Making a Difference as a Sonographer: The perils of job growth March 20, 2015 -- Growth in the number of diagnostic medical sonographer jobs is expected to hit nearly 50% through 2022. But that's not necessarily a good thing, as the increasing popularity of ultrasound puts more strain on sonographers. Find out what you can do to cope in the latest article from Doug Wuebben.
Ultrasound exams present interpretation challenges March 20, 2015 -- Ultrasound requires a unique skill set, according to Dr. Roy Filly, who in this article describes some of the modality's challenges and how they can affect image interpretation. Fortunately, new technologies make it possible to utilize one of the unique aspects of ultrasound: its ability to capture dynamic images.
Adults at low risk of heart disease shouldn't get screening March 16, 2015 -- Cardiac screening shouldn't be performed on patients at low risk for coronary heart disease, as it doesn't improve patient outcomes and comes with potential harms due to false-positive results, according to a paper published on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine by the American College of Physicians.
Philips ECR highlights include IntelliSpace Portal upgrade March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - The latest version of its IntelliSpace Portal platform is among the ECR 2015 highlights for Philips Healthcare. The company is also showing recently introduced technology ranging from its IQon spectral CT scanner to its DoseWise Portal radiation dose management program.
Siemens makes play for social radiology at ECR 2015 March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - Siemens Healthcare wants its customer base to get more social. To that end, the company is using this week's ECR 2015 to launch teamplay, an ambitious healthcare IT platform designed to promote interaction and collaboration among its users.
Lightning strikes for Toshiba at ECR 2015 March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - At this week's ECR 2015 meeting, Toshiba Medical Systems is rolling out Aquilion Lightning, a new CT scanner designed to bring improved performance to the entry-level segment. Other ECR launches include an ultrasound software upgrade platform, new MRI coils, and a rebranded radiation dose management program.
TI-RADS works best for classifying thyroid nodules on US March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - When it comes to characterizing thyroid nodules on ultrasound, the Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS) classification method is the way to go, according to a Friday presentation at ECR 2015. In a comparison with a recently proposed alternative, TI-RADS performed similarly and was more user-friendly, Egyptian researchers reported.
GE launches products in MRI, ultrasound, HIT at ECR 2015 March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - GE Healthcare is highlighting a pair of new MRI scanners, Signa Creator and Signa Explorer, making their global launch at this week's ECR 2015 meeting. The company is also rolling out its new Logiq P9 ultrasound scanner, as well as Centricity xSite, a new healthcare IT platform designed to improve radiology reporting across multiple healthcare enterprises.
Mobile devices support real-time ultrasound image streaming March 4, 2015 -- Using a wireless system that can provide real-time image streaming in high definition, mobile devices such as tablet computers can be used for remote interpretation of complete ultrasound examinations, researchers from Evangelismos Hospital in Athens, Greece, recently reported.
US-guided core biopsy best for salivary gland tumors March 4, 2015 -- VIENNA - Ultrasound-guided core-needle biopsy significantly outperforms ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy for diagnosing salivary gland tumors, according to a presentation on Wednesday at ECR 2015.
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.