Handheld ultrasound edges out ABUS in patient surveys
February 24, 2020 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) can standardize image acquisition and decrease physician workload. But do patients actually like it? A recent study found that women slightly preferred handheld ultrasound to ABUS, but both modalities performed well in patient surveys.  Discuss
Most cysts found on breast ultrasound don't need biopsy
February 20, 2020 -- Clustered microcysts found on breast ultrasound are at very low risk of developing into cancer and can be safely tracked with imaging rather than biopsied, according to a study published online February 18 in Radiology.  Discuss
Can ultrasound, 3D printing deepen maternal-fetal bonds?
February 18, 2020 -- When a pregnant woman sees her fetus on imaging scans, it can help strengthen the bond she feels with her unborn child, say researchers. They demonstrate how 3D-printed models based on ultrasound scans confirmed this concept in a study published online on February 8 in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.  Discuss
Ultrasound identifies kids at risk of CF liver disease
February 18, 2020 -- Ultrasound can help clinicians identify children with cystic fibrosis (CF) who are at risk for developing cystic fibrosis liver disease, according to a study published online February 12 in the Journal of Pediatrics.  Discuss
Which ultrasound method is best for DVT? All of them
February 17, 2020 -- Three different compression ultrasound methods all performed well for imaging deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in a study published online on February 11 by PLOS One. The failure rates for single limited, serial limited, and whole-leg ultrasound ranged from 1% to 2%.  Discuss
AI improves reader performance for ABUS studies
February 14, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm could potentially help radiologists and other physicians improve their ability to classify lesions on automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) exams, according to research published online February 12 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Ultrasound can benefit daily rheumatology practice
February 11, 2020 -- Ultrasound may benefit daily rheumatology practice, according to a study published on January 29 in JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. Researchers found that ultrasound-guided injections take less than 10 minutes and have a 98% accuracy rate.  Discuss
AI helps characterize breast masses on ultrasound
February 4, 2020 -- A breast ultrasound artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm was able to differentiate breast masses at a high level of accuracy by combining analysis of B-mode and color Doppler images, according to research published online January 31 in European Radiology. It even yielded comparable performance to experienced radiologists.  Discuss
Ultrasound followed by CT effective for appendicitis
January 30, 2020 -- Ultrasound scans followed by CT if necessary may be the most cost-effective imaging option for patients with suspected appendicitis, according to research published online on January 21 in Pediatrics. The staged intervention approach also resulted in some of the best quality-of-life outcomes for patients.  Discuss
Elastography shows high reproducibility in breast lesions
January 24, 2020 -- Two different ultrasound elastography techniques -- strain elastography and shear-wave elastography -- showed high interoperator reproducibility when scanning breast lesions in a new study, published on January 21 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss