Vigilance needed to prevent contamination of ultrasound probes
November 10, 2014 -- Although ultrasound probes are vulnerable to bacterial contamination, the good news is that the risk can be significantly reduced if the proper precautions are taken, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Caring for the IT band
October 21, 2014 -- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome is primarily known as one of the most common overuse injuries for runners. But sonographers and other professionals who are on their feet all day also experience problems caused by tight IT bands.
Bracco gets FDA nod for ultrasound contrast agent
October 10, 2014 -- A third contestant has joined the U.S. market for ultrasound contrast agents: On Friday, Bracco Diagnostics received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its Lumason ultrasound contrast agent. The approval marks the end of a long odyssey for Bracco in its efforts to bring the agent to market.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 17 -- Time and tides
October 2, 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 why time should always be on the patient's side.
Ultrasound should be 1st choice for suspected kidney stones
September 18, 2014 -- Ultrasound should still be the first imaging test of choice for evaluating patients with suspected nephrolithiasis, according to research published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that using CT first didn't yield better clinical outcomes.
Transcranial US can spot carotid stenosis patients in danger
September 16, 2014 -- Transcranial Doppler ultrasound can be used to identify those asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis patients who are at greater risk for stroke and would therefore be most likely to benefit from revascularization procedures, according to research published online September 16 in Radiology.
New SRU pregnancy criteria won't prompt many more scans
September 11, 2014 -- More stringent diagnostic criteria from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) for determining early in the first trimester if a pregnancy has no chance of producing a live baby will not lead to a huge increase in follow-up ultrasound exams, San Francisco researchers have found.
Elastography may avoid needless biopsies of thyroid nodules
September 10, 2014 -- Thanks to its high negative predictive value, ultrasound elastography with intrinsic compression may be able to reduce by one-third the number of unnecessary biopsies performed on calcified thyroid nodules, according to research published in the October issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
Elastography techniques help characterize breast lesions
September 5, 2014 -- Both strain elastography and shear-wave elastography can combine well with B-mode ultrasound to improve differentiation of malignant and benign breast lesions, South Korean researchers recently reported in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: A face to the pain
September 4, 2014 -- In the latest installment of this series, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben shares the story of a sonographer who battled severe work-related injuries. Her story is all too familiar, but there are steps those in her shoes can take, according to Wuebben.