Outpatient echo code bundling has unintended effects
May 15, 2014 -- When Medicare began code bundling for echocardiography scans in 2009, the move produced a sharp drop in outpatient claims from cardiologists -- which was expected. But the success of code bundling could have unintended effects for both echocardiography and other imaging exams, according to a study in the May Journal of the American College of Radiology.
NIRS-IVUS sees lipid core plaque in vivo
April 30, 2014 -- A new technique based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) used during an intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) procedure is the first to directly visualize unstable lipid core plaque, according to an article in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology.
Off-label use unlocks contrast ultrasound for radiology in U.S.
April 9, 2014 -- While the interminable wait continues for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of ultrasound contrast agents in radiology applications, the delay doesn't preclude their clinical use now in the U.S., according to a presentation by Dr. Richard Barr, PhD, at last week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting.
AIUM: Study finds women with dense breasts often skip US
April 3, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - A new study found that fewer than 2% of women informed that they had dense breast tissue returned for follow-up exams with ultrasound, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting. The study raises questions about the effectiveness of breast density laws in improving screening.
AIUM: Collaboration drives musculoskeletal ultrasound
April 1, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - Musculoskeletal ultrasound has had a turbulent history, with periods of overutilization and turf battles that continue to this day. But the modality continues to flourish thanks to collaboration, according to a presentation at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
AIUM: Ultrasound helps U.S. Olympic athletes get back into action
March 31, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - U.S. short-track speed skater J.R. Celski seemed unlikely to compete at the 2010 Winter Games five months after his skate sliced into his thigh after a fall in a race. Thanks in part to ultrasound, however, Celski made it to Vancouver and won two bronze medals, according to a talk at this week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.
NEJM editorial examines proliferation of point-of-care US
March 24, 2014 -- Broader training and thorough assessment of the benefits of point-of-care ultrasound are required before the technology can replace the stethoscope in physical examinations, according to an editorial published March 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
MRI provides alternative to CT, US for pediatric appendicitis
March 20, 2014 -- MRI without contrast provides "high diagnostic performance" for suspected pediatric appendicitis and has "substantial" agreement with ultrasound in positive appendicitis cases, indicating that it could be an alternative to both ultrasound and CT for this application, according to a study published online March 17 in Radiology.
Multimodality vendors launch scanners at ECR 2014
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - In the past, ECR languished in the shadow of Chicago's RSNA show when it came to new product introductions. But ECR is slowly coming into its own, as indicated by new product launches from the major multimodality companies at this week's congress.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 14 -- Transparently retasking
February 27, 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 the value of ultrasound's past and the challenges of interspecialty distrust.