RADIOLOGY NEWS
French study supports spectral CT for COVID-19 assessment
October 23, 2020 -- A team from France has found spectral CT can improve detection of early-stage COVID-19 disease and lead to better visualization of pulmonary lesions compared with conventional CT. They published their results on 21 October in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Handheld ultrasound proves value in pandemic
October 22, 2020 -- Demand for handheld ultrasound has increased massively in 2020, and the technology has become a front-line diagnostic tool for patients with suspected COVID-19. Our special feature article looks at what's driving the growth of the sector and investigates whether handheld systems will bring imaging into the home.  Discuss
PET moves ahead in detection of hypoxic tumors
October 21, 2020 -- Researchers have used PET to provide a new way to diagnose hypoxia in tumors. They demonstrated that signs of tumor hypoxia can be spotted among the gamma rays collected routinely during a PET scan, providing clinicians with extra information to guide treatment decisions.  Discuss
Patient dies after mix-up over CT scan
October 20, 2020 -- An inquest has heard a 28-year-old man with a heart disorder and chest pain died two days after a doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, U.K., viewed the wrong CT scan and sent him home. The radiology department has now changed its procedures and will soon upgrade the PACS, according to a report posted on 19 October by BBC News.  Discuss
Lessons from COVID-19 front line: What can we learn?
October 20, 2020 -- Gaining a more complete knowledge of COVID-19 and the value of imaging in these cases -- along with the need to reorganize services, protect staff, and cope with the impact on non-COVID-19 pathologies -- are among the main lessons radiology must learn during the pandemic, according to a senior French radiologist.  Discuss
New research highlights progress in residual breast cancer
October 20, 2020 -- Image-guided biopsy of the tumor bed or residual abnormalities found on imaging after neoadjuvant chemotherapy is gaining popularity as a predictive tool for assessing residual cancer. The technique can help to identify exceptional treatment responders for de-escalation of local therapy, an international study has found.  Discuss
Women express caution about trusting breast AI
October 19, 2020 -- A research group from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands surveyed more than 900 Dutch women in April 2020 to gauge their attitudes on using artificial intelligence (AI) for interpretation of screening mammograms. Over 75% of women didn't approve of standalone use of AI without a radiologist.  Discuss
Spanish team shines light on future breast cancer risk
October 16, 2020 -- Women with benign breast disease found after their first mammogram or with breast tissue with a proliferative presentation have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer than their peers, researchers from Barcelona, Spain, have reported.  Discuss
AI and radiology: The younger generation's perspective
October 15, 2020 -- Radiologists must embrace artificial intelligence (AI), collaborate, be visible, and make digital innovation central to their work, writes resident Dr. Merel Huisman, PhD. As long as they do this, they will never be "mostly unnecessary" -- as Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra predicted recently.  Discuss
How can you meet the challenge posed by skier's thumb?
October 15, 2020 -- Skier's thumb represents between 5% and 10% of all skiing injuries, but skiing only accounts for around 3% of acute ulnar collateral ligament injuries. It can pose a serious diagnostic challenge, but one that can be overcome if six top tips are kept in mind, according to a leading musculoskeletal imaging expert.  Discuss