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.
Ultrasound helps fine-tune management of arthritis
July 1, 2015 -- Ultrasound can be used to identify subclinical disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients in remission, enabling them to benefit from more-intensive treatment, according to research presented recently at the European League Against Rheumatism annual congress in Rome.
Group creates 3D printed heart with CT, echo data
June 29, 2015 -- In what they are calling a major advance, researchers from Michigan have created a 3D model of a human heart using data from two separate cardiac imaging techniques: CT and echocardiography. They believe that such hybrid 3D models will be more accurate than those created from just one imaging modality.
Panel says elastography has value for liver fibrosis
June 24, 2015 -- Ultrasound elastography can reliably distinguish between patients who have no or minimal fibrosis and those with severe fibrosis or cirrhosis, obviating liver biopsy in most of these cases, according to a multispecialty panel convened by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 23 -- Ultramobilizing ultrasound
June 15, 2015 -- presents the 23rd in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this article, Dr. Birnholz reviews ultraportable ultrasound options, including new, upgraded, or replacement equipment.
ACR 2015: Bedside US may not capture whole picture in ER
May 21, 2015 -- Emergency room (ER) physicians often perform bedside obstetric ultrasound studies on first-trimester patients in the ER, but these patients should also receive radiology ultrasound scans to avoid potentially dangerous missed diagnoses, according to research from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
US surveillance of HCC subject to image quality issues
May 21, 2015 -- Ultrasound may be the imaging modality of choice for surveillance of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in high-risk patients, but variance in exam quality can be a big problem, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego.
Sonography students sue college over transvaginal exams
May 19, 2015 -- Two former sonography students have filed a lawsuit against a college in Florida, alleging that the institution and employees in its medical diagnostic sonography program retaliated against them after they protested against having to undergo transvaginal ultrasound procedures as part of their sonography training.