Radiology Imaging, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Imaging News, Education, Resources

Health Imaging Hub - YouTube Health Imaging Hub - YouTube Health Imaging Hub - Facebook Health Imaging Hub - Linkedin Health Imaging Hub - RSS Feed

Breaking Medical Imaging & Radiology News

Most Read

Low Infection Rates With Ultrasound-guided Procedures.

E-mail Print PDF
Share

Ultrasound_imageAccording to a new study, the occurrence of infection after ultrasound-guided procedures is very low. The study included reviewing several types of these procedures such as fine-needle aspiration and thoracentesis, which involves needle draining of fluids from the thoracic cavity. The study is going to appear in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Ultrasound is one of the major medical imaging techniques that uses sound waves to generate images of the internal organs. The technique is preferred due to its high safety profile, especially for pregnant women and children.

More about Ultrasound-guided procedures.

John M. Knudsen, MD, lead author of the study, said "Ultrasound-guided procedures are safe, effective and accurate in that they utilize real-time imaging and do not use potentially harmful radiation. Given the large number of ultrasound-guided procedures performed annually at our institution and the lack of extensive literature on the incidence of infection after an ultrasound-guided intervention, we decided to conduct a large study to supply data that can be used to better inform patients for consent," The study took place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It involved reviewing 13,534 ultrasound-guided procedures that were carried out during a two-year time. Dr. Knudsen commented "Of the 13,534 procedures, there were only 14 procedure-related infections: 11 were likely related to the procedure and three, possibly related," The reported infections during the ultrasound-guided procedures included four bloodstream infections, four cases of peritonitis, five abscesses in addition to one urinary tract infection. Dr. Knudsen concluded "We found that the incidence of a serious infection after ultrasound-guided intervention is low. Nearly all patients with an infectious complication improved on antibiotics alone. Radiologists can use these data to provide more accurate information to patients when asking for consent before procedures and to reassure their patients,"


Share

Patients Likely to Benefit from Health Information Exchanges Between Hospitals

Radiology News - Medical Imaging
As hospitals and doctors' offices throughout the country race to join online systems that enable them to share medical information securely, a new study proposes that these systems may already be reducing and cutting unnecessary care. Based on new findings by University of Michigan researchers published online in the jo...

Blocking DNA Repair Mechanisms may Improve Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer

Radiology News - Medical Imaging
Based on a recent study, researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center have exhibited in both cancer cell lines and in mice that blocking vital DNA repair mechanisms could improve the overall efficiency of radiation therapy (RT) for often fatal brain tumors known as glioblastomas. RT leads to double-strand breaks in D...

Risk of Developing Lung Cancer for Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Radiotherapy

Radiology News - Medical Imaging
According to a recent study, women who undergo radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer   have a small but significantly increased risk of developing a primary lung tumor following treatment, to which further research has confirmed that this risk increases with the amount of radiation absorbed by the tissue over time.   Th...

Claron Awarded CE Mark for NilRead Diagnostic Zero-Footprint Medical Image Viewer

Radiology News - Medical Imaging
Opens European Headquarters March 3, 2014, Toronto — Claron Technology, the leader in universal medical imaging viewers, announces that it has been awarded the CE mark for its NilRead zero-footprint viewer for the diagnostic interpretation of medical images . Coinciding with this, Claron has opened European headquarters in Hasselt, Belgiu...