Week in Review: What's COVID-19's economic impact? | U.K. struggles to restart services | Effects of COVID-19 on the brain

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Financial planning and forecasting is tough at the best of times, but it must be a complete nightmare right now. Thankfully, our market columnist Steve Holloway has analyzed the medical imaging sector for well over a decade, and he's developed a reputation for balanced and accurate predictions.

In a new article on the impact of the pandemic, he's presented his findings about the current status of the imaging equipment market and tentative predictions for the future. It's not all doom and gloom. Read more in the Advanced Visualization Community.

As Europe gradually emerges from lockdown, the scale of the pent-up demand for imaging is becoming evident across the continent. U.K. radiology is facing a major challenge in coping with the backlog of scans, admits the Royal College of Radiologists. Don't miss our news report in the CT Community.

Clinical knowledge of the neurologic manifestations of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in patients with the disease is steadily increasing. Iranian authors have presented fascinating details about the case of a boy who had an ischemic stroke due to focal cerebral arteriopathy associated with COVID-19. Visit the MRI Community for more on this story.

Away from the pandemic, Dutch researchers have found that a deep-learning algorithm refines cardiac CT results by automatically eliminating exams negative for coronary artery calcium. This helps to streamline radiology workflow.

Biomarkers have yet to demonstrate an impact on clinical practice, largely due to the lack of comprehensive standardization in terms of technical aspects of image acquisition, analysis algorithms, processes, and clinical validation. But the European Society of Radiology hopes its new consensus statement can change this situation.

Last but definitely not least, we have a report about a study published on 9 June in Clinical Radiology. The authors found a one-day training program effectively improves the sensitivity of radiologists when reading CT colonography exams.

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