“Journal of Ultrasonography” gets an IF!

We are proud and pleased to announce that “Journal of Ultrasonography” has joined the elite group of periodicals with an Impact Factor (IF).

Our IF for 2022 is 1.1 (5-year IF – 1.2).

I want to extend my sincere thanks to the Members of the Scientific Committee, Section Editors, Authors, and Reviewers. This success is your success. The IF is a testament to your effort and hard work over many years. Without your invaluable contribution, we would not be in the place we are today.

We hope that in the coming years we will be able to consolidate our position – and even strengthen it ‒ by publishing even better papers with a greater citation potential. 

This will only be possible with your continued support, so we will greatly appreciate your unwavering commitment, good-quality publications, careful reviews, and plenty of citations (mainly articles from 2021 and more recent studies). All these elements are essential if we want to enjoy an even better IF score next year.

Happy and grateful in equal measure, we pledge to continue our hard work!


Prof. Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska

Sonographic rectal enema (“hydrocolon”) for diagnosing large bowel pathologies in infancy – pictorial review to demonstrate feasibility and value

Bowel pathologies encompass a large diversity of diseases with commonly confusing and overlapping clinical presentations. Sonography has a leading role in diagnosing these disorders, especially in small children. However, in some cases, baseline sonography does not deliver a satisfactory result on the suspected pathology. To increase the sensitivity and specificity of the standard bowel ultrasound technique, complimentary ultrasound enema may be performed, which is also referred to as “hydrocolon” in the literature. This paper summarizes the technique of sonographic enema, as well as some bowel pathologies from our case series where sonographic enema proved to be helpful in the diagnostic work-up.

Eszter Nagy, Sebastian Tschauner, Michael Riccabona
J Ultrason 2023; 23: e23–e27
Evaluation of the relationship between quantitative ultrasound findings and morbidly adherent placenta

In this study, we assessed the sensitivity and specificity of different quantitative findings of color Doppler and grayscale ultrasonography in predicting morbidly adherent placenta. A total of 120 patients were ultimately included for analysis, of whom 15 had morbidly adherent placenta. The two groups were significantly different regarding the number of vessels. Based on color Doppler ultrasonography, in predicting the morbidly adherent placenta, more than two intraplecental echolucent zones with color flow had 93% and 98% sensitivity and specificity, respectively. According to grayscale ultrasonography, more than thirteen intraplacental echolucent zones had the sensitivity and specificity of 86% and 80% in predicting morbidly adherent placenta, respectively. Echolucent zone >11 mm at non-fetal surface had a sensitivity of 93% and a specificity of 66% in detecting morbidly adherent placenta.

Fatemeh Sadeghi Ardakani, Fatemeh Tara, Amir Mahmoud Ahmadzade, Nafiseh Saghafi, Farrokh Seilanian Toosi, Farzaneh Khoroushi, Maryam Emadzadeh, Sara Mirzaeian, Behzad Aminzadeh
J Ultrason 2023; 23: e10–e14
Diagnostic efficacy of ultrasonography, Doppler ultrasonography and elastography in the evaluation of suspected malignant lymph nodes

In this prospective study, the efficiency of imaging findings was investigated by comparing the histopathological results of lymph nodes with Doppler and ultrasound features and elasticity scores.  When the individual and combined effects of the ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound, and ultrasound elastography were evaluated, the combination of all three imaging methods was found to have the highest sensitivity and the highest overall accuracy (90.4% and 73.9%).

Hülya Çetin Tunçez, Ali Murat Koç, Zehra Hilal Adıbelli, Fatma Zeynep Arslan, Asuman Argon, Gülşen Yücel Oğuzdoğan
J Ultrason 2023; 23: e1–e9