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Echo screening cost-effective after childhood chemo
May 19, 2014 -- Young cancer patients treated with chemotherapy can be screened cost-effectively throughout their adult lives with echocardiography to help them live longer, according to a pair of just-released studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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.
MRI provides alternative to CT, US for pediatric appendicitis
March 20, 2014 -- MRI without contrast provides "high diagnostic performance" for suspected pediatric appendicitis and has "substantial" agreement with ultrasound in positive appendicitis cases, indicating that it could be an alternative to both ultrasound and CT for this application, according to a study published online March 17 in Radiology.
Multimodality vendors launch scanners at ECR 2014
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - In the past, ECR languished in the shadow of Chicago's RSNA show when it came to new product introductions. But ECR is slowly coming into its own, as indicated by new product launches from the major multimodality companies at this week's congress.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 14 -- Transparently retasking
February 27, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he discusses the value of ultrasound's past and the challenges of interspecialty distrust.
Size matters in the future evolution of compact ultrasound
February 26, 2014 -- Compact or handheld ultrasound systems are now used across an array of specialties and clinical applications, often generating demand for ultrasound where none had existed. What's next? Possibilities abound, but a role as the stethoscope of the future isn't likely to be one of them, according to Stephen Holloway of consulting firm IHS.
Canadian ob/gyns, rads target entertainment ultrasound
February 20, 2014 -- The growing use of fetal ultrasound for nonmedical purposes has prompted two Canadian medical societies to issue a statement against the scans, which have been linked to gender-specific abortion in the country.
Why does breast US find cancers mammography doesn't?
February 20, 2014 -- Most breast cancers detected at screening ultrasound are not seen on mammograms, even in retrospect, which suggests that supplemental screening with ultrasound is beneficial for high-risk women -- especially those with dense tissue, according to a new study published in the February issue of Radiology.
ACC, others call for patient-centric heart imaging
February 18, 2014 -- Noninvasive cardiovascular imaging decisions must become more patient-centric and individualized, according to a statement from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that was endorsed by 14 other medical societies.
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.
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