Ultrasound-guided renal biopsy safe in outpatient setting, study shows | Model simulates kidney stone removal | Case report details first local Zika transmission case in US last year
January 17, 2017
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Ultrasound-guided renal biopsy safe in outpatient setting, study shows
A study published in Urology found that ultrasound-guided biopsy of small renal masses is safe and effective for certain patients. The process is cost-effective and is also more convenient for the patient, researchers said.
Renal and Urology News (1/9) 
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Model simulates kidney stone removal
Encoris' PCNL Boz Trainer is designed to allow doctors and medical students to practice removing kidney stones using ultrasound or X-rays. Encoris collaborated with Holland Hospital and urologist Giorgio Bozzini to create the model, which the company says is lifelike and can be used in up to four training sessions.
WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (1/9) 
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Case report details first local Zika transmission case in US last year
A case study in The New England Journal of Medicine described a 23-year-old Florida woman who developed Zika virus symptoms such as widespread pruritic rash, fever and sore throat, as well as muscle and joint pain during the 23rd week of pregnancy, becoming the first case of locally acquired Zika virus in the US. The woman's pregnancy continued normally and her baby was born full-term, testing negative for Zika and without Zika-related birth defects.
ABC News (1/11),  Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (1/12) 
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Technology Update
FujiFilm's UHF clinical ultrasound system wins clearance from Canada
Health Canada has granted FujiFilm VisualSonics clearance for its Vevo MD, an ultra-high-frequency clinical ultrasound system intended for clinical uses including vascular, musculoskeletal, dermatology and neonatology. The system allows for visualization of sonograms down to 30 micrometers.
FDAnews (1/13) 
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Practice News
How radiology fits into ACOs
Radiology practices can participate in accountable care organizations but in a way that is highly variable and constantly evolving, according to Dr. Suresh Mukherji, chairman of radiology at Michigan State University. ACO models and the benchmarks used to compare practice groups vary, Mukherji says, and he suggests ways radiologists can assimilate into ACOs.
Diagnostic Imaging (1/12) 
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Other News
Patient Care in Medicine
CDC examines higher mortality risks in rural America
A study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that Americans living in rural areas are more likely than their urban counterparts to die of heart disease, cancer, accidental injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. Rural Americans, who make up 15% of the population, also have higher rates of poverty, are less likely to have health coverage and have poorer access to care.
HealthDay News (1/12) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
House votes to start unraveling of the ACA
The House voted Friday to take initial steps to unravel the Affordable Care Act after the Senate cleared the measure earlier last week. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and moderate Tuesday Group had raised concerns about their fellow Republicans' push to roll back the Affordable Care Act without establishing the specifics of a replacement plan, and Republican governors of states that expanded Medicaid eligibility also sought to focus on developing a replacement plan before rolling back the law.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/13),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/12),  Politico (1/13) 
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Careers in sonography
ARDMS is committed to developing resources to help you advance your career after certification. To find sonography-specific positions, search UltrasoundJOBS.com, the exclusive career website of ARDMS, and visit the ARDMS Career Center for additional tips on how to advance your sonography career.
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The new ARDMS Midwife Sonography Examination application period is now open!
The examination tests the knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of the female reproductive system as well as the fetus in the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy. By earning the Midwife Sonography Certificate, midwives gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in women's point-of-care ultrasound. Learn more and apply by March 7!
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