fMRI gets to the bottom of smell, taste dysfunction from COVID-19
January 25, 2021 -- Functional MRI (fMRI) was helpful for evaluating persistent smell and taste dysfunction in a patient with COVID-19, according to a case report published January 22 in JAMA Neurology. The orbitofrontal cortex appears to be particularly relevant in understanding the cause of symptoms, Kuwaiti researchers reported.  Discuss
Review supports surgical excision for FEA breast lesions
January 25, 2021 -- There's enough evidence to support surgical excision of flat epithelial atypia (FEA) breast lesions, according to a meta-analysis published on January 22 in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. These types of benign breast lesions were upgraded to cancer 5% of the time in the new study.  Discuss
3D T2 maps enhance assessment of myocarditis on MRI
January 25, 2021 -- A free-breathing, 3D whole-heart T2 MRI mapping sequence can efficiently and reproducibly quantify myocardial T2 times in patients with suspected myocarditis, and potentially even detect more cases of cardiac inflammation than standard 2D T2 maps, according to research published online January 19 in Radiology.  Discuss
MRI helps identify problems with buttock augmentation
January 25, 2021 -- Silicone fillers and injections of the buttocks are becoming increasingly common as individuals seek the perfect shape without plastic surgery. But the long-term consequences of such injections are also becoming more prevalent, creating a role for MRI to help identify problems.
Study suggests extending Cu-64 tracer window to 3 hours
January 25, 2021 -- For patients with neuroendocrine neoplasms, the imaging time window of copper-64 (Cu-64) DOTATATE PET/CT can be extended from one hour to three hours after injection, according to new research.  Discuss
Ultrasound shows lymph node changes after COVID-19 vaccine
January 22, 2021 -- Breast ultrasound was used to demonstrate signs of lymph node enlargement in four cases of patients who received the COVID-19 vaccine. Radiologists from NewYork-Presbyterian published the case studies on January 18 in Clinical Imaging.  Discuss
AI enhances performance of CT lung cancer screening
January 22, 2021 -- Combining artificial intelligence (AI) with Lung-RADS can sharply increase specificity in low-dose CT lung cancer screening programs without hurting sensitivity, according to a January 19 study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
USPSTF readies update to breast screening guidelines
January 21, 2021 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published the draft research plan it will use to update its mammography screening guidance. The plan is the first step to issuing new USPSTF breast screening recommendations, which can affect how private insurers reimburse screening.  Discuss
How the Consolidated Appropriations Act will impact radiology practices
January 21, 2021 -- The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 is a sweeping piece of legislation that provides relief to individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers an analysis.  Discuss
PET identifies tau's origin in Alzheimer's disease
January 21, 2021 -- An automated PET image analysis method can track the development of tau protein clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, revealing an important clue in how the devastating disease could potentially be treated, according to research published online January 20 in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss