Tiny silicon ultrasound detectors offer high resolution
September 18, 2020 -- German researchers have created a new type of silicon-based ultrasound detector technology that is 10,000 times smaller than the piezoelectric crystal transducers currently used for clinical sonography.  Discuss
Expanded Medicaid tied to more thyroid cancer diagnoses
September 17, 2020 -- Expanded Medicaid coverage was linked to the diagnosis of more thyroid cancer cases in a study published on September 16 in JAMA Surgery. States that expanded coverage saw increases in cancer diagnoses for both Medicaid members and the overall state population.  Discuss
Ultrasound shows promise for carpal tunnel diagnosis
September 16, 2020 -- Ultrasound imaging shows promise as a painless way to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, according to the findings of a small study published on September 11 in Academic Radiology. A combination of ultrasound features produced high accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity in the study.  Discuss
Lung ultrasound helps physicians manage COVID-19
September 14, 2020 -- Lung ultrasound scans helped physicians in Europe manage the treatment of two patients with COVID-19 who required mechanical ventilation. The international team behind the cases published their report on September 9 in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  Discuss
Ultrasound vs. mammo: What's best for lactating women?
September 3, 2020 -- Ultrasound may be the ideal imaging modality for evaluating palpable breast masses in lactating women, according to the results of a September 1 study in Radiology. For breastfeeding patients, targeted ultrasound identified just as many cancers as mammography with fewer false-positive findings.  Discuss
Blood pressure monitor trades compression for ultrasound
September 1, 2020 -- Researchers from Japan have developed a blood pressure monitor that utilizes a tiny ultrasound probe instead of compression to monitor systolic and diastolic changes. The science behind the prototype was presented as a virtual poster at the 2020 European Society of Cardiology Conference.  Discuss
Ultrasound effective for working up masses found on DBT
August 24, 2020 -- Texas researchers have found that ultrasound appears to be a safe modality for working up masses identified on screening digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), according to a new study published in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
IMV: COVID-19 cuts ultrasound exam volume by 50%
August 21, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a 50% decline in exam volume at hospitals using general ultrasound equipment, according to a new report from IMV Medical Information Division. But hospitals are seeing volume rebound as they plan a return to normal operations.  Discuss
Carotid lumen size linked to death from all causes
August 21, 2020 -- Carotid lumen diameter derived from ultrasound scans was linked to a higher risk of death from all causes in a recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Larger lumen size also proved to better predict cardiovascular mortality than carotid intima-media thickness measurement.  Discuss
Transcranial ultrasound helps solve COVID-19 mystery
August 21, 2020 -- Ultrasound scans with a robotic transcranial Doppler device provided a clue into why patients with COVID-19 experience severe hypoxemia without lung stiffness. In a serendipitous discovery, researchers linked the ultrasound findings to suspiciously low oxygen levels in patients with severe cases of COVID-19.  Discuss