Ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms recommended for men


This study shows that men benefit from one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms via ultrasound…

abd1An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is described by doctors as a pathological dilation of the main abdominal artery (aorta). Its diameter varies depending on age and sex; an abdominal aorta with a diameter of 3 cm or more is called an AAA. The risk increases with age, whereby women are markedly less often affected than men…

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Don’t miss our introduction to Abdominal and Primary Care¬†Ultrasound course coming up on November 9-11, 2015 in St. Pete Beach, Florida.


Intraoperative Ultrasound-assisted Peripheral Nerve Surgery


perif-nerve-usHistorically, peripheral nerve surgery has relied on landmarks and fairly extensive dissection for localization of both normal and pathological anatomy. High-resolution ultrasonography is a radiation-free imaging modality that can be used to directly visualize peripheral nerves and their associated pathologies prior to making an incision. It therefore helps in localization of normal and pathological anatomy, which can minimize the need for extensive exposures. The authors found intraoperative ultrasound (US) to be most useful in the management of peripheral nerve tumors and neuromas of nerve branches that are particularly small or have a deep location. This study presents the use of intraoperative US in 5 cases in an effort to illustrate some of the applications of this useful surgical adjunct.

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Peripheral, vascular and musculoskeletal ultrasound training at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute.


Ultrasound Diagnosis of Acute Microcrystalline Arthritis


The performance of ultrasound (US) in the diagnosis of acute gouty (MSU) arthritis and calcium pyrophosphate (CPP) arthritis is not yet well defined. Most studies evaluated US as the basis for diagnosing crystal arthritis in already diagnosed cases of gout and few prospective studies have been performed.

The primary objective of (this)¬†study was to determine whether the diagnostic performance of US was sufficiently good to allow the clinician to skip joint aspiration and crystal identification by microscopy in order to make a diagnosis of microcrystal-induced arthritis. This situation is frequently encountered in clinical practice in the primary or secondary care setting and we designed our study to fit as closely as possible these real-life conditions…

Read the full study and analysis here.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute.