Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page contains medical information for clinicians on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19, also called 2019-nCoV and now clinically SARS‐CoV‐2). This section includes articles on medical imaging of the virus for radiologists, new technologies being deployed to fight the virus and clinical information from various sources. Here are direct links for medical professionals to COVID-19 resources from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Daily world-wide statistics on the coronavirus outbreak are available from the WHO Situations Reports. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the COVID-19.

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A discussion and analysis of the two key components of the teleradiology market — teleradiology reading services and teleradiology IT

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Feature | Teleradiology | March 05, 2021 | By Arun Gill
The global teleradiology market is served by a broad range of vendors, including international players with operations...
Editorial Roundtable, Lunch and Learn, Podcasts for continuing education during #COVID19 #coronavirus

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Blog | Radiology Education | March 05, 2021
One year ago, the ITN team was literally packing our bags and preparing to get on a plane heading toward the Healthcare...
55-year-old woman who underwent screening mammogram and ultrasound 7 days after first COVID-19 vaccination dose. Screening mammogram and US demonstrated unilateral left axillary lymph node with cortical thickness of 5 mm on ultrasound (not shown). BI-RADS category 0 was assigned. Ultrasound from diagnostic work-up performed 7 days later showed no change in lymph node size. BI-RADS 3 was assigned. #COVIDvaccine #COVID19

55-year-old woman who underwent screening mammogram and ultrasound 7 days after first COVID-19 vaccination dose. Screening mammogram and US demonstrated unilateral left axillary lymph node with cortical thickness of 5 mm on ultrasound (not shown). BI-RADS category 0 was assigned. Ultrasound from diagnostic work-up performed 7 days later showed no change in lymph node size. BI-RADS 3 was assigned.

News | Breast Imaging | February 24, 2021
February 24, 2021 — An open-access article in ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) describes the clinical and...
Axial FLAIR MR image shows T2 prolongation in bilateral middle cerebellar peduncles (arrows). Findings were associated with restricted diffusion and areas of T1 hypointense signal without enhancement or abnormal susceptibility. Image courtesy of American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)

Axial FLAIR MR image shows T2 prolongation in bilateral middle cerebellar peduncles (arrows). Findings were associated with restricted diffusion and areas of T1 hypointense signal without enhancement or abnormal susceptibility. Image courtesy of American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 22, 2021
February 22, 2021 — According to an open-access article in ARRS' American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), COVID-19-...
The British Institute of Radiology supports the proposal by AXREM that staff members from private suppliers who work shoulder to shoulder with National Health Service (NHS) staff in high-risk areas in hospitals should be recognised as frontline health and social care staff and prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination accordingly.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 12, 2021
February 12, 2021 — The British Institute of Radiology supports the proposal by AXREM that staff members from private...
Brazilian researchers found that the higher the lung ultrasound score the greater the risk of ICU admission, intubation and death. Image courtesy of Julio Alencar

Brazilian researchers found that the higher the lung ultrasound score the greater the risk of ICU admission, intubation and death. Image courtesy of Julio Alencar

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 11, 2021
February 11, 2021 — Lung ultrasound, considered a simple method for diagnosing lung disease, can also help predict the...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 09, 2021
Margarita Revzin, M.D., MS, FSRU, FAIUM, associate professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, Yale University...
The coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant portion of America’s workforce working from home. And while so many of our healthcare workforce are needed on the front lines, there are those who can do their jobs from remote locations. Appearing at the top of the list are radiologists.
News | Remote Viewing Systems | February 05, 2021
February 5, 2021 — The coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant portion of America’s workforce...
In response to the lockdown and social distancing measures enacted to combat the spread of COVID-19, healthcare providers have increasingly adopted the use of remote technologies. According to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, companies spent an estimated $115B globally on cybersecurity in 2020, with revenue expected to climb to $237B by 2030.

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News | Cybersecurity | February 02, 2021
February 2, 2021 — In response to the lockdown and social distancing measures enacted to combat the spread of COVID-19...
Kaplan–Meier curves for the high-risk individuals and the ones with low or medium risk according to AI-severity. The threshold to assign individuals into a high-risk group was the 2/3 quantile of the AI-severity score computed for patients of the KB development cohort. a Kaplan–Meier curves were obtained for the 150 leftover KB patients from the development cohort. b Kaplan–Meier curves were obtained for the 135 patients of the IGR validation cohort. p-values for the log-rank test were equal to 4.77e–07 (KB

Kaplan–Meier curves for the high-risk individuals and the ones with low or medium risk according to AI-severity. The threshold to assign individuals into a high-risk group was the 2/3 quantile of the AI-severity score computed for patients of the KB development cohort. a Kaplan–Meier curves were obtained for the 150 leftover KB patients from the development cohort. b Kaplan–Meier curves were obtained for the 135 patients of the IGR validation cohort. p-values for the log-rank test were equal to 4.77e–07 (KB) and 4.00e–12 (IGR). The two terciles used to determine threshold values for low-, medium-, and high-risk groups were equal to 0.187 and 0.375. Diamonds correspond to censoring of patients who were still hospitalized at the time when data ceased to be updated. The bands correspond to the sequence of the 95% confidence intervals of the survival probabilities for each day. KB Kremlin-Bicêtre hospital, IGR Institut Gustave Roussy hospital. Courtesy of Nature Communications.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 01, 2021
February 1, 2021 — COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun across the globe, while many countries are still struggling...
Ambra Health recently launched the Ambra ProViewer, which allows for mobile access for quick reads, and full diagnostic teleradiology capabilities from any device with a major web browser.

Ambra Health recently launched the Ambra ProViewer, which allows for mobile access for quick reads, and full diagnostic teleradiology capabilities from any device with a major web browser.

Sponsored Content | Blog | Remote Viewing Systems | January 28, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a change that was already occurring in imaging-heavy practices across the country —...
Radiologists of Leuwiliang General Hospital using Lunit INSIGHT CXR and INFINITT PACS G7

Radiologists of Leuwiliang General Hospital using Lunit INSIGHT CXR and Infinitt PACS G7.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 27, 2021
January 27, 2021 — Lunit, a South Korean medical artificial intelligence (AI) software company, announced a partnership...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 26, 2021
This is an example of a COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) positive patient's lung computed tomography (CT) scan. The video scrolls...
CNN reported that more than 9 million Americans have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, yet more than 27 million doses have been distributed as of Jan. 13, according to the CDC. Also on Jan. 13, the Trump administration reversed course on its vaccine policy, and instructed states to begin vaccinating all Americans 65 and older, and release the second doses in reserve to make the vaccine more widely administered.

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Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 21, 2021
We now are in our third week of the New Year, and our tenth month of social distancing and following various state...
For years telehealth has danced at the edges of healthcare
Feature | Teleradiology | January 21, 2021 | By Jef Williams
All indications point to 2021 being the year of the return path of this boomerang event that sent us all in a different...
The key trends Clinicians reviewing a COVID-19 patient's lung CT that reveals the severity of COVID-caused pneumonia. The impact of COVID on radiology was a major, over arching trend at  the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Getty Imagesbserved at 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting all focused around COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and the impact it has had on radiology. #RSNA #RSNA20 #RSNA2020

Clinicians reviewing a COVID-19 patient's lung CT that reveals the severity of COVID-caused pneumonia. The impact of COVID on radiology was a major, over arching trend at  the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Getty Images

Feature | RSNA | January 20, 2021 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane and Dave Fornell
The key trends observed at 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting all focused around COVID-19 (SARS-...
An interview with Eric Liederman, M.D., MPH, Director of Medical Informatics for The Permanente Medical Group, in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region, on the explosion of telemedicine in the COVID-19 era

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Feature | Radiology Business | January 20, 2021 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Eric Liederman, M.D., MPH, Director of Medical Informatics for...
More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell.

More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell.

Feature | Angiography | January 19, 2021 | By Bhvita Jani
January 19, 2021 – With the postponement of non-essential elective surgeries and medical procedures in 2020 to conserve...
Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Image courtesy of  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH)

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 15, 2021
January 15, 2021 — In one of the first studies to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer diagnoses,...