Ultrasound elastography helps identify invasive breast cancer
August 8, 2018 -- Ultrasound using a shear-wave elastography technique can help clinicians determine whether biopsy-confirmed ductal carcinoma in situ should be upgraded to invasive ductal carcinoma, according to a study published online August 1 in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Echocardiography reveals effects of pre-eclampsia
August 7, 2018 -- Echocardiography of pregnant women with pre-eclampsia has shown that the condition negatively affects the heart's ability to relax between contractions, leading to inefficient pumping and an overworked heart, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
Ultrasound identifies alcohol-induced liver disease
August 1, 2018 -- Using ultrasound to identify liver damage in alcoholic patients helps inform treatment decisions in this population and may even lead to improved prognoses, according to a study published online in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Is CT or US better for diagnosing gallbladder infection?
July 30, 2018 -- CT was found to be considerably more accurate than ultrasound at identifying acute cholecystitis in a new study, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. But is that enough evidence for CT to oust ultrasound as the imaging modality of choice? Probably not, say researchers from New Mexico.  Discuss
Shear-wave elastography works to evaluate liver disease
July 30, 2018 -- Two-dimensional shear-wave elastography is an effective tool for identifying cirrhosis, according to a study by researchers from China and published online July 24 in Radiology. The technique could offer a less invasive alternative than the current practice of liver biopsy.  Discuss
Breast density notification laws boost ultrasound use
July 27, 2018 -- Breast density notification laws have increased the use of follow-up ultrasound after mammography screening, according to a study published online July 20 in Medical Care.  Discuss
CAD software speeds up ABUS interpretations
July 26, 2018 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) software based on deep-learning technology can significantly reduce interpretation times for screening automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) studies without negatively affecting accuracy, according to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
SWE helps characterize suspicious breast masses
July 18, 2018 -- Adding shear-wave elastography (SWE) to ultrasound helps characterize suspicious breast masses, especially those in the BI-RADS 3 and BI-RADS 4 categories, according to research published online July 10 in Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.  Discuss
Contrast ultrasound identifies early cervical cancer
July 13, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound appears to be an effective alternative to MRI for identifying early cervical cancer -- especially in women who have tumors small enough to make them candidates for surgery, according to a study published in the August issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
EchoNous gets FDA nod for ultrasound vein-finding tool
July 12, 2018 -- EchoNous has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for EchoNous Vein, a handheld ultrasound scanner designed to help nurses with the placement of peripheral intravenous catheters.  Discuss
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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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