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
Disinfect the air, say ultrasound experts from China
October 21, 2020 -- Chinese ultrasound experts advised disinfecting both surfaces and the room air within ultrasound departments to protect healthcare professionals during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The advice is among the first to address air sanitation, and it was published on October 12 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Benefits of ultrasound fetal size estimates questioned
October 14, 2020 -- The benefits of using third-trimester ultrasound scans to predict large infant size may be limited, according to a review published online October 13 in PLOS Medicine. Ultrasound size estimates failed to reliably predict one of the most common complications of delivering large newborns.  Discuss
Will handheld ultrasound bring imaging into the home?
October 14, 2020 -- Will handheld ultrasound be the technology that finally brings medical imaging into the home? Alan Stoddart of U.K. market research firm Signify Research examines the ramifications of rapidly shrinking ultrasound scanners.  Discuss
Image-guided biopsy spots residual breast cancer
October 7, 2020 -- Image-guided biopsies performed after breast cancer patients have been treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy can predict the presence of residual cancer, potentially avoiding the need for surgery, a multinational team of researchers reported in an article published online October 7 in JAMA Surgery.  Discuss
Contamination a worry for US-guided IV procedures
October 5, 2020 -- Medical professionals reported inconsistencies in the use of supplies designed to prevent contamination during ultrasound-guided peripheral IV procedures, according to survey findings published on September 29 in the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access.  Discuss
CEUS liver guidelines get first update in 8 years
October 2, 2020 -- The guidelines for contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) of the liver received their first update since 2012. Global ultrasound societies banded together to publish the update in the October print issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
What is POCUS? Leading rads call for new definition
October 2, 2020 -- A group of radiology thought leaders is calling for a more precise definition of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Their proposal to better distinguish POCUS from other ultrasound technologies was published on September 29 as a white paper in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI-guided biopsy improves prostate cancer assessment
September 30, 2020 -- In-bore MRI-guided biopsy following a positive transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy finds missed cancers and improves disease assessment, according to a study published September 25 in Radiology: Imaging Cancer.  Discuss