AI characterizes breast masses on ultrasound
March 21, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm distinguished between benign and malignant masses on breast ultrasound at a high level of accuracy -- perhaps even exceeding the diagnostic performance of less-experienced radiologists, according to research published online March 19 in the Japanese Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
New ultrasound technique gauges kids' heart function
March 21, 2019 -- A catheter-based ultrasound technique can measure heart function in children undergoing surgery with similar effectiveness as the more traditional method of inserting a probe around the patient's aorta, according to a study published online March 18 in Anesthesiology.  Discuss
Study questions value of supplemental breast ultrasound
March 18, 2019 -- Breast ultrasound has become one of the go-to modalities as a supplemental breast cancer screening tool in women with dense tissue. But does it truly improve screening performance in this population? A new study published online March 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine is questioning the value of supplemental breast ultrasound.  Discuss
Lung ultrasound beats chest x-ray for heart failure detection
March 15, 2019 -- Point-of-care lung ultrasound has a higher sensitivity than chest x-ray for detecting symptoms of pulmonary edema in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, according to a new meta-analysis. The findings could indicate that ultrasound is a better choice for these patients, according to a study published March 15 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Lung ultrasound a practical tool for disease diagnosis
March 12, 2019 -- Lung ultrasound with a surface wave elastography protocol is a viable tool for noninvasive evaluation of lung disease, giving clinicians another way to diagnose the condition besides CT or pulmonary function tests, according to a study published online March 5 in Radiology.  Discuss
ACC: Football players at risk for later life heart problems
March 6, 2019 -- Professional football players can develop heart abnormalities years after retiring from the sport, according to research using echocardiography to be presented at the upcoming American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting March 16 to 18 in New Orleans.  Discuss
Societies renew call to pull ultrasound contrast warning
March 5, 2019 -- The ultrasound community is taking another run at removing the "black box" warning required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ultrasound contrast agents. Several societies have asked the FDA to remove the warning from the labeling of ultrasound contrast agents.  Discuss
ABUS better than DBT for diagnostic workup
March 5, 2019 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) is more accurate than digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) as a diagnostic tool for working up positive findings on mammography screening in dense breast tissue, according to a presentation delivered at ECR 2019.  Discuss
Advanced US techniques = better thyroid nodule diagnosis
March 5, 2019 -- Using a combination of advanced ultrasound techniques improves the accuracy of the modality for diagnosing suspicious thyroid nodules compared with conventional ultrasound alone, according to a study published online March 1 in the International Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Discuss
US equipment manufacturers show versatility, usability at ECR
March 3, 2019 -- Ultrasound users have had a clear message for the imaging industry: Make the modality even easier to use and develop tools that optimize particular applications. The companies have listened, and at this year's ECR, they are presenting new or upgraded devices that address these demands.  Discuss