Are clinicians ordering CT lung screening too often?
September 10, 2020 -- Referring providers are ordering CT lung cancer screening exams for individuals who don't meet established clinical guidelines for the tests, according to a study published September 6 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
CT shows COVID-19 causes lingering lung damage
September 9, 2020 -- Six-week follow-up CT exams of patients with COVID-19 show lingering damage to lung tissue in 88% of patients who were hospitalized, according to a presentation delivered September 7 at the virtual European Respiratory Society International Congress.  Discuss
ACC recommends CCTA as first evaluation for CAD
September 9, 2020 -- Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) can be used as a first-line evaluation for coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a report by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) published September 7 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
Portable MRI is feasible for ICU neuroimaging
September 8, 2020 -- Use of a portable low-field MRI scanner is feasible for neuroimaging patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to a study published September 8 in JAMA Neurology. The research results suggest that there could be a way to make neuroimaging more accessible for critically ill patients.  Discuss
CT scan helps solve another Cuban mystery case
September 8, 2020 -- CT helped solve the case of a tourist who developed neurological impairment after a trip to Cuba, according to a September 8 report published in JAMA Neurology. The tourist's symptoms were remarkably similar to those of U.S. and Canadian diplomats who were suspected of being victims of a "sonic weapon" in 2016.  Discuss
3D printing enhances planning of TAVR procedures
September 8, 2020 -- 3D-printed soft aortic root models with integrated electronic sensor arrays can improve the planning of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures in patients with aortic stenosis, potentially decreasing the risk of complications, according to research published online August 28 in Science Advances.  Discuss
Nuclear medicine volume plummets due to COVID-19
September 8, 2020 -- It's no secret COVID-19 has disrupted nuclear medicine clinical practice, research, and work environments. However, a new survey by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging quantifies the effects: nearly 80% of respondents saw declines of 50% to 75% in non-PET nuclear medicine procedures.  Discuss
Can AI diagnose heart failure on chest x-rays?
September 8, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can provide a promising level of accuracy for diagnosing heart failure on chest radiographs, according to a presentation from Japanese researchers at the recent European Society of Cardiology virtual congress.  Discuss
SNMMI updates ventilation study guidance
September 8, 2020 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has updated its statement regarding the use of ventilation/perfusion lung studies during the COVID-19 pandemic to recognize that sometimes these studies are clinically necessary.  Discuss
Cardiac MRI shows myocarditis in athletes with COVID-19
September 4, 2020 -- More than 30% of Big Ten athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 were found on cardiac MRI to have heart inflammation, or myocarditis, according to a report published September 3 in the Centre Daily Times of State College, PA. The study raises questions about whether it is safe for these athletes to return to competition.  Discuss