Ultrasound scoring aids COVID-19 decisions
May 18, 2020 -- A risk-stratification system that includes scores from lung ultrasound scans may help emergency clinicians quickly make care decisions for patients with COVID-19, according to an article published on May 9 in Emergency Medicine Australasia.  Discuss
POCUS provides unique advantages for COVID-19 imaging
May 14, 2020 -- Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be used to image the lungs, hearts, and veins of patients with COVID-19, according to the experiences of front-line personnel that were summarized in a commentary published on April 29 in Academic Emergency Medicine.  Discuss
Lung ultrasound scans reduce staff exposure to COVID-19
May 13, 2020 -- Daily lung ultrasound scans reduced the need for other imaging methods in COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory failure, reducing healthcare staff exposure to the virus, according to the findings of a study published on May 6 in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology.  Discuss
Bowel abnormalities found in COVID-19 patients
May 12, 2020 -- Abdominal imaging of COVID-19 patients has shown that bowel abnormalities, including ischemia, are common findings in these cases, according to research published online May 11 in Radiology. Cholestasis is also frequently present.  Discuss
Course teaches ob/gyns to identify COVID-19 on lung US
May 4, 2020 -- A two-and-a-half-hour online course boosted the knowledge of COVID-19 lung ultrasound presentation among ob/gyn clinicians with no prior lung ultrasound experience, according to the findings of a small study published on April 29 in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  Discuss
Italian team recommends ultrasound for kids with COVID-19
April 28, 2020 -- A team of Italian researchers has said lung ultrasound scans may be better than chest radiography for children with COVID-19. The recommendation comes from the findings of a small, observational study published on April 21 in Pediatrics.  Discuss
FDA relaxes rules on imaging modifications for COVID-19
April 24, 2020 -- In an effort to make medical imaging more available to COVID-19 patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is relaxing its rules on modification of radiology equipment. Modifications will not need the agency's imprimatur before being used on patients during the crisis.  Discuss
Is thyroid cancer overdiagnosed for 9/11 first responders?
April 20, 2020 -- Thyroid cancer diagnoses are up to three times more common in 9/11 first responders than the general population. However, the increased cancer rate may be due to overscreening, according to an article published on April 20 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Radiology volume, research will take COVID-19 hit
April 16, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic will adversely affect imaging volume, cancer treatment, and research going forward, according to a series of reports published April 15 in Radiology and Radiology: Imaging Cancer.  Discuss
5 steps to safe scanning with ultrasound during COVID-19
April 15, 2020 -- Ultrasound experts released guidelines for performing safe scans during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The guidelines, which were published on April 4 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, reinforce standard cleaning and disinfection protocols, as well as introduce new measures in light of the pandemic.  Discuss