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The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 6 -- Shear-wave elastography
July 18, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the sixth 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 discusses the development and use of shear-wave elastography.
Scanning in Pain: Part 4 -- Final sonography sins
July 12, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the final installment of a four-part series on overcoming work-related musculoskeletal issues for sonographers. Part 4 presents the final sonography "sins," along with several exercises and basic stretches to tackle these common problem areas.
BMJ: Twice is the key to cost-effective AAA screening
July 6, 2012 -- Danish researchers have found a sort of Goldilocks solution to the question of whether abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is cost-effective if performed repeatedly rather than just once in a patient's lifetime. The most cost-effective scenario is twice, they reported on Friday in the British Medical Journal.
Breast ultrasound performs well in wake of density laws
June 25, 2012 -- Technologist-performed handheld screening breast ultrasound -- offered to women in the general population with dense breasts -- can help detect small mammographically occult breast cancers, although overall positive predictive value is low, according to a study published online June 21 in Radiology.
Report ties keepsake ultrasound to fetal gender tests in Canada
June 15, 2012 -- An investigative report has caused a stir in Canada after it revealed that keepsake ultrasound clinics are willing to provide the gender of fetuses before 20 weeks of gestation. This is early enough for women to request an abortion and feeds into the phenomenon of female feticide in some immigrant communities in Canada.
Incomplete abdominal US documentation leads to income loss
May 30, 2012 -- Incomplete documentation in abdominal ultrasound reports is common and contributes to loss of revenue at many practices, according to a new study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
ARRS: CT useful when abdominal US is inconclusive
April 30, 2012 -- About a third of CT exams performed after inconclusive abdominal ultrasound are positive, making CT a good choice for follow-up in many patients, researchers said on Monday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in Vancouver.
Toronto Star: Hospitals won't reveal baby's gender on US
April 18, 2012 -- Whether it's by coincidence or not, six major hospitals in the Toronto metropolitan area that are in or near areas with high concentrations of South Asian immigrants have adopted policies that prohibit sonographers from divulging a baby's gender to expectant mothers, according to a report from the Toronto Star.
Breast US: Getting back to basics may be best
April 13, 2012 -- Breast ultrasound is coming into its own, especially with new attention being paid to dense breast tissue. Specialists have a range of high-tech tools at their disposal, but sometimes getting back to basics may be the best choice, according to an April 13 talk at the National Conference on Breast Cancer.
FDA panel recommends approval for ABUS for breast screening
April 11, 2012 -- The first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) system in breast cancer screening applications moved closer to reality after an FDA panel voted to recommend approval of U-Systems' somo.v system for use in screening of women with dense breasts.
U-Systems awaits FDA panel review of ABUS for screening
April 10, 2012 -- Ultrasound developer U-Systems hopes Wednesday's meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Radiological Devices Panel will be a big step forward in its bid to be the first vendor to receive approval to market an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) system for screening applications in women with dense breasts.
Adding MRI, US to mammo aids cancer detection in dense breasts
April 3, 2012 -- The addition of ultrasound or MRI to annual mammography screening in women with an increased risk of breast cancer and dense breast tissue resulted in the detection of more breast cancers, according to a study in the April 4 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association.
AIUM: Keepsake US tied to low birth-gender ratios in Calif.
April 3, 2012 -- Although a definitive cause-and-effect relationship can't be proved, access to keepsake ultrasound centers continues to be linked with lower numbers of female births among some Asian groups in California, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 5 -- A previously unreported sign
March 30, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the fifth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. Can scientific collaboration be updated for the 21st century? Yes, and it's our duty to do so, he says in this most recent article.
Scanning in Pain: Part 3 -- More of sonography's sins
March 30, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the third in a four-part series on overcoming work-related musculoskeletal issues for sonographers. This installment continues to investigate the 10 sonography sins that can lead to work-related injury.
Scanning in Pain: Part 2 -- Tackling sonography's sins
March 23, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the second in a four-part series on overcoming work-related musculoskeletal issues for sonographers. This installment digs into the 10 biggests sins that can lead to chronic injury among sonographers.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 4 -- Female pelvic ultrasound
March 16, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the fourth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, Dr. Birnholz discusses the history and strengths and weaknesses of ob/gyn ultrasound, which is often inappropriately utilized.
Humanitarian project brings imaging to the masses in India
March 9, 2012 -- A clinical mission to India sponsored by the American Society of Echocardiography demonstrated the power of medical imaging and teleradiology by enabling cardiologists around the world to rapidly diagnose heart disease among patients examined with ultrasound thousands of miles away.
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