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Miguel José Francisco, Antonio Rahal, Fabio Augusto Cardillo Vieira, Paulo Savoia Dias da Silva, Marcelo Buarque de Gusmão Funari
Ultrasound examination of the chest has advanced in recent decades. This imaging modality is currently used to diagnose several pathological conditions and provides qualitative and quantitative information. Acoustic barriers represented by the aerated lungs and the bony framework of the chest generate well-described sonographic artifacts that can be used as diagnostic aids. The normal pleural line and A, B, C, E and Z lines (also known as false B lines) are artifacts with specific characteristics. Lung consolidation and pneumothorax sonographic patterns are also well established...
July 2016: Einstein
Nabita Singh, Kellie Knight, Caroline Wright, Marilyn Baird, Duane Akroyd, Robert D Adams, Michal E Schneider
INTRODUCTION: Evidence demonstrates that health care professionals are more prone to burnout than other professionals due to the emotionally taxing interactions they have with their patients on a daily basis. The aims of this study were to measure occupational burnout levels among sonographers, radiographers and radiologists and to examine predictors of burnout according to demographic characteristics. METHODS: A cross-sectional online survey was administered in 2010 to radiographers, sonographers and radiologists who were members of the following professional bodies: Australian Institute of Radiography, Australian Sonographers Association and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Marianna Nardozza, Donato Mele, Roberto Ferrari
We report the case of a 67-year-old woman with a carcinoid tumor of midgut origin who developed carcinoid heart disease and died because of bowel perforation. Echocardiography allowed the diagnosis, recognizing the typical abnormalities of tricuspid and pulmonary valve leaflets. The sonographic examination also evidenced peculiar alterations of the right heart hemodynamics: end-diastolic reversal of flow at the level of the pulmonary valve, reduced respiratory excursion without enlargement of the inferior vena cava, and biphasic hepatic venous flow without respiratory variation...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
J Lindert, O Hiort, L Tüshaus, K Tafazzoli-Lari, L Wünsch
A variable spectrum of urogenital malformations exists in girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). The vagina may enter the urethra at a variable level, and relations to the sphincter complex vary accordingly. Furthermore, an enlarged clitoris and variations in the bladder sphincter anatomy can be found. Endoscopy, genitography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are commonly used for the assessment of these anomalies, and to provide information for counselling and treatment. When surgery is planned, introitoplasty cosmetical reduction of the clitoris and labioplasty are discussed with the families; introitoplasty is the most demanding aspect...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Erik Dosedla, Pavel Calda
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare the sonographic characteristics of the cesarean section (CS) scar 6 weeks and 6 months after operation. We tested the hypothesis that the dehiscence risk coefficient (DRC) measured 6 weeks and 6 month after CS does not change. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective longitudinal study was conducted in 43 primiparous women delivered by CS. The thickness of the myometrium proximal and distal to the CS scar, and the thickness of the CS scar were measured transvaginally...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Myrthe van der Ven, Maren C Karreman, Angelique E A M Weel, Ilja Tchetverikov, Marijn Vis, Tamar E C Nijsten, Johanna M W Hazes, Jolanda J Luime
OBJECTIVES: Part of the psoriasis patients with musculoskeletal complaints will have inflammation of the entheses. Entheseal inflammation is difficult to assess by clinical examination only. Therefore, we aimed to determine the frequency of clinically relevant ultrasound inflammation at the most commonly assessed entheses (MASEI; Madrid Sonographic Enthesis Index) in primary care psoriasis patients with one or more tender entheses. METHODS: Adult primary care psoriasis patients with musculoskeletal complaints (tender enthesis or arthritis at physical examination) had an ultrasound examination of seven entheses according to the MASEI...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Julio Ramírez, José Iniciarte-Mundo, Andrea Cuervo, Virginia Ruiz-Esquide, M Victoria Hernández, Raimón Sanmartí, Juan D Cañete
OBJECTIVES: To analyse clinical, serological and sonographic differences between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and polyarticular psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients on anti-TNF therapy in clinical remission. METHODS: Angiogenic and proinflammatory cytokine serum levels were determined by multiplex ELISA in patients with RA and PsA in clinical remission (DAS28-ESR<2.6), clinically-active RA patients (DAS28>3.2) and healthy controls. Ultrasound (US) scans were made of both wrists and hands...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Johannes Roth, Viviana Ravagnani, Marina Backhaus, Peter Balint, Alessandra Bruns, George A Bruyn, Paz Collado, Lorenia De la Cruz, Severine Guillaume-Czitrom, Troels Herlin, Cristina Hernandez, Annamaria Iagnocco, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Stefano Lanni, Vibke Lilleby, Clara Malattia, Silvia Magni-Manzoni, Consuelo Modesto, Ana Narrodi, Juan-Carlos Nieto, Sarah Ohrndorf, Linda Rossi, Anne-Marit Selvaag, Nanno Swen, Tracy Ting, Nikolay Tzaribachev, Patricia Vega-Fernandez, Jelena Vojinovic, Daniel Windschall, Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino, Esperanza Naredo
Objectives Musculoskeletal ultrasonography (US) has the potential to be an important tool in the assessment of disease activity in childhood arthritides. To assess pathology, clear definitions for synovitis need to be developed first. The aim of this study was to develop and validate these definitions through an international consensus process. Methods The decision on which US techniques to use, the components to be included in the definitions as well as the final wording were developed by 31 ultrasound experts in a consensus process...
October 16, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Adeniyi A Borire, Ria Arnold, Bruce A Pussell, Natalie C Kwai, Leo H Visser, Luca Padua, Neil G Simon, Matthew C Kiernan, Arun V Krishnan
OBJECTIVE: We explored the nerve ultrasound (US) characteristics of 15 patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and correlated these findings with clinical severity and electrophysiological parameters of neuropathy. METHODS: 15 ESKD patients on thrice-weekly high-flux haemodialysis and 15 healthy controls were enrolled. Sonographic and electrophysiologic studies were conducted before and after a single session of haemodialysis. Serial measurements of median nerve cross-sectional area (CSA) and hypoechoic fraction (HF) were performed at the same non-entrapment site in the mid-forearm...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Deepak N Bhatia
Distal biceps tendon (DBT) ruptures are infrequent injuries that result in pain, weakness, and cosmetic deformity. Severe retraction of the ruptured DBT can occur at the time of injury, or in chronic neglected ruptures, and surgical exposure is performed using a single incision or a 2-incision technique. The technique presented here describes an endoscopic approach using 3 portals that provide access to the retracted DBT, biceps sheath, and radial tuberosity. Preoperative sonographic localization of the retracted DBT and neurovascular structures is used to guide portal placement...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Antonio Corvino, Fabio Corvino, Orlando Catalano, Fabio Sandomenico, Antonella Petrillo
No highly specific sonographic imaging findings to evaluate melanoma spread along the lymphatic vessels have ever been described. Between January 2009 and December 2012, a consecutive group of 531 melanoma patients at their initial stage or during follow-up for nodal or extra-nodal superficial metastasis were evaluated retrospectively to assess the presence of two sonographic findings demonstrating superficial lymphatic metastasis: a "tail" sign (a thin hypoechoic prolongation from one or both poles of a superficial metastasis) and a "string" sign (multiple in-transit lesions connected to each other in a rosary image)...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Anitha Parthiban, Jami C Levine, Meena Nathan, Jennifer A Marshall, Girish S Shirali, Stephen D Simon, Steven D Colan, Jane W Newburger, Geetha Raghuveer
BACKGROUND: Postoperative echocardiography after congenital heart disease surgery is of prognostic importance, but variable image quality is problematic. We implemented a quality improvement bundle comprising of focused imaging protocols, procedural sedation, and sonographer education to improve the rate of optimal imaging (OI). METHODS: Predischarge echocardiograms were evaluated in 116 children (median age, 0.51 years; range, 0.01-5.6 years) from two centers after tetralogy of Fallot repair, arterial switch operation, and bidirectional Glenn and Fontan procedures...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Moshe Bronshtein, Zeev Blumenfeld, Asaad Choury, Ayala Gover
OBJECTIVES: To assess the natural history and outcome of fetal pulmonary stenosis [PS] detected at 14 to 16 weeks gestation. METHODS: This is a retrospective study, in the years 2004-2015, with serial follow up during pregnancy. Patients referred for complete early fetal ultrasound including all fetal systems and a fetal echocardiogram. Ninety seven percent of the women were low risk, and 3% had risk factors such as maternal type 1 diabetes mellitus, exposure to teratogenic drugs or anomalies in previous pregnancies or in other family members...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Bryan R Haugen
Thyroid nodules are very common, and thyroid cancer is currently the fifth leading cancer diagnosis in women. The American Thyroid Association has led the development and revision of guidelines for the management of patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). The most current revision was published in the January 2016 issue of the journal Thyroid. The current guidelines have 101 recommendations, with 8 figures and 17 tables that are hopefully helpful to those treating patients with thyroid nodules and cancer...
October 14, 2016: Cancer
Ali Khalife, Mehdi Bakhshaee, Behrouz Davachi, Leila Mashhadi, Kamran Khazaeni
INTRODUCTION: Different imaging modalities are used to evaluate salivary gland diseases, including tumors. Ultrasonography (US) is the preferred method on account of its ease of use, affordability, safety profile, and good tolerance among patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of US in differentiating malignant from benign parotid tumors, in the context of previous controversy in the literature on this subject. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in patients who presented to Qaem Medical Center with parotid masses and who were candidates for parotidectomy between June 2013 and January 2015...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Yoon Sang Shin, Yeo Ju Kim, In Suh Park, Young Chae Chu, Jun Ho Kim, Ha Young Lee, Kyung Hee Lee, Young Hye Kang
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the sonographic findings of angio lipomas with those of superficial lipomas. METHODS: Preoperative sonograms of 26 angiolipomas from 18 patients and 47 superficial lipomas from 43 patients that were confirmed by biopsy were reviewed retrospectively. The echo texture, echogenicity, internal echogenic stranding, vascularity, visualization of lateral and superficial-deep tumor capsules, shape, and tumor length, width, and length-to-width ratio were evaluated and compared between angiolipomas and superficial lipomas...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Salvatore Gitto, Anna Guja Draghi, Chandra Bortolotto, Ferdinando Draghi
This review aims to provide the radiologist with simple and systematic guidelines for evaluation of the Achilles tendon after complete rupture repair. Currently, there is a plethora of nonsurgical and surgical treatments, but sonographic examination has shown no significant differences between them. A systematic analysis of several parameters (morphologic characteristics, structure, color Doppler vascularization, and mobility) should be undertaken. Morphologically, the repaired tendon is larger, wider, or both...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Li-Hong Wu, Hong-Ning Xie, Dario Paladini, Ju Zheng, Liu Du, Mei-Fang Lin
OBJECTIVES: To establish fetal azygos vein and descending aorta sonographic Z score formulas based on femur length and gestational age and to determine the value of azygos vein diameter variation for potential use in the diagnosis of fetal venous malformations related to the azygos vein. METHODS: A total of 452 healthy singleton fetuses and 25 fetuses with venous malformations related to the azygos vein underwent prenatal sonography in this retrospective study. Azygos vein and descending aorta diameters were measured offline after spatiotemporal image correlation volume acquisition...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Cigdem Abide Yayla, Enis Ozkaya, Ahter Tayyar, Taylan Senol, M Baki Senturk, Ates Karateke
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between some complete blood count parameters and placental invasion anomalies. METHODS: Totally 146 pregnants who were suspected for placental invasion anomalies underwent complete blood count screening before cesarean section. In all subjects white blood cell, lymphocyte, neutrophil and platelet counts with red cell distribution width, mean platelet volume, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels were analysed...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Zoe Herreras, Montserrat Cofán, Marta Catalan, Carlos Calvo, Montserrat Pinyol, Antonio J Amor, Rosa Gilabert, Emilio Ros, Aleix Sala-Vila, Emilio Ortega
Consistent evidence supports the pro-atherogenic properties of dietary trans-fatty acids (TFAs). However, there are no clinical data on TFA intake and atheroma plaque. We cross sectionally investigated whether the proportion of total C18:1 TFA in red blood cells (RBCs), which mirrors dietary TFA intake, independently relates to carotid plaque prevalence in subjects with new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus without prior cardiovascular disease (n=101, 56% men, mean age 61 years) and age- and sex-matched controls (n=96)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
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