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Thyroid ultrasound takes center stage at Caesars Palace

Laurel, MD, June 8, 2010 The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) are collaborating to present Thyroid and Parathyroid Imaging and Update on Thyroid Disorders, July 31August 1, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. During this continuing medical education event, endocrinologists, radiologists, sonographers, and other health care providers interested in thyroid/parathyroid imaging will be updated on the growing applications of sonography in the evaluation of thyroid and parathyroid disease.

"Ultrasound has become a significant tool to examine thyroid and parathyroid glands, stage thyroid cancer, and guide biopsies and procedures," said course cochair Daniel Duick, MD. "These capabilities are allowing for greatly improved patient care, and practitioners need to be up-to-date."

The course will incorporate live scanning demonstrations and presentations from experts in neck sonography, endocrinology, radiology, pathology, and endocrine surgery.

Over the 2-day course, participants will learn to recognize sonographic features of:

  • Thyroid nodules that are most predictive of malignancy and benignity;
  • Abnormal lymph nodes and thyroid cancer recurrence in the neck;
  • Diffuse thyroid disorders; and
  • Abnormally enlarged parathyroid glands.

Participants will also discuss:

  • Techniques and indications for percutaneous ethanol ablation; and
  • Indications, techniques, and results of ultrasound-guided biopsy of the thyroid.

"In the United States alone, more than 20 million people are currently living with a thyroid disorder," said course cochair Jill Langer, MD. "The clinical adoption of ultrasound to detect and treat thyroid disorders is critical."

The host hotel, Caesars Palace, is located on the famed "Strip" and known worldwide for its beauty and service. The hotel offers a 129,000-square-ft casino, 26 restaurants and cafes, sprawling gardens and pools, a spa, and the renowned Colosseum, famous for its quality entertainment, musical acts, and comedians.


Contact: Erin Chrapaty
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

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