New Mayo scoring system predicts CCU patient mortality July 28, 2015 -- A predictive scoring system that combines both echocardiography and clinical data can reliably estimate three-year death rates in critical care unit (CCU) patients, according to research from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The model is built on the fact that more heart patients are dying from noncardiovascular diseases.
Software aims for realism in echocardiography July 27, 2015 -- A new echocardiography software package released this month analyzes cardiac structure and function pixel by pixel to render detailed functional 3D images that could speed up diagnosis and reduce the number of exams needed in patients undergoing cardiac workups.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Priorities July 16, 2015 -- As a sonographer, if you are not at 100%, you are doing a disservice to yourself and your patients. It's crucial to prioritize your mental and physical health, explains echocardiographer Doug Wuebben, who, along with coach Mark Roozen, shares some advice and exercises to improve your strength and flexibility.
A (myocardial) bridge too far: CT vs. IVUS in the heart July 8, 2015 -- Multidetector-row CT should be considered the noninvasive gold standard when evaluating myocardial bridge abnormalities, owing to its anatomic accuracy. But there are important things CT doesn't see that intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) does, according to new research from Stanford University.
Ultrasound helps fine-tune management of arthritis July 1, 2015 -- Ultrasound can be used to identify subclinical disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients in remission, enabling them to benefit from more-intensive treatment, according to research presented recently at the European League Against Rheumatism annual congress in Rome.
Group creates 3D printed heart with CT, echo data June 29, 2015 -- In what they are calling a major advance, researchers from Michigan have created a 3D model of a human heart using data from two separate cardiac imaging techniques: CT and echocardiography. They believe that such hybrid 3D models will be more accurate than those created from just one imaging modality.
Panel says elastography has value for liver fibrosis June 24, 2015 -- Ultrasound elastography can reliably distinguish between patients who have no or minimal fibrosis and those with severe fibrosis or cirrhosis, obviating liver biopsy in most of these cases, according to a multispecialty panel convened by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 23 -- Ultramobilizing ultrasound June 15, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 23rd in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this article, Dr. Birnholz reviews ultraportable ultrasound options, including new, upgraded, or replacement equipment.
ACR 2015: Bedside US may not capture whole picture in ER May 21, 2015 -- Emergency room (ER) physicians often perform bedside obstetric ultrasound studies on first-trimester patients in the ER, but these patients should also receive radiology ultrasound scans to avoid potentially dangerous missed diagnoses, according to research from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
US surveillance of HCC subject to image quality issues May 21, 2015 -- Ultrasound may be the imaging modality of choice for surveillance of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in high-risk patients, but variance in exam quality can be a big problem, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer 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.