Tag: ultrasound

Image: CC/Wiki 1. A review of one-time ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) demonstrated that screening was associated with significantly reduced AAA-related morality in men aged >65 years of age.  However, no effect was shown for all-cause morality.  Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent)        Study Rundown: Abdominal aortic aneurysms...
Image: PD  1. MRI-guided ultrasound thalamotomy improved essential tremor symptoms in a small group of patients.  2. A substantial subset of study subjects experienced sensory disturbances following treatment.  Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)  Study Rundown: This pilot study demonstrates that MRI-guided transcranial ultrasound thermo-ablation can induce lesions in the deep brain and improve...
Image: PD  1. No mortality benefit was observed among white Norwegian adults randomly selected for echocardiographic screening for structural heart disease.  2. No difference was observed in sudden death, death from cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction or stroke.  Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent)  Study Rundown: Echocardiography is a non-invasive, low-risk procedure with high sensitivity...
Image: PD 1.  Point-of-care ultrasound had 88% sensitivity and 97% specificity for skull fractures . 2.  Interobserver agreement among 17 clinicians trained in ultrasound was 0.86.  Study Rundown: Head trauma is a very common, potentially devastating source of childhood injuries.  While computed tomography (CT) is the gold standard diagnostic test for the...
Image: PD 1. Ultrasound (US) follow-up for longer than three years did not yield increased cancer detection after a benign fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of a thyroid nodule.  2. Patients with a benign biopsy who were followed for longer than three years had significantly more ultrasounds and FNAs.  Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)  Study...
Image: PD 1. With a sensitivity of 88% and specificity of 88% for detecting ectopic pregnancy, transvaginal sonography was the single best diagnostic method of those tested. 2. Physical exam findings that significantly increase the likelihood of ectopic pregnancy include: cervical motion tenderness, peritoneal findings, adnexal mass, and adnexal tenderness.  Evidence Rating Level:...
Feb 16th – After medical abortion, both serum hCG and ultrasonography have low rates of unplanned intervention and are equally acceptable forms of follow-up. Image: PD 1. After medical abortion, both serum hCG and ultrasonography have low rates of unplanned intervention and are equally acceptable forms of follow-up. 2. Patient preference should...