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
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 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
Trauma experts share top CT tips at ECR 2020
July 27, 2020 -- Mass casualty incidents are rare, but preparedness and optimum use of CT are vital for any medical imaging professional on the front line treating high casualty numbers with limited resources, international experts told attendees at a special session during ECR 2020.  Discuss