US 2016: Go back in time at this year’s Gala Dinner

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Each year, the Scientific Organising Committee at BMUS design a scientific programme, suitable for any and all ultrasound practitioners, that aims to be engaging, enriching and enlightening. The three-day meeting, which brings together experts, trainees and students across diverse specialties, is not only about education and learning but networking and unwinding with friends and colleagues.

xmas-2014-5This year’s Annual Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony promises to be an interesting evening where delegates will go back into the pages of UK’s Railway History! Set amidst a fascinating collection of railway history, at the National Railway Museum in York, delegates will get to know about the Flying Scotsman, romance of Brief Encounter and the splendour of the Orient House while sipping a glass of wine and mingling with colleagues and friends.


Against a backdrop of luxurious carriages, locomotives and the prestigious ‘Palaces on Wheels’ collections, the Awards Ceremony will present the poster/paper winners and runners-up their awards. A Vegas themed deluxe menu will be served while magicians, showgirls and Cirque Du Soleil show will provide everyone with the requisite entertainment! While BMUS’ Annual Gala Dinner does not end without DJ and dancing, this year more entertainment in the form of acrobatics and stage illusions are also organised to ensure it turns into a night everyone remembers!

Come join us on this fascinating evening, with all your friends and colleagues, and begin your Christmas Festivities.

Tickets are priced at the specially discounted price of £39.90 for delegates attending Ultrasound 2016 and are able to be booked on-line whilst registering for the conference.


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.