 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association.
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