Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Leads to Fewer Invasive Procedures
Noninvasive prenatal testing that uses cell free fetal DNA from the plasma of pregnant women offers detection rates for fetal trisomy 13, trisomy 18, and trisomy 21 of greater than 98% with very low false-positive rates. This new research suggests that use of this test is reducing invasive tests.
FDA warns against 'keepsake' ultrasound
The FDA Consumer Alert “strongly discourages” fetal ultrasound imaging and Doppler heartbeat monitors for non-medical reasons and states that "ultrasound scans should be done only when there is a medical need, based on a prescription, and performed by appropriately-trained operators."
Top five apps for echocardiography
For cardiologists, sonographers, and interested clinicians, there are a number of apps available that can help us learn more about this imaging modality, interpret the studies, and communicate with our patients about the results.
The new O-mode form of ultrasound, which improves visualization behind structures and eliminates the need for beam formation, also weighs and costs less than conventional ultrasound, according to researchers presenting at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting.
Ultrasound for treatment of mental illness?
An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions. The collaboration could lead to improved treatments for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Is this the future?
Jonathan Rothberg, the founder and CEO of a startup called Butterfly Network wants to combine tablet based ultrasound, Deep Learning AI's and no-expertise ultrasound machine operators. Will you get your future ultrasound at Walgreens?
New technique may improve ultrasound imaging through bone
Researchers have developed a theoretical technique that uses a layer of metamaterial to offset the distortion caused by aberrating layers such as bone. The researchers have tested the technique using computer simulations and are in the process of developing and testing a physical prototype.
Innovative method relieves carpal tunnel syndrome
Under real-time ultrasound guidance a needle is used to pass a thread under the carpal tunnel ligament and the thread is then used to saw through the ligament. Thread carpal tunnel release, or TCTR takes only a few minutes to perform and patients recover in 24 hours.
ACR White Paper Aims to Cut Thyroid-Nodule Workups
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued a new white paper aimed at reducing the number of incidentally discovered thyroid nodules referred for further workup. But the paper is generating some controversy, because it leaves the issue of whether to report small thyroid nodules seen on scans