A team of researchers has discovered a way to accurately diagnose kidney stone in newborns using ultrasound images.
The researchers report their findings in the journal Clinical Radiology.
“We have developed a novel way of using ultrasound to visualize the structures of the kidney,” said senior author Robert A. Smith, M.D., Ph.
D. of the University of Washington School of Medicine.
“What we have done is taken a collection of images taken by a child and processed them to create a picture of the structure of the child’s kidney, and then used this picture to predict the age of a patient’s kidney when the child is 3 months old.”
The technique can help diagnose kidney failure in infants and older children.
“There are a lot of things we can do to help children,” said Smith.
“One of them is to teach them about how the body works.
If they don’t know how it works, it’s not really helpful.
That is where ultrasound comes in.”
This technique was used in the early stages of clinical research for pediatric kidney stones.
The new method, which is based on a mathematical model, was developed with researchers at the University Health Network in Atlanta.
The team developed a method that takes advantage of the fact that the images that are captured by the ultrasound are relatively small, and can be easily manipulated and manipulated to better represent the structure.
The research was done in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute on Aging, National Kidney Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In their study, the researchers used a small, high-resolution digital image of a child’s brain to create an image of the patient’s entire brain, which they then processed using the method described in this article.
“The image we made of the brain is the image that the baby’s brain will have when it’s 3 months of age,” said study lead author Mark C. Mims, Ph.
S., Ph ofD., of the UHN.
“When you look at this image, you’ll see the structure inside the baby is quite different from what you would see if you looked at a scan of the adult brain.”
The image also allows the researchers to make inferences about the patient, since the images of the baby and adult brain show the same volume of tissue, called gray matter.
The images also allow the researchers, which includes researchers at Johns Hopkins University, to better predict the childs age.
“If you can accurately determine the age, you can then tell the parents how much their child needs to be monitored,” said Mims.
“In this study, we’re showing that it’s possible to use ultrasound to predict that age.”
In this study of 12 patients with acute renal failure, the team of investigators identified patients with age-related differences in brain structure, and the researchers then applied this knowledge to predict which patients would need dialysis.
“This study was designed to show that it was possible to accurately predict kidney stones and therefore how much dialysis would be needed,” said Dr. Smith.
In this type of study, doctors can estimate a childs potential renal failure based on their age.
The imaging technique, however, can be used for much more than that.
“Using this technology is going to be extremely helpful to physicians and patients in their decision-making,” said C. Richard Sorensen, MSc., the James M. Stokes Chair of Clinical Radiophysics, the University College of London, who was not involved in the study.
“By using this technique, you are not only showing a patient that there’s a problem, but you are also revealing a problem in a much more definitive way than any other imaging technique.
It will provide much more information to doctors and patients.”
This study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIAID: R01NS049081 and R01ES054104), the National Kidrona Foundation, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and a fellowship from the American Heart Association.
“It’s a big step forward,” said University of Seattle medical student and study co-author Sarah E. Nussbaum, Ph D. “Understanding how to use this technology in clinical practice is really exciting and is very important.
We’re very excited to be working with the UHM team on this project.”
Smith’s research focuses on understanding the structure and function of the body’s organs and tissues, including the kidney, the heart, and other organs and structures.
He also is a member of the M.I.T. Clinical Imaging Research Group, where he works on research on the kidney and other organ systems.
He has been a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member the American Society of Clinical Pathologists since 2001.
This research was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the MGH Medical