How do women fare when breast cancer is detected on US?
August 10, 2017 -- Women whose breast cancers are detected with screening ultrasound generally have good outcomes, but some do experience cancer recurrence. South Korean researchers analyzed the factors that could predict recurrence in these women in a new study in the August issue of Radiology.  Discuss
AI can obviate biopsies of indolent thyroid nodules
August 7, 2017 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can characterize thyroid nodules on ultrasound with a high degree of accuracy, potentially helping to avoid unnecessary biopsies of indolent lesions, according to research published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 3
August 2, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. To help with this often overlooked task, this series from CardioServ will review the proper methods to quantify the right heart. Part 3 focuses on the preferred volumetric measurement methods and linear measurements for calculating the size of the right atrium.  Discuss
Point-of-care ultrasound shows its merit
July 27, 2017 -- While conventional diagnostic ultrasound understandably offers higher sensitivity and specificity, point-of-care ultrasound can yield a valuable level of accuracy for low-resource settings, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 2
July 19, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. To help with this often overlooked task, this series from CardioServ will review the proper methods to quantify the right heart for both size and function.  Discuss
3D ultrasound quantifies subclinical atherosclerosis
July 11, 2017 -- While detecting subclinical atherosclerosis is useful, quantifying the plaque burden is even more valuable. A 3D vascular ultrasound method can reliably perform this task and help to estimate cardiovascular risk, according to research published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
Elastography, color Doppler US avoid breast biopsies
July 7, 2017 -- Adding elastography and color Doppler to B-mode ultrasound can significantly decrease the number of false positives when screening women with dense breasts, avoiding as many as two-thirds of unnecessary biopsies, according to research published online June 21 in Radiology.  Discuss
Can mild carotid atherosclerosis hurt mental cognition?
June 28, 2017 -- Can subclinical carotid atherosclerosis as identified on ultrasound negatively affect cognitive performance? Yes -- at least in individuals who carry a genotype known to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the July issue of Stroke.  Discuss
Elastography can help evaluate carotid plaque
June 19, 2017 -- A shear-wave ultrasound elastography method can be used to evaluate the stability of carotid plaques, helping to identify those that are most vulnerable to rupturing and causing a stroke, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Study questions use of FAST exam for kids with trauma
June 14, 2017 -- Can a focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) exam improve the clinical care of hemodynamically stable children who have blunt trauma to the torso? Apparently not, according to research published June 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Special Feature
Are the good times over for compact ultrasound?

During the past 10 years, the market for compact ultrasound systems grew quickly; however, more recently, growth has slowed. Simon Harris from Signify Research discusses the reasons behind the slowdown and what the future may hold for the compact ultrasound sector. Read more

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