Siemens Healthineers completes Varian acquisition
April 15, 2021 -- It's been called the biggest acquisition in healthcare this year, and now it's a done deal. Siemens Healthineers announced on Thursday that its purchase of Varian Medical Systems is complete. The purchase instantly makes Siemens the dominant player in the global radiation therapy market. Read More
AI predicts heart disease mortality from CT lung screening exams
April 15, 2021 -- A deep-learning algorithm used to analyze CT lung cancer screening exams was able to predict risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease, according to a study published April 15 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. Read More
PET shows slow cognitive recovery in chronic COVID-19 patients
April 15, 2021 -- FDG-PET scans and cognitive function tests showed that patients with chronic COVID-19 who suffer from neurological impairment had not yet returned to normal after six months in a recent study by German researchers. Read More
Weight-bearing CT, 3D analysis can assess knee osteoarthritis
April 15, 2021 -- Quantitative 3D analysis of weight-bearing CT is a promising technique for assessing the structural changes associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to research published online April 13 in Radiology. Read More
COVID-19 'drastically' impacted 2020 ultrasound volume
April 14, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic drastically impacted utilization of ultrasound exams in the emergency department performed by radiologists, according to research presented Wednesday at the virtual 2021 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting. Read More
Ultrasound useful for COVID-19 in the ICU, but clear protocols are key
April 14, 2021 -- Ultrasound has played a key role in the intensive care unit (ICU) during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a panel held April 13 at the virtual 2021 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting. Read More
Is COVID-19 making breast radiologists work harder?
April 14, 2021 -- Breast imagers are working harder to maintain the same productivity, as measured by relative value units year to year, even as the COVID-19 pandemic led to a decrease in mammography volume, according to data presented at the Society of Breast Imaging/American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Symposium. Read More
Reimbursement for AI in radiology is more than just billable codes
April 14, 2021 -- The radiology community is abuzz with talk of artificial intelligence (AI) systems that can assist physicians with image interpretation and perform other tasks. But how will radiologists get paid? Sandy Coffta addresses this question. Read More
Shared decision-making: Is it harmful for lung cancer screening?
April 14, 2021 -- Why is CT lung cancer screening the only screening exam to require a session of shared decision-making between patients and doctors to receive Medicare reimbursement? Dr. Frederic Grannis examines this question in a new article. Read More
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute uses Philips Ambient Experience to help a COVID-19 patient through a cardiac MRI
April 14, 2021 -- COVID-19 has impacted millions of people around the world, including athletes. Teams have formed "bubbles" to help contain the spread, but even then, dozens of players have become infected. Read More
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