COVID-19 papers: Publish fast, even if it's trash
September 29, 2020 -- In the mad rush of the COVID-19 rat race to become the first to publish "important" scientific or research results, even respected peer-reviewed journals have accepted articles without a proper review, the Maverinck writes in a new column. Pointless papers have become a serious problem, he says.  Discuss
French-speaking world gets set for 6-channel JFR
September 28, 2020 -- Predictive imaging, lung cancer screening, and the so-called patient experience will be central themes at the annual congress for the French-speaking radiological community, the Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR). The event will take place between 2 and 5 October via six livestreaming channels.  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
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
AI aids diagnosis of heart failure on chest x-rays
September 16, 2020 -- Deep learning is useful for diagnosing heart failure on x-ray images, researchers reported at the recent European Society of Cardiology virtual congress. They used chest x-rays from a publicly available database to train an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that yielded 82% accuracy for detecting heart failure on a test dataset.  Discuss
Controversy ignites over report of unchecked scan results
September 15, 2020 -- A media article published on 12 September has opened up a lively discussion about how and why thousands of test results were allegedly never followed up at a hospital in Australia last year. It is claimed this omission led to the death of a baby girl, missed broken bones, and the prescription of wrong medication.  Discuss
Imaging group extends telework ahead of 2nd COVID-19 wave
September 11, 2020 -- Extending telework to nonmedical areas of the radiology department during the COVID-19 crisis can significantly help protect staff and patients, while ensuring productivity and associated cost savings, according to Spanish researchers.  Discuss
CT flags COVID-19 damage missed by lung function tests
September 8, 2020 -- Although patients with COVID-19 may have heart and lung damage that's visible on CT scans, this can improve over a number of weeks, according to researchers from Austria. At the European Respiratory Society International Congress this week, they presented a prospective follow-up study of patients infected with the novel coronavirus.  Discuss
French make optimum use of CT for COVID-19 triage
August 25, 2020 -- Researchers in Lyon, France, have shown that chest CT is a rapid and fairly reliable tool for referring patients in need of hospitalization to the correct units. They published their findings online on 19 August in European Radiology. Also, Italian authors have issued a statement on structured reporting of chest CT in COVID-19 pneumonia.  Discuss