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POC ultrasound rules out serious ankle injury in children
Point-of-care ultrasound, aka “POCUS,” may not be great for finding what x-rays miss in children’s injured ankles, but it proved specific enough in a recent pilot study to recommend itself for ruling out significant ligament tears and radiographically occult bone damage.
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Listed:   21 May 2017
Keyword : ankle, children, injured ankle, ligament tears, PEDIATRIC, POC, point of care, radiographically occult bone damage, rule out, Ultrasound,

Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided biopsy a "fine" diagnostic for nonpalpable breast lesions
Breast lesions that physicians can't feel by palpation are little match for fine-needle aspiration guided by ultrasound, although the procedure's performance varies somewhat with the age of the patient and the BI-RADS category of the lesion.
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Listed:   21 May 2017
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Keyword : aspiration, Biopsy, Breast, fine-needle, minimally invasive, nonpalpable breast lesions,

RA - clinical remission doesn't necessarily mean ultrasound remission
In this small study, ultrasound (US) findings did not correspond neatly with clinical remission, swollen joints, or self-reported health status. However, ultrasound may detect active but subclinical synovitis, and such a finding can predict relapse.
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Listed:   21 May 2017
Keyword : clinical remission, correlation, RA, rheumatoid arthritis, subclinical, synovitis, ultrasound remission,

Ultrasound Molecular Imaging: A Good Start
This editorial on the recently published article "Ultrasound Molecular Imaging With BR55 in Patients With Breast and Ovarian Lesions: First-in-Human Results" provides context for this new ultrasound-based approach and assesses it against currently available imaging technology.
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Listed:   21 May 2017
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Keyword : BR55, Breast, first-in-human, molecular imaging, ovary, Ultrasound,

Five amazing ultrasound inventions set to change the world (and not a pregnancy scan in sight)
Today, ultrasound is finding its way into even more applications, powering inventions that have the potential to make huge changes in their fields. This lay article describes some non-medical applications of ultrasound that are likely to have a role in our lives in the future.
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Listed:   14 May 2017
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Keyword : non-medical applications, Ultrasound,

Peripheral nerve ultrasound in Friedreich's ataxia
This study found enlarged peripheral nerves in FRDA patients suggesting a structural abnormality at peripheral nerve level.
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Listed:   14 May 2017
Keyword : Friedrich's ataxia, MUSCULOSKELETAL, nerve, nerve enlargement, peripheral nerve,

Laser, sound waves provide live views of organs in action
Photoacoustic imaging uses light to induce cells to emit ultrasound waves. Advances in the technology now allow it to scan entire cross-sections of a live mouse in real time for an entire body view in under a minute.
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Listed:   13 May 2017
Keyword : imaging, laser, photoacoustic, sound waves,

USPSTF recommends against thyroid cancer screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced it is recommending against screening for thyroid cancer in asymptomatic adults. The grade D recommendation was based on a review of 67 studies involving 583,914 patients.
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Listed:   13 May 2017
Keyword : no screening, recommendation, screening, THYROID, USPSTF,

Ultrasound for Children with Broken Arms
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) assessment of distal forearm injuries in children is accurate, timely, and associated with low levels of pain and high caregiver satisfaction. That is the main finding of a study to be published in the May 2017 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.
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Listed:   13 May 2017
Keyword : better than x-ray, bone, broken arm, distal arm, fracture, PEDIATRIC, Ultrasound,

In Memoriam: Professor Peter Wells CBE, 1936-2017
Peter Wells CBE, Emeritus Professor of the School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol passed away after a short illness at home.
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Listed:   06 May 2017
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Keyword : In Memoriam, Professor Peter Wells,

10 Can't Miss Ultrasound Diagnoses
This Medscape slideshow presents typical examples of critical diagnoses made by ultrasound. Requires registration with Medscape.
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Listed:   06 May 2017
Keyword : can't miss diagnoses, Ultrasound,

Combined Clinical and Sonographic Score for Diagnosis of Appendicitis
The scoring system based entirely on US findings was highly sensitive and specific for appendicitis, and it significantly improved when combined with the Alvarado Score. After prospective evaluation, the combined US-Alvarado score might replace the need for CT imaging in a majority of patients.
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Listed:   06 May 2017
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Keyword : appendicitis, appendix, clinical score, diagnosis, sonographic score,

3D saline infusion sonography compared to 2D SIS for the diagnosis of focal intracavitary lesions
This Cochrane literature review found 3D saline infusion sonography was slightly better compared to 2D SIS for the diagnosis of focal intracavitary lesions but the difference did not reach statistical significance.. However use of 3D is recommended when expertise is available
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Listed:   06 May 2017
Keyword : 2D saline infusion sonography, 3D saline infusion sonography, hysterograpy, saline hysterography, uterine polyps,

Sonographer's misdiagnosis of ectopic pregnancy results in tube removal
A New Zealand trainee sonographer, her supervisor and a radiologist are all to have their work randomly reviewed after a 19-year-old woman had a fallopian tube unnecessarily removed.
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Listed:   06 May 2017
Keyword : ectopic pregnancy, fallopian tube removal, misdiagnosis, sonographer,

Ultrasound at a distance
A Canadian team has received funding for an ambitious Earth-space technology project. Their goal is to develop protocols and technology allowing an inexperienced clinician to be mentored at a distance through any unfamiliar medical assessment including, if necessary, ultrasound imaging.
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Listed:   06 May 2017
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Keyword : canadian, remote, tele, Ultrasound, Univ. Calgary,

Wise Buy? Focused Ultrasound Therapies
Exciting technology, but now sold to patients on slim supporting evidence
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Listed:   30 April 2017
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Keyword : assessment, economics, focused ultrasound therapy, FUS,

Helping Mothers and Children in Ghana One Scan at a Time
The International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) teamed up with Women’s Health to Wealth and GE Healthcare to create an ultrasound training program in Ghana. The program includes a week of intense classroom and hands-on training.
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Listed:   30 April 2017
Keyword : GE, Ghana, ISUOG, maternal health, training, ultrasound training program,

Ultrasound-B scan: an indispensable tool for diagnosing ocular cysticercosis
Ocular cysticercosis is still an important parasitic infection in low/middle-income countries, as its diagnosis requires meticulous ocular examination followed by skilful usage of point-focused ultrasound imaging for confirmation of the diagnosis. This case review presents typical findings.
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Listed:   30 April 2017
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Keyword : cysticercosis, eye, occular, ocular cysticercosis, ocular examination, ophthalmic, parasitic infection, Ultrasound,

Dr. Eric Topol diagnoses his own kidney stone with smartphone-based ultrasound
Topol diagnosed himself with a kidney stone, using an ultrasound device hooked up to his smartphone. A cardiologist-geneticist and chief academic officer at Scripps Health, Topol loses no opportunity to demonstrate just what digital medicine can do.
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Listed:   29 April 2017
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Keyword : digital medicine, Eric Topol, hand-held, kidney stone, smartphone,

Effectiveness of advertising availability of prenatal ultrasound on uptake of antenatal care in rural Uganda
In rural Uganda pregnant women often lack access to health services, do not attend antenatal care, and tend to utilize traditional healers/birth attendants. This study tested use of a message advertising that “you will be able to see your baby by ultrasound” to promote attendance at prenatal clinic
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Listed:   29 April 2017
Keyword : "see your baby", advertising, prenatal clinic, rural, STUDY, Uganda,