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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European Journal of Ultrasound – 1/2019

The Use of Handheld Ultrasound Devices - An EFSUMB Position Paper

Michael Bachmann Nielsen et al.

The strengths of handheld ultrasound devices are that they are easy to transport in a pocket both in in-hospital and other settings. They are cheaper than high-end ultrasound devices and use less power. Accordingly, they may be readily available for many users in various clinical settings.

Evaluation of Inter-System Variability in Liver Stiffness Measurements

Giovanna Ferraioli et al.

The primary aim of this study was to determine the inter-system variability of liver stiffness measurements (LSMs) in patients with varying degrees of liver stiffness. The secondary aim was to determine the inter observer variability of measurements.

 

Inter-Rater Reliability of Air/Saline HyCoSy, HyFoSy and HyFoSy combined with Power Doppler for Screening Tubal Patency

Inga Ludwin et al.

Purpose of the study was to estimate the inter-observer reliability and agreement of offline analyses of three different ultrasound techniques for assessing tubal patency.