Dear Ultrasound Insider,
Interventional ultrasound can be an exceptionally tricky area, and together with experience, developing the right technique means a great deal, the experts say.
Today we have posted an article about the ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation methods of a well-respected group in Barcelona, Spain. The group has conducted a retrospective study of results involving 99 patients with benign thyroid nodules and has also shared some clinical images.
Because ultrasound is such an operator-dependent modality, human error can be a huge factor, so anybody involved in the field will be very interested to read about the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists' new report on how to learn from discrepancies and adverse events, as well as examples of excellence. The 36-page report can be downloaded free of charge, and it contains some useful information and advice.
Dr. Mukund Joshi was a charming, modest man, but also a fine teacher and a font of knowledge. Nothing gave him more pleasure than sharing his experiences. I was fortunate to hear him speak several times, and he had a huge following, particularly in his native India. The global ultrasound community will miss him, as is evident from this tribute.
In another report, you can read about a surprise medical discovery by an astronaut using an onboard ultrasound scanner. Bizarre things can happen in outer space ...
The optimum use of ultrasound prior to surgery in cases of endometrial cancer is an important topic, so new research from the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm is well worth a look. The authors think their risk prediction model can be used to decide which women should or should not be subject to lymphadenectomy or sentinel node biopsy, depending on the individual risk of lymph node metastases.
This letter highlights just a few of the many articles posted over the past month or so in the Ultrasound Community. Please see the full list below.