Abstract Archives of the RSNA, 2006
New Developments in Ultrasound: Improving Your Practice of Ultrasound
Ultrasound, Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement,
Presented on November 26, 2006
Peter Leonard Cooperberg MD, Presenter: Research support, R2 Technology, Inc
This course will introduce several of the newer and emerging technologies in Ultrasound. These include harmonic imaging, large field of view including 3D and 4D, ultrasound-CT image fusion, and elastography. The basics of the technologies and their practical clinical applications will be presented.
Harmonic Imaging -- Peter Burns, PhD
Harmonic Imaging with filtering out the lower frequencies was developed to clean up the clutter (noise) during microbubble contrast enhanced ultrasound. This worked well. Surprisingly the same and similar noise reducing techniques work even without bubbles --i.e. Tissue Harmonic Imaging.
3-D/4-D Ultrasound Imaging – Peter Cooperberg, MD
Techniques to produce three dimensional volumes of ultrasound data have been around for several years. It is only recently that faster computer technology has allowed these volumes to be displayed and interrogated in clinically useful ways. In Obstetrics, Volume and Surface Rendering with Shaded Surface Displays allow a more meaningful visualization of fetal abnormalities. Multi-planar reformatting can allow visualization of the “C-plane”. And now techniques are being developed to allow radiologists to sit at a workstation, after the patient has left, and interrogate the volume in appropriate planes analogous to CT or MR.
Elastography – Jonathan Rubin MD
Elastography is new technique that utilizes ultrasound to evaluate the stiffness of lesions detected by standard sonography, predominantly in the breast. It is also used to differentiate fresh from old DVT.
Image Fusion –Luigi Solbiati MD
Image fusion can help in lesion ablation by showing the real-time ultrasound imaging, side by side, or superimposed with the equivalent plane of a data set from a previously performed CT scan.
All of the above new technologies will be explained, illustrated and the benefits and limitations discussed..
New Developments in Ultrasound: Improving Your Practice of Ultrasound. Radiological Society of North America 2006 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, November 26 - December 1, 2006 ,Chicago IL. http://archive.rsna.org/2006/4402462.html