RADIOLOGY NEWS
Study supports more use of MRI in patients with implants
October 22, 2020 -- Many more patients with implanted devices like pacemakers could safely undergo MRI and reap clinical benefits of the modality than do so currently, according to a new registry study published in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging online October 22.  Discuss
IMV: Radiation therapy volume stays steady despite COVID-19
October 22, 2020 -- Radiation therapy procedure volume has remained relatively stable throughout 2020, bucking a trend seen in diagnostic radiology, in which the COVID-19 pandemic has led to major drops in imaging exam volume. That's according to a new report on radiation oncology by market research firm IMV Medical Information Division.  Discuss
AI extracts more data from single-energy CT
October 22, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm was able to extract more data from conventional CT images, allowing single-energy CT to approach the performance of dual-energy CT without the additional radiation, according to a study published October 19 in the journal Patterns.  Discuss
Spectral CT boosts early COVID-19 assessment
October 22, 2020 -- Spectral CT is better at identifying early-stage COVID-19 disease than conventional CT, enabling better visualization of pulmonary lesions, according to a study published October 21 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
CMS to delay start of RO Model for radiation therapy
October 21, 2020 -- The radiation oncology community has cause for celebration as the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to postpone for six months the implementation of its Radiation Oncology (RO) Model, a controversial new method of paying for radiation therapy treatments.  Discuss
Disinfect the air, say ultrasound experts from China
October 21, 2020 -- Chinese ultrasound experts advised disinfecting both surfaces and the room air within ultrasound departments to protect healthcare professionals during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The advice is among the first to address air sanitation, and it was published on October 12 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Lack of Medicare CTC coverage affects people of color
October 21, 2020 -- The number of screening CT colonography (CTC) exams appears to decrease after age 65 -- a trend that may have a disproportionate impact on Black patients and those of other racial minorities, according to a study published October 18 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Study confirms viability of low-field MRI for ICH
October 21, 2020 -- A portable low-field MRI scanner could offer an alternative to standard imaging with MRI or CT in the management of patients with suspected intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), according to poster research presented earlier this month during the virtual annual meeting of the American Neurological Association.  Discuss
MRI biomarker portends preterm infant development risks
October 20, 2020 -- A quantitative MRI software application can predict which preterm infants will go on to develop motor development disorders such as cerebral palsy, potentially enabling risk stratification and early interventions in these children, according to research published online September 28 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
More evidence supports routine use of synthesized mammo
October 20, 2020 -- Synthesized 2D mammography delivered promising results in the largest study to date comparing images reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis scans with traditional digital mammograms. Researchers published their findings on October 13 in Radiology.  Discuss