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Scientists Develop Tiny Photoacoustic Ultrasound Device
Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a Micro-ring resonator detector, a tiny new photoacoustic device that is small enough to fit into a contact lens
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Listed:   18 February 2017
Keyword : blood flow in eye, contact lens, eye, light, micro-ring resonator detector, photo, photoacoustic, pre-clinical, research, retina,

Review of Therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound
This review article in BMJ lists current indications for therapeutic use of endoscopic ultrasound.
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Listed:   12 February 2017
Keyword : endoscopic, intervention, therapeutic, therapy, treatment, Ultrasound,

Chest x-ray and lung ultrasound complementary in the ER
About 20% of pneumonia cases were detectable only by CXR and 20% only by thoracic ultrasound and not by CXR. The concurrent use of TUS and CXR increases the overall sensitivity and specificity.
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Listed:   12 February 2017
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Keyword : chest, emergency, lungs, pneumonia, pneumothorax, THORAX,

Future Photoacoustic imager to screen for cardiovascular disease
France-headquartered Quantel Laser is to provide cutting-edge laser diode modules for a new European research project that will deploy photoacoustic (PA) imaging to diagnose cardiovascular disease.
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Listed:   11 February 2017
Keyword : cardiovascular disease, Europe, imager, optoacoustic imaging, PA, photoacoustic, Quantel Laser, research,

Strategies May Help Measure Muscle Function, Monitor Therapeutics in DMD Children
Two non-invasive strategies for measuring muscle function and its properties, electromechanical delay and ultrasound shear wave elastography, may help detect muscle impairments and assist in monitoring Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients’ responses to therapy.
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Listed:   11 February 2017
Keyword : DMD, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, measure, monitor therapy, muscle function, MUSCULOSKELETAL, response to therapy,

Findings support use of intraoperative ultrasound for pediatric patients with tumors
According to researchers of this study, use of intraoperative ultrasound in pediatric tumor surgery may lead to better tumor resection and can provide the additional benefits of little added OR time, no new risks and low cost.
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Listed:   11 February 2017
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Keyword : intraoperative ultrasound, neurosurgical, PEDIATRIC, tumor, ultrasound guidance,

Ultrasound Waves Turn Wine into Something Better
Brandies, such as cognac, are renowned for colors, flavors and aromas that require years to achieve. But scientists in Spain have used ultrasound to cut the time needed for such spirits to mature down to days.
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Listed:   04 February 2017
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Keyword : brandy, industrial, spirits, Ultrasound, waves, wine,

Lantheus Medical Imaging Announces FDA Approval of DEFINITY Label Update
The FDA has approved a label update for DEFINITY which removes the contraindication statement related to use in patients with a known or suspected cardiac shunt. A cardiac shunt is a pattern of blood flow in the heart that deviates from the normal path of the circulatory system.
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Listed:   04 February 2017
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Keyword : CEUS, CONTRAST, contrast agent, Definity, FDA, label update, Lantheus, Lantheus Medical Imaging, microbubble, remove contraindication, ultrasound contrast,

Echocardiography Gains Two New CPT Add-On Codes
The new CPT code for myocardial strain imaging is +0399T. The newly established code for myocardial contrast perfusion echocardiography is +0439T.
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Listed:   04 February 2017
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Keyword : add-on codes, CPT codes, echo, myocardial contrast perfusion echocardiography, myocardial strain imaging, new codes,

Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound in Children
Pediatric contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a safe procedure and allows for less ionizing radiation and gadolinium contrast administration, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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Listed:   04 February 2017
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Keyword : CEUS, children, CONTRAST, contrast enhanced, contrast-enhanced, microbubble, PEDIATRIC, ultrasonography, Ultrasound,

Lung ultrasound can help doctors see other diseases that mask as lethal clots in lung
Study finds that a pretest risk stratification enhanced by ultrasound of lung and venous performs better than Wells score in the early diagnostic process of pulmonary embolism (PE).
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Listed:   04 February 2017
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Keyword : chest, clots, lethal, lung, lung ultrasound, lungs, mask, mimic, PE, pulmonary embolism,

Do physicians dismiss patients' financial concerns?
Without information about the costs of care—or conversations with their physicians about costs—it’s virtually impossible for patients to incorporate cost information into their decision-making.
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Listed:   04 February 2017
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Keyword : communication with patients, decisionmaking, financial concerns, healthcare cost, physicians,

CAE Healthcare announces first mixed reality ultrasound simulation solution with Microsoft HoloLens
CAE Healthcare announced the release of CAE VimedixAR, an ultrasound training simulator integrated with the Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer. CAE will be the first to bring a commercial Microsoft HoloLens application to the medical simulation market.
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Listed:   04 February 2017
Keyword : CAE Healthcare, hologram, holographic, HoloLens, microsoft, mixed reality, simulation, simulator, Ultrasound,

New WHO international fetal growth charts
A research article by Torvid Kiserud from the University of Bergen, Norway, and colleagues contributes to the evidence base regarding the use of population charts for detection of fetal growth disorders and how best to determine risk of complications.
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Listed:   28 January 2017
Keyword : biometry, charts, EFW, estimated fetal weight, fetal growth, fetal growth disorders, fetal measurements, head and abdominal circumference, length of the thigh bone, PREGNANCY, ultrasonography, Ultrasound, WHO, World Health Organization,

New 'needle pulse' beam pattern packs a punch
A new beam pattern devised by University of Rochester researchers could bring unprecedented sharpness to ultrasound and radar images, burn precise holes in manufactured materials at a nano scale—even etch new properties onto their surfaces.
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Listed:   28 January 2017
Keyword : beam, beam formation, Kevin Parker, Miguel Alonso, needle pulse, pattern, Physics, research, Ultrasound,

Is there now ultrasound technology that can clear the brain of abnormal amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's disease?
The formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are thought to contribute to the degradation of the nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain and the subsequent symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. A research team has reported success using ultrasound to clear amyloid plaques in the mouse.
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Listed:   28 January 2017
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Keyword : Alzheimer's, amyloid, BRAIN, clear plaques, plaques, treatment, Ultrasound,

Noninvasive ultrasound pulses used to precisely tweak rat brain activity
Biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins report they have worked out a noninvasive way to release and deliver concentrated amounts of a drug to the brain of rats in a temporary, localized manner using ultrasound.
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Listed:   28 January 2017
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Keyword : BRAIN, drug, nano, Nanoparticle, rat, therapy,

Portable ultrasound brings help for heart failure patients
Specially trained nurses are able to dispense medication for heart patients more precisely using a pocket-sized ultrasound device.
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Listed:   28 January 2017
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Keyword : cardiac, diuretic, heart failure, nurse, pleural effusion, POC, pocus, point of care, portable, Ultrasound,

Characterization of Rotator Cuff Tears: Ultrasound Versus Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Conclusion: ultrasound may be the best modality for identifying tears, and MRI is superior in surgical planning for larger tears.
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Listed:   28 January 2017
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Keyword : characterization, comparison, Magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, MUSCULOSKELETAL, rotator cuff, shoulder, tears, Ultrasound,

Point of Care Ultrasound for Identifying the Etiology of Respiratory Distress in Neonates
This study found that Point of Care Ultrasound had sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of respiratory distress of 98.4% and 100% respectively. The authors conclude that PoC-USG can be used to diagnose different etiologies of RD in neonates.
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Listed:   28 January 2017
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Keyword : lung, neonate, PEDIATRIC, pocus, point of care, Respiratory distress,