US/MRI fusion software enhances prostate biopsies
December 6, 2018 -- Software that fuses ultrasound and MRI images for guidance of prostate biopsies can help surgeons find clinically significant prostate cancers that would have otherwise been missed, according to research published on 6 December in European Urology.  Discuss
French seek progress on ultrasound hygiene
December 5, 2018 -- While French radiologists are waiting for a Ministry of Health decision on ultrasound probe disinfection regulations, the country's scientific societies are gearing up to promote higher decontamination standards in line with other European countries, ultrasound expert Prof. Nicolas Grenier revealed at the RSNA 2018 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Use ultrasound to evaluate masses found on DBT
December 5, 2018 -- Ultrasound is 98% effective for further assessing masses found on screening digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), according to a study published online on 29 November in the British Journal of Radiology. The findings suggest that a diagnostic mammogram after screening DBT is unnecessary, thus sparing women additional radiation exposure.  Discuss
Showing patients their cardiac scans can have major impact
December 3, 2018 -- Swedish researchers of a large study have found that showing patients visible signs of arterial atherosclerosis and plaque on their own ultrasound scans can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease a year later. Their article was published online on 3 December in the Lancet.  Discuss
Fukushima study sheds light on childhood thyroid cancer
November 29, 2018 -- The latest results of mass ultrasound screening of children for thyroid cancer after the Fukushima disaster were published online on 29 November by JAMA Otolaryngology. The study provides vital data on thyroid cancer, but may lead to more demands outside of Japan for ultrasound scans in younger people, increasing the risk of overdiagnosis.  Discuss
Ultrasound growth rates vary widely across Europe
November 21, 2018 -- The European ultrasound market is on track to finish 2018 with growth in the low single digits, but the situation differs across the continent, states industry analyst Simon Harris. Growth prospects are strong in Central and Eastern Europe, while the U.K. is a question mark due to uncertainty over Brexit.  Discuss
Golden rules of radiology: The final batch of 30
November 14, 2018 -- Trust your clinical instincts, keep your workspace immaculate, avoid burnout by looking after yourself, and smile but don't be too approachable -- these are some of the new rules of radiology from Dr. Paul McCoubrie. Here's the fourth and final set in his series about the specialty's uber-truths.  Discuss
Second-look breast ultrasound spots occult lesions
November 5, 2018 -- Second-look breast ultrasound with volume navigation effectively detects occult additional lesions initially spotted via breast MRI, Italian researchers have found. In addition, the technique permits safe biopsies irrespective of position and depth.  Discuss
YouTube fails as source of patient information
October 24, 2018 -- YouTube videos are unregulated and very unreliable and inaccurate as a source of patient information, according to a new study of prostate biopsies guided by transrectal ultrasound. Researchers from a top London facility found most videos did not discuss complications or side effects, even though healthcare professionals made many of them.  Discuss
French reveal latest thinking on pediatric liver tumors
October 22, 2018 -- Masses in the liver often are difficult to diagnose and manage in adults, but they pose extra challenges in children, and radiologists must be resourceful and imaginative when using the various techniques for their workup, delegates heard at the recent French radiology congress.  Discuss