RADIOLOGY NEWS
CT proves vital for early diagnosis of COVID-19
February 20, 2020 -- Chest CT demonstrated better sensitivity than DNA testing at detecting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in high-risk individuals upon initial presentation of symptoms in a new study, published online February 19 in Radiology. The findings affirm the vital role of CT in the early diagnosis of the condition.  Discuss
Breast screening reduces race-related cancer disparities
February 20, 2020 -- African American women have a 40% higher rate of breast cancer mortality than white women, partially because of increased incidence of triple-negative breast cancer. But screening mammography might improve that statistic, according to a research letter published online on February 19 in JAMA Surgery.  Discuss
Imaging shows rising scourge of black lung in coal miners
February 20, 2020 -- The return of black lung disease in coal workers isn't just limited to the U.S. In a new study, Australian researchers used x-ray and CT to document the presentation of lung diseases in coal miners -- cases that could have been detected earlier if better screening programs were in place.  Discuss
Most cysts found on breast ultrasound don't need biopsy
February 20, 2020 -- Clustered microcysts found on breast ultrasound are at very low risk of developing into cancer and can be safely tracked with imaging rather than biopsied, according to a study published online February 18 in Radiology.  Discuss
Shared systems enable digital pathology deployments: Part 1
February 20, 2020 -- Getting the go-ahead for a digital pathology system is a challenge due to cost. But leveraging shared imaging infrastructures improves the financial picture, writes IT consultant Michael J. Cannavo.  Discuss
DBT finds more cancers, reduces unnecessary recalls
February 19, 2020 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) found more than twice as many cancers as full-field digital mammography alone or a combination of the two technologies in a recent study, published online February 14 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
AI in radiology? Patients are cautiously optimistic
February 19, 2020 -- Patients are optimistic about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology, with a caveat: They don't want AI technology to break the connection between patient and care provider, according to a case study published February 14 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Prehydration not needed before contrast CT of kidneys
February 18, 2020 -- Prehydrating patients who have chronic kidney disease before they undergo a contrast-enhanced CT exam has been the standard of care for years. But new research suggests that the practice results in unnecessary costs with few patient benefits. The findings were published online on February 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Amyloid PET results prompt adults to rethink their future
February 18, 2020 -- When PET scans reveal elevated amyloid levels in cognitively normal older adults, the prospect of possibly progressing to Alzheimer's disease prompts many of them to reconsider their future priorities.  Discuss
Can ultrasound, 3D printing deepen maternal-fetal bonds?
February 18, 2020 -- When a pregnant woman sees her fetus on imaging scans, it can help strengthen the bond she feels with her unborn child, say researchers. They demonstrate how 3D-printed models based on ultrasound scans confirmed this concept in a study published online on February 8 in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.  Discuss