RADIOLOGY NEWS
DBT has lower recall rate in large U.S. study
March 31, 2020 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) had significantly lower recall rates than digital mammography in a study published on March 30 in JAMA Network Open. The modality also had higher rates of breast cancer detection, suggesting the reduction in recalls wasn't because of missed cancer cases.  Discuss
CT confirms bathhouse transmission of SARS-CoV-2
March 31, 2020 -- CT exams have confirmed the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus among nine patients who used a bathhouse more than 400 miles north of Wuhan, China, according to a research letter published March 30 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Quality improvement effort slashes CT radiation dose
March 31, 2020 -- A simple and cost-effective intervention led to reductions in CT radiation dose as high as 58% -- without a notable drop in image quality -- for a cohort of nearly 1 million individuals from 100 facilities across the globe in a new study. The findings were published online March 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
AI-based CAD accurately detects tuberculosis on chest x-rays
March 31, 2020 -- A computer-aided detection (CAD) software application developed with deep-learning technology can detect tuberculosis on chest radiographs at a comparable level to human experts, according to research published online March 26 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Digital FDG-PET offers insights to hearing loss
March 30, 2020 -- The use of digital PET to measure FDG uptake in the area of the brain devoted to hearing can help diagnose asymmetrical hearing loss and gauge the potential efficacy of a cochlear implant, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Small acts of self-care can manage COVID-19 stress
March 27, 2020 -- Small acts of self-care can protect radiologists from burnout, even in the face of the additional stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an opinion published online March 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
AR, 3D printing set to improve cranial surgery outcomes
March 27, 2020 -- Researchers from Brazil have developed a way to visualize and interact with patient-specific anatomy using augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing. They describe how the technique could improve preoperative planning for cranial surgery and patient outcomes in an article in the March issue of Neurosurgical Focus.  Discuss
RSNA proposes standardized CT reporting for COVID-19
March 27, 2020 -- CT is currently not recommended as a first-line diagnostic or screening tool for COVID-19, but its use to understand and manage the disease continues to grow. In response, the RSNA proposed standardized CT reporting language for COVID-19 in a special report posted on March 25 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
SABR slows prostate cancer progression
March 27, 2020 -- A form of highly focused, intense radiation therapy called stereotactic ablative radiation (SABR) appears to slow the progression of metastatic prostate cancer in men with hormone-sensitive disease, according to a study published online March 26 in JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
Imaging confirms coronavirus transmits from mother to fetus
March 26, 2020 -- The combination of CT, x-ray, and DNA testing confirmed that the novel coronavirus was transmitted from pregnant women to nearly 10% of newborns in a new study, published online March 26 in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings underscore the need for strict infection control measures for this vulnerable population.  Discuss