Week in Review: SalaryScan survey now open | Ultrasound in space | Breast density news

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

It's a new year and a time for new beginnings. If you've thought about starting a search for a new job, there's no better way to get going than to see how your salary compares to that of your peers.

And AuntMinnie's SalaryScan is a great way to do that. Last year, we published data on salaries in radiology indicating that interventional radiologists pulled down the highest compensation. Among technologists, those specializing in nuclear medicine got the highest wages.

We're updating SalaryScan to get the latest numbers on compensation and benefits, and that's where we need your help. By filling out our SalaryScan survey, you can help us get the most current data on radiology salaries -- data that you can then use yourself to determine if you need to start reading the job ads. Get started by clicking here.

Ultrasound in space

For the last few years we've been covering the use of ultrasound in space, typically as part of research studies investigating the effects of space travel on the human body. NASA some years ago began including compact ultrasound scanners among the technology brought on the International Space Station.

Well, space-based ultrasound recently proved its value in the clinical realm when an astronaut on the space station using a scanner detected their own blood clot while performing research as part of a vascular imaging study. The astronaut was given a blood thinner for the next 90 days until they were able to return to Earth.

Ultrasound made other headlines this week with a study that found the modality could predict developmental delays in children who were exposed to the Zika virus in utero but who were born without any noticeable symptoms, such as microcephaly.

And new research published this month found that breast density notification laws may not be leading to increased use of ultrasound, which is supposed to be employed as an adjunct to mammography in women with dense breast tissue. Do the findings indicate that women aren't getting the message on breast density?

Get these stories and more in our Ultrasound Community.

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