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Kathryn A Robinson, MD
Ultrasound Imaging of Complicated Inflammatory Gallbladder Disease
Released: Aug 21, 2016 | Time: 33 min
Sheila Sheth, MD
Ultrasound of Adnexal Masses
Released: Aug 14, 2016 | Time: 36 min
 
 
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Salivary gland ultrasonography reliably assessed parenchymal inhomogeneity in patients with pSS
Recently published results showed salivary gland ultrasonography reliably assessed parenchymal inhomogeneity by multiple assessors among patients with established primary Sjögren’s syndrome.
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Listed:   20 August 2016
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Keyword : parenchymal inhomogeneity, salivary gland, Sjögren’s syndrome, ultrasonography, Ultrasound,

Ultrasound for Drying Clothes? Maybe Soon.
Scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE have already developed ultrasound technology that they say could make clothes dryers 70 percent more energy-efficient than they are now, while also taking half the amount of time to get the job done.
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Listed:   20 August 2016
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Keyword : clothes dryer, drying, GE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, technology, Ultrasound,

The Thyroid Cancer Epidemic - Just Overdiagnosis?
A report by the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer shows that the growing epidemic of thyroid cancer reported in recent decades in several high-income countries is largely due to overdiagnosis.
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Listed:   20 August 2016
Keyword : cancer, diagnosis, epidemic, IARC, International Agency for Research on Cancer, overdiagnosis, THYROID, WHO,

ARCTIC Trial - ultrasound in the follow-up of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis not justified
Objective: To determine whether a treatment strategy based on structured ultrasound assessment would lead to improved outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis, compared with a conventional strategy. The trial results indicate that ultrasound did not significantly improve on conventional assessment.
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Listed:   20 August 2016
Keyword : arthritis, ARTIC Trial, assessment, clinical remission, MUSCULOSKELETAL, rheumatoid, rheumatoid arthritis, structured ultrasound assessment, treatment, treatment strategy, Ultrasound,

 

Point-of-Care Ultrasound Applications Continue to Expand
This article by two Japanese physicians published in the Journal of Intensive Care provides an overview of the rapidly expanding range of applications for point-of-care ultrasound in emergency and critical care.
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Listed:   20 August 2016
Keyword : bedside, clinician-performed, critical care, emergency, POC, point-of-care, point-of-service, POS, triage,

Pelvic vein incompetence - a source of chronic pelvic pain in women?
A research study looking at the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic vein incompetence and chronic pelvic pain is being carried out by researchers at the Academic Surgery Unit at the University Hospital of South Manchester, UK.
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Listed:   20 August 2016
Keyword : Chronic, gynecology, incompetence, Pain, pelvic pain, pelvic vein, varicose, varicosity,

3D Printed Fetal Hearts for Education
A Polish team of physicians, 3-D mapping specialists and industrial designers with 3-D printing expertise have teamed up to create a set of 3-D printed fetal hearts for education of ultrasound specialists and parents whose fetus has a cardiac defect.
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Listed:   20 August 2016
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Keyword : 3D, 3-D, cardiac defect, fetal heart, fetus, model, printed, teaching, Ultrasound,

Ultrasound can levitate large objects
The trick was to create a standing wave in the gap between the transducers and the object, instead of the usual pressure node between the transducer and a reflector.
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Listed:   20 August 2016
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Keyword : float object, levitation, lift, Physics, Ultrasound,

Ultrasound Technology takes speech therapy to new heights
Ultrasound technology is showing speech therapy patients how their tongues work, thanks to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic in the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS).
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Listed:   13 August 2016
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Keyword : children, PEDIATRIC, speech disorders, speech imaging, speech therapy, therapy, tongue, treatment protocol, ultrasound biofeedback,

Imaging options outlined for docs diagnosing, treating pediatric pancreatitis
Literature survey based assessment of imaging options assesses Transabdominal Ultrasound, CT, MRI/MRCP and Endoscopic Ultrasound. Study authors conclude "Transabdominal ultrasonography and MRI/MRCP are favored".
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Listed:   13 August 2016
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Keyword : comparison, CT, diagnostic imaging modality, endoscopic ultrasound, MRI/MRCP, PANCREAS, PEDIATRIC, recommended approach, Ultrasound,

Color Doppler ultrasound categorizes fistulous tracts in hidradenitis suppurativa
Color Doppler ultrasound was used to categorize fistulous tracts in hidradenitis suppurativa, which could help with earlier disease management, according to recently published study results.
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Listed:   13 August 2016
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Keyword : color Doppler, fistulous tracts, hidradenitis suppurativa, skin, superficial tissue,

USA ultrasound payments in 2017 to drop under CMS' proposed rates
Although on average payment rates would increase by 1.6 percent, reorganization of payment rules could result in many ultrasound studies being bundled with surgery or other treatment and not paid separately.
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Listed:   13 August 2016
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Keyword : CMS, financial, payment, reimbursement, ultrasound payment,

Comparison of the Accuracy of Nurse-Performed and Physician-Performed Lung Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Cardiogenic Dyspnea
Study results demonstrated comparable accuracy of nurse-performed LUS, suggesting this technique should be used in the emergency room setting when a trained physician is not readily available.
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Listed:   07 August 2016
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Keyword : comparison with physician performed, emergency, lung ultrasound, LUS, nurse, nurse performed,

Wireless, implantable sensors the size of a grain of sand could have wide use in body monitoring
The so-called neural dust, which the team implanted in the muscles and peripheral nerves of rats, is unique in that ultrasound is used both to power and read out the measurements.
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Listed:   07 August 2016
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Keyword : implantable, monitoring, neural dust, sensor, ultrasound powered, wireless,

New Ultrasound System Transmits Wirelessly to Any Smartphone or Tablet
New Korean ultrasound system is entirely integrated into the transducer and uses a paired tablet or smartphone of your choice as the display. System is designed to facilitate rapid POCUS.
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Listed:   07 August 2016
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Keyword : Korea, new equipment, pocus, POS, scanner in a transducer, smartphone, tablet, wireless,

Ultrasound Guidance for Vascular Access Procedures Reduces Complications
“In a large series of patients undergoing catheter based EP procedures for cardiac arrhythmias, ultrasound guided vascular access was associated with a significantly decreased 30-day risk of vascular complications,”
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Listed:   07 August 2016
Keyword : complications, interventional, ultrasound guidance, ULTRASOUND-GUIDED, vascular access,

Ultrasound as an Adjunct for Prehospital Airway Management
This article provides a glimpse into the ever-expanding role of POS ultrasound in the EMS setting.
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Listed:   07 August 2016
Keyword : airway management, airway placement, ambulance, cricothyroidotomy, emergency, EMS, ET tube placement, point of service, POS, prehospital, rescue,

Low frequency ultrasound applied to forearm reduces blood pressure
A research study found that patients' blood pressure and pulse rates were significantly reduced after both 800kHz and 500kHz ultrasound sessions compared to pre-treatment levels. The mechanism of the efect is still unclear.
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Listed:   31 July 2016
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Keyword : blood pressure, forearm, hypertension, khz, low frequency, Ultrasound,

Ultrasound Guidance for Vascular Access in Atrial Fib Procedures Reduces Complications
Retrospective analysis of ablation outcomes before and after a medical center began using ultrasound to guide vascular access indicates that the technology significantly reduces complications.
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Listed:   31 July 2016
Keyword : ABLATION, complications, guidance, guided, Ultrasound, vascular access,

CDC updates guidance for clinical management of pregnant women infected with Zika
The CDC recommends performing ultrasounds every 3 to 4 weeks to evaluate fetal growth and anatomy in pregnant women with a recent Zika virus infection, when Zika virus infection is presumed and in cases when a specific virus cannot be identified.
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Listed:   31 July 2016
Keyword : CDC, clinical management, guidance, guidelines, infection, PREGNANCY, pregnant women, Ultrasound, Zika, Zika virus,

New simulator developed for duplex ultrasound training
The simulator consists of a mannequin and mock ultrasound transducer hooked up to a computer that displays images taken from real patients. Trainees are given the details of a case and then told to scan the mannequin as they would a patient with those symptoms.
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Listed:   31 July 2016
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Keyword : Doppler, duplex, simulation, simulator, training, VASCULAR,

Ultrasound-Guided Treatment Feasible for Trigger Finger
An ultrasonographically-guided percutaneous treatment using a 21-gauge needle is efficacious for trigger finger, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiology.
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Listed:   31 July 2016
Keyword : A1 pulley, MUSCULOSKELETAL, release, therapy, treatment, Trigger finger, ultrasound guided,

Ultrasound of Femoral Artery Better than Carotid for Predicting Cardiovascular Risk
This study compared the prevalence of plaques in the common carotid artery (CCA) and common femoral artery (CFA) in apparently healthy participants. The researchers found that atherosclerotic plaques were present in the CFA but not in the CCA in over one-third of the cases.
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Listed:   24 July 2016
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Keyword : cardiovascular risk, CAROTID, CCA, CFA, common carotid artery, common femoral artery, Femoral, plaque, prediction, prevelence of plaques, Ultrasound,

Elastography in assessment of muscle stiffness in patients with Parkinson's disease
A significant difference in Young's modulus of biceps brachii was found between healthy controls and all Parkinson's disease patients. The authors conclude that Shear Wave Elastography of the biceps brachii can be used as a quantitative assessment of muscle stiffness in the patients with PD.
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Listed:   24 July 2016
Keyword : Elastography, muscle, MUSCULOSKELETAL, Parkinson's disease, shear wave, stiffness,

Study - 6 joints are good enough for ultrasound assessment of RA disease activity
The authors compared 3 US indices (with different numbers of joints) with disease activity measured by the 28–Joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) in order to find the most parsimonious index still useful in clinical practice. A US index of 6 joints proved to be the minimum.
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Listed:   24 July 2016
Keyword : 6 joint, clinical disease, DAS28, inflammation, power Doppler, RA, Remission, rheumatoid arthritis, Ultrasound,

Is your ultrasound machine a risk for data breach?
Kaiser Permanente's Northern California division disclosed a data breach after two of its employees allegedly stole an unspecified number of ultrasound machines containing protected health information. Approximately 1,100 patients are known to be affected.
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Listed:   24 July 2016
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Keyword : data breach, HIPAA, Kaiser, PHI, protected health information, theft, ultrasound machines,

MSK Ultrasound Emerging Role in Detection of tenosynovitis in RA patients in clinical remission
This study finds that US-detected tenosynovitis is a frequent finding in RA patients in clinical remission and associates with unstable remission.
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Listed:   17 July 2016
Keyword : clinical remission, flare, msk, MUSCULOSKELETAL, RA, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatology, Ultrasound, unstable,

Will greater access to digital health improve healthcare in emerging countries?
This opinion piece from the Chief Medical Officer for Dell’s Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) business explores some of the ways in which the digital world is changing health care in developing countries.
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Listed:   17 July 2016
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Keyword : developing countries, digital, healthcare, opinion,

Shoulder Ultrasound Underutilized at VA Hospital
Study concludes that a combined ultrasound and radiograph evaluation strategy could accurately characterize shoulder pathologies for 85% of cases in which MRI of the shoulder was ordered.
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Listed:   17 July 2016
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Keyword : cost reduction, MRI, shoulder, Ultrasound, Ultrasound vs MRI, underutilized, VA Hospital,

When lumps turn up between screenings, targeted sonography makes repeat mammography unnecessary
Breast lumps found between scheduled screening mammograms are better evaluated with targeted ultrasound than with repeat mammography, as the latter doesn’t add value beyond the former and so may only increase expense as well as radiation exposure.
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Listed:   17 July 2016
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Keyword : Breast, efficacy, lump, mammography, screening, SONOGRAPHY, targeted sonography, Ultrasound,

HIFU treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome: A preliminary in vivo study
This study investigated the efficacy, maternofetal responses, and safety of using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for noninvasive occlusion of placental vasculature compared to sham treatment in anesthetized pregnant sheep.
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Listed:   17 July 2016
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Keyword : HIFU, high intensity focused ultrasound, in vivo study, occlusion of placental vasculature, thermal ablation, treatment, twin-twin transfusion syndrome,

Ultrasound Shows Diagnostic, Prognostic Value for Rheumatologic Interstitial Lung Disease
Approximately 40 percent of RA patients are reported to have interstitial fibrosis, but chest radiography detects only 5% and CT only 30-40% of cases. Recent reports suggest lung ultrasound is more effective than radiography and this case report illustrates use of ultrasound for this purpose.
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Listed:   17 July 2016
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Keyword : detection, effectiveness, interstitial lung disease, lung, rheumatology, Ultrasound,

Mammographic density is the main correlate of tumors detected on ultrasound, but not on mammography
This study found that breast density, age, body mass index (BMI) and previous breast surgery all increased the risk that mammography alone would miss a cancer. The authors suggest these factors could be used to determine which women are offered ultrasound in addition to mammography.
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Listed:   17 July 2016
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Keyword : Breast, breast density, cancer, Dense, density, mammography, risk, Ultrasound,

Pharmaceutical Innovations Inc. pleads guilty to selling ultrasound gel contaminated with bacteria
Pharmaceutical Innovations Inc., based in Newark, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to criminal charges and resolved a civil lawsuit arising from the company’s distribution of ultrasound gel contaminated with bacteria, the Department of Justice announced.
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Listed:   10 July 2016
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Keyword : bacteria, contaminated, lawsuit, legal, pharmaceutical Innovations Inc., plead guilty, ultrasound gel,

Ultrasound not good enough for screening for vesicoureteral reflux among children with urinary tract infections
This Cochrane Review study evaluated use of dimercaptosuccinic acid scan or ultrasound in screening for vesicoureteral reflux among children with urinary tract infections. The authors conclude that "neither the renal ultrasound nor the DMSA scan is accurate enough to detect VUR (of all grades)".
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Listed:   10 July 2016
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Keyword : children, PEDIATRIC, screening, urinary tract infection, vesicoureteral reflux, VUR,

New Device Helps Locate Perfect Spot For Epidural
A new hand-held purpose-specific ultrasound device could make placing that needle a lot easier. While there’s an ultrasound background image, the device software automatically detects the spinal anatomy and displays it as an overlay.
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Listed:   10 July 2016
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Keyword : accuro, anesthesia, device, epidural, hand-held, purpose-specific, rivanna, Ultrasound,

Handheld ultrasound device can detect and pulverize kidney stones
NASA-funded UW researchers are developing a new kidney-stone zapping technology that uses Burst Wave Lithotripsy (BWL) which breaks the stones apart with smaller, more frequent bursts of ultrasound compared with conventional shock wave lithotripsy.
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Listed:   10 July 2016
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Keyword : burst wave lithotripsy, BWL, kidney stones, lithotripsy, treatment,

Point-of-Care Ultrasound: The (Sound) Wave of the Future for Hospitalists
This letter from Gordon Johnson, MD, hospitalist and president, Oregon/Southwest Washington SHM Chapter provides a rationale for adoption of POCUS by hospitalists in their daily rounds.
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Listed:   10 July 2016
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Keyword : hospitalist, pocus, point of care, point-of-care,


 
 
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