European Journal of Ultrasound
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Learning by playing - using computer games to enhance ultrasound education

In ultrasound education, there is often a lack of hands-on experience due to the limited availability of experienced tutors, patients, volunteers, and ultrasound machines. Simulators can substitute training with real humans to some extent, but they are not widely used, mainly because of their costs. Playing a computer game might be a way to add to the training opportunities in ultrasound education. An example for such a game is the SonoGame that has been developed as part of a medical imaging research project with the help of computer science students from the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. 

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New hope in the fight against tumors thanks to high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)

At the beginning of the event DEGUM expert PD Dr. Dr. Milka Marinova, Department of Radiology at the Medical School & Hospital, University Bonn, Germany, reported on the use of HIFU on inoperable pancreatic cancer and about why the method reduces the tumor pain of patients as well as the size of the tumor significantly. 'The life quality of pancreatic cancer patients can be reduced significantly to massively through cancer pain', Marinova said. 'Whithin the frame of standardized screening we found out that an examination with HIFU in more than 80 % of the patients effectively and continuously reduces tumor pain.' Both the intensity and the experience of pain were greatly reduced.

 
 

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Editors

Michael Bachmann Nielsen, Copenhagen
Vito Cantisani, Rome
Rabih Chaoui, Berlin
Stefan Meng, Vienna
Eberhard Merz, Frankfurt/Main
Fabio Piscaglia, Bologna
Paul Sidhu, London
Deike Strobel, Erlangen
Sevgi Tercanli, Basel
Uwe Walter, Rostock

Founded in 1980 by

Hans Rudolf Müller, Basel †
Emil Reinold, Vienna †
Gerhard Rettenmaier, Böblingen †

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Thomas Albrecht, Berlin
Christian Arning, Hamburg
Radu Badea, Cluj-Napoca
Annalisa Berzigotti, Bern
Boris Brkljačić, Zagreb
Alfred Bunk, Dresden
Jonathan Carlsen, Copenhagen
Dirk-Andre Clevert, Munich
Karl-Heinz Deeg, Bamberg
Friedrich Degenhardt, Bielefeld
Christoph Dietrich, Bad Mergentheim
Francesco Maria Drudi, Rome
Manfred Essig, Zweisimmen
David H. Evans, Leicester
Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Frankfurt
Michael Gebel, Hannover
Ulrich Gembruch, Bonn
Alois Gessl, Wien
Odd Helge Gilja, Bergen
Rüdiger Görtz, Erlangen
Norbert Gritzmann, Salzburg
Bernhard-Joachim Hackelöer, Hamburg
Joachim Hohmann, Winterthur
Ernst-Michael Jung, Regensburg
Markus Hoopmann, Tübingen
Klaus-Vitold Jenderka, Merseburg
Karim Kalache, Berlin
Philipp Klaritsch, Graz
Andrea Sabine Klauser, Innsbruck
Christian Kollmann, Vienna
Wolf Mann, Mainz
Gebhard Mathis, Hohenems
Jean-Yves Meuwly, Lausanne
Petru Adrian Mircea, Cluj Napoca
Gerhard Mostbeck, Vienna
Christian Nolsøe, Copenhagen
Dieter Nürnberg, Neuruppin
Lukas Pfeifer, Erlangen
Kjell Åsmund Salvesen, Trondheim
Barbara Schellhaas, Erlangen
Hans-Rudolf Schwarzenbach, Melide
Jörg Simanowski, Hannover
Ioan Sporea, Timisoara
Daniel Staub, Basel
Horst Steiner, Salzburg
Hubert Stiegler, Munich
Holger Strunk, Bonn
Stefan Wellek, Mainz
Frank Wolfram, Gera
Pavlos S. Zoumpoulis, Kifissia