Information and updates on COVID-19
Artificial intelligence (AI) tools and technology are playing a key role in many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the University of California, Irvine, (UCI), for example, two radiologists are part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors who developed an AI application now being used to help doctors at the UCI Medical Center assess the potential severity of a COVID-19 patient’s condition.
There was a higher incidence and severity of physical intimate partner violence (IPV) among patients seen at a large, academic medical center in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the prior three years, according to a study in Radiology.
While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every corner of health care, radiologists in private practice have been hit especially hard. In fact, radiology leaders who gathered for an Aug. 7 virtual RSNA Town Hall, “How COVID-19 is Changing Private Radiology Practice,” say the pandemic has not only changed the way private practices operate today, but also how they will be managed in the future.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients opted to postpone elective, screening and other time-sensitive imaging exams that are important to their health. With imaging centers and health care facilities reopening with stringent safety guidelines, RSNA and other radiology organizations are joining their physician colleagues and patient advocacy groups throughout medicine to encourage patients to #ReturnToCare.
RSNA is collaborating to develop the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC), an open-source database with medical images from tens of thousands of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. The MIDRC will help doctors better understand, diagnose, monitor and treat COVID-19.
Due to a combination of cost constraints, concerns about contamination, and availability of other means of testing, chest CT is not recommended as a routine method for diagnosing COVID-19. But CT does serve a purpose in understanding COVID-19. In a recent Radiology: Artificial Intelligence study, researchers argue that the key to leveraging the benefits of chest imaging in caring for COVID-19 patients is artificial intelligence (AI).
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on radiology, resulting in a sharp drop in imaging volume, a significant increase in working remotely and major changes in clinical operations in radiology departments and practices across the world. But as the health care industry struggles to control the virus and scientists work on a potential vaccine, radiologists in some parts of the U.S. and the world are returning to their practices – with proper protocols in place – or are planning to reopen soon.
Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Radiology (Infographic)
The COVID-19 pandemic is extracting a heavy toll across the globe and on front-line health care workers. Radiologists have felt the professional and personal disruption, while struggling to balance the heavy strain on the health care system with the need to stabilize the workforce. While radiologists are challenged by financial stressors, the disruption of normal operations and safety concerns, there are some positive changes that can help the radiology community proactively assess the impact of the pandemic on the specialty.
Racial/ethnic minority patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 infection are more likely to have more severe disease on chest X-rays than white/non-Hispanic patients, increasing the likelihood of adverse outcomes, such as intubation or death, according to a study in Radiology.
The impact of COVID-19 on radiology was swift and profound. Restrictions on imaging coupled with the pandemic-triggered economic recession left many radiology practices struggling to survive. Practices have developed strategies to successfully rebound from the economic downturn.
COVID-19 is associated with life-threatening blood clots in the arteries of the legs, according to a study published in Radiology.
In recent weeks, a multisystem hyperinflammatory condition has emerged in children in association with prior exposure or infection to SARS-CoV-2. A new case series published in Radiology examines the spectrum of imaging findings in children with the post-COVID-19 inflammatory condition known in the U.S. as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
COVID SWAT team, radiology annex and predictive tools among novel solutions to aid patients during pandemic.
A new multi-institutional study published in Radiology identifies patterns in abnormal brain MRI findings in patients with COVID-19.The purpose of this current study was to describe the neuroimaging findings other than stroke in patients with severe COVID-19 and report the clinical and biological profile of these patients.
Radiologists step into new roles helping patients, families and other physicians during crisis
Radiology trainees across the U.S. have been asked to assist in new ways during the pandemic. Four trainees share their experiences volunteering on COVID-19 units.
In the midst of a global pandemic that has killed thousands, experts say it is still important for radiologists and other physicians to think about the mental and physical wellness of their colleagues and themselves.