Second Opinion: Did thyroid imaging study miss the mark?
October 27, 2016 -- In an article published July 21 in BMJ, researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center questioned whether the use of imaging after treatment for thyroid cancer improved patient outcomes. Dr. Mark Tulchinsky of Pennsylvania State University offers a response in this Second Opinion column.  Discuss
3D-printed transducer focuses ultrasound waves
October 26, 2016 -- Researchers have found a way to control high-pressure ultrasound to manipulate, move, or destroy structures noninvasively by using 3D-printed laser-generated focused ultrasound transducers, according to a new report in Applied Physics Letters.  Discuss
3D/4D ultrasound matures as it shows clinical value
October 19, 2016 -- Initially a technology used only by early adopters, 3D/4D ultrasound has indeed come of age, buoyed by mounting evidence of its diagnostic utility in a variety of clinical applications. Today, 3D/4D ultrasound is increasingly being used by healthcare institutions around the world.  Discuss
China's medical device market shows promise despite slowdown
October 19, 2016 -- The market for medical devices in China still has great potential despite a recent slowdown in the segment's growth rate, according to a new report by China MedTech Marketing (CMTM). In this article, CMTM's Owen Tang explains how a projected decline in the growth rate isn't expected to dampen enthusiasm for medical devices, due to a variety of factors.  Discuss
Sonographers remain vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain
October 18, 2016 -- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders still remain a bane for sonographers, if a recent survey in Sweden is any indication. However, much can be done to improve sonographer working conditions and decrease the prevalence of pain, researchers reported in a study to be published in the January 2017 issue of Applied Ergonomics.  Discuss
Contrast US boosts diagnostic power of breast ultrasound
October 6, 2016 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be an effective method for the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions, offering improvements in diagnostic accuracy over conventional breast ultrasound, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Machine learning may aid reading of thyroid ultrasound
September 27, 2016 -- Can machine-learning techniques perform better than a radiologist in differentiating between malignant and thyroid nodules on ultrasound? It depends on the experience level of the radiologist, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Special Feature
Will ultrasound and AI become the tricorder of the future?

Artificial intelligence (AI) will soon bring many benefits to point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), and perhaps one day it will enable these systems to fulfill the promise of the legendary tricorder from "Star Trek." But it could also lower the bar in terms of who is able to read POCUS scans. Read more

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Mount Sinai Update 2018: Breast Imaging
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