Obstetric ultrasound, also called fetal ultrasound or fetal sonography, is a routine, non-invasive test that does not use ionizing radiation, as is used in x-rays. Obstetric ultrasound, commonly known as baby ultrasound or pregnancy ultrasound, provides pictures of an embryo or fetus within a woman’s uterus.
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Physician reviews of—and commentary on—radiology-related articles from … read more »
A new technology that can create an “acoustic bottle” in midair could improve ultrasound imaging, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. The technique also shows promise in a number of more exotic fields, including acoustic cloaking, particle manipulation, and levitation.
Peng Zhang, PhD, lead author of a paper about the research, … read more »
You may have seen them popping up in storefronts, with such names as O Baby, Baby Preview, Sneak a Peek, and Belly Love Spa. They’re ultrasound boutiques, where mothers-to-be can get 3-D and real-time 4-D images of their unborn babies, sometimes with such available extras as baby clothes or spa treatments.
Are such businesses just a sweet way for parents and … read more »
A breakthrough at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, could lead to high-frequency ultrasound imaging with up to 1,000 times higher resolution than today’s medical ultrasounds.
Xiang Zhang, PhD, summed up the research this way:
We have demonstrated optical coherent manipulation and detection of the acoustic phonons in nanostructures that offer new possibilities in the development … read more »
Seeing the first ultrasound images of their unborn offspring can be a “magic moment” for fathers-to-be as well as their partners. Involving fathers in the first ultrasound viewing can be a powerful tool for family bonding and promoting good parenting and partnering skills.
So suggests a new study published online last week in Fathering. It’s titled “Moving Up the ‘Magic Moment’: Fathers’ Experience … read more »
Radiologists’ yearly income decreased by 2 percent in 2013, to an average of $340,000, according to Medscape’s annual physician compensation survey.
Radiologists still enjoyed the fifth-highest income among specialists, behind orthopedists ($413,000), cardiologists ($351,000), urologists ($348,000), and gastroenterologists ($348,000). They ranked slightly lower—seventh—among specialists in feeling fairly compensated. Only 53 percent of radiologists said their compensation was fair, putting them behind … read more »
A study undertaken for a Swedish doctoral thesis presents evidence that obesity on the part of an expectant mother makes it more difficult to use ultrasound to detect serious physical defects in a fetus.
Eric Hildebrand, senior physician at the Linköping University Hospital Women’s Clinic in Linköping, Sweden, defended his thesis earlier this month. He is a doctoral candidate in obstetrics and … read more »
The annual number of medical device recalls almost doubled from 2003 to 2012, and radiology devices made up a big part of the increase.
That information comes from a report published last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The increase in recalls of radiology devices had to do with greater awareness of radiation … read more »
Health insurers should provide financial incentives for physicians to try ultrasound imaging first, before they think about other imaging modalities, according to Kevin M. Goodwin.
Of course, Goodwin may be a bit biased. He’s president and chief executive officer of SonoSite, which makes point-of-care ultrasound equipment. SonoSite has been one of the main drivers behind the American Institute of Ultrasound In … read more »
Canada’s national associations of radiologists and ob-gyns have issued a joint policy statement saying fetal ultrasound should not be used for “entertainment”—or even solely for determining the sex of a fetus.
The Canadian Association of Radiologists and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada released the statement last month. It opposes all nonmedical uses of fetal ultrasound, which would rule … read more »