Ultrasound Overused to Diagnose Undescended Testicle
Ultrasound is of limited value for the diagnosis, treatment planning, and prognostication of undescended testicle (UDT), and its overuse in children and youth contributes to treatment delays, according to the results of a new Canadian study.
Resistance training reduces steatosis in NAFLD patients
In a clinical trial, patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease who underwent resistance training had improved hepatic fat over time, indicating this type of exercise could be used as a complement to treating the disease, according to study data.
Focused ultrasound tackles brain disorders
Focused ultrasound (FUS) is a non-invasive therapy that delivers ultrasonic energy to tissue deep in the body. During treatment, individual ultrasound beams pass through tissue without causing any harm, then converge to a focal point at the target and induce heating or other biological effects.
3D printing lets expectant parents hold children before birth
The Lancashire UK company, Baby:Boo, claims to have developed the idea of creating a physical keepsake using a special scanning technique while a baby is still in the womb. Scans are cleaned up and optimized using a digital 3D modeling program before they are printed.
Photoacoustic imaging shapes up in breast cancer trial
Optical technique appears able to distinguish between different tumor shapes in University of Twente study. A study of 29 patients carried out by a research team in The Netherlands has provided further evidence that photoacoustic (PA) imaging has genuine clinical potential...
MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound Ablation of Prostate Cancer - study results
This Phase 1 clinical trial enrolled 4 patients with locally confined low-risk prostate cancer. The 4 patients underwent MRI-guided biopsy and then MRI-guided focused ultrasound ablation of target areas. The researchers concluded that MRI-guided focused ultrasound is a feasible treatment method.
Passive Elastography technique may enhance ablation procedures
A new method called passive elastograph detects tissue compressibility based on tissue response to inherent body movements (beating heart, muscle contractions etc.) and may provide improvements in surgical ablation procedures by more accurately displaying dead tissue vs living tissue.