Investigation highlights midwife's failure to read ultrasound scans
June 24, 2021 -- A patient had to make an agonizing decision to terminate her first pregnancy at 25 weeks after a midwife said she was too busy to read two ultrasound exams showing serious fetal abnormalities, according to a report issued on June 21 by the New Zealand authorities. The problems with the pregnancy could have been picked up a month earlier, they found. Read More
Short ultrasound screening intervals improve liver cancer outcomes
June 24, 2021 -- Ultrasound screenings with shorter intervals for high-risk patients with hepatocellular carcinoma may save more lives and improve quality of life, according to research published June 24 in JAMA Network Open. Read More
What factors affect radiologists' mammography interpretations?
June 22, 2021 -- It's no secret that radiologists' interpretive accuracy on screening mammography can vary widely. But the particular factors that influence performance may come as a surprise, according to a study published June 22 in Radiology. Read More
Elastography helpful in breast microcalcification cases
June 21, 2021 -- Shear-wave elastography could be useful in helping decide whether women undergoing breast screening should receive a second biopsy or excision when it comes to suspicious microcalcifications, according to research published June 11 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. Read More
Abdominal ultrasound priciest in Fla., cheapest in NJ
June 17, 2021 -- The cost of an abdominal ultrasound for patients in Florida is 308% higher than the national average in the U.S., according to data published June 16. Meanwhile, New Jersey offers the least expensive scans, according to a new study. Read More
Ultrasound can determine lung congestion in kidney patients
June 10, 2021 -- Ultrasound is a useful guide in determining lung congestion for hemodialysis patients at high cardiovascular risk, according to research presented on June 6 at the European Renal Association -- European Dialysis and Transplant Association virtual congress. Read More
Education leads to confidence for new POCUS users
June 9, 2021 -- Instructional training increases confidence among family medicine residents using point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), according to a study published June 4 in Family Medicine. Read More
Shorter lung ultrasound exams can help kidney disease patients
June 3, 2021 -- Lung ultrasound with an abbreviated scanning protocol can efficiently diagnose pulmonary congestion caused by fluid overload in hemodialysis patients, according to research published June 3 in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Read More
Ultrasonic backscatter could measure bone health in space
June 2, 2021 -- A bone density measurement tool based on ultrasonic backscatter could offer a low-cost, easy-to-use method for measuring the bone density loss of astronauts on space missions, according to research published May 26 in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Read More
AI can help stratify COVID-19 risk on lung ultrasound
June 1, 2021 -- Deep-learning algorithms can be used to automatically provide risk scores on lung ultrasound exams in COVID-19 patients, researchers from Italy reported in an article published online May 27 in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Read More