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Increased interest in screening examinations and early identification of disease offer an opportunity for expanded use of ultrasound, according to Dr. Edward Bluth of Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.
"We can offer a new role for the radiologist/sonologist by aggressively moving into this area and popularizing this field," Bluth said. "With ultrasound, we can accurately, safely, inexpensively, rapidly, and cost-effectively screen healthy populations for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), carotid stenosis, and peripheral vascular disease."
He spoke during a session at the 2007 Leading Edge in Diagnostic Ultrasound Conference in Atlantic City.
In recent years, increasing attention has been paid by the lay press on healthcare issues and, in particular, the value of early disease identification and the role of screening, Bluth said. As a result, a better-informed public has been demanding greater participation in their healthcare decisions, and requesting screening examinations for early identification of disease.
Another trend looming over the next year or two is the public's understanding of the increasing amount of radiation exposure they're facing from radiographic screening examinations, he said. The role of ultrasound as a safe screening tool is just now being appreciated in the press.
Possible screening tests with ultrasound currently include AAA screening, carotid stenosis screening, and ankle-brachial index (ABI) for peripheral vascular disease, Bluth said.