Ultrasound fusion software clears up liver biopsies
May 31, 2016 -- Software that fuses ultrasound images with MRI or CT studies can accurately guide liver biopsies for lesions that are hard to see on conventional ultrasound, yielding similar accuracy as CT-guided biopsy as well as some key benefits, according to an article in the June issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
MRI, ultrasound combined best assess baseball elbow pain
May 25, 2016 -- The combination of MR arthrography and ultrasound is significantly better than either modality alone for diagnosing medial elbow pain in baseball pitchers who face the prospect of a long recuperation after surgery, according to a study in the June issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Ultrasound contrast can help treat heart attacks
May 23, 2016 -- Ultrasound contrast agents aren't just for diagnostic use anymore. They can also be used therapeutically to help restore blood flow and salvage heart tissue in patients with one of the most serious types of heart attacks: ST-elevation myocardial infarction, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
TI-RADS guidelines shine for managing thyroid nodules
May 20, 2016 -- Of the three guidelines available for assistance in managing thyroid nodules, the Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS) guidelines may offer the best diagnostic yield for thyroid cancer, according to research from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Discuss
Living Pain-Free: Sonographer neck/shoulder pain, part 1
May 18, 2016 -- After focusing on back problems in the previous Living Pain-Free series for sonographers, it's now time to focus on the shoulders and neck. This new four-part series will explore the causes of pain in these common problem areas, as well as share some practical strategies that can help you get back to living pain-free.  Discuss
Can automated breast ultrasound handle screening?
May 12, 2016 -- Even if it may detect slightly fewer noncystic lesions than handheld ultrasound performed by radiologists, automated breast ultrasound can still serve as an effective supplemental breast cancer screening tool in women with dense breasts, according to a multi-institutional research team.  Discuss
When should carotid stenosis be followed up?
May 3, 2016 -- Lower levels of carotid artery stenosis tend to worsen much more slowly than more significant stenosis, and they can be followed up with carotid ultrasound studies less frequently, according to researchers from the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.  Discuss
Elastography aids assessment of focal prostate lesions
April 29, 2016 -- Ultrasound elastography can be a useful problem-solving tool for assessing focal prostate lesions detected on transrectal ultrasound, potentially avoiding the need to biopsy some patients, according to research published in the May issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
How to get paid for radiology ultrasound contrast scans
April 25, 2016 -- It's great that the ultrasound contrast agent Lumason has finally been approved in the U.S. for radiology applications, but how do you get paid for it? In this column, Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions examines Lumason reimbursement and the coding steps you need to take to get paid.  Discuss
ARRS: Contrast ultrasound works well for liver lesions
April 19, 2016 -- LOS ANGELES - Contrast-enhanced ultrasound offers a cost-effective, radiation-free alternative to CT for characterizing focal liver lesions, according to research presented April 18 at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.  Discuss
Special Feature
ACR publishes TI-RADS thyroid nodule classification model

A new risk stratification model for thyroid nodules has been published by the American College of Radiology (ACR) Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS) committee. The TI-RADS model is designed to be easy to use by ultrasound practitioners and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies for thyroid nodules. Read more

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