Sickle cell guidelines call for transcranial Doppler monitoring of children | Oncology panel proposes screening overhaul | Device combines visualization and treatment in one unit
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September 16, 2014
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Sickle cell guidelines call for transcranial Doppler monitoring of children
A National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute panel has released updated recommendations for managing sickle cell disease in children and adults. The guidelines, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, advise annual transcranial Doppler for ages 2 to 16. HealthDay News (9/10)
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Oncology panel proposes screening overhaul
A National Cancer Institute advisory panel is calling for new guidelines for cancer diagnosis, treatment and terminology; screening programs that focus on finding the most dangerous cancers; registries to monitor lower-risk malignancies; and calling slow-growing, precancerous tumors "indolent lesions of epithelial origin" instead of "cancer." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/14)
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Vascular Coding Help and More
SVU has launched its Advisory Services which includes a variety of resources including a hotline. Rely on us to be your coding expert and dial 301-459-7550, ext 106 and get your questions answered within 72 hours. There is a fee per call, but unlimited calls are free to members of the Vascular Practice Management Network. Learn More.
Technology Update
Device combines visualization and treatment in one unit
Echopulse combines an ultrasound scanner for locating tumors with another unit to treat benign thyroid nodules and breast lesions known as fibroadenomas under local anesthesia without damaging the patient's skin. "It is both an imaging and therapeutic device which reduces risks and allows patients to avoid scars and anesthesia," said David Caumartin, CEO of Theraclion, the company that developed the device. (U.K.) (9/12)
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Skinlike device detects occult breast lumps
A synthetic "skin" composed of nanoparticles and polymers can detect lumps as small as 5 millimeters and as deep as 20 millimeters, according to new research. The material was tested on silicone, and it could prove useful for detecting masses in women with dense breast tissue. Business Standard (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (9/11)
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Practice News
Ultrasound sales boom expected in Europe
Between 2013 and 2019, European ultrasound market revenues are expected to grow by 20%, reaching $1.68 billion, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. Provider interest is fueling the market, particularly because of the lack of radiation worries, and new purchases are being driven by streamlined reporting and designs. (9/10)
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Leading researcher in ultrasound honored
U.K. ultrasound researcher Peter Wells, well-known for his pioneering work on Meniere’s disease and in other areas, is being honored with the Sir Frank Whittle medal, awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Wells' current projects include advances in breast screening and efforts to develop a more rapid approach to ultrasound scanning. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (9/12)
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Patient Care in Medicine
Possible ovarian cancer treatments on the horizon
Ovarian cancer afflicts close to 22,000 U.S. women, and 14,000 women die from the disease annually, according to the National Cancer Institute. The five-year survival rate is less than 45%, but the incidence of ovarian cancer in the U.S. is down, although it's not clear why. Drugs for the tough-to-treat cancer are in development, and the research is helping scientists understand the biology of the deadly cancer. Forbes (9/8)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Agency awards $300M to help health centers hire more physicians
HHS is set to award nearly $300 million in grants to help almost 1,300 health centers nationwide hire 4,700 full-time primary care physicians. The Hill (9/12)
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Review the new and improved test center ID requirements
Getting ready to take an ARDMS examination? Review the new identification policy. ARDMS is continually working with its vendors to provide a stress-free process and to protect the value of ARDMS credentials in the market. Download the helpful guide.
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