Ultrasound should be 1st choice for suspected kidney stones September 18, 2014 -- Although it doesn't match the sensitivity of CT, ultrasound should still be the first imaging test of choice for evaluating patients with suspected nephrolithiasis, according to research published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Transcranial US can spot carotid stenosis patients in danger September 16, 2014 -- Transcranial Doppler ultrasound can be used to identify those asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis patients who are at greater risk for stroke and would therefore be most likely to benefit from revascularization procedures, according to research published online September 16 in Radiology.
New SRU pregnancy criteria won't prompt many more scans September 11, 2014 -- More stringent diagnostic criteria from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) for determining early in the first trimester if a pregnancy has no chance of producing a live baby will not lead to a huge increase in follow-up ultrasound exams, San Francisco researchers have found.
Elastography may avoid needless biopsies of thyroid nodules September 10, 2014 -- Thanks to its high negative predictive value, ultrasound elastography with intrinsic compression may be able to reduce by one-third the number of unnecessary biopsies performed on calcified thyroid nodules, according to research published in the October issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
Elastography techniques help characterize breast lesions September 5, 2014 -- Both strain elastography and shear-wave elastography can combine well with B-mode ultrasound to improve differentiation of malignant and benign breast lesions, South Korean researchers recently reported in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: A face to the pain September 4, 2014 -- In the latest installment of this series, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben shares the story of a sonographer who battled severe work-related injuries. Her story is all too familiar, but there are steps those in her shoes can take, according to Wuebben.
Ultrasound elastography accurately predicts fibrosis August 28, 2014 -- Real-time shear-wave elastography isn't just effective for assessing fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C. It also performs well in a broader patient population with diffuse liver disease, according to research published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Sonivate points finger toward future of ultrasound August 27, 2014 -- Ultrasound needs a little more of a human touch. That's the concept behind SonicEye, a fingertip-worn ultrasound probe developed by Oregon-based start-up Sonivate Medical. The company is moving SonicEye to market with significant backing from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Robot-assisted remote echocardiography shows promise August 20, 2014 -- Can an ultrasound scanner be controlled robotically by an operator thousands of miles away? It's not just a dream, according to researchers who demonstrated the feasibility of robot-assisted echocardiography in a pair of articles published recently in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 2 July 30, 2014 -- Repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer, can trigger tennis elbow. Part 2 of this series presents three exercises sonographers can use to improve stability and strength to alleviate the condition.