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 -- AuntMinnie.com 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.
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.
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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