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
Providing Ultrasound Information to Enhance Patient Care and Safety
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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