Ultrasound AI helps solve real-world clinical problems
November 27, 2020 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for ultrasound are helping to solve real-world clinical problems for end users, according to a new report from market research firm Omdia. AI is already helping ultrasound practitioners cope with strained resources.  Discuss
Ultrasound tracks DVT in patients with severe COVID-19
November 25, 2020 -- Ultrasound was used to track deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevalence in patients treated with mechanical ventilation for COVID-19 in a new study. Consistent sonography helped the team identify the benefit of twice-daily prophylactic medication, according to a November 20 research letter.  Discuss
Kids get fewer CTs, but adults' rates continue to rise
November 23, 2020 -- Efforts to reduce children's exposure to radiation when they present in the emergency room with abdominal pain have been effective -- mostly by using ultrasound to diagnose the cause of the pain rather than CT, according to a study published November 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Imaging detects big, rare tumor protruding from fetus's mouth
November 20, 2020 -- Doctors recently used prenatal ultrasound to detect a rare 4.6 x 3.6-cm oropharyngeal teratoma protruding from the oral cavity of a fetus. Details of the case were published on November 4 in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
Ultrasound shows long-term effects of COVID-19
November 18, 2020 -- The long-term effects of COVID-19 were evident on images acquired with point-of-care ultrasound scanners (POCUS) used to monitor the recovery of patients who experienced severe cases of the disease. Researchers described their findings in a November 13 article in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Ultrasound shows lung abnormalities in COVID-19 'long-haulers'
November 17, 2020 -- A Spanish team used ultrasound scans to document lung abnormalities in three patients who recovered from COVID-19 but still had persistent symptoms months later. The November 7 study adds to a growing body of research on patients with lingering COVID-19 symptoms, often described as long-haulers.  Discuss
POCUS goes airborne at Canadian helicopter service
November 6, 2020 -- Putting a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) scanner aboard an emergency helicopter can help medical personnel triage trauma cases for patients in rural areas that are distant from tertiary care hospitals, according to a study by Canadian researchers presented at the recent meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  Discuss
POCUS beats chest x-ray for COVID-19-related pneumonia
November 5, 2020 -- Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) performed better than chest x-ray in diagnosing atypical pneumonia that's presumed to be COVID-19, according to a study presented at the American College of Emergency Physicians annual meeting in late October.  Discuss
Echocardiography shows range of COVID-19 heart injuries
November 2, 2020 -- Echocardiography revealed a wide range of serious heart abnormalities in patients hospitalized for COVID-19. The findings come from the first part of one of the largest studies on COVID-19 heart complications to date and were published on October 26 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
Better than x-ray? Physicians study POCUS for fractures
October 26, 2020 -- Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has unique strengths that make it promising for evaluating broken bones in children. But could POCUS really replace x-rays for fractures? The answer may depend on training, according to the findings of an October 21 study in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss