Dear Ultrasound Insider,
We're rolling through yet another holiday season! This year, ultrasound proponents can celebrate the modality's growing versatility and value in a variety of settings and clinical applications.
For example, Focused Assessment With Sonography for Trauma (FAST) has been used for the past few decades now for rapid assessment and management of blunt trauma in emergency settings. However, French researchers recently explored how an extended FAST protocol (E-FAST) can further assist with treatment decision-making. Find out what the team discovered in this edition's Insider Exclusive.
In other news, an Italian research team reported that ultrasound is helpful in identifying and diagnosing endometriosis in young women. Read how ultrasound can be a substitute for invasive laparoscopy.
Also, ultrasound-guided surgery in women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) may eliminate the need for a guide wire, suggests research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference held recently.
Switching gears, a Chinese study found that using contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) with perfluorobutane can diagnose liver cancer in high-risk patients. Find out how this method compared with CT and MRI protocols.
Advances in ultrasound were also evident at the annual RSNA meeting. AuntMinnie.com's editorial team was on the ground in Chicago for RSNA 2022, covering a variety of ultrasound-related presentations including the following:
- Japanese researchers found that combining parameters from 2D shear-wave elastography can help assess liver characteristics in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Using ultrasound first rather than supplemental mammography can be cost-effective in evaluating non-calcified breast lesions from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams, a team suggested.
- Researchers from India explored the effectiveness of ultrasound-guided hydrodissection for treating carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Shear-wave elastography shows the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the liver, a Massachusetts General Hospital team found.
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