RADIOLOGY NEWS
Radiology has key role to play in the midst of COVID-19
March 24, 2020 -- Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, radiologists have a key role to play in helping their hospitals respond to the crisis -- from infection control to offering staff support, according to Dr. Carolyn Meltzer of Emory University in Atlanta and Dr. Mahmud Mossa-Basha of the University of Washington in Seattle.  Discuss
Telehealth rules relaxed for radiologists during COVID-19
March 24, 2020 -- In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Medicare has temporarily opened up the ability for physicians to provide medical care to patients without the need for them to be in the same physical location. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains whether this represents a new opportunity for radiologists.  Discuss
Doctors in Italy, Spain using ultrasound for COVID-19
March 23, 2020 -- Doctors in Italy and Spain are using ultrasound to help with diagnosis, treatment, and admission decisions amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has overwhelmed health systems and led to shortages of tests, ventilators, and other crucial supplies.  Discuss
Is the annual cost of breast cancer screening worth it?
March 23, 2020 -- The total national cost of annual breast cancer screening in a population of younger, commercially insured women is $2.1 billion in the U.S., according to a research letter published online March 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Unified radiology worklist smooths after-hours workflow
March 23, 2020 -- Unifying multiple radiology worklists into a single worklist can make coverage of after-hours imaging studies more efficient and reduce report turnaround times, according to a clinical practice management case study published online March 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
CT depicts how COVID-19 abnormalities change over time
March 20, 2020 -- CT scans revealed rapid progression of abnormalities in COVID-19 patients, typically peaking on the 10th day from symptom onset, in a new study published March 19 in Radiology. The persistence of CT abnormalities through the final stages of disease underscores the need to monitor patients well after discharge.  Discuss
AI differentiates COVID-19 from other pneumonia
March 20, 2020 -- Researchers from China have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that accurately detects COVID-19 and differentiates it from community-acquired pneumonia and other lung diseases. They shared their results in an article published online March 19 in Radiology.  Discuss
Seattle: COVID-19 patients compromised by comorbidities
March 20, 2020 -- Elderly Seattle area patients who developed COVID-19 in February were made more vulnerable by comorbidities -- and 95% had abnormal imaging findings on admission to the hospital, according to a research letter published online March 19 in JAMA.  Discuss
CT details effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women
March 20, 2020 -- Does COVID-19 have a more devastating effect on pregnant women? Is the disease passed down to newborns after birth? What's the best management strategy for this vulnerable population? Researchers from China addressed these and similar questions in a March 18 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Breast MRI works as presurgical tool
March 20, 2020 -- Breast MRI may improve surgical success for women with breast cancer, according to a study published on March 17 in Radiology. Patients who underwent presurgical MRI had fewer positive surgical margins and repeat surgeries than those who did not.  Discuss