DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Mobile Imaging
Current Location:
> This Story

Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment



More Magazine Features

New brands, proven experts lead a new era in the CT tube market The CT market has changed a lot over the last couple years

Service sells equipment: contract negotiation insights for providers Best practices for getting the most value out of your partnerships

Understanding the cost impact of healthcare consolidation What distinguishes a 'good' merger from a 'bad' one?

Could AI and 3D printing be the future of OB/GYN ultrasound? Few specialities are equally poised to embrace these cutting edge tools

The importance of breast MR screening for high-risk patients Experts weigh in on MR's emerging role in breast cancer diagnostics

See All Magazine Features  

Ultrasound Homepage

China hits back with new tariffs affecting medical imaging equipment More than 5,000 items affected, including X-ray tubes and gamma-ray equipment

FDA greenlights focused ultrasound trial for Alzheimer's treatment Involves temporarily opening the blood-brain barrier

Could AI and 3D printing be the future of OB/GYN ultrasound? Few specialities are equally poised to embrace these cutting edge tools

Healcerion gets FDA nod for wireless ultrasound SONON 300L is 1/10th the cost of traditional systems

All-optical ultrasound could pave way for combined MR-ultrasound imaging Three orders of magnitude faster than current optical systems

MITA calls for timely exemption process for Section 301 tariffs Calls for exemption of medical imaging technology

Dense breast tissue and automated breast ultrasound Understanding what ABUS can mean for the future of diagnosing cancer in dense tissue

KT Corporation and Russian Railways launch Russian digital health system Assist providers in all 173 Russian Railway stations

A rural college producing ultrasound experts Behind the scenes at the Oregon Institute of Technology's ultrasound education program

New model boosts flow efficiency of particle accelerators May lead to smaller accelerators, easier to operate at reduced costs

Butterfly Network's Butterfly iQ.

Pediatric pneumonia: will lung ultrasound replace X-ray?

From the March 2018 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News magazine
Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death among children under 5 years of age. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it kills nearly 2,500 children per day and accounted for approximately 16 percent of the 5.6 million under-5 deaths in 2016.

Part of what makes pneumonia so deadly is that many countries don’t have sufficient access to the standard tool for diagnosing the condition – X-ray. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population has no access to basic diagnostic imaging technology whatsoever.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

RaySafe helps you avoid unnecessary radiation

RaySafe solutions are designed to minimize the need for user interaction, bringing unprecedented simplicity & usability to the X-ray room. We're committed to establishing a radiation safety culture wherever technicians & medical staff encounter radiation.

Fortunately, the recent emergence of highly portable and low-cost ultrasound systems is poised to turn the tide on those statistics – dramatically improve global access to imaging while also curbing pediatric pneumonia’s mortality rate.

“These places are too poor to be able to have a chest X-ray machine in place,” says Dr. James Tsung, associate professor in emergency medicine and pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. “But we have affordable ultrasound machines and that makes it feasible to bring ultrasound to places that never had any diagnostic imaging technology.”

In the U.S. and other industrialized countries, where access to X-ray is abundant, there are a different set of reasons why ultrasound is being turned to for diagnosing pediatric pneumonia. Efforts to limit dose exposure and curb costs throughout the health care ecosystem have made the non-ionizing modality an appealing alternative to radiography.

Pediatric patients are more radiosensitive than adults, meaning their cancer risk per unit dose of ionizing radiation is higher, according to the FDA. And although the dose exposure from X-ray is marginal, initiatives like Image Gently have made efforts to reduce or eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure a top priority in medical imaging, particularly where children are concerned.

A clinical comparison
While the cost and safety benefits of ultrasound are a given, the diagnostic value compared to chest X-ray for pediatric pneumonia requires scientific scrutiny. Tsung and his colleagues in the pediatric emergency department at Mount Sinai took it upon themselves to investigate the issue by conducting a randomized controlled trial comparing lung ultrasound to chest X-ray in 191 patients under 21 years old.

Each patient was randomly assigned to undergo a lung ultrasound exam or a chest X-ray exam followed by lung ultrasound. For the first group, if the physician needed further verification, then the patient also received a chest X-ray.
  Pages: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - ... >>

Ultrasound Homepage

You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2018, Inc.