USPSTF advises against carotid artery stenosis screening
August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is poised to once again recommend against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. The task force reaffirmed its D rating in a draft recommendation statement published on August 4.  Discuss
Pediatric EDs using more ultrasound, MRI instead of CT
August 3, 2020 -- Although pediatric emergency departments (EDs) performed fewer CT exams between 2009 and 2018, their utilization of advanced imaging increased overall due to expanded use of MRI and ultrasound exams, according to research published online August 3 in JAMA Pediatrics.  Discuss
COVID-19 pandemic driving increase in ultrasound use
August 3, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic is driving an increase in the use of lung ultrasonography among physicians in Italy, according to the results of a small survey published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Medicare requires prior authorization for venous ablation
July 30, 2020 -- Radiologists who perform venous ablation in a hospital outpatient department are now required to obtain prior authorization before performing such services on Medicare patients. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains the new requirement.  Discuss
Ultrasound correlates with COVID-19 severity, duration
July 28, 2020 -- Findings on lung ultrasound scans were correlated with COVID-19 severity and duration in a study published on July 23 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. In particular, pulmonary consolidations distinguished between patients with moderate and severe forms of the disease.  Discuss
New guidelines standardize Doppler waveform reporting
July 24, 2020 -- A new set of guidelines aims to standardize the terminology used to report arterial and venous spectral Doppler ultrasound waveforms. The document was jointly published on July 15 in Vascular Medicine and the Journal for Vascular Ultrasound.  Discuss
Ultrasound has similar accuracy to CT for COVID-19
July 23, 2020 -- Lung ultrasound showed similar accuracy to CT for patients with COVID-19 in a study published on July 13 in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Based on the findings, the authors recommended ultrasound as a first-line resource for patients with confirmed and suspected novel coronavirus infection.  Discuss
Newer MRgFUS systems work better for uterine fibroids
July 21, 2020 -- Newer MRI-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) systems work better for successfully treating uterine fibroids, according to a July 4 study in Academic Radiology. A second-generation system significantly reduced fibroid volume while lowering the percentage of patients with complications.  Discuss
ECR 2020: COVID-19's nonpulmonary manifestations
July 18, 2020 -- COVID-19 often initially presents as respiratory disease, but it also has serious nonpulmonary manifestations, according to a session held on July 16 at the virtual edition of ECR 2020.  Discuss
POCUS findings can predict COVID-19 death risk
July 17, 2020 -- The findings on initial lung scans with point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can predict which patients with COVID-19 are at a greater risk of death, according to a prospective study from Italy published on July 15 in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology.  Discuss