Ultrasound tracks DVT in patients with severe COVID-19
November 25, 2020 -- Ultrasound was used to track deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevalence in patients treated with mechanical ventilation for COVID-19 in a new study. Consistent sonography helped the team identify the benefit of twice-daily prophylactic medication, according to a November 20 research letter.  Discuss
Kids get fewer CTs, but adults' rates continue to rise
November 23, 2020 -- Efforts to reduce children's exposure to radiation when they present in the emergency room with abdominal pain have been effective -- mostly by using ultrasound to diagnose the cause of the pain rather than CT, according to a study published November 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Imaging detects big, rare tumor protruding from fetus's mouth
November 20, 2020 -- Doctors recently used prenatal ultrasound to detect a rare 4.6 x 3.6-cm oropharyngeal teratoma protruding from the oral cavity of a fetus. Details of the case were published on November 4 in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
Ultrasound shows long-term effects of COVID-19
November 18, 2020 -- The long-term effects of COVID-19 were evident on images acquired with point-of-care ultrasound scanners (POCUS) used to monitor the recovery of patients who experienced severe cases of the disease. Researchers described their findings in a November 13 article in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Ultrasound shows lung abnormalities in COVID-19 'long-haulers'
November 17, 2020 -- A Spanish team used ultrasound scans to document lung abnormalities in three patients who recovered from COVID-19 but still had persistent symptoms months later. The November 7 study adds to a growing body of research on patients with lingering COVID-19 symptoms, often described as long-haulers.  Discuss
POCUS goes airborne at Canadian helicopter service
November 6, 2020 -- Putting a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) scanner aboard an emergency helicopter can help medical personnel triage trauma cases for patients in rural areas that are distant from tertiary care hospitals, according to a study by Canadian researchers presented at the recent meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  Discuss
POCUS beats chest x-ray for COVID-19-related pneumonia
November 5, 2020 -- Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) performed better than chest x-ray in diagnosing atypical pneumonia that's presumed to be COVID-19, according to a study presented at the American College of Emergency Physicians annual meeting in late October.  Discuss
Echocardiography shows range of COVID-19 heart injuries
November 2, 2020 -- Echocardiography revealed a wide range of serious heart abnormalities in patients hospitalized for COVID-19. The findings come from the first part of one of the largest studies on COVID-19 heart complications to date and were published on October 26 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
Better than x-ray? Physicians study POCUS for fractures
October 26, 2020 -- Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has unique strengths that make it promising for evaluating broken bones in children. But could POCUS really replace x-rays for fractures? The answer may depend on training, according to the findings of an October 21 study in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Ultrasound pinpoints patients missed by COVID-19 tests
October 23, 2020 -- Physicians can use lung ultrasound scan results and clinical symptoms to identify patients with false-negative COVID-19 test results, according to the findings of an October 13 study in Annals of Emergency Medicine.  Discuss