Ultrasound-guided catheter placement allows one-session cancer treatment | Ultrasound useful alternative for forearm injury evaluation in children | Growth in ED use of imaging is condition-specific, study shows
May 16, 2017
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Ultrasound-guided catheter placement allows one-session cancer treatment
Prostate cancer patients reported they preferred a one-time cancer treatment to multiple treatments in a study that used ultrasound to place catheters for a one-time high-dose-rate brachytherapy treatment. Using the ultrasound-guided catheters allowed for a higher dose of radiation to be delivered in one session, and the adverse event rate was similar to that of a standard multiple-treatment protocol, researchers reported at a conference in Vienna.
DOTMed (5/11) 
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Ultrasound useful alternative for forearm injury evaluation in children
A study in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine reports that point-of-care ultrasound is useful for evaluating distal forearm injuries in children. "POCUS was also associated with high caregiver satisfaction and a significantly lower pain score and procedure duration compared to X-ray," said researcher and physician Naveen Poonai.
DOTMed (5/9) 
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Other News
Infection Control - Serious Help for a Serious Problem
CDC data shows that healthcare-associated infections affect about one in 25 hospital patients. This compromises patient health, as well as putting hospital revenues at risk. The CARESTREAM Touch Ultrasound System's advanced design features can help with the solution. Learn more.
Technology Update
How ultrasound is expanding in, beyond health care
Ultrasound has been helping doctors since the 1930s and is finding its way into novel applications, including contact-free phones, glasses that help blind people navigate their environment and drug delivery devices. In the medical imaging realm, doctors may soon be able to use ultrasound to create 3D images for better diagnosis and treatment.
The Conversation (U.S.) (5/12) 
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Practice News
Medical sonographers in high demand
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical imaging employment is strong and is predicted to increase 9% through 2024. Private schools and community colleges are offering certificate and two-year degree programs in an effort to meet demand.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (5/14) 
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Patient Care in Medicine
Support groups can help patients deal with cancer, treatments
Neuropsychologist Diane Robinson says support groups help patients dealing with cancer reduce stress and cope with treatments and the effects of their disease. Cancers of all types can compromise dignity, but that's especially true with colorectal cancer, so Robinson says some patients prefer online support groups because they allow people to deal with any indignities outside of a public setting.
U.S. News & World Report (5/11) 
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Incidental chest imaging findings keep patients hospitalized longer
A study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine reported that incidental findings were noted in more than half of patients who underwent imaging for chest pain, yet only 7% of the incidental findings were clinically significant. Follow-up in such cases contributed to longer hospitalization, which the authors note raises costs and exposes patients to hospital-acquired health problems.
DOTMed (5/15) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
CBO to release AHCA score week of May 22
The Congressional Budget Office plans to release estimates the week of May 22 on how the House's American Health Care Act would affect federal spending, according to a CBO blog post.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/10) 
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APCA physicians can now become certified in point-of-care ultrasound for free!
Because you are a physician who holds APCA certifications, you are eligible to take APCA's point-of-care assessments for free in 2017. Learn more
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Write the future of patient care in 2017! Volunteer for ARDMS or APCA!
You can have a direct impact on the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality patient care by volunteering to write questions (we call them items) in your area of specialty and support other steps in examination development. Grow in your career, give back to a profession you love and work with colleagues from around the country. Learn more about becoming an Item Writer for ARDMS or APCA.
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