RADIOLOGY NEWS
Standing on the outside lookin' in: x-rays through glass
August 4, 2020 -- A multidisciplinary Australian team is investigating a technique for taking chest x-rays through glass. It allows the x-ray unit to remain outside an isolated patient's room -- conserving PPE, reducing radiographer risk, speeding up the process, and strengthening defence against COVID-19, writes Zoe Brady, PhD.  Discuss
How to spot hepatic pseudolesions on CT
August 3, 2020 -- Medical imaging professionals must brush up on their ability to identify and diagnose hepatic pseudolesions on CT because of the close resemblance of pseudolesions to primary tumors and metastases of the liver, according to prizewinning research from Romania presented at ECR 2020 Online.  Discuss
Siemens to acquire Varian in deal worth 14B euros
August 3, 2020 -- Siemens Healthineers announced on 2 August that it has agreed to buy Varian Medical Systems in a deal valued at $16.4 billion (13.8 billion euros). The purchase represents an important strategic move for Siemens into cancer treatment, and it is being called the biggest healthcare acquisition of the year.  Discuss
Karolinska team advocates use of CAD for breast screening
August 3, 2020 -- A large study led by a group from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has found that radiologists interpreting mammograms demonstrated a wide range of sensitivity for detecting cancer. The results support the use of computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions for breast screening, the researchers say.  Discuss
How AI can help improve hip fracture diagnosis
July 31, 2020 -- Researchers have found that the use of an artificial intelligence (AI) deep convolutional neural network to evaluate x-ray images can enhance radiologist performance in identifying hip fractures. They published their findings on 23 July in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Did mummified 'screaming woman' die from a heart attack?
July 30, 2020 -- A new CT study of the 3,000-year-old "mummy of the screaming woman" in Egypt has investigated whether the shocking facial expression of pain was due to the heart attack that might have caused the woman's death or due to postmortem changes. The group's analysis has already generated considerable debate.  Discuss
Swiss team uses AI to predict stroke treatment success
July 29, 2020 -- Investigators from Geneva, Switzerland, have reported that artificial intelligence (AI) and radiomics can help to predict if a therapy approach for acute ischemic stroke will be successful. This might pave the way for personalized endovascular patient management.  Discuss
Urine test and CT can boost detection of adrenal cancer
July 29, 2020 -- Employing a "triple test strategy" that combines lab work and imaging could improve the detection of adrenal cancer and reduce costs and time to surgery for patients, according to a pan-European study published online on 23 July in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.  Discuss
German team identifies cardiac problems after COVID-19
July 28, 2020 -- Researchers from Frankfurt in Germany have highlighted yet another facet of COVID-19 that must be tracked. They've used cardiac MRI to show that patients who have recovered from the disease may be at risk of heart complications.  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