RADIOLOGY NEWS
MRI reveals brain changes in radiographer with COVID-19
June 1, 2020 -- MRI scans of a 25-year-old Italian radiographer who contracted COVID-19 and lost her sense of smell suggest the virus may invade the brain through the olfactory pathway and cause dysfunction of sensorineural origin. This finding was published online by JAMA Neurology on 29 May.  Discuss
How can FDG-PET/CT be best used for breast cancer?
June 1, 2020 -- FDG-PET/CT can be an effective tool when it comes to breast cancer staging and treatment evaluation, but it still shouldn't be used for diagnosis, a Spanish expert told attendees at a webinar held on 28 May by the European Society for Hybrid, Molecular, and Translational Imaging (ESHIMT).  Discuss
MRI's growth contributes to rising gadolinium levels in rivers
May 29, 2020 -- Novel research from Japan has found that the growing demand for MRI scans and an aging population requiring more contrast-enhanced exams have caused worrying increases in the volume of gadolinium found in rivers over the last two decades.  Discuss
RSNA 2020 won't take place in Chicago
May 28, 2020 -- The RSNA has followed the trend set by the ECR and decided its annual congress scheduled to begin in Chicago on 29 November will instead be a virtual event. Concerns about the safety of attendees during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the change.  Discuss
U.K. study gives new data on long-term risks of DCIS
May 28, 2020 -- Women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) during screening are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and of death from breast cancer, according to research involving over 35,000 women published on 27 May by the BMJ. One expert has called the study "revolutionary."  Discuss
Europe achieves growing consensus on prostate MRI
May 27, 2020 -- A group of expert radiologists and urologists have released new recommendations on quality issues in prostate MRI, covering acquisition, reporting, training and education, and experience prerequisites. The consensus paper has the support of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology and European Association of Urology.  Discuss
Swiss use machine learning to predict coma outcome
May 27, 2020 -- Researchers have found that a machine-learning algorithm based on resting-state functional MRI data can help determine if a patient in a coma after cardiac arrest will regain consciousness. They published their findings on 21 May in the American Journal of Neuroradiology.  Discuss
Life in the time of COVID-19
May 26, 2020 -- For imaging, the crisis is only just beginning, as we try to restore services and attempt to get back to some form of normality, writes Dr. Giles Maskell. The challenge is to hold on to the best of what has been introduced in haste and not simply to drift back to yesterday.  Discuss
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