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
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
Breast CT can predict cardiovascular disease risk
October 14, 2020 -- A research group led by Prof. Helena Verkooijen from UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands, has used CT scans of coronary artery calcium to predict which patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease. They reported their findings at the recent European Breast Cancer Conference.  Discuss
Radiology develops central role in domestic violence
October 12, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a marked increase in cases of domestic violence, but radiologists can make a real difference by keeping aware of the signs, raising an alert when appropriate, and empathizing with suspected victims, according to international research published on 6 October by European Radiology.  Discuss
Is England poised to set up community diagnostic hubs?
October 7, 2020 -- England could see the creation of "one stop shop" diagnostic centers on the high street and in retail parks, plus a doubling of CT capacity in the next five years, if a high-level, comprehensive plan proposed to the National Health Service comes to fruition.  Discuss
Beirut: Radiology stands on the edge of the abyss
October 5, 2020 -- A special focus on Beirut was a highlight on the opening day of the Journées Francophones de Radiologie. The economic crash, COVID-19 pandemic, and August's huge port explosion have led to a mass exodus of radiologists and caused a crisis in the city's healthcare system. But some help is arriving, according to Dr. Tarek Smayra.  Discuss
What's the best technique to visualize hepatic malignancies?
October 1, 2020 -- Both 3D volume rendering (VR) and maximum intensity projection (MIP) are clinically useful imaging modalities for visualizing complex liver anatomy, but 3D VR provides additional features absent from MIP, according to research posted in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Muscle measurements foretell liver resection morbidity
October 1, 2020 -- Measurements of muscle mass on preoperative CT scans can be used in liver cancer patients to help identify the presence of sarcopenia, a risk factor that's associated with worse short-term outcomes after liver resection, Italian researchers reported in a study published online on 23 September in JAMA Surgery.  Discuss
Does reporting speed matter when it comes to errors?
September 29, 2020 -- Reporting speed appears to play less of a role in causing radiological errors than other human and technical factors, according to a new two-year study from a London teaching hospital. The findings were presented to RCR Digital 2020, the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists' (RCR) online learning program that runs from 21 September to 9 October.  Discuss