Mammography services during COVID-19 reopening and how to keep patients safe

Safely Re-Opening Mammography Services [5 Recommendations]

Following the potent effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on imaging volume, mammography services have been on the rise once more in the United States. Imaging services took a nearly 70 percent hit from the pandemic when most of the country shut down and several states suspended healthcare services considered to be non-essential.  Although imaging has resumed, mammography services will not look the same as they did pre-pandemic. This goes for several healthcare services, since practitioners and infection preventionists are looking into new ways to operate while [...]

Choosing a hospital-grade disinfectant spray

Choosing a hospital-grade disinfectant spray [key factors]

Improving patient safety is a top of mind concern for infection preventionists, administrators, and physicians. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has shed even more light on the importance of infection prevention and control as healthcare professionals look to mitigate the risk of transmission in their facilities.   From isolating potential and confirmed cases to installing UV light disinfecting machines, healthcare facilities across the country have been revising and augmenting their infection control protocols. One area in particular which remains in focus is the use of sprays (and [...]

Single-use instruments reduce risk of healthcare-associated infections and help fight surgical site infections

Advantages of single-use instruments for infection prevention and control

Healthcare facilities across the country continue to work on improving patient safety. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators and practitioners sought to bolster their infection control protocols to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. In an effort to reduce the transmission of disease, medical professionals are shifting to the use of  single-use instruments and supplies. The industry-wide focus is further augmented by new guidelines and warnings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and The Joint Commission on the use of reusable [...]

Diagnostic imaging reduces breast cancer mortality by 41%

Diagnostic imaging reduces risk of breast cancer mortality by 41%

Breast cancer continues to affect the lives of millions of women in the United States each year. To combat the mortality rate, medical practitioners have worked to increase detection efforts over the years. In a recent study published on May 11th in Cancer, researchers found that mammography screening reduces the risk of death in breast cancer cases by 41% within 10 years of diagnosis. The study noted how advances in breast cancer therapy were not the reason for the reduction in [...]

POCUS treatment

Study finds POCUS helps physicians make timely decisions

In a recent study published in May in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, researchers found that point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) may facilitate quick and accurate decision making in cases where the patient is experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath.  Point-of-care ultrasound scans are performed at the patient’s bedside, thereby eliminating the need to move the patient to the imaging suite. Medical staff performing these exams should adhere to infection control protocols from their facility and the CDC. For example, the probe should always be properly [...]

Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy [Best Practices]

Breast cancer impacts the lives of millions of women each year in the United States and continues to be a foremost topic in women’s health. Recent estimates state that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) in the US will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This year alone, it is estimated that there will be 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer, and 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.  As a preventative measure, physicians commonly perform a variety of exams [...]

Improving infection control practices [4 steps]

Improving infection control practices [4 steps]

As most medical practitioners and administrators know, infection control remains no easy task. Rather than being a single action, such as disinfection, infection control encompasses a variety of steps that come together to form a cohesive process. This process, many times referred to as an organization or facility’s infection control protocol, should include a series of preventative measures that touch upon a variety of instances where patients find themselves at risk of infection.  Whether it be minimizing direct transmission through the use of medical gloves or indirect [...]

Choosing the right ultrasound transducer. Different types of ultrasound probes for ultrasound-guided procedures.

Choosing the right ultrasound transducer

Ultrasound imaging is one of the most widely used imaging modalities. The ultrasound transducer, also referred to as a probe, is the device used to produce the ultrasound image.   The transducer works by producing sound waves that bounce off body tissues and create echoes. The device then receives the echoes and transmits them to a computer that converts them into an image called a sonogram.   Ultrasound imaging is used in a variety of medical contexts, ranging from OB/GYN applications to surgical [...]

Best Practices for Radiology Departments during COVID-19

As medical imaging modalities continue to be used to examine potential and confirmed COVID-19 cases, radiology practitioners find themselves on the frontlines. The use of ultrasound and CT to diagnose and monitor the progress of treatment signifies that medical imaging professionals risk being exposed to the respiratory virus due to their close contact with patients. In an effort to combat the risk of transmission, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) recently released a set of best practices for radiology departments during [...]

Can an ultrasound scan detect cancer?

Can an ultrasound scan detect cancer?

Ultrasound is one of the most widely used diangostic imaging techniques. When it comes to diagnosing cancer, physicians typically use ultrasound as the first step in the diagnostic process. The ultrasound technique offers a variety of benefits. Ultrasound scans are cost-effective and can be carried out fairly quickly when compared to other imaging tests, such as MRI and CT scans. Perhaps more importantly, ultrasound does not expose the patient to any radiation. Nonetheless, when compared to CT and MRI, the images produced by ultrasound offer less clarity and detail. Ultimately, [...]