RADIOLOGY NEWS
Intelerad invests in cloud with Radius acquisition
August 5, 2020 -- Enterprise imaging software developer Intelerad Medical Systems is investing in the future of cloud computing in radiology with the acquisition of Radius, a provider of cloud hosting and managed services.  Discuss
USPSTF advises against carotid artery stenosis screening
August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is poised to once again recommend against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. The task force reaffirmed its D rating in a draft recommendation statement published on August 4.  Discuss
X-ray isolation keeps patients and staff safe during COVID-19
August 5, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many radiology facilities to find innovative ways to do their work while keeping patients and staff safe. In a new paper, Australian researchers describe their technique for acquiring x-rays through glass, enabling x-ray equipment to be isolated outside patient rooms.  Discuss
Relaxing rooms may improve mammogram image quality
August 5, 2020 -- A women's imaging center in Florida has reported that spa-like rooms with soothing videos, scents, and sounds resulted in better mammogram image quality. Their study is the first to link multisensory environments to better breast images, according to the researchers.  Discuss
Russian scientists develop breast MRI device
August 5, 2020 -- A group of Russian scientists have developed a device that can enable existing MRI scanners to perform breast MRI without the need for specialized breast coils. They shared their results in research published online July 31 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
Snapchat makes radiology diagnosis a snap for residents
August 4, 2020 -- Snapchat -- the social media platform famous for its quickly disappearing images -- proved to be an effective tool for educating radiology residents in a small pilot study published on July 30 in Emergency Radiology.  Discuss
ACR to coordinate imaging for large COVID-19 study
August 4, 2020 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) will lead imaging coordination efforts for a multicenter study on patients with severe acute COVID-19.  Discuss
Pediatric EDs using more ultrasound, MRI instead of CT
August 3, 2020 -- Although pediatric emergency departments (EDs) performed fewer CT exams between 2009 and 2018, their utilization of advanced imaging increased overall due to expanded use of MRI and ultrasound exams, according to research published online August 3 in JAMA Pediatrics.  Discuss
Siemens to buy Varian in $16B deal
August 3, 2020 -- In what's being called the biggest healthcare acquisition of the year, Siemens Healthineers has agreed to buy Varian Medical Systems in a deal valued at $16.4 billion. The purchase marks a major expansion of Siemens' operations, from its core in diagnostic medicine into cancer treatment.  Discuss
COVID-19 likely more than a respiratory illness in kids
August 3, 2020 -- A disease associated with COVID-19 that causes multiple organ failure in children presents imaging findings that are different than a typical acute infection, indicating that COVID-19 is likely far more than a respiratory illness in kids, according to an article published online July 30 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss