SIR: 3D printing aids US-guided procedure simulation
March 20, 2018 -- Researchers have created 3D-printed models of groin vasculature with texture resembling real tissue for use in training students on ultrasound-guided interventional procedures. They detailed their experience with the models in a March 20 talk at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2018 annual meeting.  Discuss
Contrast US more accurately types pancreatic lesions
March 9, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound is more accurate than conventional ultrasound for distinguishing between focal pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
New Logiq E10 ultrasound scanner paces GE ECR launches
March 3, 2018 -- VIENNA - A flagship ultrasound scanner optimized for the coming age of artificial intelligence, as well as a CT scanner designed to simplify dual-energy scanning, are among the new product introductions in the booth of GE Healthcare at ECR.  Discuss
Canon launches new 1.5-tesla MRI, US unit at ECR
March 1, 2018 -- VIENNA - Canon Medical Systems is making its first appearance at ECR 2018 under a unified banner since Canon took over Toshiba Medical Systems. The firm has a full slate of product launches, including Vantage Orian, a new 1.5-tesla MRI scanner.  Discuss
New Siemens ECR 2018 products include Juniper ultrasound scanner
March 1, 2018 -- Siemens Healthineers is showcasing new product launches at ECR 2018, including Acuson Juniper, a premium shared-services ultrasound scanner developed after an extensive customer survey effort.  Discuss
FAST exam is effective for assessing abdominal bleeding
February 26, 2018 -- Focused abdominal sonography in trauma (FAST) exams are a reliable way to evaluate whether pelvic fracture patients presenting to the emergency department have abdominal bleeding and need laparotomy or further surgery, according to a study published online February 14 in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  Discuss
Eye tracking helps assess anesthesiologists' US skill
February 16, 2018 -- Eye-tracking technology has the potential to monitor the progress of trainee anesthesiologists as they improve their expertise in interpreting ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia images, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Study explores link between prenatal ultrasound and autism
February 12, 2018 -- The incidence of autism spectrum disorder has dramatically increased in the past few decades -- as has the use of prenatal ultrasound. Is there a link? A new study published online February 12 in JAMA Pediatrics offers equivocal results.  Discuss
Zika's effects hard to detect on ultrasound, MRI
February 5, 2018 -- A new animal study published February 5 in Nature Medicine illustrates the challenges in detecting how the Zika virus affects the fetuses of infected mothers. Researchers found that the Zika virus caused injury to the brains of fetal macaque monkeys that was hard to detect with ultrasound and even MRI.  Discuss
Low-risk thyroid nodules safe to track with ultrasound
February 1, 2018 -- It's safe to use ultrasound to track thyroid nodules that don't have suspicious features after fine-needle aspiration biopsy -- although nodules with intermediate or highly suspicious features should be evaluated with another biopsy, according to research in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss