Simulator training can improve ultrasound skills
January 11, 2019 -- Simulator-based training shows considerable promise for improving the abdominal diagnostic ultrasound performance of radiology trainees, according to a Danish study published online on 7 January in European Radiology.  Discuss
Flashback: The grumpy old man in Vienna
January 7, 2019 -- As ECR 2019 looms large and the attention of the medical imaging community shifts to Vienna, now is a great time to enjoy this classic video comedy sketch from March 2006. U.K. radiologist Dr. Paul Dubbins is desperate to find something to complain about at the congress and the Austrian capital -- but he fails miserably.  Discuss
What does the future hold for imaging of osteoarthritis?
January 2, 2019 -- Radiography, MRI, and ultrasound all have a role to play in osteoarthritis imaging, but what are the pros and cons of using each modality, and how is hybrid imaging likely to transform this field? Three international musculoskeletal experts provide some answers.  Discuss
2D shear-wave elastography diagnoses cirrhosis
December 19, 2018 -- 2D shear-wave elastography is an effective tool for ruling out liver fibrosis or cirrhosis in people with chronic liver disease, German researchers wrote in a study published online on 11 December in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
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