Narrator: This is Science Today.
Roy Filly, a radiologist at the University of California,
San Francisco, is working with a new generation
of ultrasound, or sonograph, machines. Sonography
can see the soft tissue that x-rays can't, and the
new machines work at a higher resolution than the
Filly: Sort of the bottom line of it is that the images are now clearer. Which means that the doctor interpreting your particular sonogram gets to do it from a more advanced perspective and with better information.
Narrator: Filly says ultrasound is particularly useful with newborns -- especially babies born prematurely.
Filly: They cannot take advantage of some very sophisticated imaging tests like echo-planar MRI and spiral CT scanners because they're simply too fragile to move out of the intensive-care nursery.
Narrator: : But ultrasound can do it right at the bedside.
Filly: And ultrasound is a technology that I can wheel up there and perform with the same level of excellence that I can if the patient comes down to the ultrasound section.
Narrator: : For Science Today, I'm Steve Tokar.