RADIOLOGY NEWS
Cardiac CT shows promise for osteoporosis screening
July 14, 2020 -- Cardiac CT exams used to evaluate patients' heart health could deliver the added benefit of screening for osteoporosis -- an especially valuable use given the prevalence of the modality, according to a study published July 14 in Radiology.  Discuss
On the bus: Mobile lung screening expands patient care
July 14, 2020 -- A lung cancer screening program that uses a customized bus to bring low-dose CT to patients in rural or underserved areas effectively expands access to this critical preventive service, according to a study published July 14 in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  Discuss
SNMMI 2020: How nuclear medicine handled COVID-19
July 14, 2020 -- Implementing a proactive, multipronged strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic helped Mount Sinai Hospital safeguard its patients and staff as much as humanly possible, according to a Monday presentation at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2020 virtual annual meeting.  Discuss
Breast cancer mortality higher after heart attack
July 14, 2020 -- Women with breast cancer are more likely to die of cancer after experiencing a heart attack, according to the findings of a July 13 study in Nature Medicine.  Discuss
SNMMI 2020: Medical students key to the specialty's future
July 13, 2020 -- The early recruitment of medical students into nuclear medicine and molecular imaging is the key to the specialty's future, said Dr. Vasken Dilsizian during his president's address on Sunday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) virtual annual meeting.  Discuss
COVID-19 survivors have specific CT findings
July 13, 2020 -- Patients who die from COVID-19 tend to have different findings on CT compared to those who survive the disease, according to a study published July 9 in Nature: Scientific Reports.  Discuss
New payment model led to decline of imaging in Oregon
July 13, 2020 -- A Medicare payment model in Oregon that reimbursed certain community health clinics based on their total number of patients instead of their volume of patient encounters led to a drastic decline in the number of imaging procedures, according to the findings of a study published on July 7 in Health Affairs.  Discuss
Debate flares over use of GBCAs and lawsuit risk
July 10, 2020 -- The ongoing debate over the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) and how their use may put radiologists at risk of lawsuits flared this week as the Journal of the American College of Radiology published a flurry of communications regarding a November paper on gadolinium deposition disease.  Discuss
Pandemic sharply impacted imaging volume, operations
July 10, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic drastically impacted imaging volume for radiology practices throughout the country and necessitated a variety of challenging operational adjustments. And some of these changes may be long-lasting, according to research published online July 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
What causes PTE in COVID-19 patients?
July 10, 2020 -- CT pulmonary angiography findings suggest that the development of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) in patients with COVID-19 is a manifestation of pulmonary artery thrombosis due to lung inflammation rather than venous thromboembolism, according to a study published July 9 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss