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Stroke screening raises hopes, worries
August 18, 2011 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new test may be able to spot people at high risk of stroke, although it's too early to be too excited about the findings, researchers said on Wednesday. The study was published online in the journal Neurology.
Most patients don't need extra tests for diagnosis
August 12, 2011 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Examining patients and taking a medical history are more useful to hospital doctors in diagnosing patients than high-tech scans, suggests a new study from Israel.
Thyroid ultrasound reporting system helps track cancer risk
August 8, 2011 -- Thyroid nodules can be risk stratified based on the number of suspicious features on ultrasound, allowing for an effective reporting and data system for thyroid imaging, according to researchers from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
Ethanol injections control thyroid CA lymph node mets
July 29, 2011 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ultrasound-guided ethanol injections appear to control metastatic cervical lymph nodes in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma, according to Norwegian researchers.
Study hints at unnecessary imaging for acute pelvic pain
July 15, 2011 -- A new study has found that women admitted to the emergency department for acute pelvic pain may be receiving more imaging exams than needed. Many diagnoses are made based on the initial imaging study and additional exams are unnecessary, the authors say.
Stress echo spots heart attack, death risk in HIV cases
July 14, 2011 -- Stress echocardiography can help identify the risk of heart attack or death in patients with HIV, allowing for risk stratification of individuals into low- and high-risk groups, according to research published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Survey: Fellows need more training in 3D/4D ultrasound
July 11, 2011 -- Training in advanced prenatal ultrasound techniques such as 3D/4D and fetal echocardiography is often lacking for maternal-fetal medicine fellows, according to a Stanford University-led research team.
Handheld echo scanner performs well in cardiac assessment
July 6, 2011 -- A handheld ultrasound system used for point-of-care heart studies offers accurate assessment of major heart functions, raising the potential for the systems to be used in place of more expensive traditional echocardiography scanners, according to research published in the July 5 edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Needle biopsy can aid in breast cancer triage
July 1, 2011 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In newly diagnosed invasive breast cancer, preoperative needle biopsy of the axillary nodes can help triage women directly to axillary node dissection, a new meta-analysis shows.
Canadian guidelines issued for US in twin pregnancy
June 24, 2011 -- The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has released new recommendations for the use of ultrasound in twin pregnancies in the June issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.
3D transvaginal US bests HSG for uterine abnormalities
June 22, 2011 -- 3D transvaginal ultrasound performs better and is more cost-effective than hysterosalpingography (HSG) in women with uterine abnormalities, according to a prospective study from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Indian radiologists act on sex-selective abortions
June 9, 2011 -- Between 4 million and 12 million female fetuses were aborted in India between 1980 and 2010, according to a new study in Lancet. Ultrasound still seems to be used widely to facilitate sex-selective abortions. What do the country's radiologists think?
MRI with transrectal US improves prostate cancer diagnosis
June 7, 2011 -- A technique in which MRI scans are fused with transrectal ultrasound images to guide biopsies may replace systematic biopsies to improve diagnoses for patients with prostate cancer, as well as aid those with a small amount of low-grade cancer undergoing surveillance.
Ovarian cancer screening doesn't reduce death rates
June 5, 2011 -- Ovarian cancer screening including transvaginal ultrasound doesn't appear to reduce the risk of death, according to a study to be published online June 8 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study will also be presented at this week's American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 1 -- Exam scope
May 27, 2011 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the first in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, an ultrasound veteran with more than 40 years of experience in this field.
Real-time elastography can clear hepatic ascites hurdle
May 25, 2011 -- In contrast to transient elastography methods, real-time elastography can reliably measure liver stiffness in patients with ascites, according to research published in the June edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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