Summer, 2008

Summer 2008

Crossward Puzzle

In case you missed it, a grand educational endeavor took place at the symposium.  After a long day of ultrasound physics, everyone just wanted to unwind.  But this was no time for lighthearted sluggishness.   It was time for a meeting of the minds, and the struggle was on for the right to be called "Jeopardy Bowl Champions" and their names permanently engraved on the Golden Probe Award.

Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer that affects young Caucasian males, mainly in the ages of 15 to 35. The most common tumor type is the seminoma tumor, which accounts for nearly 40% to 50% of all germ cell tumors. Diagnosis typically includes an initial evaluation of the scrotum with ultrasound, followed by computed tomography and chest x-ray. Treatment is some combination of orchidectomy, retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND), radiation, and chemotherapy. In addition, due to the radiosensitivity of seminomas the prognosis is usually better than in non-seminoma tumors. In fact, the overall cure rate is approximately 99% when the cancer is treated early. One way to improve the chances of finding a tumor early is to perform self-examinations regularly. This may lead to an early treatment and an early cure.

Instructor: Alice Bradley
Karen Arney
April 16, 2008


Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common endocrine disorder that affects approximately 10 percent of women from menarche to menopause (RDH, 2004). This endocrine disorder can cause women to be infertile (RDH, 2004). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) causes mild to severe symptoms such as acne, hair loss, irregular periods, obesity, hirsutism, and/or infertility (RDH, 2004). Patients that are diagnosed with PCOS are considered at a higher risk for developing disorders like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease (RDH, 2004). Patients that present with symptoms of hyperandrogenism and anovulation may also have polycystic ovaries (Nursing Standard, 2004). However, not all women with polycystic ovaries are diagnosed with PCOS (Clinical Laboratory Science, 2004). Polycystic ovaries are typically diagnosed with ultrasound depicting the enlarged ovaries with cysts around the periphery (British Journal of Nursing, 2006). Once a diagnosis is given, physicians will determine the best course of treatment (British Journal of Nursing, 2007). Treatment can be in the form of life-style changes, drugs, or surgery (British Journal of Nursing, 2007), but is considered incurable (RDH, 2004).

Hello everyone!  I hope that you are having an enjoyable summer.  This is our first online newsletter.  So please let us know what you think.  If you missed our annual meeting in Asheville, you really missed an outstanding opportunity to learn from some of the greatest speakers in our profession.  We had a terrific turnout and the reviews from the meeting were fantastic.  If you were not available to attend the meeting in Asheville, or if you need a one-day CME refresher, please join us at our fall meeting at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 25th.  The fall committee members are lining up some excellent speakers for all specialty areas.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Our annual meetings are all about relaxation, innovation, and of course, education.  Once more, we are returning to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the 2009 NCUS Annual Symposium from March 27 through March 29 at the Marriott Grande Dunes .  Myrtle Beach is loaded with restaurants and attractions, including the new Hard Rock Amusement Park, and plenty of nearby shopping. Bring the family along.  They will have plenty to do while you learn more about sonography. 

Don’t forget to encourage your coworkers to join the NCUS.  We need your support to continue to grow and provide North Carolina and surrounding states with high-quality continuing education. 


Steven M. Penny, B.S., RT(R), RDMS
North Carolina Ultrasound Society President