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Is radiology losing its grip on compact ultrasound? Part 1
February 15, 2013 -- Is the widespread adoption of compact ultrasound systems by other medical specialties undermining radiology's control of this modality? And if so, does anyone in radiology care? AuntMinnie.com explores these questions in a two-part series.
Ultrasound CAD aids in characterizing breast lesions
February 6, 2013 -- Ultrasound computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can improve reader accuracy and diagnostic confidence for distinguishing between benign and malignant breast lesions, according to Japanese researchers.
Serial compression US can exclude DVT in pregnant women
January 14, 2013 -- Serial compression ultrasound and Doppler imaging can reliably and safely exclude deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnant women who are suspected of having the condition, according to research published online on Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Use of ultrasound to guide central venous catheters lags
January 7, 2013 -- Despite compelling clinical evidence and recommendations from a number of organizations, utilization of ultrasound to guide placement of central venous catheters still remains low, according to a recent presentation.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 9 -- Image quality
January 4, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the ninth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he illustrates why everything depends on image quality.
3D/4D ultrasound imaging: Coming of age
January 4, 2013 -- Although high-performance 3D/4D technology has been available in ultrasound for years, it hasn't routinely been used in all clinical practices. That may change in 2013, however, thanks to a number of key trends that are expected to drive widespread adoption.
Yearly screening breast US benefits women with dense tissue
December 4, 2012 -- Although the optimal frequency of screening breast ultrasound for women with mammographically dense breast tissue remains under debate, study data presented at last week's RSNA 2012 meeting suggest that this population would benefit from yearly scans.
Low-dose mammo, wireless US probe, 3T MRI pace Siemens at RSNA
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A new digital mammography system with lower radiation dose, a wireless ultrasound probe, a 3-tesla MRI scanner designed for high-performance clinical and research work, and a new line of angiography systems are among the highlights in the RSNA 2012 booth of Siemens Healthcare.
CT dose reduction, PET/MRI pace Philips RSNA news
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - New developments in CT dose reduction, an expansion of its digital MRI architecture, and new enhancements in PET/MRI are pacing product news in the RSNA 2012 booth of Philips Healthcare.
GE unites PACS and 3D, quiets MRI scans, shows ABUS at RSNA
November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A variety of new technology is on display in the RSNA booth of GE Healthcare, ranging from an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) scanner to MRI noise reduction techniques. The vendor will also highlight new image viewing software that unifies its PACS and advanced visualization applications into a single viewing platform.
Toshiba's RSNA highlights include new 320-row CT scanner
November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A new flagship 320-detector-row CT scanner, a price drop for its 1.5-telsa MRI scanner, and new technologies in ultrasound and wireless digital x-ray are among the highlights in the RSNA 2012 booth of Toshiba America Medical Systems.
Breast US could be option for primary cancer screening
November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Breast cancer incidence is increasing worldwide, but screening mammography isn't always available. Could ultrasound serve as a primary test for breast cancer in countries without access to mammography? It's possible, according to research presented on Sunday at the RSNA meeting.
AIUM forum touts 'ultrasound first' to boost use of modality
November 15, 2012 -- Ultrasound is an underutilized diagnostic imaging exam, according to the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), which organized a forum to promote the concept of performing "ultrasound first" when clinically indicated. But what will it take to make this happen?
GE taps interest in ABUS with U-Systems acquisition
November 9, 2012 -- You know you're onto something when the big boys come calling. GE Healthcare has announced its acquisition of automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) developer U-Systems, a move that highlights the rapid evolution of ABUS from a niche technology into a promising adjunct to screening mammography.
Trial evaluates MRgFUS for treating Parkinson's disease
November 1, 2012 -- Surgery can sometimes help patients with their Parkinson's disease symptoms when medications are ineffective. But could transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) offer a better and more noninvasive treatment alternative? Researchers at the University of Virginia are taking the first step toward answering that question.
Breast US tops mammography for symptomatic women under 40
October 22, 2012 -- Ultrasound beats mammography as the best imaging modality for initial evaluation of breast cancer in symptomatic women ages 30 to 39, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 8 -- Fetal biometry
October 19, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the eighth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. While fetal measurements might not be the most glamorous of topics, exploring them yields useful practice tips, he says.
AAA ultrasound screening hasn't saved many lives in Medicare
October 2, 2012 -- Legislation that mandates ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) of individuals entering the Medicare program hasn't had much of a direct impact on mortality since taking effect in 2007, according to Stanford University researchers.
U-Systems lands final clearance for somo.v for dense breasts
September 18, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound technology developer U-Systems has become the first vendor to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance to market a device specifically for use in screening women with dense breasts.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 7 -- An ultrasound conundrum
September 17, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the seventh in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he tackles the issue of how to deliver the best services to as much of the population as possible.
Adding ultrasound boosts radiotherapy for prostate cancer
August 17, 2012 -- Combining pulsed nonthermal focused ultrasound with radiotherapy could increase the efficacy of prostate cancer treatment, according to a presentation at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine annual meeting held in Charlotte, NC, earlier this month.
ABUS equals MRI as screening option for dense tissue
July 24, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) shows promise as a cost-effective adjunct screening modality compared to MRI for women who have dense breast tissue at mammography, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
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