What to expect in a breast ultrasound?

What should I expect during a breast ultrasound?

Breast ultrasounds play an important role in the assessment of breast lumps and are used to determine whether they could be tumorous or fluid filled cysts. Doctors often request them as a precautionary measure, and in some cases, early detection could be a matter of life or death.   Using high frequency sound waves, a breast ultrasound creates a black-and-white image of breast tissues and structures.   In this article, we will discuss the uses of breast ultrasound, what you can expect during [...]

Disinfecting medical imaging equipment during coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak for patient safety

Disinfecting Medical Imaging Equipment During Coronavirus Outbreak

A recent study found that medical imaging equipment used to scan patients can be contaminated with coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) for up to nine days if the machines are not thoroughly disinfected. The coronavirus is highly contagious and able to stay active on metal, glass, or plastic surfaces. Researchers from the University of Greifswald and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany found that the best way to decontaminate these areas was by using a 62 percent-to-72 percent ethanol, 0.5 percent hydrogen peroxide, or [...]

Practitioner applies ultrasound probe cover to transducer for endocavity procedure

Is your ultrasound probe infected?

Infection prevention remains a top-of-mind concern for healthcare practices across the country. The CDC classifies the fight against healthcare-acquired infections as a winnable battle and stresses the importance of proper disinfection practices and infection control measures in the effort to lower the risk of transmission. A survey from the European Society of Radiology (ESR), however, gave alarming insights into how some practitioners fail to follow proper disinfection practices for their ultrasound probes. To reduce the risk of infection, ultrasound probes should be disinfected with medical-grade solutions after each use. Nonetheless, the ESR survey revealed that [...]

Ultrasound scoring system for diabetes

Best ultrasound scoring system for diabetes

According to a study published on March 6th in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, there is only one technique to assess medial arterial calcification (MAC) from an ultrasound scan that can also predict cardiovascular and diabetes complications. The researchers evaluated two methods for diagnosing MAC severity: The presence of MAC in three unique artery segments The length of MAC in centimeters The researchers found that only MAC identified through the segmentation method was able to predict independently whether the patient would also suffer from peripheral artery disease [...]


Improving Infection Prevention in NICU Facilities

Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), where premature babies are often taken care of, find themselves to be particularly susceptible to infectious disease threats. As a result, infection prevention efforts in these areas are indispensable. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that one in ten babies were born early in the United States. Research has shown that the opening of the first NICU in the US more than 55 years ago has led to the [...]

Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic pneumonia patterns found on CT scan

Can radiologists identify coronavirus disease 2019 pneumonia on CT scan?

Recent studies have confirmed that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is characterized by CT findings that relate to common features found in other pneumonia-causing viruses. However, radiologists in the United States and China have shown that they are prepared to identify the differences between coronavirus disease from these other viruses in a new study, published on March 10th in Radiology. Now classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the testing methods to confirm cases of coronavirus disease 2019 have [...]

Improving outcomes for sepsis survivors

Improving Outcomes for Sepsis Survivors

The United States discharges more than one million sepsis survivors each year from acute-care hospitals. Even though the majority of sepsis survivors receive post-acute care (PAC) services, these patients account for a majority of readmissions across the country. To reduce these poor results, effective interventions must be implemented. A recent study conducted nationwide from the Center for Home Care Policy & Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing [...]

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Research finds 9 features linked to breast cancer via handheld ultrasound

According to a recent study published on February 24th in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, investigators have found nine unique patient and ultrasound features that may enable breast imagers to distinguish benign from malignant complex cystic or solid breast lesions. The research revealed that lesion type, orientation, size, and vascularity were some of the features found via handheld ultrasound scans and all were linked to breast cancer. Investigators reported that the combination of all nine features resulted in a [...]

Patient with pediatric IV placement

Ultrasound-guided placement improves first-attempt success in pediatric IV access

Due to the small size of children’s veins, medical practitioners often face difficulties when attempting to perform necessary medical treatment. In a recent study performed by researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), investigators found that when medical practitioners used ultrasound to guide the placement of intravenous (IV) lines in children with hard-to-access veins, they had higher success rates on the first attempt. Researchers concluded that the ultrasound-guided technique is more successful at reducing the number of attempts [...]

Is DIY hand sanitizer effective against coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)?

Does DIY hand sanitizer kill coronavirus 2019?

Anxiety surrounding the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been on the rise in the United States. The fears associated with the virus have led many people to buy hand sanitizer in an effort to protect themselves. This sudden high demand has led to shortages of hand sanitizer in stores and pharmacies throughout the US, including online retailers. As a result, some people have resorted to making their own. However, one should be careful about joining in on the DIY hand [...]