U.K. team shows stroke scans can reveal COVID-19 infection
September 24, 2020 -- Researchers from a top London facility have highlighted a simple COVID-19 imaging biomarker obtained from CT angiography lung apices: the presence of ground-glass opacification. Their findings may have major implications for management of patients with suspected stroke.  Discuss
Pandemic leads to more fatigue and burnout, Siegel warns
September 24, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created new challenges for imaging but also exacerbated some existing ones, such as fatigue, stress, and burnout, informatics expert Dr. Eliot Siegel told Fall 2020 Virtual Conference attendees on 22 September.  Discuss
600+ km trek across the Himalayas for cancer therapy
September 23, 2020 -- It takes on average 18 hours by bus for patients to reach the cancer hospital in Nepal, and many of them travel over 600 km. Now the pandemic has made it even more difficult to get treatment, writes Tirthraj Adhikari, a medical physicist trained in Italy. He gives a personal account of the challenges faced by patients and staff.  Discuss
50 years of CT scanning approaches
September 22, 2020 -- A widely held view is that the profits from the Beatles funded early research into the CT scanner, but this is an urban legend and there is no evidence for it, writes radiology's history buff Dr. Adrian Thomas. As CT's 50th anniversary looms large, he tells the story of the modality's origins.  Discuss
German team pioneers silicon ultrasound detectors
September 22, 2020 -- Researchers from Munich have developed a new type of silicon-based ultrasound detector using a computer chip that can confine light in dimensions not seen by the human eye. As a result, it can visualize features much smaller than modern ultrasound systems can.  Discuss
MRI flags asymptomatic brain metastasis in breast cancer
September 21, 2020 -- A new German study looking at breast cancer brain metastasis detection by MRI has revealed that patients survive longer and may undergo less aggressive treatment if metastases are discovered before the onset of symptoms. The findings are to be presented at the virtual European Breast Cancer Conference on 2-3 October.  Discuss
Experience matters in detection of COVID-19 pneumonia
September 18, 2020 -- Italian investigators have revealed that the capability of radiologists to detect COVID-19 pneumonia on chest x-rays grew over time, as they gained experience. This also applied to readers with less x-ray experience, they noted in an online article posted on 10 September in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Global COVID-19 survey casts light on modality use
September 17, 2020 -- A survey of 50 radiology departments in 33 countries has highlighted significant variations in imaging procedures for COVID-19 patients. Conducted by the International Society of Radiology and supported by the European Society of Radiology, the research was published online on 17 September by European Radiology.  Discuss
Synthetic lesions boost AI stroke detection results
September 17, 2020 -- After training on a dataset that included tens of thousands of synthetic images, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm produced over 90% sensitivity for detecting clinical stroke lesions on MRI, Swiss researchers reported in a study published online on 16 September in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence.  Discuss
Sleep wrecker: COVID-19 causes insomnia in radiologists
September 16, 2020 -- It's official: The COVID-19 pandemic has induced widespread insomnia, anxiety, and depression among radiologists. A large French survey has confirmed this, but it has also shown that access to logistical and psychological support has been easier in public rather than private hospitals during the pandemic.  Discuss