2013 – The Year of Ultrasound

2013: The Year of Ultrasound Declaration

For appropriate clinical conditions, ultrasound offers clear safety and economic advantages over radiographic exams, and yet evidence suggests that ultrasound is underutilized. Many clinicians are unaware of the range of conditions for which ultrasound first is an established guideline, and the gap only grows larger as research extends ultrasound’s diagnostic value.

Ultrasound First is an initiative designed to call attention to the safe, effective, and affordable advantages of ultrasound as an alternative to other imaging modalities that are more costly and/or emit ionizing radiation. For a growing number of clinical conditions, ultrasound has been shown to be equally effective in its diagnostic capability, with a distinct advantage in safety and cost over computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Despite this advantage, evidence suggests that ultrasound is vastly underutilized. Ultrasound First focuses on educating health care workers, medical educators, insurers, and patients of the benefits of ultrasound in medical care.

Reference: http://www.ultrasoundfirst.org/

Edge System Joins Research Team in Himalayas

Edge System Joins Research Team in Himalayas

Himalayan Research Team Uses Edge for Study of Unique Tibetan Yoga Practice

SonoSite ultrasound systems have been used in researching environmental effects on the human body in venues ranging from the deep-ocean floor to thin air at high altitudes. A recent study employed our Edge® point-of-care system in a unique variation of the latter. While conducted at high altitudes—in the Himalayas to be precise—the research focused on the ability to control body temperatures in extreme cold through the use of yogic meditation.

Himalayan Research Team Uses Edge for Study of Unique Tibetan Yoga PracticeAlexander Levitov, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School Dept. of Internal Medicine/Pulmonary and Critical Care, spent three weeks in November with two other researchers in the Himachal Pradesh Province (Republic of India) high in the Himalayan mountains where the Tibetan yoga “Tumo” (heat) is practiced. This form of deep meditation enables practitioners to generate internal body heat while tolerating exposure to extreme cold—often barely dressed while in ice and snow for hours—without discomfort or harm. Dr. Levitov and his team took Edge and other medical equipment with them to evaluate Tumo’s physiological/hemodynamic effects.

Dr. Levitov reports that the team was especially fortunate to have had our ultrasound system with them: On the second day there, a suspension bridge collapsed, and the only diagnostic tool available was Edge, so it was used to assess the injuries of those hurt by the collapse.

During the study, the researchers used Edge to measure cardiac performance and carotid flow. Measurements were taken on Tumo practitioners and volunteers during cold exposure and then on both groups while warming up through Tumo meditation or by traditional methods like blankets.

Levitov is now compiling the results in a paper co-authored with his two expedition teammates who complete the trio of chief scientific officers: David Bahner, MD, Ohio State University Dept. of Emergency Medicine/Ultrasound; and Rinad Minvaleyev, Cand. Bio. Sci., Saint-Petersburg State University Physical Education and Sports. Minvaleyev, a Russian physiologist who conducts yearly expeditions to the Himalayas, served as the team’s “bridge” to Tumo practitioners. Levitov looks forward to returning for further studies, and he reports that National Geographic has expressed interest in documenting the next expedition.

 

Reference:
SonoSite. Edge System Joins Research Team in Himalayas. SonoSite/Fujifilm; http://www.sonosite.com/. http://www.sonosite.com/edge-system-joins-research-team-himalayas. April 26, 2013.

 

It’s time to think Ultrasound for all the right reasons.

Ultrasound FirstFor appropriate clinical conditions, ultrasound offers clear safety and economic advantages over radiographic exams, and yet evidence suggests that ultrasound is underutilized. Many clinicians are unaware of the range of conditions for which ultrasound first is an established guideline, and the gap only grows larger as research extends ultrasound’s diagnostic value.

What is Ultrasound First?

Ultrasound First is an endeavor devoted to education and increasing awareness of the effectiveness of ultrasound in enhancing patient care.

Objectives

  • Raise awareness of the value and benefits of ultrasound among patients, health care providers, and insurers
  • Provide ultrasound education and evidence-based guidelines for health care providers
  • Educate insurers about the cost savings and patient benefits associated with performing an ultrasound study when scientific evidence supports its potential effectiveness compared to other imaging modalities
  • Educate patients about the benefits of ultrasound as the appropriate imaging modality for their care
  • Encourage the incorporation of ultrasound into medical education

For more information about this initiative visit: www.ultrasoundfirst.org