Ultrasound, also referred to as sonography or diagnostic ultrasound, uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue. Ultrasounds are frequently ordered to measure fetal anatomy during pregnancy, check for blood clots and to guide needle biopsy procedures of the breast, abdomen and pelvis. The imaging modality does not use any radiation to create images. Find news specific to cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography).


Samsung to acquire ultrasound artificial intelligence firm Sonio for more than $92M

Founded in 2020, the Paris-based firm offers products to aid physicians in assessing and documenting OB/GYN scans. 

May 8, 2024

A significant amount of imaging orders in emergency settings are inappropriate

A general lack of awareness pertaining to ACR appropriateness criteria could be a driving factor behind the misguided requisitions, authors of a new analysis suggest. 

April 30, 2024
An MRI of a fetus inside the mother. The freakish appearance of the eyes and the face are normal for MRI fetal imaging. Image courtesy of RSNA. Baby MRI, baby ultrasound

PHOTO GALLERY: What does fetal medical imaging look like?

This is a clinical photo gallery of fetal imaging that explains what all can be seen on medical imaging, how sex is determined, how measurements are used to track the development of a baby.

March 11, 2024
A medical professional trained to manage contrast reactions should be on-site at any imaging facilities doing contrast studies to maintain patient safety, according to a an updated statement from the American College of Radiology. The ACR has released the latest edition of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria, which includes 221 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with more than 1,050 clinical variants covering 2,900 clinical scenarios. #ACR #AUC #appropriateuse

ACR updates requirements for on-site staff overseeing contrast administration

A clinician trained to manage reactions should be on-site at any imaging facilities doing contrast studies to maintain patient safety.

March 1, 2024
Sonus Medical systems ultrasound batch manufacturing

Proprietary mobile ultrasound system receives $2.1M in early funding

The remote system can be used anywhere and could provide access for patients in rural communities.

February 26, 2024
Philips received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for a compact transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) ultrasound transducer. The X11-4t Mini 3D TEE transducer was designed to improve image quality when evaluating certain patient populations, including pediatric patients and adults who present with a heightened risk of complications.

FDA clears smaller 3D TEE transducer for imaging children, high-risk adult patients

The newly approved device is much smaller than previous offerings, helping operators capture 3D images during structural heart evaluations. 

January 31, 2024
Butterfly Network Ultrasound

FDA clears new point-of-care ultrasound system from Butterfly Network

Butterfly iQ3 is the third generation of the Burlington, Massachusetts, company's semiconductor-based, single-probe, whole-body scanner. 

January 9, 2024

Nearly 40% of thyroid ultrasounds at 1 hospital had no noteworthy clinical findings

“Providing clear guidance on when to order thyroid ultrasounds can help reduce unnecessary healthcare utilization and potential overtreatment," experts wrote. 

December 21, 2023

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"This was an unneeded burden, which was solely adding to the administrative hassles of medicine," said American Society of Nuclear Cardiology President Larry Phillips.

SCAI and four other major healthcare organizations signed a joint letter in support of intravascular ultrasound. 

The newly approved AI models are designed to improve the detection of pulmonary embolisms and strokes in patients who undergo CT scans.

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