Friday, June 30, 2017

Ultrasound and MRI are dating.

We do not see the train on the track.

Here is new stuff that may save lives.  Sonographers Blog lives.  Note that Ultrasound had a hand in this wonderful
Source, below,
and Thank you.  TJW

Nanoparticle based contrast agent developed for dual modal imaging of cancer

June 20, 2017
World Scientific
Dual modal imaging which shares the advantages of two imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging and optical imaging, has the ability to produce images with higher spatial resolution and higher sensitivity. Contrast agents having both magnetic and optical properties identifies the cancer cells efficiently. Europium doped gadolinium oxide nanorods were synthesized and subsequently coated with silica to improve the biocompatibility.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PTSD, New Treatment

Good day, all, I saw an article yesterday about using an anesthesia block on a nerve that controls something to do with the horror of trauma.  I am posting from a Windows device.  It is slow and sloppy.  This nerve block in the neck has some promise of neutralizing some nervous systems want to kill another person.  I am not sure.  If effective, it may promise some new hope for our troops with PTSD.  My Windows tablet will not allow me to post the link.  Go to Drudge, and find the link.  Look in his archives.  I am busy with other things.  I will be back.  TJW  PS, this is for you, John.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Old Ultrasound is back again

New Doppler sound database could help those suffering from heart conditions

February 15, 2017
University of Huddersfield
Handheld devices can scan the lower limbs of a patient and 'listen' to the blood flow, providing vital early indication of problems that could lead to strokes or heart attacks.  But inexperience or lack of training sometimes mean that clinicians do not properly interpret what they hear and therefore miss the warning signs. Now a new research project aims to build a digital library of the different foot and leg artery sounds recorded during the Doppler ultrasound procedure.

Note:  We have been using the ABI index for over 50+ years.  Happy Easter!

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Tale Of My Travels While Teaching Ultrasound (One of Several Stories)

I have taught medical ultrasound to doctors and medical professionals around the world (see archives).  There are many stories of travel we all like to share when we leave our home country to travel to other countries, and experience other cultures.  I will begin this series by apologizing for my absence.  My wife and child have been plagued by a set of misfortunes which have made me devote most of my time to see to their wellbeing.  All is well at the moment, so I thought I would take a few moments to blog again.

I present one story, of many I want to post of the

sideline stories seasoned travelers may find amusing, and new travelers may find helpful.

Hong Kong Snake Dinner

 Here we have a true tale of a dinner party that was something out of a food TV show with a nice bald twist.  I lost my hair when I was thirty, and have not missed it.  I have only the look of a Friar from a monastery.  Most of my Chinese hosts have a full head of hair, so I guess I was labeled as a popular food critic from the USA.  My Chinese host physicians made a point of taking me and my associate out for sumptuous lunches every day during our three week stays in Hong Kong.  My coworker was female, and lunches were always a great, and very social event with the large table dominated by three pots of hot tea (green, Oolong, and another tea).  The Chinese take great care to pour tea for guests, because they are special.  In the Chinese culture, it is disrespectful to turn away food or drink when served by the host, in this respect it was my Chinese students who chose to respect a teacher, I later found out.

Our lunches were always proper, with white table cloth, Western silver settings, and several dishes.  My associate and I loved these social events because they took over an hour, but we tired of the endless array of dishes served out.  We were ready to get back to teaching these wonderful people how to perform sonograms, and get back to the hotel to get a good night sleep.  Jet lag had a part in this, of course..

One night, a male cohort of physicians enticed me out to join them in an ultimate male bonding ritual: Snake Dinner.  (See the links below)

Note, this offer of dinner was not extended to my female associate for cultural reasons.  I cannot explain that.  She graciously declined.  I was picked up by a pack of wonderful medical doctors, and off we went.

So, here we go out  walk like usual to a restaurant for supper, rather than lunch. I Love
 to walk, and I am amazed at how fit the Chinese people are.  Most walk if possible to work, or for meals.  The streets are full of the usual honking, and hordes of people, but all was very orderly, and my attention quickly turned to olfactory rather than dodging pedestrians.  Hong Kong is a city of smells.  You understand this when you get off the M-subway for the first time.  It Is Smell!  the melange can overwhelm a western person.

After many blocks through Kowloon, we are ushered into a small restaurant and seated at a large table, and immediately served with bottles of rice liquor.  My host party set upon me like a pack, and attempt to make me drunk by refilling my small cup multiple times with a hellish rice moonshine.  I learned quickly not to down the drink.  It was apparent that to do so would spark a rush of eager hosts willing to refill my small cup with more brimstone.

Then the Snake Man made his entrance with his eyes  on me.  I was the only Gadjin in the
party of twelve.

approached the table with a cart of hissing serpents.  He held my gaze and asked which snake?  He said they are all poisonous cobras. He seemed miffed that I would ask such a stupid question.

He took the snake from the cage, and used a green scalpel to gut it it for food.  To be fried, and presented in a western manner.  Google deleted my first post for some reason.  TJW

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Focused Ultrasound Treatments are Effective Against Certain Cancers

Update: Liver Cancer Treated With Focused Ultrasound Treatments are becoming more main-stream.

I have been watching the evolution of ultrasound treatment for many diseases.  Ultrasound was first used as a diagnostic tool in the early 1900's, but has rapidly evolved into a multi-disciplinary medical tool in the last 50 years or so.  I try to stay on top of these wonderful discoveries in medical circles, but it is staggering.  Thanks so much for hanging with me while I cull through the many articles, and bring you the most succinct, and important news I can find so you may do your own research.

here is a link to some new information.;postID=2393307912897160582


PS:  I am still working out some bugs with Blogger.  Please bear with me.  mainly lag, and an unresponsive interface

Friday, March 3, 2017

Another great Blogger has died  
Another internet great has passed.  He will be missed.  I appreciate his support, he was one of the first to link the Sonographers Blog to his website which he started back in 2000.  His name was Gerard Vlemming, and lived in the Netherlands.  He suffered a brief illness, I hope, and passed last week.  this information has been passed from another great blogger, MissCellina, who has had a loss recently also.  Three weeks ago we lost Kevin from the wonderful blog " nothing to do about Arbroth"   We all mourn their passing, and hope others will try to carry the flag of interesting, relevant, and fantastic blogging.  I am a conservative blogger, and will carry on with some of the posts i see in many of my buddy blogs who tend to  hate conservatives.  You know who you are.  But for now let us mourn the great minds who are now in the arms of the Lord.  TJW

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Politics and Medical Ultrasound

As with everything in life, there are politics.  In Texas where i reside, there is an ongoing debate regarding right to life versus abortion.  Make no mistake, I am pro life.  There are laws in a few states that mandate that a pregnant woman must have an ultrasound, and be shown the living fetus on the video screen in real time, before she can have an abortion.  This topic is as vitriolic as the liberal democrats opposition to the Trump presidency.

NOTE: Blogger has been acting funny last couple of months.  It may be my equipment, or something else.  I do not know.  I apologize that my recent posts have been mangled, or not published.  I have swept out any nasty stuff I deem to have affected my posts.  We shall continue.

Blessings to Kevin  and Gerard

Kevin passed 2 weeks ago and Gerard is awaiting test results for a medical issue.

Here is a link that discusses in detail some of the issues faced by the public, and health care professionals that deal with medical ultrasound and pregnancy.

One of the first measures that Republicans in the 115th Congress proposed was the “Heartbeat Protection Act.” On January 11, a group led by Steve King of Iowa introduced a bill that would require doctors nationwide to “check for a fetal heartbeat” before performing an abortion, and prohibit them from completing the procedure if they found one. In December, Republicans in the Ohio state legislature put forth a similar measure. Governor John Kasich vetoed it, observing that such a law would almost certainly be struck down as unconstitutional, but approved a 20-week abortion ban.

here is the link