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Think you are overworked now? Just wait...
I frequently ask this question in my classes and no one, not one person that works in an active clinical practice could actually say yes. America faces an increasing shortage of physicians. The multiple reasons for this shortage could fill several pages. The Annals of Family Medicines projects the shortage of primary care physicians at 52,000 by 2025. In Texas, there are 35 counties out of the 254 that have no physician at all and 80 more with 5 or fewer. That should be enough to scare us without even addressing the retirement/age statistics.

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AHEC's webinar series grows again!
Our attendees absolutely love our enhanced webinar and simulcast programs. Now we are extending those services even more. Advanced Health Education Center live webinars are now being offered all throughout the week and multiple times during each of these days. This is an easy and great way to stay up to date with current concerns or information within imaging sciences. In efforts to accommodate those who may find acquiring CE difficult and tiresome, we are here to alleviate your stress. So come visit us on the web and check out our extended webinar schedule!

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Ultrasound Tip of the Month:

Eyelid too swollen to access extraocular movements? Use Ultrasound in transverse (indicator toward the right) sagittal planes (indicator toward the head) to document eye movements. Easily performed with a high frequency linear probe. (7.5-10MHz)

Industry News

Point-of-care ultrasound shows its merit
Aunt Minnie
While conventional diagnostic ultrasound understandably offers higher sensitivity and specificity, point-of-care ultrasound can yield a valuable level of accuracy for low-resource settings, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. In a prospective study involving nearly 50 patients and ultrasound studies in abdominal, retroperitoneal, and obstetrical applications, a research team led by Dr. Steffen Haider from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, found that point-of-care ultrasound produced 74 percent overall diagnostic accuracy, nearly as high as the 84 percent accuracy from conventional sonography.

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A new tool for the vascular access toolbox
Infection Control Today
All around the world, vascular access specialists are pleading for a new tool in their toolboxes. More and more often, their skill with ultrasound is being put to use on difficult IV access patients, so-called DIVAs. But no sooner do vascular access specialists leave the bedside, where they have skillfully inserted an ultrasound-guided peripheral IVs (UGPIV), then they are called back to repeat the process. The line they just started has kinked, fallen out, extravasated in CT or complicated in some other way.

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US tech company becomes first to microchip employees
A tech company in Wisconsin has announced that it will become the first business in the US to microchip its employees. Three Square Market, which designs software for break rooms, says that it is offering to microchip everyone who works there on Aug. 1 but stressed that the program is optional. It said that it expects over 50 staff to take part. The chips will allow those who have them to pay for food and drink in the company's break room, open doors, login to computers and use the copy machine.

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E.I. Medical Imaging produces world's first underwater ultrasound
E.I. Medical Imaging has partnered with Dr. Tristan Guttridge and the Bimini SharkLab to custom design the worlds first ultrasound system to be used underwater to produce diagnostic images of sharks in their native habitat. In preparation for a piece produced by Icon films for Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Dr. Guttridge approached EIMI with the idea of an underwater ultrasound system to take pregnancy diagnosis directly to hammerhead sharks underwater.

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