Drop ultrasound contrast agent warning, society says
September 20, 2018 -- The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to remove boxed warnings from ultrasound contrast agents. ICUS believes the warnings are obsolete in light of clinical experience and recently released data on the safety of the agents.  Discuss
EUSOBI issues new guidance on breast ultrasound
August 24, 2018 -- The European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) has released a new set of guidelines for breast ultrasound. Among the key recommendations is that ultrasound alone is not sufficient for breast screening, despite the limitations of mammography  Discuss
Ultrasound identifies alcohol-induced liver disease
August 2, 2018 -- Using ultrasound to identify liver damage in alcoholic patients helps inform treatment decisions in this population and may even lead to improved prognoses, according to a study published online in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  Discuss
Contrast ultrasound identifies early cervical cancer
July 16, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound appears to be an effective alternative to MRI for identifying early cervical cancer -- especially in women who have tumors small enough to make them candidates for surgery, according to a study published in the August issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
3D cardiac model enhances heart valve surgery
July 13, 2018 -- Researchers from Germany have developed software that uses ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans of the heart to produce virtual 3D models depicting different stages of heartbeat, according to a presentation at the recent Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 2018 international congress in Berlin.  Discuss
How Ian Donald transformed ultrasound
June 15, 2018 -- This month marks the 60th anniversary of U.K. researcher Dr. Ian Donald's classic article on ultrasound, published in the Lancet. Ultrasound has changed medical management and diagnosis for the better. Dr. Arpan K. Banerjee discusses more in this column.  Discuss
Value of AAA screening drops as smoking declines
June 15, 2018 -- Mortality from abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) has dropped sharply over the past two decades, thanks to lower smoking rates -- and this trend is reducing the value of ultrasound AAA screening programs, according to a large Swedish study published in the Lancet.  Discuss
Which modality works best for diagnosing kidney stones?
June 4, 2018 -- Which modality works best for diagnosing kidney stone disease, also known as urolithiasis: digital tomosynthesis, ultrasound, or the current reference standard of multidetector CT? It depends, according to a study published in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Ultrasound finds more pneumonia than x-ray
May 24, 2018 -- Lung ultrasound finds more cases of pneumonia in children and young adults than chest radiography does, according to a study published online on May 11 in the journal Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Elastography highlights malignant breast lesions
May 18, 2018 -- Shear-wave elastography differentiates malignant from benign breast lesions with high accuracy and a very high negative predictive value, according to Israeli researchers. In addition, the technique is not affected by the immediate density of the tissues surrounding the lesion or the depth of the lesion.  Discuss