Ultrasound, also referred to as sonography or diagnostic ultrasound, uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue. Ultrasounds are frequently ordered to measure fetal anatomy during pregnancy, check for blood clots and to guide needle biopsy procedures of the breast, abdomen and pelvis. The imaging modality does not use any radiation to create images. Find news specific to cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography).

Could focused ultrasound help rewire the brain to be more present? Research suggests it's a possibility

Experts say new study results are "a really powerful thing for the whole field of neuroscience."

July 12, 2024
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How does AI TI-RADS compare to other thyroid nodule risk stratification systems?

Experts are hopeful that the reporting and data system could simplify the risk stratification of thyroid nodules in the future. 

July 9, 2024
ASE President Ted Abraham, MD, speaking at the ASE HCM forum in 2023. Photo by Dave Fornell

Cardiologist begins term as American Society of Echocardiography's new president

Cardiologist Theodore Abraham, MD, has been an ASE member for more than two decades. He is now the organization's 2024-2025 president. 

July 3, 2024
US2 AI automated AI assessment for echo lab or POCUS with Patient to standardize cardiac ultrasound measurements.

Stretching may help reduce painful orthopedic issues among echo and interventional lab staff

Orthopedic issues are the biggest work-related injury in cardiology, but this low cost intervention may help.

June 17, 2024
GE Health and MedStar Health are collaborating with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the Next Gen Basketball Players Union (NBGPU)

NBA partners with GE HealthCare, MedStar Health to gain imaging insights into elite athletes' health

The goal of the study is to obtain quantitative data on how daily training and competing affect players’ musculoskeletal health. The information will be used to inform training, rest and recovery periods. 

May 14, 2024

How beneficial is MR-directed breast ultrasound in reducing biopsies?

A team of experts determined that correlating masses initially detected on MRI are significantly more likely to result in a cancer diagnosis than other common findings. 

May 9, 2024

A significant amount of imaging orders in emergency settings are inappropriate

A general lack of awareness pertaining to ACR appropriateness criteria could be a driving factor behind the misguided requisitions, authors of a new analysis suggest. 

April 30, 2024
breast cancer mammography screening mammogram scheduling

USPSTF stops short of recommending supplemental imaging for women with dense breast tissue

Experts, medical organizations and advocates alike are coming forward saying that the new guidelines “do not go far enough,” particularly when it comes to addressing the screening needs of certain patients. 

April 30, 2024

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HeartFlow is using SCCT 2024 to introduce the world to its updated Plaque Analysis platform. “Accurately diagnosing a patient’s risk for coronary artery disease is critical for determining the best treatment," Chief Medical Officer Campbell Rogers, MD, explained.

The new images were captured at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility using hierarchical phase-contrast tomography. One specialist called them "Google Earth for the human heart." 

New data out of England provides cardiologists and radiologists with another reminder of AI's potential to transform healthcare. 

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