When it comes the field of medicine there is always something new to learn. It might be a new way to achieve results, a safer more efficient procedure, a new treatment, a new cause and effect of a disease, a new use for an existing piece of equipment or any number of advancements and knowledge to be gained. In fact, that is one of the great things about the medical field – it’s always changing and there’s always something new to learn.
With those changes and new discoveries in mind, we thought it would be of interest to share some of the new ways that ultrasound technology is being used. Many of these uses and advancements have been in recent months, proving again that there is always something new to learn in medicine. Here are some new uses for ultrasound that have been discovered around globe.
· In the UK, Royal Phillips announced their POCUS which connected the off-the-shelf compatible smart devices, mobile application and ultrasound transducer technology thus providing better care – especially in the emergency and acute care scenarios.
· GE Healthcare introduced its first implementation of AI in ultrasound. It works with a 3-D ultrasound probe and IDs the anatomy which are being viewed through anatomical markers. It will then display the optimal image, thus saving time and speeding up diagnosis.
· Samsung showed off its RS80A ultrasound system’s S3D Arterial Analysis package which allows doctors to better evaluate the carotid artery for cardiovascular or stroke related risks. It uses a 3-D model to show potential problem areas, thus allowing doctors to determine the best approach and care.
· Using new ultrasound guideline, Loyola Medicine has discovered that they can more easily identify pediatric patients who need to be biopsied for thyroid cancer. Surprisingly and for unknown reasons, thyroid cancer is becoming a problem in teens – especially girls. This advancement in ultrasound allows doctors to identify the nodules that look suspicious enough to need a biopsy. By being able to ID cancer nodules earlier, treatment can begin sooner and, ultimately, more lives can be saved.
· Parkinson’s disease affects millions of people. However, the introduction of focused ultrasound therapy could make a difference. While the outcome is as yet unknown, the researchers are hopeful. Also related to Parkinson’s is an ultrasound helmet that is showing remarkable success.
· Better imaging from ultrasounds are also a new achievement. While ultrasound has certainly been an effective tool for insight on the body’s workings, there has always been room for improved imaging. Thanks to the people at eXo Imaging, next-gen imaging technology and ultrasound are being combined for the even clearer images.
· Spinal cord injuries are life changing- not just for the injured but also for their family. Those with spinal cord related injuries spend hours in rehab working to gain better usage of their limbs. New developments in ultrasound have shown that a wearable ultrasound-based exoskeleton will help to monitor and control movement so that those with spinal cord injuries can more safely and quickly be able to recover and regain use of the affected limb(s).
Advancements in ultrasound use and technology will continue, so you will want to endeavor to have ultrasound equipment that is current and always working properly. If you have any questions about your office’s ultrasound system, be sure to contact one of our team members.