(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The exhibition booths occupied by vendors of ultrasound systems at ECR 2010 are likely to be very busy places throughout the congress. Difficult economic conditions are causing a dip in global demand for the more capital-intensive modalities like CT and MRI, and hospital managers are keen for their staff to explore the clinical potential of this versatile and cost-effective technology.
Delegates are eager to hear more about the latest hardware and software applications being unveiled by this sector’s major names, and the biggest buzz emanating from ultrasound exhibits is around elastography. The technique uses mechanical compression to analyze the stiffness of different tissues; fibrotic or cancerous lesions are usually considerably more resistant to compression than healthy tissue. The technique has developed alongside conventional B-mode ultrasonography and is also attracting interest from companies seeking to apply it in combination with other imaging modalities, like MRI.
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