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
Shear-wave elastography helps diagnose Graves' disease
April 24, 2019 -- Shear-wave elastography is an effective additional tool to complement conventional ultrasound for diagnosing Graves' disease, since it can characterize the tissue stiffness of the thyroid gland, according to a new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Ultrasound bests x-ray for identifying pulmonary edema
April 22, 2019 -- Bedside ultrasound is more sensitive than chest x-ray for identifying pulmonary edema in patients presenting with dyspnea, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Ultrasound in late pregnancy could reduce C-section rate
April 16, 2019 -- Performing ultrasound scans late in pregnancy helps women avoid undiagnosed breech presentation of their babies, translating to improved clinical outcomes, lower rates of emergency cesarean sections (C-sections), and perhaps even lower healthcare costs, according to a study published April 16 in PLOS Medicine.  Discuss
Elastography can help characterize breast tumors
April 16, 2019 -- Breast elastography is an overlooked tool for evaluating breast cancer, especially since it shows promise for helping radiologists distinguish between benign and malignant lesions, according to a presentation delivered at the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting in Orlando, FL.  Discuss