AI model identifies SARS-CoV-2 from blood tests, chest x-rays
July 16, 2021 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) model that analyzed data from blood tests and chest x-rays can identify patients with COVID-19 infections and could serve in some settings as a substitute for reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, according to a study published July 9 in Scientific Reports. Read More
AI detects axillary lymph node metastasis on multiparametric MRI
July 16, 2021 -- Deep-learning algorithms can detect axillary lymph node metastasis on multiparametric MRI exams of breast cancer patients with a high level of accuracy, according to research published online July 13 in Clinical Breast Cancer. Read More
Amazon announces availability of HealthLake cloud repository
July 15, 2021 -- Internet services giant Amazon Web Services has announced that its HealthLake cloud-based data repository is now available for use by healthcare and life sciences organizations. Read More
COVID-19 pandemic caused stress among radiology staff
July 15, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety and workplace-related stress among radiologic technologists (RTs), according to a study conducted by U.K. researchers and published July 12 in Radiography. Read More
Ultrasound misses endometrial cancer in Black women
July 15, 2021 -- Using transvaginal ultrasound to measure endometrial thickness to determine if symptomatic women need biopsy missed almost five times more cases of endometrial cancer among Black women than white women, according to research published July 15 in JAMA Oncology. Read More
Micro-PET/CT shows long-term Ritalin use safe in ADHD
July 15, 2021 -- Adults who started taking methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, when they were children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be able to lay aside concerns over whether the drug has neurotoxic effects, according to authors of an animal study published July 12 in Neurotoxicology and Teratology. Read More
CT CAC helps determine which patients benefit from statin therapy
July 14, 2021 -- CT coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring appears to be a useful way to help clinicians ascertain whether a patient at intermediate risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease would benefit from statin therapy, according to a study published July 14 in JAMA Cardiology. Read More
Proposed 2022 MPFS includes radiology payment cuts
July 14, 2021 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on July 13 released a proposed rule for the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) that includes some cuts to radiology reimbursement -- although much less severe than the 10% initially slated for 2021. Read More
COVID screening delays may lead to more breast cancer deaths
July 14, 2021 -- The postponement of breast imaging exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic could result in almost 2,500 additional deaths from breast cancer in the U.S. from 2020 to 2030, according to a July 14 paper in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. But getting women back on the screening track quickly could reduce the effect. Read More
Imaging admins report barriers to CT lung screening
July 14, 2021 -- Despite enthusiasm for CT lung cancer screening, many imaging administrators in a new survey reported feeling hindered by barriers to support and resources that keep them from running more effective programs. The findings were published July 9 in Chest. Read More