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Ultrasound settings can change beat frequency of cardiac cells
Ultrasound can increase the rate at which heart cells beat, researchers from Drexel University report. In the Journal of Applied Physiology, they describe the ultrasound settings that can change the beat frequency of cardiac cells.

Cholecystitis on CT, Check Ultrasound Before Treating
Current guidelines recommend that patients with suspected acute cholecystitis be evaluated first with ultrasound but in the emergency room setting patients are often first evaluated with CT. Study finds that when CT is done first, CT is not good enough to skip the ultrasound.

Here's what NASA plans to do if someone gets sick on the way to Mars
The NSBRI awards contracts to companies, tasking them with developing both diagnostic and treatment tools that can be used during space flight. One such company is Sonomotion, a medical device maker developing new methods for diagnosing and treating kidney stones.

Gene delivery to the spinal cord using MRI-guided focused ultrasound
Non-invasive gene delivery across the blood–spinal cord barrier (BSCB) remains a challenge for treatment of spinal cord injury and disease.

Ultrasound First, Not CT, for Women's Pelvic Pain
Using ultrasound to diagnose pelvic pain can reveal unexpected pathologies, according to new research presented at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 2015 Annual Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

CT Radiation Doses Still Too High in Most US Centers, STONE Shows
Some patients presenting to the emergency department with suspected kidney stones receive inappropriately high doses of radiation when undergoing CT. This is despite longstanding recommendations to use low-dose protocols in such patients.

ACOG's Guide to Managing Miscarriage: Follow Patient Preference
Updated clinical management of early pregnancy loss focuses on patient choice.

Ultrasound shows improvement but with lingering Doppler signal in patients with gout after ULT
Urate-lowering therapy reduced symptoms and synovitis in patients with gout; however, after 2 years of treatment, a Doppler signal persists in many asymptomatic patients, suggesting subclinical disease activity is present, according to findings from a recently published study.

Addition of real-time elastography to ultrasound a helpful addition for detection of implant rupture
Sonoelastography analyzes tissue elasticity and can be a powerful tool when used along with high-resolution ultrasound for the detection of ruptured breast implants, according to researchers.

Ultrasound to test for battery charge?
Researchers in the US have shown that ultrasound echoes can indicate density changes to provide a simple and non-invasive method for measuring charge within any battery.

I'm Not Putting My Arm Anywhere Near This Blood-Thirsty Needle Robot
Using infrared and ultrasound imaging the VenousPro is able to see right through the skin on a human’s arm to the veins below, allowing it to pinpoint the ideal spot for a needle insertion.

New approach to lithotripsy uses focused ultrasound
Treating stones with ultrasound pulses rather than shock waves produces some desirable and important changes in how stones fracture. Such pulses can fracture stones with an order of magnitude lower pressure than SWL – pressure levels that can be generated by a relatively small ultrasound device.

Transabdominal contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging of the prostate could replace transrectal imaging
"Although further improvements are expected by optimization of the transabdominal settings, the results of transabdominal and transrectal DCE-US are closely comparable, confirming the feasibility of transabdominal DCE-US".

Pocket Ultrasound Helps Increase Resident Efficiency
Point-of-care examinations with pocket-size imaging devices increase diagnostic accuracy and capability of medical residents, according to a study published in the Journal of Ultrasound.

65-year-old German woman pregnant with quadruplets
While her colleagues look forward to retirement and a well-earned break from children, one Berlin teacher has another challenge ahead: quadruplets.

Researchers find ways to automate the insertion of needles
A new prototype device uses ultrasound, machine vision and a robotic needle-dispenser to make placing a central venous catheter a push-button affair.

Medical researchers tackle silent epidemic of fatty liver disease
"We suspect that 25 to 40 per cent of the adult population (of Canada) has fatty liver to some degree, while about 5 per cent of adults have fatty livers that have progressed to the point of inflammation, known as steatohepatitis..."

Ultrasound effectively guides surgeons during medical thoracoscopy
The use of ultrasonography helped experienced surgeons identify intrathoracic adhesions and guided medical thoracoscopy access even when pleural effusion was absent, according to study results.

MRI better than Ultrasound and Mammography in screening for familial breast cancer
MRI is an effective early detection tool for women with an inherited predisposition for breast cancer regardless of breast density, patient age or risk status, according to study results.

Ultrasound Imaging Predicts Progression of Hand OA
Study supports use of ultrasound to detect if hand osteoarthritis will worsen.

Researchers Use New Method to Predict Pancreatic Damage in CF Patients
The researchers found the efficacy was lower when compared to MRI, but transabdominal ultrasound is radiation free and allows repeated examinations. Additionally, it’s a low cost exam and the low impact on patients’ well being makes it one of the most suitable diagnostic tools for routine follow-up.

Ultrasound may eliminate the need for biopsy in teens with breast lumps
Breast cancer is rare in adolescents, and the vast majority of teenage breast lumps turn out to be benign masses that are related to hormones and often go away over time. A recent Loyola University Health System study suggests that a breast ultrasound exam might eliminate the need for biopsy.

Focused Ultrasound Foundation Receives $1 Million Challenge Grant
The grant will match dollar-for-dollar the first $1 million given to support the Foundation’s programs in 2015.

Ultrasound best for breast tumour analysis
Regardless of breast density, ultrasound outperformed MRI and digital mammography for preoperatively assessing breast tumour size, according to research presented at the recent AIUM meeting in Orlando.

SuperSonic Imagine Appoints Tom Egelund as President and Chief Executive Officer
This marks the end of the six-month transition period that was announced upon Mr. Egelund's arrival at SuperSonic Imagine as Chief Operating Officer on September 1st, 2014. As previously communicated, Tom Egelund succeeds Jacques Souquet as President and CEO.

Researchers convert microbubbles to even smaller nanobubbles using ultrasound
A team of researchers at the University of Toronto is developing a new form of microbubble delivery. The Toronto team is deploying ultrasound to implode the bubbles into several smaller nanobubbles that can cross biological barriers due to their size and release the payloads within the target area.

Signostics Appoints Kevin Goodwin as New CEO
Australian company Signostics produces a cell-phone-sized ultrasound imaging device. Mr. Goodwin was CEO of Sonosite Inc. for 17 years, through its acquisition by Fujifilm.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound by Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians
An article in the journal "Pediatrics" recommends that pediatric emergency medicine physicians caring for patients in the emergency department should be trained in point-of-care ultrasonography,

Ob/Gyn experts recommend 'ultrasound first' for imaging the female pelvis
Ultrasound is more cost-effective and safer than other imaging modalities for imaging the female pelvis and should be the first imaging modality used for patients with pelvic symptoms.

Dr. Barry Goldberg Honored With The SuperSonic Imagine Achievement Award
The SuperSonic Imagine Achievement Award was created to recognize, honor and celebrate the outstanding contribution of time, leadership or financial support made by individuals, companies or associations, to advance cancer research and awareness.

Ultrasound and Coronary Artery Calcium Score Detects Coronary Artery Disease Long Before it Strikes
Large study of 6,000 healthy adults by Mount Sinai shows novel 3D vascular ultrasound of carotid arteries and coronary artery calcium score via a low-dose computed tomography scans in healthy adults may more accurately predict future risk of heart attack, stroke, or death.

4D ultrasound scans reveal effect of smoking on the fetus
Research study in a small group suggests smoking during pregnancy could delay the development of a child’s central nervous system, but study author recommends larger study to validate findings.

New pre-clinical research further validates potential for focused ultrasound in Alzheimer's
Researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute in Australia demonstrated that combining the injection of microbubbles and applying ultrasound across the brain reduced the number and volume of amyloid plaques in mice genetically altered to model Alzheimer’s disease.

Cardiac and renal function in a large cohort of amateur marathon runners
Study found increased cardiac biomarkers but no relevant cardiac dysfunction as assessed by echocardiography, and transient, exercise-related alteration of renal function but no persistent detrimental effects on renal function.

Ultrasound and Acne
Researchers use the latest in nanotechnology and transdermal drug delivery to take on an old problem: acne.

Ultrasound Accurate for Diagnosing Pneumonia in Children
Pediatricians looking for alternative ways to diagnose childhood pneumonia may have another effective tool at their disposal: the lung ultrasound (LUS). LUS had high specificity and sensitivity in the hands of trained clinicians, according to a meta-analysis published online March 16 in Pediatrics.

Study: patients getting too much medical radiation
People checked with a heart CT scan after seeing a doctor for chest pain have no less risk of heart attack, dying or being hospitalized months later than those who take a simple treadmill test or other older exam, finds a big federal study.

Focused ultrasound-induced blood-brain barrier opening to enhance interleukin-12 delivery for brain tumor immunotherapy
The purpose of this study was to elucidate the possibility of combining FUS-induced BBB opening with IL-12 delivery to enhance the anticancer immunological response for glioma treatment.

Ultrasound may lead to less invasive surgery in lymph node-positive breast cancer
Women with lymph node-positive breast cancer who demonstrate complete nodal response by axillary ultrasound after neoadjuvant chemotherapy may be able to avoid axillary dissection, according to study results.