RADIOLOGY NEWS
MRI reveals brain changes in technologist with COVID-19
June 1, 2020 -- MRI scans of a 25-year-old Italian radiologic technologist who contracted COVID-19 and lost her sense of smell suggest the virus may invade the brain through the olfactory pathway and cause dysfunction of sensorineural origin. This finding was published online by JAMA Neurology on May 29.  Discuss
PET/MRI shows inflammation link to mitral valve prolapse
June 1, 2020 -- Researchers using a hybrid PET/MRI scanner detected a link between degenerative mitral valve prolapse and F-18 FDG uptake, a surrogate for myocardial inflammation and/or ischemia. The results, published online May 27 in JAMA Cardiology, apply to asymptomatic patients as well, suggesting an ongoing subclinical disease process.  Discuss
Remote reading prepares group for COVID-19 response
June 1, 2020 -- When a radiology group in Northern California "took back the night" by insourcing its overnight teleradiology image interpretation several years ago, it had no idea it was also preparing itself for a more effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Jason Wiesner of Sutter Health explains.  Discuss
AI can aid radiologists in detecting pancreatic cancer
June 1, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm helped radiologists from Taiwan improve their performance in detecting pancreatic cancer on CT exams, demonstrating strong performance across a range of ethnicities, according to research published online May 26 in Lancet Digital Health.  Discuss
COVID-19 CT findings often negative in children
May 29, 2020 -- More than three-quarters of chest CT findings in children with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 disease are negative, according to a study published May 28 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
How long will radiology's COVID-19 recovery take?
May 29, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has had many downstream effects and has proven financially devastating for many medical specialties, including radiology. Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look ahead at the long road to recovery.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 111: ER's best effort
May 29, 2020 -- The relationship between a hospital's radiology and emergency departments can get a bit strained at times. Andy and Dr. Roth struggle to interpret the latest request for imaging from emergency in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
FDA approves Avid's flortaucipir PET agent for tau imaging
May 28, 2020 -- In what the agency called a regulatory first, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the radiopharmaceutical flortaucipir F-18 for imaging tau pathology on PET scans. The agent was developed by Eli Lilly subsidiary Avid Radiopharmaceuticals and will be marketed as Tauvid.  Discuss
MRI aids discovery of new pregnancy contraction
May 28, 2020 -- Researchers using MRI to study blood flow through the placenta discovered a new type of contraction during pregnancy. The authors described the characteristics of the aptly named "utero-placental pump" in a study published on May 28 in PLOS Biology.  Discuss
Gadolinium levels increase sharply in Tokyo rivers
May 28, 2020 -- The amount of gadolinium found in rivers around Tokyo has risen sharply over the last two decades, in line with a rapid proliferation of MRI scanners and an increasingly aging population that receives more contrast-enhanced exams, according to research published in the May issue of Marine Pollution Bulletin.  Discuss