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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.
AIUM: Keepsake US tied to low birth-gender ratios in Calif.
April 3, 2012 -- Although a definitive cause-and-effect relationship can't be proved, access to keepsake ultrasound centers continues to be linked with lower numbers of female births among some Asian groups in California, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 5 -- A previously unreported sign
March 30, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the fifth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. Can scientific collaboration be updated for the 21st century? Yes, and it's our duty to do so, he says in this most recent article.
Scanning in Pain: Part 3 -- More of sonography's sins
March 30, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the third in a four-part series on overcoming work-related musculoskeletal issues for sonographers. This installment continues to investigate the 10 sonography sins that can lead to work-related injury.
'Therapeutic ultrasound' shows bone stress injuries
March 30, 2012 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - So-called therapeutic ultrasound, commonly used to treat soft-tissue injuries, can be an alternative to MRI for detecting bone stress injuries, according to a U.K. research team.
Scanning in Pain: Part 2 -- Tackling sonography's sins
March 23, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the second in a four-part series on overcoming work-related musculoskeletal issues for sonographers. This installment digs into the 10 biggests sins that can lead to chronic injury among sonographers.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 4 -- Female pelvic ultrasound
March 16, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the fourth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, Dr. Birnholz discusses the history and strengths and weaknesses of ob/gyn ultrasound, which is often inappropriately utilized.
Humanitarian project brings imaging to the masses in India
March 9, 2012 -- A clinical mission to India sponsored by the American Society of Echocardiography demonstrated the power of medical imaging and teleradiology by enabling cardiologists around the world to rapidly diagnose heart disease among patients examined with ultrasound thousands of miles away.
Shear-wave elastography improves breast US specificity
February 9, 2012 -- A large multicenter, international trial published in the February issue of Radiology has found that ultrasound with a shear-wave elastography protocol can significantly improve the specificity of breast ultrasound without hurting sensitivity.
JACR: Nonradiologists drive musculoskeletal US growth
February 1, 2012 -- Nonradiologists -- podiatrists, in particular -- are dramatically increasing their utilization of musculoskeletal ultrasound, according to an analysis of Medicare data published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Controversial scan doesn't help smokers quit: study
January 25, 2012 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Checking for clogged arteries doesn't help inveterate smokers kick the habit if they are already in a quit-smoking program, Swiss researchers have found. Experts say carotid plaque screening has no proven benefits in people without symptoms of heart disease.
Law requiring ultrasound before abortion OK: court
January 11, 2012 -- (Reuters) - A Texas law requiring that an ultrasound image be shown to a pregnant woman and the sound of the fetal heartbeat be played before an abortion is performed does not violate the Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
Automated breast US finds more cancer than mammo alone
January 5, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) finds cancers in dense breast tissue that mammography alone would not, according to a recent study. The findings indicate that ABUS could have a role in a screening environment for women with dense breasts.
Arteries still healthy in young football players
January 5, 2012 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Studies have found that retired pro football players may have an increased risk of heart disease. But new research shows that while they are still in the game, there are no signs of trouble in the players' arteries.
European, U.S. societies publish 3D echo guidelines
January 4, 2012 -- A joint committee of the European Association for Echocardiography and the American Society of Echocardiography has issued the first joint guidelines for image acquisition using 3D echocardiography.
Pediatricians back HHS on newborn heart disease screenings
January 4, 2012 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Newborns should undergo pulse oximetry to screen for critical congenital heart disease, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The statement is an endorsement of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' recommendation.
Conn. density law leads to 'flood' of US breast screening
December 20, 2011 -- A 2009 law passed in Connecticut that requires women with dense breast tissue to be notified of their status has led to a "flood" of screening ultrasound exams at breast clinics in the state. The phenomenon could occur in other states that are considering similar laws, according to a presentation at the recent RSNA 2011 meeting.
Fuji proposes $995M acquisition of SonoSite
December 15, 2011 -- Japanese industrial giant Fujifilm has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire compact-ultrasound developer SonoSite for approximately $995 million.
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