Initiative drives PACS use in point-of-care ultrasound July 26, 2016 -- Want to increase the number of emergency department point-of-care ultrasound studies being archived on PACS at your institution? It may not take that much effort to get emergency room physicians on board, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Can femoral ultrasound find role in CV risk assessment? July 26, 2016 -- By spotting atherosclerotic plaques that aren't also present in the carotid artery, femoral ultrasound can predict the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease in many asymptomatic patients who would be overlooked if they only received carotid ultrasound, according to research from Italy published online in Angiology.
Does imaging after thyroid cancer treatment help? July 21, 2016 -- Yes, surveillance imaging can identify the recurrence of thyroid cancer in patients who have received treatment. But that doesn't mean the scans will affect patient survival, according to a large retrospective study published online July 21 in BMJ.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 3 July 13, 2016 -- In the third installment of this series, Judith Buckland from consulting firm CardioServ offers more tips on how to comply with the latest accreditation requirements for quality improvement from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Ultrasound might be better choice for shoulder than MRI July 11, 2016 -- Can musculoskeletal ultrasound obviate the need for MRI in adult patients with shoulder pain? Perhaps, as most of the time the combination of radiography and ultrasound is all that's needed, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Shear-wave elastography can predict esophageal varices July 7, 2016 -- Shear-wave elastography can noninvasively predict the presence of esophageal varices in patients with the first stage of liver cirrhosis, and bests other measures for spotting high-risk varices, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
How do breast density laws affect radiology practice? June 27, 2016 -- Since 2009, 28 states have enacted breast density notification legislation -- a victory, say women's health advocates. So how are radiologists reacting, particularly in regard to assessing breast cancer risk and offering supplemental imaging? With caution, according to a new study published in The Breast Journal.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 2 June 21, 2016 -- This series will offer tips for how to comply with the latest Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Quality Improvement requirements with quality and ease. Part 2 covers two more key measures for all imaging modalities to follow: interpretive quality and report completeness.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: 100% every time June 10, 2016 -- In our previous contributions for AuntMinnie.com, strength and conditioning coach Mark "Coach Rozy" Roozen and I have focused on helping sonographers live and scan pain-free. In this article, though, I'd like to share a personal story that reminded me once again how important we as sonographers really are.
ABUS: An effective option for dense breast screening June 9, 2016 -- The rise of the breast density movement has more women's health practices turning to ultrasound as an adjunct to mammography screening. A new study in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology found that automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) can meet this need, without the drawbacks of handheld ultrasound.
For years, coach Mark Roozen and sonographer Doug Wuebben have advised sonographers on how they can correct movement problems that lead to job-related pain. We've collected their wisdom in a single downloadable resource that is available for free to AuntMinnie.com members.