Addressing imaging problems presented by obese patients

03/30/2014 | Diagnostic Imaging

Within 20 years, 44% of the U.S. adult population will be obese, according to projections, and that extra tissue makes imaging difficult regardless of modality, including ultrasound. Larger machines that can accommodate broad shoulders and heavier patients are already being used, and their implementation is expanding across the country. Sonographers depend on machines that produce and transmit enough energy to penetrate tissue adequately, so their main challenge with obese patients is attenuation, and they might need software and other tools to compensate.

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