Late pregnancy ultrasound could reduce C-section rate
April 16, 2019 -- A U.K. group has found that late pregnancy ultrasound scans at 36 weeks help women avoid undiagnosed breech presentation of their babies, translating to healthier deliveries, lower rates of emergency cesarean sections (C-sections), and perhaps even lower healthcare costs, according to a study published on 16 April in PLOS Medicine.  Discuss
Ultrasound CADx software can stratify thyroid nodules
April 15, 2019 -- Researchers from Spain found that ultrasound computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) software could -- despite some limitations -- offer value in stratifying the malignancy risk of thyroid nodules, according to a study published on 11 April in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Swiss team finds AI can aid breast ultrasound reads
April 10, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm matched the performance of radiologist readers in detecting and classifying lesions on breast ultrasound exams, investigators from Switzerland reported in research published online on 29 March in European Radiology.  Discuss
Solar power brings imaging to Himalayan villages
April 4, 2019 -- With no central power grid or infrastructure in the region, clinical staff members relied exclusively on solar power to deliver imaging to remote mountain communities in the Himalayas. They used a low-cost, lightweight solar panel; a handheld ultrasound unit; and a tablet to display the images.  Discuss
Is Europe missing out on premium ultrasound?
April 3, 2019 -- The European market for new ultrasound equipment continued to grow steadily in 2017, with overall sales revenues increasing by 4%. While the market is expected to continue investing in new ultrasound equipment, there are some significant regional purchasing trends, as Stuart Kusta from Signify Research explains.  Discuss
Focused ultrasound releases cancer drugs on target
March 29, 2019 -- Researchers from the U.K. are using computational planning models to determine the focused ultrasound parameters required to release drugs from liposomes, without the need for real-time thermometry. This approach could make ultrasound-mediated targeted drug delivery more widely accessible and simpler to administer than techniques that use MRI guidance.  Discuss
Video: Kassarjian delivers real-time sports imaging
March 13, 2019 -- As a tournament physician and head of imaging at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, Dr. Ara Kassarjian performs real-time ultrasound scans of the top players in the medical service right next to the courts. In a video interview recorded at ECR 2019, he explains about his philosophy and approach, and he reveals which players he admires most.  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
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
Video from ECR 2019: Christiane Nyhsen on ultrasound hygiene
March 2, 2019 -- VIENNA - Public awareness of the risks of infection transmission through ultrasound is increasing, and there are now best practice recommendations for the decontamination of equipment and also the choice of gel and transducer covers. Ultrasound fusion necessitates the use of extra equipment, and strict hygiene protocols are vital to ensure patient safety, according to Dr. Christiane Nyhsen.  Discuss