Focused ultrasound gives hope in Parkinson's disease
January 21, 2021 -- A new Spanish-led study suggests that focused ultrasound may benefit patients with asymmetric Parkinson's disease, in which symptoms are much more severe on one side of the body. Using precise, focused ultrasound energy had a very strong effect on parkinsonian symptoms, the investigators found.  Discuss
Global radiology training gets set for change
January 18, 2021 -- A new educational course spearheaded by the Australian-based charity Radiology Across Borders promises to improve patient access to imaging services worldwide. Aimed mostly at those in the developing world or remote areas, it will focus on safety and interpretation of common pathologies.  Discuss
Novel thyroid study hits the right note
January 15, 2021 -- A research group from Tours, France, has reported the initial success of a thyroid cancer screening technique called vocal passive elastography. The method can detect abnormally stiff tissues on ultrasound when participants sing the "eeee" sound.  Discuss
Imaging mourns loss of cardiac pioneer Simon Rees
January 14, 2021 -- Dr. Simon Rees, the eminent cardiac radiologist and educator, has died. We pay tribute to the man who helped care for the British royal family, who was the only doctor on duty when a major air disaster occurred, and whose overwhelming passion outside of radiology was hunting.  Discuss
Hybrid imaging gives boost to ovarian biopsies
January 13, 2021 -- Investigators from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have used a targeted, ultrasound-guided tissue biopsy method that superimposed CT images with tumor habitat maps onto ultrasound images in patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer.  Discuss
New study confirms safety of ultrasound-guided vein access
January 5, 2021 -- Australian researchers have shown that ultrasound-guided tunneled central venous access is safe for children. Their randomized clinical trial included more than 100 patients and showed that ultrasound-guided placement reduced operating time and preserved vein size.  Discuss
Prototype breast device displays much promise
December 23, 2020 -- A team from Heidelberg in Germany has reported that a prototype device combining 3D automated breast ultrasound and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performed well in a feasibility study. The scanner identified 97% of cancers and added only about a minute to the DBT exam time.  Discuss
Reliance on ultrasound grows in COVID-19 pandemic
December 18, 2020 -- Doctors in Italy are depending more than ever on ultrasound as part of their daily physical examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We can't afford CT scans for all our patients, and ultrasound's become like a third arm, according to one internal medicine physician.  Discuss
Ultrasound detects DVT in severe COVID-19 cases
November 26, 2020 -- French researchers have found that COVID-19 patients treated with increased anticoagulation therapy had a significantly lower prevalence of proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) compared with those who received standard treatment. Importantly, they used systemic ultrasound screening in all cases.  Discuss
Spanish team shows lung damage in 'long COVID' cases
November 18, 2020 -- A group from La Paz University Hospital in Madrid has used ultrasound to document lung abnormalities in patients who recovered from COVID-19 but still had persistent symptoms months later. The study adds to the growing body of evidence of lingering COVID-19 symptoms.  Discuss