Study shows automated volume breast ultrasound as accurate as hand-held | Outreach doubles chance of screening for hepatocellular carcinoma | Post-birth microcephaly found in infants with Zika syndrome
November 29, 2016
Providing Ultrasound Information to Enhance Patient Care and Safety
Research presented at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting suggests automated volume breast ultrasound performs equally as well as hand-held ultrasound for breast imaging. The study also found the results were not affected by whether a sonographer or mammography technologist performed the scans.
Outreach nearly doubled the rate of cirrhosis patients undergoing ultrasound screening for hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a study in Gastroenterology. Researchers found that 47.2% of patients who received mailed invitations and patient navigation services underwent ultrasound screening and 44.5% who received only mailed invitations followed up with screening, compared with 24.3% of patients who received traditional care.
Eleven of 13 Brazilian infants with congenital Zika syndrome and normal head circumference at birth developed microcephaly in the following months. A report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said the infants had a range of symptoms of congenital Zika syndrome, including muscle and joint problems and difficulty moving and swallowing.
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European regulators have given Exact Imaging CE mark approval for its ExactVu micro-ultrasound platform for prostate imaging and biopsy guidance. The device comes with an operating frequency of 29 MHz and provides real-time, high-resolution imaging of the prostate, allowing for improved biopsy performance and enhanced viewing of abnormalities.
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A study presented at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting found that on-call radiology residents' image interpretation is better when they work with 24/7 in-house radiology attendings. Patient care and emergency room management also improved with supervision by attendings, researchers found.
Patients are not patient, and many are demanding faster and more convenient access to doctors, says Kathy Severa of Family Medicine Associates in Kansas. Severa and Dr. Nathan Bloom say practices can accommodate current patients and improve care continuity by keeping more slots open for same-day appointments, offering a walk-in clinic and opening earlier in the morning.
Public health officials say there have been no locally transmitted cases of Zika virus in 45 days in a three-mile section of Miami Beach, and the virus is no longer circulating there, although Little River and the southernmost area of Miami Beach remain problem areas. However, people who live in or visit any part of Miami-Dade County, including Miami Beach, should take protective steps, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says.
HHS, Enroll America and other Affordable Care Act advocates are continuing to encourage eligible Americans younger than 35 to enroll in a health insurance plan through a publicly run exchange. Participation by young, healthy people is needed to balance risk pools and ensure stability in the individual market, experts say.
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