Breast density law leads to higher ultrasound costs in NJ
October 1, 2015 -- The number and cost of breast ultrasound exams more than doubled in New Jersey after the state enacted a breast density notification law in 2014, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Patient consultations boost pediatric US experience
September 30, 2015 -- Do patients really want to get imaging findings directly from radiologists? When it comes to the parents of children receiving ultrasound studies, they almost always do, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CEUS can monitor antiangiogenic therapy in children
September 18, 2015 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) can track tumor changes in children receiving antiangiogenic therapy, predicting patient progression as soon as after the first treatment course, according to a talk at the recent International Contrast Ultrasound Society Bubble Conference in Chicago.
ICUS: Ultrasound contrast backers urge new approach
September 11, 2015 -- Some 15 years after the first ultrasound contrast agents were cleared in the U.S., the technology remains underutilized. It's now time to consider another path toward broader acceptance, according to a Thursday talk at the International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) Bubble Conference in Chicago.
Low-risk cases fuel rising thyroid cancer rates
September 9, 2015 -- The rapid increase in the number of thyroid cancers diagnosed over the past decade is being driven by low-risk cases that would never pose a health threat to patients -- and one-third of these are asymptomatic cases being diagnosed with advanced medical imaging, according to a new study.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Pain in the neck
September 8, 2015 -- Everyone seems to be under the constant strain of having to do more -- more appointments, more calls, more meetings, more time at the computer, etc. This can result in debilitating pain and injuries in the area of the head, neck, and shoulders. Fortunately, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben has some tips and exercises that can help.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 24 -- An ultrasound PDA
September 3, 2015 -- presents the 24th 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 shares some lessons learned from using ultraportable ultrasound in a local clinic.
Current AAA screening strategies may miss the mark
August 21, 2015 -- Ultrasound screening programs for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) that focus on a single round of screening for 65-year-old men will miss most acute AAAs, which occur in older men, according to a large prospective U.K. study published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
US spots subclinical atherosclerosis in low-risk women
August 12, 2015 -- Carotid intima-media thickness measured on ultrasound can identify asymptomatic cardiovascular disease in most middle-aged women considered to be low-risk by traditional risk assessment tools, Arizona researchers have found.
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.