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Photoacoustic imaging quantifies elasticity
In photoacoustic imaging, laser pulses are employed to locally heat tissue, which emits ultrasound as a result; the properties of the tissue affect the optical absorption, and hence the appearance of the final ultrasound image. The technique has been tested on skeletal muscle in a human.
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Listed:   27 August 2016
Keyword : Elasticity, Elastography, muscle stiffness, photoacoustic imaging, quantification,

CDC Updates Guidance for Care of Zika Babies
The previous guidance recommended performing a cranial ultrasound unless prenatal ultrasound results from the third trimester demonstrated no abnormalities of the brain. The updated guidance recommends a cranial ultrasound even if the prenatal ultrasound was normal.
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Listed:   27 August 2016
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Keyword : CDC, cranial ultrasound, neonate, PEDIATRIC, recommendations, Zika,

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,