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Dolores Pretorius, MD, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU
Dolores Pretorius, MD, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU
Ultrasound Diagnosis of Placenta Accreta: A Tutorial for Imagers
Released: Aug 30, 2015 | Time: 21 min
Arthur C. Fleischer, MD
Arthur C. Fleischer, MD
Recent Improvements in the Sonographic Detection of Ovarian Cancer
Released: Aug 23, 2015 | Time: 55 min
 
 
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Call for more medical ultrasound research in Australia
Ultra-safe, ultra-affordable, ultra-usable - medical physicist asks why more medical ultrasound research is not done in Australia?

Radial endobronchial ultrasound effectively identifies peripheral lung lesions
Radial endobronchial ultrasound-guided bronchoscopy appeared useful for the diagnosis of peripheral lung lesions in a region with high incident tuberculosis, according to results of a retrospective study.

Ultrasound-Based Vasculitis Diagnosis May Save Vision
Implementation of a "fast-track" clinic with rapid ultrasound assessment for patients with suspected giant cell arteritis led to a dramatic decrease in permanent visual impairment, a Norwegian study found.

Study shows catheter thrombolysis beneficial in treatment of acute pulmonary embolism
The trial’s results were published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions and show no intracranial haemorrhage and no death among massive pulmonary embolism patients.

Fewer CTs, More MRI and Ultrasounds for Kids
A study of 33 children's hospitals has found that use of computed tomography (CT) for the 10 most common diagnostic groups in children decreased from 2004 to 2012. Meanwhile, rates for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound have increased in 8 of the 10 groups.

NIH Awards $1.26M for development of acoustic angiography for cancer research
The research project is centered on a novel approach to cancer detection and diagnosis that is based on using acoustic angiography to measure small changes in the microvessels that feed tumors. Acoustic angiography is a contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging technique.

 

Genes Associated With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Identified Using DNA Data Mining
A new Northwestern Medicine genome-wide association study of PCOS -- the first of its kind to focus on women of European ancestry -- has provided important new insights into the underlying biology of the disorder.

Effect of patient position on pain scales during transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy.
This study investigated the effect of the patient's position on pain scales during TRUS-guided prostate biopsy. The authors conclude that the lithotomy position "may be the proper way to reduce pain during TRUS-guided prostate biopsy".

Medical team creates first micropacemaker for fetuses
The tiny pacemaker has been successfully implanted in sheep fetuses through a 3.5 mm tube under ultrasound guidance. The first human trials may occur within a year.

Using Ultrasound to Detect Early Signs of Preterm Labor
Proof-of-concept study shows potential for using ultrasound shear wave elastography to detect cervical stiffness changes that indicate an increased risk of preterm labor in pregnant women.

Ultrasound: Promising Treatment for Diabetic Skin Wounds
Using ultrasound on skin wounds, which are a common problem for those with diabetes, can speed healing, according to a new study. Faster healing could help prevent the need for amputations.

Study finds no compromise of mechanical function of bone after HIFU ablation
MR-HIFU ablations of bone lesions for pain relief induces bone damage at the cellular level, thereby triggering bone repair and modeling. This study shows that the cellular level damage did not compromise the mechanical function of the bone.

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.

HistoSonics raises $2M to develop its ultrasound-based ablation device
The company's Vort Rx System delivers a form of focused ultrasound known as histotripsy that uses cavitation to ablate tissue.

Ultrasound may help identify un-calcified tophi undetected by radiography
“Musculoskeletal ultrasound is an extremely valuable tool in the evaluation of gouty arthritis of the hand, identifying a significantly higher number of erosions compared to radiographic evaluation as well as in visualizing the intra-articular tophaceous deposits,” the researchers wrote. "

Doppler Ultrasound Predicts Failure of Tapering of Therapy in RA
The presence of synovitis on Doppler ultrasound (DUS) helps predict failure on tapering of biologic therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), new research suggested.

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.

Use of Ultrasound to Promote Faster Healing of Wounds
A study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, describes the use of ultrasonic waves to promote wound healing cells called fibroblasts to migrate into the wound through mechanical stimulation.

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.

Entrepreneurs work to create smaller, cheaper imaging devices
Handheld ultra-sound scanners that are as “cheap as a stethoscope” is the goal of a $100 million development project.

Study assesses erectile function after transrectal ultrasonography-guided prostate biopsy
The researchers concluded that "the effects of TRUS-guided prostate biopsy on erectile function have probably been underestimated" as the study found decrease in erectile function up to 12 weeks post biopsy.

GE Healthcare to invest in enhanced training for over two million health professionals globally by 2020
The new initiative envisions investing over $1B to develop and deliver localized commercial offerings for the healthcare sector, including a new class of technology-enabled training solutions.

Intraplacental villous artery resistance indices and identification of placenta-mediated diseases
This study tested whether evaluation of intraplacental villous artery (IPVA) resistance can provide earlier detection of increased resistance in placental flow associated with onset of placenta-mediated diseases (PMDs) including preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction.

Pregnant Women Get More Ultrasounds, Without Clear Medical Need
Experts say frequent fetal scans in low-risk pregnancies aren’t medically justified

Neonatal Coarctation of the Aorta Commonly Missed
Neonatal coarctation of the aorta is commonly missed, despite prenatal ultrasound and postnatal pulse oximetry, researchers from Sweden report.

No Single Ultrasound Characteristic Predicts Thyroid Cancer
No single ultrasound feature can predict malignancy in thyroid nodules with acceptable diagnostic accuracy, a new systematic review and meta-analysis suggest.

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...

Ultrasound could be used to treat 200,000 patients with chronic wounds In the UK
Skin ulcers can heal much quicker with the use of low-intensity ultrasound, according to new research. The study found that healing can be accelerated by up to a third, resulting in large potential savings for the NHS.

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.

Ultrasound able to identify heel enthesitis in 25% of patients with IBD
About a quarter of patients with inflammatory bowel disease had evidence of heel enthesitis and spondyloarthritis on ultrasound, but the findings did not correlate with serum levels of vitamin D, according to recently presented research.

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.

CT scans cause measurable damage to cells, say researchers
Researchers have found links between computed tomography (CT) scanning and cell damage in the body, linking repeated scans to the potential for cancer.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound may be useful tool for assessment of children with reactive arthritis
Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging may be a complementary tool in the assessment and ongoing monitoring of symptoms in children with reactive arthritis, according to recently presented data.

New surgical technique preserves kidney function following tumour removal
The Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator ultrasound device being used at the MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital can achieve the same oncological and surgical results as conventional surgery, without the common side effects due to vascular interruption.

 
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