Image quality, patient safety, and the future of 3D ultrasound May 30, 2014 -- Ultrasound has a bright future ahead, thanks to new developments in 3D/4D that are making the technology more versatile for a wide range of applications. In this article, two application specialists from software developer ContextVision discuss the state of the art in ultrasound image processing.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 15 -- The way of the radiologist May 22, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest 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 reflects on the early days of his career in ultrasound, and how things might have been.
Echo screening cost-effective after childhood chemo May 19, 2014 -- Young cancer patients treated with chemotherapy can be screened cost-effectively throughout their adult lives with echocardiography to help them live longer, according to a pair of just-released studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Experience matters in point-of-care ultrasound May 19, 2014 -- Experienced sonologists had significantly higher sensitivity for diagnosing appendicitis with point-of-care ultrasound than sonologists with less experience, in a study from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Either way, though, it's important not to rely only on point-of-care ultrasound to rule out the condition.
Study: Do fetal anatomy US scans earlier in obese women May 19, 2014 -- Morbidly obese pregnant women face a greater risk of poor outcomes and can be difficult to image adequately on prenatal ultrasound. For that reason, fetal anatomy ultrasound scans should be performed earlier in these women, with the optimal gestational age for scans dropping as body mass index goes up.
SIIM: DICOM structured reports speed ultrasound reporting May 17, 2014 -- LONG BEACH, CA - Implementing ultrasound DICOM structured reporting tools yields a significant improvement in dictation times over conventional reporting methods, according to a study presented on Friday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
Outpatient echo code bundling has unintended effects May 15, 2014 -- When Medicare began code bundling for echocardiography scans in 2009, the move produced a sharp drop in outpatient claims from cardiologists -- which was expected. But the success of code bundling could have unintended effects for both echocardiography and other imaging exams, according to a study in the May Journal of the American College of Radiology.
NIRS-IVUS sees lipid core plaque in vivo April 30, 2014 -- A new technique based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) used during an intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) procedure is the first to directly visualize unstable lipid core plaque, according to an article in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology.
Off-label use unlocks contrast ultrasound for radiology in U.S. April 9, 2014 -- While the interminable wait continues for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of ultrasound contrast agents in radiology applications, the delay doesn't preclude their clinical use now in the U.S., according to a presentation by Dr. Richard Barr, PhD, at last week's American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting.
AIUM: Study finds women with dense breasts often skip US April 3, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - A new study found that fewer than 2% of women informed that they had dense breast tissue returned for follow-up exams with ultrasound, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting. The study raises questions about the effectiveness of breast density laws in improving screening.