Blended learning for sonography: Lessons I learned
January 18, 2019 -- Blended learning may be all the rage in education, but this format, which combines online and in-classroom education, can have pitfalls as well. Learn what happened when sonography educator Casey Davis created a blended learning program at her school.  Discuss
SWE helps clinicians evaluate Achilles tendon health
January 17, 2019 -- Ultrasound with a shear-wave elastography (SWE) technique offers an effective way to evaluate Achilles tendon health in both athletes and nonathletes, according to a study published online January 14 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Start-up BURL develops ultrasound-based 'ECG for stroke'
January 9, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - A California start-up is developing an ultrasound-based device that it hopes could become a low-cost way to test patients for stroke, much in the same way electrocardiograms (ECGs) assess heart-attack patients. Executives with BURL Concepts presented the idea at this week's Digital Medicine & Medtech (DigiMed) Showcase.  Discuss
Can prenatal ultrasound predict Zika infection outcomes?
January 8, 2019 -- Abnormal results on prenatal ultrasound scans in women infected with the Zika virus may help predict how the virus will affect the fetus after birth -- but they can't be considered definitive, according to a study published online December 28 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
2D shear-wave elastography diagnoses cirrhosis
December 19, 2018 -- 2D shear-wave elastography is an effective tool for ruling out liver fibrosis or cirrhosis in people with chronic liver disease, German researchers wrote in a study published online December 11 in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Ultrasound options abound for diagnosing liver disease
December 12, 2018 -- When it comes to ultrasound, radiologists have a number of options for effectively diagnosing advanced fibrosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease -- as well as "mapping" liver stiffness and tracking liver cancer treatment, according to research delivered at the RSNA 2018 meeting.  Discuss
Ultrasound after DBT obviates diagnostic 2D mammo
December 5, 2018 -- Performing a diagnostic mammogram to assess suspicious masses found on digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) may not be necessary if ultrasound is available, according to a new study published online on November 29 in the British Journal of Radiology. Researchers found that ultrasound is 98% effective for further assessing masses found on DBT screening exams.  Discuss
Elastography works for diagnosing soft-tissue lesions
December 4, 2018 -- Shear-wave elastography (SWE) boosts diagnostic accuracy when compared with ultrasound alone or ultrasound with MRI for diagnosing soft-tissue lesions initially believed to be benign, according to a study published online November 27 in Radiology.  Discuss
Carotid ultrasound scans prompt behavior change
December 3, 2018 -- Showing people signs of atherosclerosis on their own carotid ultrasound scans can prompt them to adopt lifestyle changes that reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study of more than 3,500 individuals published December 3 in the Lancet.  Discuss
Trust MRgFUS for prostate cancer ablation
November 30, 2018 -- MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) is a viable tool for prostate cancer ablation, according to research presented this week at the annual RSNA meeting in Chicago.  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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