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Mindy M. Horrow, MD, FACR, FSRU, FAIUM
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Ultrasound of the Fallopian Tubes
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Surgeon-Performed Ultrasound Bests CT for Chest Wall Invasion in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Surgeon-performed preoperative chest wall US can reliably diagnose tumoral chest wall invasion in patients with NSCLC and can be considered as a complementary adjunct to preoperative imaging in patients with pulmonary lesions abutting the chest wall.

Preoperative neck ultrasound led to improved results for differentiated thyroid cancer patients
The researchers said the routine use of postoperative ultrasound in patients with DTC could be valuable in optimizing surgery and subsequent response, but its survival benefits are not yet known.

Univ. of Virginia launches clinical trial to use focused ultrasound to treat breast fibroadenomas
The clinical trial is testing whether high-intensity focused ultrasound could offer a safe and effective alternative to surgery, one that would leave no scar.

Ultrasound useful for risk stratification after nondiagnostic thyroid biopsy
Among patients with a nondiagnostic fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of thyroid nodules, the use of an ultrasound-based evaluation tool appropriately stratified patients according to malignancy risk.

Ultrasound Simulator Company Raises £4.7 Million
Cardiff University spin-out MedaPhor has raised £4.7m ahead of its planned flotation on the London Stock Exchange. The company makes ultasound simulators with haptic feedback.

Ultrasound imaging of chitosan nerve conduits that bridge sciatic nerve defects in rats
The ultrasound imaging clearly showed whether there are unsatisfactory complications after implantation, such as fracture, collapse, bleeding, or unusual swelling of the nerve conduits; and reflected the degradation mode of the nerve conduit in vivo over time.

Sonivate raising $1.6M for ultrasound probe that doctors wear on their finger
The SonicEye finger device has numerous medical applications, from wound assessments to guided biopsies. It is designed to help doctors utilize both hands and essentially allows them to look through their finger.

Ultrasound used as latest weapon to combat chlamydia in koala population
New diagnosis tool for disease that causes blindness and infertility and affects up to 90% of koalas in some locations is quicker than conventional testing methods.

Knee-deep sensing
A new, non-invasive technique to track the motion of knee bones in 3D with a very high precision has been presented by researchers in Australia.

Ultrasound controls size of molecules passing blood-brain barrier
The size of molecules penetrating the blood-brain barrier (BBB) can be controlled using acoustic pressure—the pressure of an ultrasound beam—to let specific molecules through.

Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound Induces Angiogenesis and Ameliorates Left Ventricular Dysfunction in a Porcine Model of Chronic Myocardial Ischemia
These results suggest that the LIPUS therapy is promising as a new, non-invasive therapy for IHD.

Guidelines Updated for Contrast Agent Use in Clinical Echocardiography
Initiatives have been developed to improve the appropriate use of contrast media inechocardiography. The guidelines were published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Virtual robotic ultrasound and teleconsultation edge closer to reality
Two recent research studies describe how the latest developments in tele-robotic technology are bridging geographical divides. In one study a robot-assisted exam was conducted on a person in Boston by an examiner in Germany. In another study tele-robot-assisted echo exams and video e-consultation

Samsung donates 3 Echocardiography units to JPMC
Samsung Electronics announced donation of multiple Samsung Ultrasound machines to the Jinnah Hospital, Karachi.

Clinical Study to Treat Lower Back Pain On Earth May Help Astronauts in Space
ZetrOZ, Inc. has been funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) for a clinical study to test the Sustained Acoustic Medicine (sam®) device in patients suffering from lower back pain.

First Pediatric Patient Treated with Focused Ultrasound in Canada
Focused ultrasound was used to treat a benign bone tumor in the leg of a 16-year-old boy in Canada, providing quick relief from intractable pain.

GE Expands Vscan’s Capabilities with Dual Ultrasound Probes in Single Handheld Device
The new version of the Vscan has a double-ended probe that includes a linear transducer on one end (to visualize shallow targets) and the original phased array transducer on the other end (for deeper structures).

MRI-guided ultrasound treats bone tumour in teen, no incision needed
The procedure uses magnetic resonance imaging to precisely pinpoint the tumour, which is then zapped with heat-destroying ultrasound beams.

Vesselon raising funds for ultrasound-based stroke treatment device
Vesselon, Inc. is raising money to bring to market a portable devices that uses ultrasound and micro bubbles for the immediate treatment of ischemic stroke by first responders and other first line medical personnel.

Market Report: Future Outlook of Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
A recently released commercial market report outlines some of the key economic and market factors influencing the future outlook for diagnostic ultrasound imaging.

Sonographer Job growth in USA predicted to be 39% for 2012-22
Median pay for 2012 was $60,350 per year according to USA government Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Elective 3D sonograms booming business
The technology gives parents-to-be a window into the womb.

New Ultrasound device detects brain injury without surgery
The device is a portable real-time ultrasound instrument that can measure ICP in traumatic brain injuries and pathological brain conditions. With a 1-inch diameter ultrasound probe on the patient's forehead, it targets brain soft tissue and measures tissue elasticity.

Non-Invasive Intracranial Pressure and Cerebrovascular Autoregulation Monitors Cleared in EU
The Vittamed 205 intracranial pressure monitor works by applying pressure to the tissue surrounding the eye using a special pressure cuff. A Doppler ultrasound transducer placed over the eye measures blood flow through the intracranial and extracranial parts of the ophthalmic artery.

Evidence suggests babies in womb start learning earlier than thought: study
Babies in the womb show evidence of learning by their 34th week, three weeks earlier than previously thought, new research has found.

Ultrasound, FibroScan detected liver changes in NAFLD, NASH
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound and FibroScan could potentially be used to measure and monitor any changes in the liver in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, according to new data.

Utility of CIMT Varies With Thoroughness of Assessment
Inclusion of carotid bulb, internal carotid artery IMT improves prediction of cardiac, stroke risk.

Ultrasound Effective for Detecting Kidney Stones
Ultrasound is safe and effective when used to detect and remove renal stones without exposing patients and operating room staff to radiation, according to separate reports.

FDA Staff Questions Prostate Cancer Device Effectiveness
While the company claims the Ablatherm focused ultrasound device produces lower rates of side effects than traditional treatments, the FDA questioned whether the device’s effectiveness holds up over time.

Fewer cardiac screenings may be appropriate for pediatric cancer survivors
Less frequent cardiac screening to detect asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction and reduce the risk for congestive heart failure among pediatric cancer survivors who were exposed to anthracycline chemotherapy may be as effective as more frequent screening schedules but more cost-effective.

Point-of-care pocket-size ultrasonography performed by medical students
Medical students with minimal training were able to use ultrasound as a supplement to standard physical examination and successfully acquire acceptable relevant organ recordings for presentation and correctly interpret these with great accuracy.

From Korea: Ultrasonography, Just another Way to Rip off Patients?
This story will sound familiar to USA health care professionals familiar with the issues of self-referral and over-utilization.

Think it's "No Big Deal" if you lose track of ultrasound cases? Think Again!
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has been fined $150,000 for losing unencrypted backup tapes containing ultrasound images from two of its ambulatory sites in 2012.

NASA study to address effects of long term spaceflight on ISS astronauts’ hearts
The study will examine how the effects of long-term spaceflight impact heart inflammation and oxidative stress, an imbalance in the body’s capability of handling the toxic byproducts of normal cell metabolism.