CEUS can aid assessment of Crohn's disease activity
April 8, 2016 -- Quantitative analysis of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) exams outperforms other ultrasound methods for characterizing the inflammatory activity of Crohn's disease, according to researchers from the Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.
Bracco gets FDA nod for Lumason US contrast in liver
April 4, 2016 -- The long wait is over. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time has approved the use of an ultrasound contrast agent for radiology applications, giving the nod to Lumason from Bracco Diagnostics to be used for focal liver lesions.
Off-label use could broaden contrast ultrasound in U.S.
April 1, 2016 -- Tired of waiting for U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance of ultrasound contrast agents for radiology applications? You're not alone. Off-label use of ultrasound contrast could unlock significant clinical benefits now, according to Dr. Michelle Robbin of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ultrasound misses signs of early Zika infection
March 31, 2016 -- Ultrasound scans weren't initially able to detect microcephaly in the fetus of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus, according to a case report published on March 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Signs of Zika's most feared fetal defect only became evident more than a month after infection.
Quantitative ultrasound CAD analyzes multiple conditions
March 29, 2016 -- Researchers have created an algorithm for computer-aided detection (CAD) of ultrasound scans that can diagnose several diseases at once using quantitative texture analysis, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Imaging.
AIUM: Contrast US biopsy combo finds high-grade prostate cancer
March 22, 2016 -- NEW YORK CITY - To detect the most high-grade prostate cancers, it's best to use a combination of contrast-enhanced transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy and medially directed sextant biopsy, according to a presentation on Monday at the annual American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.
AIUM: Experience matters in US screening of dense breasts
March 21, 2016 -- NEW YORK CITY - Breast ultrasound screening in women with dense breasts can identify invasive cancers not seen on mammography, and performance improves with experience, according to a presentation on Sunday at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
AIUM: Focused ultrasound can reveal the Great Masquerader
March 19, 2016 -- NEW YORK CITY - A focused cardiac ultrasound examination can produce a faster and more accurate diagnosis for the difficult case of thoracic aortic dissection, also known as the "Great Masquerader," according to research presented at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
AIUM: Ultrasound offers promise for preventing maternal death
March 18, 2016 -- NEW YORK CITY - Is giving birth safely largely a privilege of the rich? It could be, given the shockingly high maternal death rates that still plague the developing world. But ultrasound can help, according to a March 18 talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
Toshiba completes $6B deal to sell medical unit to Canon
March 17, 2016 -- Japanese industrial conglomerate Toshiba said on March 17 that it has completed a deal to sell its Toshiba Medical Systems division to Canon for $5.9 billion. At the same time, Canon reported that it is moving ahead with plans to integrate the division into its existing healthcare operations.