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Dear Ultrasound Insider,

With increased interest today in screening and early disease detection, ultrasound would seem to have many advantages over some other imaging modalities, including its lack of radiation and lower cost. In fact, ultrasound's role as a safe screening tool is just now beginning to be appreciated by the lay press, according to Dr. Edward Bluth of Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.

Possible screening tests with ultrasound today include abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening, carotid stenosis screening, and ankle-brachial index (ABI) for peripheral vascular disease, Bluth said. He spoke about ultrasound's utility and cost-effectiveness as a screening exam during a talk at the Leading Edge in Diagnostic Ultrasound conference, held earlier this year in Atlantic City.

As an Ultrasound Insider subscriber, you have access to this Ultrasound Insider Exclusive story before it is published for the rest of our members. To learn more about the role of ultrasound in screening, click here.

In other articles of note this month, the Ironfan-International Registry of Fetal Anomalies at Columbia University in New York City has determined that incorporating gestational age-oriented morphology in biometry can significantly increase the yield of fetal malformations during the gestational age of six to 16 weeks. For that article, click here.

Also, researchers from the Netherlands have found that a giant virtual reality chamber boosted the accuracy of 3D echocardiography. To learn more, click here.

Do you have an idea for a topic you'd like to see covered? As always, please feel free to drop me a line.

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