Ultrasound features prominently in MSK talks at ECR 2020
May 26, 2020 -- MRI has been the main modality for musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging research in recent years, but the applications of ultrasound are covered in many of the abstracts for the ECR 2020 meeting in July. Artificial intelligence and 3D printing are also set to play a major future role in this field, noted MSK Section Chairperson Dr. Anagha Parkar.  Discuss
What can ultrasound reveal about COVID-19 lung cases?
May 25, 2020 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound exams can identify patterns in the lung not typically associated with pneumonia, Italian researchers have reported. In three patients with COVID-19, they found large perfusion defects in a pattern not typical of pneumonia or lung collapse.  Discuss
Dutch radiologist talks about surviving COVID-19
May 19, 2020 -- Dr. Jan Willem Kuiper, a radiologist at the Ikazia Hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has spoken about his experiences as a patient with COVID-19 and how the devastating illness has changed him. Also, a new U.K. study has found most COVID-19 patients should recover without having mental health problems.  Discuss
What are radiology trainees doing in the COVID-19 crisis?
May 14, 2020 -- Radiology trainees are having to get used to a whole new way of working that may include redeployment to another unit at short notice, according to a podcast produced by a team of U.K. trainees about how the pandemic is transforming their lives.  Discuss
Ultrasound ablation advances for benign breast lesions
May 5, 2020 -- Ultrasound-guided percutaneous microwave ablation is becoming a valuable treatment for benign breast lesions, and skilled interventional radiologists can perfect their technique faster than surgeons can, according to a new study of 755 such lesions published online on 30 April in European Radiology.  Discuss
Ultrasound receives boost for pediatric COVID-19 cases
April 29, 2020 -- Researchers from Turin, Italy, have found that lung ultrasound scans may be more effective than chest radiography for children with COVID-19. The finding comes in a small, observational study published on 21 April in Pediatrics.  Discuss
U.K. staffing crisis deepens, RCR asserts
April 21, 2020 -- Workforce shortages in clinical radiology are increasing year-on-year, resulting in delayed diagnoses and lower-quality patient care, according to the latest annual census from the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). Shortages of interventional and breast radiologists are an area of particular concern.  Discuss
AI, radiomics accurately characterize thyroid nodules
April 15, 2020 -- Making use of radiomics, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can accurately differentiate between benign and malignant thyroid nodules on ultrasound exams, perhaps even better than some radiologists can, according to a study published online on 12 April in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Will COVID-19 screens become new norm in ultrasound?
April 6, 2020 -- Shielding may be on the way out in x-ray, but it's in vogue in ultrasound. A Dutch radiologist has worked with one of the big four imaging manufacturers and technical experts to develop a screen designed to protect staff and patients from COVID-19.  Discuss
COVID-19 patients can benefit from ob/gyn ultrasound tools
April 3, 2020 -- Researchers from Fondazione Policlinico Universitatrio A. Gemelli in Rome have found the ultrasound probes and systems that medical staff often depend on for prenatal checkups can also be used for lung imaging in suspected cases of COVID-19.  Discuss