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Is Focused Ultrasound More Effective Than DBS for Parkinson's Disease?
Two movement disorders experts debate the merits of focused ultrasound thalamotomy for Parkinson's disease — with different perspectives on existing research.
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Listed:   10 June 2017
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Keyword : efficacy, focused ultrasound, Parkinson's disease, treatment,

Eric Topol runs through the cost-cutting technologies that fit in the palm of a patient's hand
Eric Topol, M.D., has performed a full-body scan of himself using a smartphone and a mobile ultrasound device. He imaged his carotid artery, his liver, his kidney … even his left foot. He calls it a full-body selfie and predicts that more folks will use these types of devices at home—
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Listed:   10 June 2017
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Keyword : Eric Topol, handheld ultrasound, mobile devices, smartphone ultrasound,

The Human Fetus Preferentially Engages with Facelike Visual Stimuli
Reid et al. using 4D ultrasound found that third trimester fetuses prefer to look at face-like stimuli when contrasted with the same stimuli in an inverted configuration. The study also shows that delivery of visual stimuli via maternal tissue to the fetus is technically feasible.
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Listed:   10 June 2017
Keyword : 4D ultrasound, external stimuli, face preference, fetus, visual stimuli,

MRI-guided PCa detection strategies found cost-effective
Compared with transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsies, MRI diagnostic exams followed by MRI-guided biopsies yielded net health benefits well within the commonly accepted threshold for cost-benefit ratios.
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Listed:   10 June 2017
Keyword : Biopsy, cost effective, cost-benefit ratio, MRI diagnostic exam, MRI-guided, net health benefit, prostate,

Study suggests forgo axillary dissection for single suspicious node on ultrasound
Women with a primary tumor 2 cm or smaller and only one abnormal lymph node on axillary ultrasound had metastases limited to the one lymph node in 73% of cases, suggesting that such patients “may undergo ... sentinel lymph node biopsy” instead of a complete axillary lymph node dissection.
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Listed:   03 June 2017
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Keyword : axillary lymph node dissection, Biopsy, Breast, cancer, sentinel lymph node,

Cranial ultrasound is a reliable first step imaging in children with suspected craniosynostosis
CUS is a highly specific and sensitive imaging technique. In referral centers, expert hands can use it as a reliable first-step screening for infants younger than 1 year, suspected to have a craniosynostosis, thus avoiding unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation.
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Listed:   03 June 2017
Keyword : cranial ultrasound, craniosynostosis, detection, INFANT, PEDIATRIC,

Enabling the Midwives of Uganda to Help Save Lives with Ultrasound Technology
Microfinancing Partners in Africa (MPA), a non-profit organization, focuses on the needs of impoverished women in Africa. MPA recently launched a program in Uganda to decrease perinatal and maternal deaths.
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Listed:   03 June 2017
Keyword : Microfinancing Partners in Africa, midwives, Mindray, MPA, Sharlene Teefey, Uganda, Ultrasound,

MR-HIFU Technology for New Cancer Therapies
This press release based article details results of a pre-clinical study into the combined use of drug-loaded temperature sensitive liposomes and MR-HIFU for local tumor treatment.
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Listed:   03 June 2017
Keyword : chemotherapy, CONTRAST, drug loaded temperature sensitive liposomes, high intensity focused ultrasound, MR-HIFU, ultrasound contrast,

US-Guided Central Lines: Better Success and Fewer Complications
This Emergency Medicine News article reviews current practice in central line placement and then focuses on the subclavian vein approach because it offers a reduced risk of CLABSI compared to IJ and femoral vein sites. Use of ultrasound guidance further reduces complications and improves success.
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Listed:   03 June 2017
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Keyword : central line placement, CLABSI, subclavian vein, ultrasound guidance,

Handheld scanner reveals vascularization in psoriasis patients
The scanner produces a weak laser pulse which excites the tissue of interest, which then absorbs energy and heats up minimally. This causes momentary tissue expansion, which generates ultrasound waves.
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Listed:   03 June 2017
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Keyword : dermatology, handheld scanner, imaging, OCT, psoriasis, RSOM, skin,

David Cosgrove obituary
David Owen Cosgrove, of Wimbledon, London, UK, lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday the 16th of May 2017, at St. Raphael’s Hospice, North Cheam, London. Professor Cosgrove died two days short of his 79th birthday.
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Listed:   03 June 2017
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Keyword : David Cosgrove, in memorium, obituary,

Ultrasound breast biopsy beats stereotactic counterpart on patient experience
Women undergoing percutaneous breast biopsy experience less pain and discomfort when the procedure is guided by ultrasound than by stereotactic mammography with vacuum assistance, according to a Canadian study published online May 22 in European Radiology.
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Listed:   28 May 2017
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Keyword : Biopsy, Breast, comparison, Pain, stereotactic mammography guidance, ultrasound guidance,

Brain-penetrating nanoparticles delivered by MR image-guided focused ultrasound restore neuron function
Researchers at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore have developed a new, non-invasive and non-toxic genetic therapeutic technique to restore dopaminergic neuron function in rats suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
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Listed:   27 May 2017
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Keyword : BBB, blood-brain barrier, brain-penetrating nanoparticles, CONTRAST, MR image-guided focused ultrasound, Parkinson's disease,

Quantitative Transmission (QT) ultrasound shows potential as mammography adjunct
The emerging imaging technology called quantitative transmission (QT) ultrasound has shown its utility as an aid in distinguishing cysts from solid lesions in the breast, according to a study published online May 23 in Academic Radiology.
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Listed:   27 May 2017
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Keyword : Breast, mammography adjunct, QT, quantitative transmission, Ultrasound,

Medical microbots need better imaging and control
Ultrasound is one of the methods being used to control microbots within the body. This article provides an overview (along with some fascinating video clips) of the state of the art in medical microbots.
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Listed:   27 May 2017
Keyword : control, manipulation, medical microbots, micromotors, optoacoustic, Ultrasound,

Ultrasound Predicts RA Damage During Remission
Among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in clinical remission, factors that helped predict progression of erosions at 12 months included clinical and patient features, medications used, and sonographic findings, a prospective Spanish study found.
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Listed:   27 May 2017
Keyword : clinical remission, MUSCULOSKELETAL, progression of erosions, RA, rheumatoid arthritis, Ultrasound,

Healthcare Workers Have the Most Favorable Job Outlook, Says New CareerCast Report
In its new report on the most in-demand jobs, CareerCast found that many of the professions with the brightest outlook are in the healthcare field. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer ranked 9 in the top 10 list with a 24% Growth Outlook.
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Listed:   27 May 2017
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Keyword : employment, job outlook, jobs, jobs growth,

CEUS superior to Doppler for managing abdominal aneurysms
Patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms are better served by contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) than by color Doppler for follow-up care after receiving endovascular aortic repair (EVAR), according to a study published online May 18 in Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation.
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Listed:   27 May 2017
Keyword : ABDOMEN, aorta, CEUS, CONTRAST, endoleak, endovascular aortic repair, EVAR, microbubble, VASCULAR,

Heart imaging remotely guided, accurately assessed via smartphone
South Korean researchers have shown that an offsite physician supervising a novice sonographer via live video over social media can perform as well as an onsite peer.
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Listed:   21 May 2017
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Keyword : accuracy, cardiac, HEART, remote, remote guidance, remotely guided, smartphone,

Bubbles, Ultrasound and BMP-6 for bone repair
This study demonstrated that localized ultrasound-mediated, microbubble-enhanced therapeutic gene delivery to endogenous stem cells can induce efficient bone regeneration and fracture repair in the pig. The novel two-stage process used may provide a framework for future research in other areas.
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Listed:   21 May 2017
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Keyword : BMP-6, bone, bone regeneration, CONTRAST, endogenous stem cells, fracture repair, gene delivery, genes, microbubble,