Ultrasound tops palpation for radial vascular access | Ultrasound detects abnormalities in psoriasis patients with pain | U.S. sees decline in birth defects after folic acid fortification
January 22, 2015
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
Ultrasound tops palpation for radial vascular access
Ultrasound guidance was faster and more accurate for needle placement in transradial cardiac catheterization procedures compared with palpation, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions. Ultrasound guidance decreased the number of access attempts by nearly half, shortened the time required to gain access and was substantially better than touch-guided placement in difficult-access cases. CardiovascularBusiness.com (1/16)
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Ultrasound detects abnormalities in psoriasis patients with pain
Psoriasis patients reporting musculoskeletal pain such as enthesis discomfort, joint problems or lower back pain often had abnormal findings on ultrasound exam, according to findings discussed at the American College of Rheumatology meeting. In 92% of patients evaluated sonographically, ultrasound detected abnormalities including signs of inflammation, positive Power Doppler readings and plantar fascia thickening. Healio (free registration) (1/15)
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Other News
Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work
Many entrepreneurs hope for success by offering low prices, while in fact most world-class entrepreneurs succeed by setting higher prices. If you're not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these 6 steps can help you set your company's prices for success. Read the exclusive article now.

Technology UpdateAdvertisement
SonoSim partners with Laerdal on new ultrasound training tool
Ultrasound training firm SonoSim and simulation technology specialist Laerdal Medical have collaborated on a new training system for ultrasound. The product uses training tech from SonoSim and patient simulators from Laerdal. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (1/14)
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Signostics' handheld bladder scanner cleared by FDA
The FDA has given Signostics 510(k) clearance to market the portable SignosRT Bladder scanner. The product, which measures bladder volume using ultrasound technology, could be a useful tool in cutting health care costs and urinary tract infections, the Australian firm said. The device, which is set for European launch in March, is already approved in New Zealand and Australia. FDAnews (1/16)
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Peripheral Vascular Hands-on Ultrasound Course
February 12-13, 2015: Introduction to Peripheral Vascular Duplex/Color Flow Imaging course includes upper and lower extremity venous and arterial duplex/color flow imaging, and lower extremity arterial physiologic testing, including segmental pressures, ABIs and PVRs. Course is taught in accordance with AIUM and IAC guidelines. Learn more…
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Society creates cardiac imaging registry
Doctor discussing reports with patient in office
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology has established the first registry in the U.S. for noninvasive cardiac imaging. The goal of the ImageGuide registry is to help practices boost efficiency, optimize radiation dose, stem costs and improve quality and patient care. The tool, created in cooperation with FIGMD, also can be used to assist with imaging measurements and benchmarks and adoption of best practices. Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (1/18)
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AMA report shows weekly working hours among physicians
A report by the American Medical Association showed most physicians had weekly workloads of 40 to 60 hours, while 23% worked 61 to 80 or more hours. Researchers found 20% of doctors ages 60-69 work more than 60 hours weekly, 20% of physicians ages 40-69 work 61 to 80 hours per week and 5% of younger physicians work more than 80 hours a week. However, about half of physicians across all age groups preferred fewer working hours per week, researchers added. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/16)
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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

Patient Care in Medicine
Studies find radiology knowledge gaps among patients
Patient and doctor.
(Cultura RM/T2 Images)
Just 22% of patients surveyed could explain what ionizing radiation is, and patients tended to guess wrong when asked whether a given modality involves radiation exposure. A related study found patients who underwent emergency ultrasound were uncertain about who interprets images, with 51% saying radiologists do so, 40% saying emergency physicians do so, 7% saying family doctors do so and 2% saying nurses do so. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (1/16)
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Guidance calls for obesity-first treatment strategy
Physicians should treat patients' weight problems first and then focus on related medical issues such as high cholesterol, hypertension and impaired glucose tolerance, according to a guidance report published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Lead author Dr. Caroline Apovian of Boston University said this new paradigm focuses on lifestyle change and medications to treat obesity, followed by the treatment of comorbidities that have not responded to weight loss strategies. Medscape (free registration) (1/16)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Obama announces initiative to expedite development of personalized medicine
President Barack Obama will ask Congress for funds to launch a "precision medicine initiative" to accelerate the development of personalized treatments against diseases such as cancer and diabetes and give all Americans access to personalized information needed to improve their health. "I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine  -- one that delivers the right treatment at the right time," the president said Tuesday during his State of the Union address. Obama is expected to share details of the initiative in his fiscal 2016 budget, which will be released next month. Reuters (1/21), Bloomberg Businessweek (1/20)
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RMSK administration announcement and plans for new MSK sonographer credential
ARDMS announces application registration for the RMSK physician examination and plans for a new MSK sonographer credential. Read the press release and visit www.ARDMS.org/sonographerMSK to learn more about the development of the new MSK sonographer credential.
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Apply now for the spring PVI examination administration
The application period for the spring administration of the Physicians' in Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination is open now through March 23. The examination administration dates are April 21-May 21. Apply now!
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Who's Hiring?
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Ultrasound TechnologistCarson Tahoe HealthCarson City, NV
Ultrasound TechnicianCatalyst Professional ServicesBremerton, WA
Ultrasound Technologist - Part-timeLennox and Addington County General HospitalNapanee, ON
Vascular TechnologistGeneral Vascular SurgerySan Leandro, CA
US Technologist / Ultrasound Full TimeEisenhower Imaging CenterRancho Mirage, CA
Ultrasound Instructor/Co-Program CoordinatorGulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.St. Pete Beach, FL
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