RADIOLOGY NEWS
CT severity scores reveal extent of COVID-19
April 2, 2020 -- Chest CT severity scores can help radiologists evaluate the extent of COVID-19 and better triage patients, according to a study published March 30 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging by a group of researchers from China.  Discuss
Deep learning helps CT better quantify COVID-19
April 2, 2020 -- A deep-learning algorithm can help chest CT better quantify lung opacification caused by COVID-19, according to a study by researchers from Wuhan, China, published March 30 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
IMV: CT contrast media reaches a crossroads as use dips
April 2, 2020 -- For the first time ever, the number of CT procedures in the U.S. conducted with no contrast media exceeded those conducted with contrast in 2019, according to a new report by IMV Medical Information Division. Lorna Young of IMV explains why.  Discuss
AI assesses osteoporosis risk from x-ray, CT reports
April 1, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm was able to assess a patient's risk of osteoporosis from x-ray and CT reports much better than the traditional method of manual review by healthcare professionals, according to research set to be published in mid-April in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.  Discuss
Ob/gyn ultrasound tools work for COVID-19 lung imaging
April 1, 2020 -- The ultrasound probes and systems that ob/gyn professionals typically rely on for prenatal checkups can also be used for lung imaging in patients with suspected cases of COVID-19, according to an article published on March 24 in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  Discuss
Brain images may show 'cytokine storm' from COVID-19
April 1, 2020 -- New CT and MR images of a patient in Michigan with COVID-19 appear to show the impact on the brain of "cytokine storm syndrome," when the body's immune system produces a flood of immune cells that can damage organs. The pictorial report was published online March 31 in Radiology.  Discuss
fMRI finds reason for impulsive binge drinking
April 1, 2020 -- Functional MR images (fMRI) have uncovered decreased connectivity from excessive alcohol intake in part of the brain's basal ganglia that could explain an impulsive person's inclination to continue to binge drink, according to a study published on March 26 in PLOS One.  Discuss
Wuhan nuclear medicine docs give COVID-19 safety advice
March 31, 2020 -- Nuclear medicine specialists from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, have published safety precautions for dealing with patients, staff, and equipment during the pandemic in a March 25 article in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss
Open-source AI COVID-Net targets COVID-19 on chest x-ray
March 31, 2020 -- Canadian researchers are developing an open-source artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm called COVID-Net for detecting COVID-19 on chest x-rays. They've also made the training dataset available for other researchers.  Discuss
AI-based CAD accurately detects tuberculosis on chest x-rays
March 31, 2020 -- A computer-aided detection (CAD) software application developed with deep-learning technology can detect tuberculosis on chest radiographs at a comparable level to human experts, according to research published online March 26 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss