Radiology practices cut costs in response to COVID-19 August 6, 2020 -- Faced with sharply lower imaging volumes in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most radiology practices in the U.S. were forced to adopt cost-cutting measures such as reducing headcount, salaries, and incentive payments, according to research published online August 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Discuss
AI analyzes likelihood, extent of COVID-19 on chest CT August 6, 2020 -- A freely available artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can yield comparable diagnostic performance to radiologists for assessing the likelihood and severity of COVID-19 on noncontrast chest CT exams in patients suspected of having the disease, according to research published online in Radiology on July 30. Discuss
NIH launches COVID-19 AI, imaging data center August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center, which will provide artificial intelligence (AI) and medical imaging data to clinicians treating patients with COVID-19.
Radiology payments to be lower under 2021 MPFS, HOPPS August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed rules for the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) -- and they don't bring good news for radiology. Discuss
USPSTF advises against carotid artery stenosis screening August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is poised to once again recommend against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. The task force reaffirmed its D rating in a draft recommendation statement published on August 4. Discuss
X-ray isolation keeps patients and staff safe during COVID-19 August 5, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many radiology facilities to find innovative ways to do their work while keeping patients and staff safe. In a new paper, Australian researchers describe their technique for acquiring x-rays through glass, enabling x-ray equipment to be isolated outside patient rooms. Discuss
Relaxing rooms may improve mammogram image quality August 5, 2020 -- A women's imaging center in Florida has reported that spa-like rooms with soothing videos, scents, and sounds resulted in better mammogram image quality. Their study is the first to link multisensory environments to better breast images, according to the researchers. Discuss
Russian scientists develop breast MRI device August 5, 2020 -- A group of Russian scientists have developed a device that can enable existing MRI scanners to perform breast MRI without the need for specialized breast coils. They shared their results in research published online July 31 in Nature Communications. Discuss