Better ultrasound protocols slash trauma imaging overuse
June 11, 2019 -- When lower extremity duplex ultrasound screening protocols for the trauma department are refined, overuse of hospital resources is reduced by more than a third -- and without negative effect on patient outcomes, according to a new study published June 5 in the Journal of Surgical Research.  Discuss
Ultrasound shows heart disease risk from psoriasis
June 6, 2019 -- Ultrasound imaging of the carotid arteries can help identify patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis who are at increased risk for heart disease by revealing the extent of clogging in patients' arteries, according to a new study published online June 5 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.  Discuss
SWE improves plantar fasciitis diagnosis
June 3, 2019 -- Shear-wave elastography (SWE) boosts diagnostic accuracy in patients with plantar fasciitis, according to a new study published online May 30 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Ultrasound useful for evaluating liver steatosis
May 31, 2019 -- Ultrasound is a reliable alternative to MRI for assessing liver steatosis in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the July issue of Clinical Radiology. The findings offer clinicians a cost-effective, accessible option for evaluating steatosis.  Discuss
Shear-wave elastography useful for assessing rectal tumor depth
May 17, 2019 -- Shear-wave elastography (SWE) is a useful way to evaluate the depth of invasion of rectal tumors, offering clinicians another tool for preoperative surgery staging, according to a study published online May 10 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
ARRS: Density reporting laws not enough to boost breast US
May 10, 2019 -- HONOLULU - Rates of breast ultrasound (US) use have slowly trended upward in states that have adopted breast density notification laws, but this growth has yet to cross the threshold of statistical significance, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.  Discuss
ARRS: Cinematic rendering comes to breast ultrasound
May 9, 2019 -- HONOLULU - Researchers from California produced photorealistic 3D models of the breast by applying cinematic rendering to 3D transmission ultrasound images. The potential clinical applications of these models were the subject of a Wednesday presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.  Discuss
MRI faster, cheaper than ultrasound for appendicitis
May 9, 2019 -- It may not be much of a surprise that MRI was faster than ultrasound for evaluating adolescent females presenting with abdominal pain that could be appendicitis in a new study, published online May 4 in Academic Radiology. But the modality was also cheaper when the entire diagnostic pathway was considered.  Discuss
Use ultrasound to diagnose necrotizing fasciitis
April 30, 2019 -- Ultrasound is an effective point-of-care imaging modality for diagnosing necrotizing fasciitis, a condition that can result in death in almost 20% of patients if not caught early, according to a study published online April 26 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Handheld ultrasound market poised for next wave of growth
April 29, 2019 -- Ten years after the first handheld ultrasound scanner was launched, the market segment appears to finally be coming into its own. Driven by expanding clinical applications and cheaper scanners, strong growth in the handheld ultrasound segment for 2019 is being forecast in a new report by U.K. market research firm Signify Research.  Discuss