Doppler ultrasound helps assess cervical cancer stage
August 18, 2020 -- Researchers in China found a link between findings on Doppler ultrasound scans and characteristics of cervical cancer. Blood flow seen through color ultrasound was tied to tumor clinical stage, cancer type, and pathology in a study published on August 10 in PLOS One.  Discuss
Long waiting times for imaging persist in England
August 18, 2020 -- Many patients in England are still waiting six weeks or more for imaging and other diagnostic tests, but the figures for June represent a slight improvement on May, according to a report published on August 13 by National Health Service England.  Discuss
CEUS helps predict chronic kidney disease progression
August 14, 2020 -- Clinicians may be able to use contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) features to help predict which patients with chronic kidney disease will experience worse outcomes, according to the findings of a prospective study published on August 9 in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology.  Discuss
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