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AJR: Using ultrasound 1st for appendicitis saves money
January 14, 2014 -- Using ultrasound as a first-line evaluation tool for patients suspected of having appendicitis -- and sending equivocal cases on to CT -- reduces radiation dose and saves healthcare dollars compared with a CT-only protocol, according to a new study in the January American Journal of Roentgenology.
Rads equally comfortable with handheld, whole-breast US
December 30, 2013 -- Radiologists show equal confidence in visualizing suspicious masses with automated and handheld breast ultrasound, which could decrease the amount of handheld imaging used in diagnostic clinics, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2013 meeting.
Sonographers can reliably handle screening breast US
December 20, 2013 -- For screening breast ultrasound studies, can sonographers deliver a performance comparable to that of radiologists? Turns out they can, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2013 meeting in Chicago.
In a pinch, sonographers can handle emergency abdominal US
December 13, 2013 -- When radiologists are unavailable to provide final reports in a timely fashion, sonographers are capable of providing interpretations of abdominal ultrasound studies in an emergency setting, according to Australian research published online in Radiography.
Siemens RSNA launches include Force CT scanner, angio unit
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Siemens Healthcare is launching a range of new products at this week's RSNA meeting, including the third generation of its dual-source CT architecture, a new angiography system, and a major ultrasound technology upgrade.
New Revolution CT scanner paces GE's RSNA introductions
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - A new CT scanner called Revolution that acquires 16 cm of data per rotation is the RSNA 2013 highlight for GE Healthcare. The vendor is also showcasing women's imaging, a rebranding of its automated breast ultrasound technology, and a new angiography system with large-format digital detectors.
Philips paces RSNA launches with PET/CT, CT, US scanners
December 2, 2013 -- CHICAGO - New technologies being launched by Philips Healthcare at this week's RSNA meeting include a PET/CT scanner with new digital detectors, a CT system optimized for spectral imaging, and an ultrasound platform designed for both cardiology and radiology applications.
Toshiba RSNA highlights include CT, MRI upgrades
December 2, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Toshiba America Medical Systems is offering RSNA 2013 attendees a look at a wide variety of technologies, including an automated CT scanning mode, dose management for interventional imaging, and productivity enhancements in MRI and ultrasound.
Shear-wave elastography, ABUS help classify breast lesions
December 1, 2013 -- CHICAGO - High tumor stiffness at shear-wave elastography appears to predict lymph node metastasis in women with invasive breast cancer, and automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) turned in a similar diagnostic performance to handheld ultrasound, according to two studies presented on Sunday at the RSNA meeting.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 13 -- Liver fat and fibrosis
November 12, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 13th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this edition, Dr. Birnholz addresses the challenges of imaging liver fat and fibrosis in the age of obesity.
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.
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.
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