Ergonomic training may help sonographers avoid MSK injury
October 3, 2018 -- A short ergonomic training session can help sonographers learn to reduce their grip force on the ultrasound transducer, which could translate into fewer work-related musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  Discuss
Remote ultrasound helps Malawi physicians identify TB
September 27, 2018 -- Healthcare personnel in Malawi used ultrasound to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) in patients infected with HIV with the help of a teleradiology link that sent images to a U.S.-based radiologist, according to a report published online September 26 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
How can radiology regain control of MSK ultrasound?
September 26, 2018 -- Radiology is losing control of musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound. But the situation could be turned around if radiology programs use residents to train others in the performance and interpretation of MSK ultrasound scans, according to a study published online September 19 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Elastography, MRI effective for detecting liver lesions
September 26, 2018 -- MRI and ultrasound elastography with an acoustic radiation force impulse technique are the most effective modalities for identifying liver nodules in patients who undergo a cardiac procedure that can lead to liver damage, according to a study published online September 24 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MRgFUS offers less-invasive fibroid fix
September 24, 2018 -- MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) compares well with laparoscopic myomectomy for treating uterine fibroids, offering women a nonsurgical, fertility-preserving alternative for dealing with the condition, according to a study published online September 11 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Discuss
Drop ultrasound contrast agent warning, society says
September 18, 2018 -- The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to remove boxed warnings from ultrasound contrast agents. ICUS believes the warnings are obsolete in light of clinical experience and recently released data on the safety of the agents.  Discuss
Ultrasound simulators improve students' skills
September 17, 2018 -- Incorporating ultrasound simulators as part of the medical school curriculum improves students' point-of-care skills and knowledge, researchers reported in a study published online September 12 in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Wearable ultrasound device monitors blood pressure
September 13, 2018 -- A wearable ultrasound device monitors blood pressure in arteries deep under the skin and could help clinicians detect cardiovascular problems earlier, according to a study published online September 11 in Nature Biomedical Engineering.  Discuss
Contrast ultrasound is effective for liver, kidney lesions
September 6, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound offers an effective, low-cost way to further evaluate hepatic and renal lesions found on ultrasound, and it could be used instead of more expensive imaging modalities for following up patients, according to a study published online August 31 in Ultrasound Quarterly.  Discuss
Handheld ultrasound + CADx helps triage breast masses
August 31, 2018 -- Researchers successfully used a combination of handheld ultrasound and computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) software to triage women in Mexico who had palpable breast masses. They believe the combination is good news for women who may not have access to screening mammography, according to an article published online August 29 in the Journal of Global Oncology.  Discuss