Ultrasound Insider

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

ECR 2024 has come and gone, but once again the conference delivered on highlighting interesting findings from medical imaging studies conducted around the world, including those involving ultrasound. Research presented at the annual conference demonstrated how the modality continues to demonstrate its versatility in screening and diagnostic settings.

For instance, contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is an effective problem-solving tool that can be used in many applications within diagnostic and interventional imaging. Find out what one ECR presenter highlighted about CEUS by accessing our coverage here.

Also at the conference, Swiss researchers presented a study showing how considering coronal reconstruction results on automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) can help clinicians avoid false negatives. And healthcare vendors unveiled new offerings at ECR 2024: Canon highlighted its midrange Aplio me ultrasound scanner and GE HealthCare debuted its Logiq Totus midrange, full-body ultrasound scanner at the conference.

In other news, a medical team at the University of California Davis Health performed what it’s calling the world’s first endoscopic, ultrasound-guided core biopsy of a pancreatic tumor with a drilling method. Team lead Antonio Mendoza-Ladd, MD, spoke with on the procedure and how it could be superior to conventional biopsy techniques.

Ultrasound’s potential in breast imaging also continues to be explored. Some recent studies in this area include how a deep-learning method could improve clinical strategies for addressing ultrasound BI-RADS 4A lesions and how shear-wave elastography (SWE) might serve as an indicator for assessing the risk of breast implant rupture.

Also, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published findings on the initial success of their ultrasound “sticker,” which they wrote can successfully measure tissue stiffness. MIT’s Xuanhe Zhao, PhD, spoke with about the sticker’s design and output, as well as how this could help in monitoring patients who recently had organ transplantation operations.

Another study found that focused ultrasound could help ease pain by manipulating the area of the brain that registers pain. A team from the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC (Virginia Tech Carilion) found that study participants reported lower pain levels after undergoing procedures using low-intensity focused waves.

Finally, Northwestern University researchers outlined how a thyroid ultrasound imaging database could lead to more effective diagnostic and treatment models being developed. They also introduced a marker mask inpainting (MMI) method to erase artificial markers and improve image quality.

Are there any other examples of ultrasound’s versatility that you think we should be aware of? We invite you to send us an email -- and to continue to check out our ultrasound content area.

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