Journal Snapshot: The postpartum ultrasound scan: a review

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Aslı Üçyiğit and Jemma Johns, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Ultrasound 2016; 24: 163 – 169

Ultrasound assessment of the postpartum uterus has a significant role to play in the evaluation of a large proportion of symptomatic puerperal women. Often the imaging modality of choice for excluding retained placental tissue, correct application of postpartum ultrasound could enable more accurate identification of women requiring surgical intervention, with consequent reduction in patient morbidity and clinical workload. This article aims to review the current understanding and application of ultrasound in the puerperium, and evaluate the current evidence investigating the physiological and pathological findings of the postpartum uterus and its contents. 

Read the full article in the August 2016 issue of Journal Ultrasound.

ECHOES by Hazel Edwards

Maternal perception of fetal movements in late pregnancy is affected by type and duration of fetal movement. Brown R, Higgins LE, Johnstone ED, et al. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2016; 29: 2145-2150

Considering how frequently we scan for ‘reduced fetal movement’, this interesting project cleverly compared actual third trimester fetal movements, as observed by the ultrasound operator, with movements perceived by the mother. The operator judged the fetus to be moving for a much greater proportion of time during the 30 minute observation compared to the mother. There was no link between maternal perception and placental site, amniotic fluid volume or BMI.

Read more Echoes in the August 2016 issue of Journal Ultrasound.

Top 5 features of Ultrasound 2016

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Do you know the special features of UK’s largest Ultrasound conference to be held this year? Here we present the top 5 features of Ultrasound 2016, which will be held in December 2016 in York. With less than 3 weeks left for the early-bird registration deadline, learn more about the conference by visiting our website and register today!

  1. 8 educational streams spread across three days


This year’s programme has once again been designed to offer both variety and scope for learning core, current and practice-relevant topics. Covering 8 different educational streams, the conference begins with Obstetrics, MSK fundamental / advanced and Physics on Day 1; Professional Issues, Head and Neck, Paediatrics and Gynaecology on Day 2; and Abdominal/General ultrasound, Vascular and Early Pregnancy streams on Day 3.

  1. 6 exclusive practical training sessions


The practical training sessions, which offer hands-on training for delegates, have been one of our most popular features. As in previous years, there will be four practical training sessions covering DVT, Head & Neck, MSK fundamental and advanced sessions, along with two masterclasses in Carotid and Elastography. The DVT and Head & Neck sessions offer integrated training where study materials will be provided to delegates in advance to take full advantage of the practical training. To find out more or to register for these sessions (at a small additional fee), visit our website.

  1. 6 highly anticipated keynote lectures

BMUS boasts of both nationally and internationally renowned speakers and faculty participating in the conference. This year, Ultrasound 2016 will see 6 renowned experts from the UK and overseas deliver keynote lectures on a range of topics across all three days. To know more, click here.

  1. National Railway Museum experience at the BMUS Annual Gala Dinner


One of the highlights of this year’s conference is the gala dinner to be held at National Railway Museum in York. Amidst the fascinating railway history collection, delegates will have an opportunity to mingle over a glass of wine before moving on to the Station Hall for a dining experience amidst a bygone era. Some of the planned festivities include showgirls, magicians, Elvis show, stage illusions not to mention a three-course deluxe menu served while announcing the prize winners. For a small fee, delegates are promised a fun-filled and memorable evening on Day 2.

  1. Hub of Ultrasound


One of UK’s largest platforms for showcasing latest ultrasound equipment and technologies, leading manufacturers and exhibitors from across the UK will be participating in this year’s technical exhibition. Our sponsorsHitachi Medical Systems (Platinum sponsor), Toshiba Medical Systems Ltd and Siemens (Gold Sponsors), MIS Healthcare (Silver sponsor), Carestream, GE Healthcare and Esaote (Bronze sponsors) – along with other leading exhibitors will be an integral part of this year’s exhibition. A number of ‘education on the stand’ opportunities will also be available during the refreshment breaks. More information will be made available on the website closer to the meeting.

Register before the 30th September 2016 to ensure you do not miss the early-bird discounts on your registration.

Journal Preview: Twinkle artefact in the ultrasound diagnosis of superficial epidermoid cysts

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Richard Clarke, Priya Suresh, Rose Thomas and Simon Freeman

Peninsula Radiology Academy and Derriford Hospital, Plymouth UK; The Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Ultrasound 2016; 24; 147 – 153

The aim of the study was to evaluate whether the twinkle artefact is a valuable feature in the sonographic diagnosis of superficial epidermoid cysts.

A retrospective search was undertaken of our institution’s Radiology Information System and pathology database to identify cases of superficial masses showing the twinkle artefact that proceeded to surgical excision.

Eighteen superficial masses demonstrating the twinkle artefact were identified that were submitted for pathological analysis. Of these, seventeen were confirmed to represent epidermoid cysts and only one case had an alternative diagnosis (proliferating trichilemmal cyst).

The presence of the twinkle artefact appears to be a specific and valuable ancillary sonographic feature for the diagnosis of superficial epidermoid cysts.

Full article is available in the August 2016 issue of Journal Ultrasound. 

ECHOES by Hazel Edwards

Prenatal and postnatal survival of fetal tetralogy of Fallot: A meta-analysis of perinatal outcomes and associated genetic disorders. Zhao Y, Abuhamad A, Fleenor J, et al. J Ultrasound Med 2016; 35: 905-915

In view of the recent UK recommendation to introduce the fetal cardiac ‘3VT’ view into the anomaly scan, this China-North America review article is welcome and timely. It suggests that management and prognosis of Fallot’s tetralogy is quite different depending on the appearances of the pulmonary artery. Looking at the researchers’ criteria, most of these appearances should be visible on the 3VT view.

More Echoes are available in the August 2016 issue of Journal Ultrasound. 

What’s On Day 3 of Ultrasound 2016

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From Prof. Adrian Lim, Scientific Chair of Ultrasound 2016

Adrian Lim photoDay 3 the final day, contains the Abdominal & General, Vascular, Early Pregnancy and Professional Issues streams.  

Other highlights of the day will be an Elastography Masterclass, the DVT Integrated Training Session, and a satellite symposium on Translational Ultrasound running alongside the main program. A keynote lecture of the day will be an address by Professor Sue Hill (Chief Scientific Officer, UK) regarding the UK sonography workforce; as well as a topical debate on “Ultrasound is dangerous and should be controlled like drugs, alcohol and arms” proposed by Dr Roger Moshy and opposed by Professor Gail ter Haar.

DVT, one of our most popular integrated learning sessions in recent years, will once again follow the format of delivering e-lecture materials to the delegates before the conference. The will include lectures on arm, pelvis, fem-pop segment and calf veins. This practical session lasting 3 hours, will give delegates hands-on experience with experts in the field. Owing to the intensive practical learning format of the session, interested delegates are required to register as soon as possible as places are strictly limited. To register for the session now, click here.

The Elastography Masterclass, organized by the 2016 Scientific Chair, Prof. Adrian Lim, is another practical session where elastography technologies will be outlined and clinical applications will be discussed giving delegates the opportunity of hands-on tuition. Like the Carotid Masterclass on Day 2, this session is free to attend but delegates are required to register as places for such hands-on training sessions are limited.

downloadLike Day 1 and Day 2, the last day of the conference is packed with both lectures on key topics such as Professional Issues, Liver Disease and Conundrums in Ultrasound. One of the most anticipated sessions is the debate on ‘Ultrasound is dangerous and should be controlled like drugs, alcohol and arms’.  Organised by Pam Parker, our 2014 SOC Chair, this debate promises to be both interesting and intellectually stimulating.

We are also delighted to have the Translational Study Day once again this year running alongside the conference. This study day is free to all delegates who register for Day 3 of the conference, but in order to attend the session this must be added to the registration at the point of booking. Alternatively, for those interested in attending only this session a small fee of £50 is payable.  Delegates attending will also gain access to the Technical Exhibition which will have more than 25 ultrasound manufacturers and exhibitors participating.

BMUS aims to provide a three-day educational platform for ultrasound practitioners and any healthcare professional interested in ultrasound. The Annual Conference is designed by experts in the field who aim to bring variety, experience and education to a wide audience. To know more about the scientific programme, special features and information to register, please visit our dedicated conference website.

Early bird registration deadline – 30th September 2016 

Pre-registration deadline – 30th November 2016