Dutch team uses deep learning to assess COVID-19 cases
August 7, 2020 -- A Dutch group has developed a system of three deep-learning algorithms that automatically segments the five pulmonary lobes. It can assess CT severity scores per lobe and be used to quantify lung damage in COVID-19 patients.  Discuss
Why Siemens, Varian deal is a win-win for both companies
August 6, 2020 -- News of the deal between Siemens Healthineers and Varian Medical Systems will have caught many industry onlookers off guard on Sunday evening. In a new analysis, Stephen Holloway of Signify Research explains why the deal is a great fit for both companies.  Discuss
Can AI give radiology the urgent jump-start it needs?
August 6, 2020 -- In the past, healthcare has adopted new technology at a similar pace to a supertanker. Now that the healthcare supertanker has been driven into the eye of the COVID-19 storm, there's a strong need to embrace artificial intelligence (AI) and new ways of working, writes Ross Upton, PhD.  Discuss
Italian survey identifies more ultrasound use in pandemic
August 5, 2020 -- The more widespread use of lung ultrasonography by physicians in the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for much of the modality's recent growth, a survey by the Italian thoracic ultrasound academy has found. The full results have been published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
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 personal protective equipment, reducing radiographer risk, speeding up the process, and strengthening defense 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