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Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Ultrasound Devices Market (2012 - 2017) - Global Trends & Competitive Analysis - July 2012

The medical ultrasound devices market consists of devices that involve the projection of cyclic sound waves ranging between 20 KHz – 10 MHz. These waves create varying pressures on biological tissues, based on the level of frequencies used. Ultrasound has the ability to raise the temperature of a substance when directed in focused waves, and thus also finds therapeutic applications.
The 2011 global ultrasound medical devices market is estimated to be at $5.6 billion and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% to reach $8.1 billion by 2017.

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Breast Imaging: Tackling the dense breast dilemma - May 2012

This past March, Governor Bob McDonnell signed legislation making Virginia the third state to require radiologists to notify women if they have dense breasts. Laws in Connecticut and Texas already require doctors to tell their patients if they have dense breast tissue, and that a supplemental screening test, such as a breast ultrasound, is recommended. Nine other states are considering similar measures this year, and federal legislation was introduced in Congress last October.

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Proven Benefits of ShearWave Elastography - 03/04/2012

Radiology and European Radiology Journals Report High Reproducibility and Significant Improvement of Breast Ultrasound Specificity. The much anticipated results of the largest clinical breast study ever sponsored by an ultrasound manufacturer have recently been published in the prestigious peer reviewed Radiology and European Radiology medical journals.

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Fast and Forward - 04/2012

April 2012  -  by Gordana Ivanac, MD, PhD

UltraFast Doppler is the next step in ultrasound offering enhanced diagnostic accuracy, quicker exams, and increased patient throughput.

Since the 1960s when ultrasound became established as a medical imaging mode, there have been significant and steady breakthroughs all brought about by new technological introductions. In the 1960s, there was an advancement with real time imaging through mechanical scanning, and in the 1970s, multichannel electronic transducer arrays emerged. Doppler modes appeared in the following decade, which enabled flow analysis. The modality as a whole saw an evolution with the miniaturization of ultrasound into portable units, but there have been no significant imaging breakthroughs since Doppler in the 1980s.

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Shear-wave elastography improves breast US specificity - 09/02/2012

February 9, 2012 -- A large multicenter, international trial published in the February issue of Radiologyhas found that ultrasound with a shear-wave elastography protocol can significantly improve the specificity of breast ultrasound without hurting sensitivity.

In the 15-center prospective study, researchers determined that adding qualitative or quantitative features from shear-wave elastography images to B-mode ultrasound could reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies of low-suspicion BI-RADS category 4a masses ( Radiology, February 2012, Vol. 262:2, pp. 435-449).

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