Ultrasound + photoacoustic imaging spot prostate cancer
August 28, 2019 -- A dual-modality imaging approach that combines ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging to visualize the prostate appears to improve the diagnosis of prostate cancer, according to a study published online August 28 in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
FDA adds transducer check to ultrasound guidance
August 22, 2019 -- New ultrasound transducers should include an integrated quality control check that runs every time the probe is turned on, according to final guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 22.  Discuss
POCUS in the ED translates to lower healthcare costs
August 19, 2019 -- Using point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the emergency department can result in significant cost savings by avoiding unnecessary follow-up tests and helping clinicians make good treatment decisions, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
USPSTF opens review of carotid stenosis screening
August 16, 2019 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has posted a draft research plan on screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, an exam that typically involves the use of ultrasound to detect signs of stenosis before a stroke can occur.  Discuss
Elastography methods reduce unnecessary breast biopsies
August 15, 2019 -- Using a combination of different elastography methods reduces unnecessary biopsies of BI-RADS 4 lesions without increasing the risk of missing cancers, according to a new study published in the September issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Echo remains top modality in Canada for heart failure
August 9, 2019 -- Although CT and MRI have taken on a growing role in recent years, resting echocardiography remains by far the most widely used imaging modality for heart failure patients in Canada, according to an article published online August 9 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Cardiac ultrasound at bedside boosts disease diagnosis
August 6, 2019 -- Adding focused cardiac ultrasonography to clinical assessment of the cardiovascular health of patients at bedside improves diagnostic yield, according to a study published online August 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Does imaging modality influence DCIS recurrence?
August 2, 2019 -- Women who got ultrasound scans had lower rates of recurrence-free survival compared with women who received mammography in patients treated for asymptomatic ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in a new study, published online July 24 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
SWE identifies malignant breast microcalcifications
July 29, 2019 -- Ultrasound with a shear-wave elastography (SWE) technique can distinguish benign from malignant breast microcalcifications detected on ultrasound, according to a new study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
AR, ultrasound boost efficiency of needle injections
July 22, 2019 -- Augmented reality (AR) may improve the performance of ultrasound image guidance, say researchers from Canada who developed a new technique using AR and ultrasound to help pilot needle insertion into the spine. They discuss their method in an article recently published in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss