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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Medical imaging showing lungs infected with novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

How is COVID-19 different from other coronaviruses?

Numerous medical experts have noted how the novel coronavirus shares imaging features with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). However, differences evidenced in imaging exams were found in a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology on February 28th. One of the most significant differences being the way in which COVID-19 tends to appear in both lungs rather than one, the study notes. The new findings present an opportunity for clinicians to better [...]

Maintain ultrasound machine

Tips to Maintain your Ultrasound Machine

Tips to Maintain your Ultrasound Machine Properly maintained ultrasound systems can last for around seven years. That being said, one must know the steps to maintain their equipment. Let’s review four simple habits that can help keep a well-maintained and well-working ultrasound machine. Read your user manual for maintenance guidelines The first piece of advice we can give is to read the manual before actually using the ultrasound machine. Most manufacturers (if not all) include critical information when it comes to maintenance. You [...]

Ultrasound guidance

Ultrasound Guidance: New & Old Techniques

Ultrasound Guidance: Evolution of the Interventional Tools & Techniques Ultrasound for medical imaging was first used in the early 40’s, to diagnose brain tumors and gallstones, and late 50’s for the first Ob/Gyn applications. However, we had to wait until the 60’s to see the first use of ultrasound guidance for interventional procedures; a kidney biopsy for that matter. Ever since, techniques, tools, and innovations have never stopped to evolve until today where image fusion is gaining popularity. For more historical fun facts, [...]

Siemens Acuson Juniper
Acuson Juniper Ultrasound Machine

Siemens Releases Its New Ultrasound: The Acuson Juniper

Siemens announced today the release of its new ultrasound machine: the Acuson Juniper. The Juniper, tailored for a wide variety of application, is said to be 27% lighter and 36% smaller than competing products. It is aimed at conventional & interventional radiology, urology, cardiovascular, orthopedic and OBGYN as it’s made to be rolled all over the hospital and stored in the smallest corners. The Acuson juniper features five transducer ports for even more versatility, and a 13.3″ touchscreen for fast [...]