Group issues guidelines for diagnosing, treating NAFLD and NASH | Algorithm for appendicitis in children decreases need for CT, study finds | Focused cardiac ultrasound standards released
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July 17, 2014
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Group issues guidelines for diagnosing, treating NAFLD and NASH
Clinicians should screen for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in patients with hypertension, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, a family history of NASH, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity or hyperlipidemia, according to guidelines from the World Gastroenterology Organisation. The group also cautions against treating all nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and NASH patients aggressively, and suggests first prescribing diet and exercise. Experimental therapies may be appropriate in patients who fail to achieve adequate weight loss, the group says. Medscape (free registration) (7/11)
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Algorithm for appendicitis in children decreases need for CT, study finds
Following an algorithm that uses information from tests including physical exam, surgery consultation and ultrasound results can help prevent CT imaging in pediatric patients with suspect appendicitis, according to a study published in Surgery. The study found that CT use in pediatric patients suspected to have appendicitis fell from 38% to 19% after implementing the algorithm, while negative appendectomies slightly increased by only 2 percentage points. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (7/10)
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Focused cardiac ultrasound standards released
Standards for the practice of focused cardiac ultrasound have been published in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. The article summarizes information from four conferences that established parameters for focused cardiac ultrasound, including its application and principles of certification. (free registration) (7/14)
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Aging population predicted to drive global ultrasound market growth
A Transparency Market Research report projects that the worldwide ultrasound device market could be valued at $8.7 billion by 2019, driven primarily by the aging population. The report notes that 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging are likely to account for the highest rate of growth. (free registration) (7/11)
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Technology Update
Health data easy mark for hackers, experts say
Highly organized and competent criminals are targeting health data because it's a relatively easy mark and rich in personal information, according to industry experts. Hospitals and health care data systems generally do not institute the many levels of technology needed to defend against cyberattacks, and they tend to understaff their IT security. "The facts are that Web attacks against information systems in the health care sector are increasing at an alarming rate," said David Holtzman, vice president of compliance at CynergisTek, a security consulting company. (7/7)
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Experts seek uniform pediatric imaging standards
The Mayo Clinic and other institutions are calling for three standards to be implemented during pediatric imaging studies in an effort to protect children from unnecessary procedures and limit their radiation exposure. They say the practices should be required of facilities seeking accreditation, including hospitals and advanced imaging centers. (7/13)
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Advanced imaging aids transition from "one-size-fits-all" to individualized medicine
The move to personalized medicine, in which diagnostics and treatments are based on an individual's biology and unique circumstances, is gaining momentum, and imaging is an integral part of delivering personalized care. Advanced imaging helps shape "precision" medicine by detecting and diagnosing problems earlier, targeting treatment, improving image quality and reducing radiation exposure. (7/12)
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2014 ARDMS Exhibit Schedule
Mark your calendars: ARDMS is hitting the road! If you will be attending the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) Meeting, Aug. 6-9 in Orlando, Fla., or the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Meeting, Sept. 25-28 in Louisville, Ky., stop by the ARDMS booth in the exhibit hall to say hello! Take a look at the complete schedule.
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