Siemens to buy Varian in $16B deal
August 3, 2020 -- In what's being called the biggest healthcare acquisition of the year, Siemens Healthineers has agreed to buy Varian Medical Systems in a deal valued at $16.4 billion. The purchase marks a major expansion of Siemens' operations, from its core in diagnostic medicine into cancer treatment.  Discuss
COVID-19 likely more than a respiratory illness in kids
August 3, 2020 -- A disease associated with COVID-19 that causes multiple organ failure in children presents imaging findings that are different than a typical acute infection, indicating that COVID-19 is likely far more than a respiratory illness in kids, according to an article published online July 30 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
COVID-19 pandemic driving increase in ultrasound use
August 3, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic is driving an increase in the use of lung ultrasonography among physicians in Italy, according to the results of a small survey published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
DBT benefits are strongest for initial breast screening
July 31, 2020 -- The benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) are strongest for women undergoing their first breast screening. DBT had better initial cancer detection and recall rates than digital mammography in a large, long-term study published on July 28 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Radiologists reading mammograms show wide variation
July 31, 2020 -- Radiologists interpreting mammograms demonstrated a wide range of sensitivity for detecting cancer, according to results of a study published July 28 in Radiology. The authors believe the findings justify the use of computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions for breast screening.  Discuss
Federated learning yields high-quality AI model
July 31, 2020 -- Federated learning -- an approach to training deep-learning models that incorporates data from other sites without sharing the actual data -- can protect patient privacy and enable more-generalizable radiology artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, according to research published online July 28 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 115: Laid off
July 31, 2020 -- The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to hit home as Ryan is laid off from his job as a software engineer. Andy tries to offer some perspective in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
Medical practices with fewer women have bigger wage gaps
July 30, 2020 -- Specialty medical practices that are dominated by men tend to have wider salary gaps between genders compared with practices with more female doctors, according to a study published July 30 in BMJ. The gap is smaller between genders in nonsurgical specialties like radiology.  Discuss
Is the new movie about Marie Curie worth watching?
July 30, 2020 -- On July 24, a new movie called "Radioactive" debuted about the life of Marie Curie. The film chronicles the remarkable life of Curie, who performed pioneering research into radioactivity, work for which she won two Nobel Prizes. But is "Radioactive" actually worth watching?  Discuss
WHO publishes guidance on COVID-19 chest imaging
July 30, 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) published rapid guidance on July 30 in Radiology regarding the use of chest imaging for the diagnosis and management of patients with COVID-19.  Discuss