RADIOLOGY NEWS
Ultrasound predicts ulcerative colitis treatment response
January 11, 2021 -- Ultrasound scans may help physicians predict which patients with severe ulcerative colitis won't respond to steroid treatment, according to a January 5 study published in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. As a result, these patients could gain quicker access to alternative colon-saving therapies.  Discuss
Coding changes that will impact radiology in 2021
January 8, 2021 -- The big news in revisions to current procedural terminology codes for 2021 is the overhaul of the evaluation and management section. Erin Stephens of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
Lung involvement portends COVID-19 mortality risk
January 8, 2021 -- Volumetric analysis of lung consolidation on chest CT scans can be used to predict the risk of COVID-19 patients dying in the hospital and aid in management decisions, researchers from Michigan reported in a study published online January 6 in European Journal of Radiology Open.  Discuss
CT/ultrasound fusion enhances ovarian biopsies
January 8, 2021 -- A method that combines CT radiomics and real-time CT/ultrasound image fusion can yield more accurate and efficient tissue biopsies in ovarian cancer patients and may, in the future, even facilitate "virtual" biopsies, according to research published online December 14 in European Radiology.  Discuss
CT helps radiologists plan facial feminization surgery
January 7, 2021 -- Using CT, radiologists can play a key role in planning facial feminization surgery -- procedures that adjust masculine characteristics such as brow, nose, and chin prominence -- in transgender patients, according to a review published online December 30 in the American Journal of Roentgeonology.  Discuss
AI predicts metastasis in gastric cancer patients
January 7, 2021 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can predict the presence of occult peritoneal metastasis in gastric cancer patients based on preoperative CT scans, potentially helping in treatment decision-making and avoiding unnecessary surgeries, according to research published online January 5 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
6 factors that influence who gets routine mammography
January 7, 2021 -- Researchers identified six psychological and socioeconomic factors that influence whether a woman is more or less likely to undergo regular screening mammography. The Turkish research team published their findings on January 2 in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.  Discuss
Optum bids to buy Change Healthcare in $13B deal
January 6, 2021 -- UnitedHealth Group's Optum health services company has signed an agreement to acquire healthcare information systems and enterprise imaging vendor Change Healthcare in a deal valued at over $13 billion.  Discuss
Family breast cancer history tied to mammo usage
January 6, 2021 -- Should women with a family history of breast cancer qualify for additional screening mammography? A December 24 study in the Breast found these moderate-risk patients underwent more mammograms and had a higher rate of screen-detected cancers than their lower-risk peers.  Discuss
CTPA shows promise as a PE predictor in COPD patients
January 5, 2021 -- Ten percent of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who presented at the hospital with worsening respiratory symptoms and suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) proved to have the condition on CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA), according to a study published January 5 in JAMA.  Discuss