RADIOLOGY NEWS
Can MRI-guided breast biopsy evaluate chemo response?
January 15, 2021 -- MRI-guided breast biopsy looks like a promising method to evaluate complete response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in women with breast cancer, according to the findings of a pilot study published January 15 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Radiomics, AI can guide NSCLC treatment decisions
January 15, 2021 -- Radiomics and artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to guide treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without the need for a biopsy, according to research presented January 13 at the American Association for Cancer Research Virtual Special Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Diagnosis, and Imaging.  Discuss
Report charts 80% drop in cardiac SPECT during COVID-19
January 15, 2021 -- A hospital in Alabama saw an 80% drop in the volume of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging studies during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020 as patients postponed nonessential procedures.  Discuss
CT radiomics classifies small nodules found in CT lung screening
January 15, 2021 -- A machine-learning algorithm can be highly accurate for classifying very small lung nodules found in low-dose CT lung screening programs, according to a poster presentation at this week's American Association for Cancer Research Virtual Special Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Diagnosis, and Imaging.  Discuss
Mammograms for inpatients could boost screening rates
January 15, 2021 -- Offering mammograms to low-income patients during an inpatient hospital stay could boost screening rates, according to the findings of a small pilot study published on January 11 in the Annals of Family Medicine.  Discuss
How many cancers were missed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
January 14, 2021 -- Cancer diagnoses declined by double digits at a prominent Boston healthcare system during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, according to an analysis published on January 14 in JAMA Oncology. Researchers estimated more than 1,400 lesions could have been missed in a three-month period.  Discuss
NCRP nixes gonadal screening, urges regulatory changes
January 14, 2021 -- The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) on January 13 advised against the routine use of gonadal shielding during abdominal and pelvic radiography. The change is in line with current scientific thinking on the risks of shielding, such as missed findings.  Discuss
Asians, Hispanics miss out on imaging during pandemic
January 14, 2021 -- Hispanic and Asian patients have been significantly less likely to get imaging studies during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating the risk of delayed diagnoses, according to a Brigham and Women's study published January 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Thyroid cancer screening hits the right note
January 13, 2021 -- Researchers from France discovered a thyroid cancer screening technique that hit all the right notes. The method can noninvasively detect abnormally stiff tissues on ultrasound when participants sing the "eeee" sound, according to a January 12 study in Applied Physics Letters.  Discuss
PET/CT guidance offers valuable approach to lung biopsies
January 13, 2021 -- One optimum way to reduce inconclusive lung biopsy results and better detect malignancies is to use FDG-PET/CT for the image-guided procedure. Researchers from Brazil found that PET/CT had advantages over conventional CT guidance.  Discuss