Can AI give radiology the urgent jump-start it needs?
August 6, 2020 -- In the past, healthcare has adopted new technology at a similar pace to a supertanker. Now that the healthcare supertanker has been driven into the eye of the COVID-19 storm, there's a strong need to embrace artificial intelligence (AI) and new ways of working, writes Ross Upton, PhD.  Discuss
Italian survey identifies more ultrasound use in pandemic
August 5, 2020 -- The more widespread use of lung ultrasonography by physicians in the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for much of the modality's recent growth, a survey by the Italian thoracic ultrasound academy has found. The full results have been published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Should keepsake ultrasound be regulated?
July 28, 2020 -- Ultrasound professionals are calling for more regulation of fetal sonography amid the continued growth of souvenir outlets that provide services for pregnant women, according to an article posted on 23 July in the BMJ. For a fee of up to 250 pounds (274 euros), shops offer a variety of nondiagnostic fetal ultrasound products, including "4D bonding scans" and mementos.  Discuss
Trauma experts share top CT tips at ECR 2020
July 27, 2020 -- Mass casualty incidents are rare, but preparedness and optimum use of CT are vital for any medical imaging professional on the front line treating high casualty numbers with limited resources, international experts told attendees at a special session during ECR 2020.  Discuss
Spanish group compares ultrasound vs. CT for COVID-19
July 24, 2020 -- A group from Spain that was on the frontlines in the battle with COVID-19 compared lung ultrasound to CT in a study published on 13 July in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. They believe that ultrasound has enough advantages to support its use as a first-line modality.  Discuss
Italian group assesses POCUS lung scans for COVID-19
July 22, 2020 -- Physicians from Italy found that initial lung scans with point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) could predict which patients with COVID-19 might be at a greater risk of death, according to a prospective study published on 15 July in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology.  Discuss
ECR 2020: COVID-19's nonpulmonary manifestations
July 18, 2020 -- COVID-19 often initially presents as respiratory disease, but it also has serious nonpulmonary manifestations, according to a session held on 16 July at the virtual edition of ECR 2020.  Discuss
3D ultrafast ultrasound quantifies coronary blood flow
July 1, 2020 -- The French developers of ultrafast Doppler coronary angiography have extended their approach, enabling 3D imaging and quantification of coronary blood flow in a single heartbeat. The technique has potential as a tool to measure coronary flow at the patient's bedside, they say.  Discuss
Novel transducer design can boost elastography outcome
June 24, 2020 -- German researchers have developed a 3D-printed device with built-in pressure sensors that fits around an ultrasound transducer and can acquire accurate shear-wave elastography measurements for breast imaging and other applications. They published their results on 15 June in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology.  Discuss
COVID-19: Early signs of recovery, but uncertainty ahead
June 11, 2020 -- The global pandemic has created an unprecedented shock to the medical imaging and healthcare sectors. What is the future likely to hold? What are the key economic trends, bright spots, and areas of greatest risk? Market columnist Steve Holloway investigates.  Discuss