CT severity scores reveal extent of COVID-19
April 2, 2020 -- Chest CT severity scores can help radiologists evaluate the extent of COVID-19 and better triage patients, according to a study published March 30 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging by a group of researchers from China.  Discuss
Deep learning helps CT better quantify COVID-19
April 2, 2020 -- A deep-learning algorithm can help chest CT better quantify lung opacification caused by COVID-19, according to a study by researchers from Wuhan, China, published March 30 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
IMV: CT contrast media reaches a crossroads as use dips
April 2, 2020 -- For the first time ever, the number of CT procedures in the U.S. conducted with no contrast media exceeded those conducted with contrast in 2019, according to a new report by IMV Medical Information Division. Lorna Young of IMV explains why.  Discuss
Brain images may show 'cytokine storm' from COVID-19
April 1, 2020 -- New CT and MR images of a patient in Michigan with COVID-19 appear to show the impact on the brain of "cytokine storm syndrome," when the body's immune system produces a flood of immune cells that can damage organs. The pictorial report was published online March 31 in Radiology.  Discuss
CT confirms bathhouse transmission of SARS-CoV-2
March 30, 2020 -- CT exams have confirmed the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus among nine patients who used a bathhouse more than 400 miles north of Wuhan, China, according to a research letter published March 30 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Quality improvement effort slashes CT radiation dose
March 30, 2020 -- A simple and cost-effective intervention led to reductions in CT radiation dose as high as 58% -- without a notable drop in image quality -- for a cohort of nearly 1 million individuals from 100 facilities across the globe in a new study. The findings were published online March 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
RSNA proposes standardized CT reporting for COVID-19
March 27, 2020 -- CT is currently not recommended as a first-line diagnostic or screening tool for COVID-19, but its use to understand and manage the disease continues to grow. In response, the RSNA proposed standardized CT reporting language for COVID-19 in a special report posted on March 25 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
Imaging confirms coronavirus transmits from mother to fetus
March 26, 2020 -- The combination of CT, x-ray, and DNA testing confirmed that the novel coronavirus was transmitted from pregnant women to nearly 10% of newborns in a new study, published online March 26 in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings underscore the need for strict infection control measures for this vulnerable population.  Discuss
4 ways radiology can control spread of COVID-19
March 26, 2020 -- Radiologists from a hospital in China have outlined four measures radiology departments can take to control the spread of COVID-19. Their processes were published online March 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
CT shows parallels between vaping lung injury, COVID-19
March 26, 2020 -- COVID-19 and vaping-related lung injury share many features on CT, but the imaging modality's role in diagnosing the diseases has taken diverging paths, according to a March webinar hosted by the American Roentgen Ray Society.  Discuss