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

Signs for "Heroes work here" outside healthcare facilities and even the homes of clinicians have popped up across the country. This photo shows healthcare workers at the Lenox Health emergency room entrance being greeted to cheers and thanks for their essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City at a public thank you event May 21, 2020.

Signs for "Heroes work here" outside healthcare facilities and even the homes of clinicians have popped up across the country. This photo shows healthcare workers at the Lenox Health emergency room entrance being greeted to cheers and thanks for their essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City at a public thank you event May 21, 2020.

Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 08, 2020
Radiology, like all the departments in hospitals and clinics, has undergone significant changes since early-2020,...
 Many patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remain unresponsive after surviving critical illness. Investigators led by a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) now describe a patient with severe COVID-19 who, despite prolonged unresponsiveness and structural brain abnormalities, demonstrated functionally intact brain connections and weeks later he recovered the ability to follow commands

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 08, 2020
July 8, 2020 — Many patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remain unresponsive after surviving...
This is Figure 2 from the article in Radiology: Acute encephalopathy. A 60 year-old-man without history of seizures presenting with convulsion. (A-B) Multifocal areas of FLAIR hyperintensity in the right cerebellum (arrows in A), left anterior cingular cortex and superior frontal gyrus (arrows in B). (C-D) Restricted diffusion in the left anterior cingulate cortex, superior frontal and middle temporal gyrus (arrows in D) and right cerebellum (arrows in E), consistent with cerebellar diaschisis. F)  #COVID19

This is Figure 2 from the article in Radiology: Acute encephalopathy. A 60 year-old-man without history of seizures presenting with convulsion. (A-B) Multifocal areas of FLAIR hyperintensity in the right cerebellum (arrows in A), left anterior cingular cortex and superior frontal gyrus (arrows in B). (C-D) Restricted diffusion in the left anterior cingulate cortex, superior frontal and middle temporal gyrus (arrows in D) and right cerebellum (arrows in E), consistent with cerebellar diaschisis. F) No hemosiderin deposits in gradient echo sequences.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 06, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Four recent radiology studies, from New York, Italy, Iran and China, show how COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) impacts the brain ...
Industry leaders to research the growing importance of point-of-care ultrasound in COVID-19 care
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 02, 2020
July 2, 2020 —Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc. and the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization...
This data represents wave 2 of a QuickPoLL survey conducted in partnership with an imagePRO panel created by The MarkeTech Group (TMTG), regarding the effects of COVID-19 on their business

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Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 01, 2020 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
New QuickPoLL survey results are available on how radiologists feel about current business and the impact of COVID-19,...
DiA’s new AI-based LVivo RV enables rapid assessment of right ventricle dysfunction in COVID-19 patients, while LVivo Bladder supports clinicians with automated bladder volume analysis to minimize scan time and risk of infection
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020 — DiA Imaging Analysis, a leading provider of advanced AI-based solutions for ultrasound analysis,...
In new QuickPoLL survey on imaging during the pandemic, responses were tallied from around 170 radiology administrators and business managers, who are part of an imagePRO panel created by The MarkeTech Group (TMTG), regarding the effects of COVID-19 on their business. TMTG is a research firm specializing in the medical device, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 30, 2020 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
The true impact that COVID-19 has had on the medical imaging industry still remains to be seen, as hospitals and...
Thoracic findings in a 15-year-old girl with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). (a) Chest radiograph on admission shows mild perihilar bronchial wall cuffing. (b) Chest radiograph on the third day of admission demonstrates extensive airspace opacification with a mid and lower zone predominance. (c, d) Contrast-enhanced axial CT chest of the thorax at day 3 shows areas of ground-glass opacification (GGO) and dense airspace consolidation with air bronchograms. (c) This conformed to a mosai

Thoracic findings in a 15-year-old girl with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). (a) Chest radiograph on admission shows mild perihilar bronchial wall cuffing. (b) Chest radiograph on the third day of admission demonstrates extensive airspace opacification with a mid and lower zone predominance. (c, d) Contrast-enhanced axial CT chest of the thorax at day 3 shows areas of ground-glass opacification (GGO) and dense airspace consolidation with air bronchograms. (c) This conformed to a mosaic pattern with a bronchocentric distribution to the GGO (white arrow, d) involving both central and peripheral lung parenchyma with pleural effusions (black small arrow, d). image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 26, 2020
June 26, 2020 — In recent weeks, a multisystem hyperinflammatory condition has emerged in children in association with...
Case abstraction study period was from 10 March to 7 April 2020. Follow-up of abstracted cases was until 7 May 2020.

Case abstraction study period was from 10 March to 7 April 2020. Follow-up of abstracted cases was until 7 May 2020. Courtesy of Nature Medicine

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 25, 2020
June 25, 2020 — The characterization of COVID-19 in patients with cancer remains limited in published studies and...
The American College of Radiology (ACR) Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) is pleased to announce the development of the COVID-19 Imaging Research Registry (CIRR), an effort by the ACR CRI and the ACR Data Science Institute in collaboration with the ACR and the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR). Sharyn Katz, M.D., director of research for thoracic radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, chairs the effort’s multiple-disciplinary steering committee, which includes representation from across the i

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 25, 2020
June 25, 2020 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) is pleased to announce...
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the RSNA COVID-19 AI Task Force today announced the launch of the RSNA International COVID-19 Open Radiology Database (RICORD). RICORD is envisioned as the largest open database of anonymized COVID-19 medical images in the world.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 25, 2020
June 25, 2020 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the RSNA COVID-19 AI Task Force today announced...
he FDA launched the first “FDA Insight” podcast, featuring FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., and FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs Anand Shah, M.D., discussing FDA's COVID-19 efforts, including the drug development process for a COVID-19 treatment.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 25, 2020
June 25, 2020 — The FDA launched the first “FDA Insight” podcast, featuring FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., and...
Members of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) shared their concerns, insights and predictions with their Society to help in understanding the needs of radiologists during and following the global pandemic.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 24, 2020
June 24, 2020 — Members of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) shared their concerns, insights and...
Signs for "Heroes work here" outside healthcare facilities and even the homes of clinicians have popped up across the country. This photo shows healthcare workers at the Lenox Health emergency room entrance being greeted to cheers and thanks for their essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City at a public thank you event May 21, 2020.

Signs for "Heroes work here" outside healthcare facilities and even the homes of clinicians have popped up across the country. This photo shows healthcare workers at the Lenox Health emergency room entrance being greeted to cheers and thanks for their essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City at a public thank you event May 21, 2020.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 24, 2020
June 24, 2020 — During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, health care workers on the front lines had...
Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and Drug Administration

Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and Drug Administration

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 23, 2020
June 23, 2020 — On June 23, 2020, Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, released a statement regarding...
Researchers from five infectious disease hospitals across four districts in Guangzhou, China found that the less pulmonary consolidation on chest CT, the greater the possibility of negative initial reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results for 21 patients (nine men, 12 women; age range, 26–90 years)

Comparison of CT features between groups with negative and positive initial RT-PCR results.
aThe difference was statistically significant in comparison of the two groups (p < 0.05).

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 18, 2020
June 18, 2020 — An open-access American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) article exploring the diagnostic value of chest...
QuEST Global, a global product engineering and lifecycle services company, announced that it has developed a robust artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solution that will enable healthcare professionals to accelerate the screening of COVID-19 patients with pneumonia symptoms.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 18, 2020
June 18, 2020 — QuEST Global, a global product engineering and lifecycle services company, announced that it has...
Axial FLAIR in four different COVID-19 patients. A) 58-year old man with impaired consciousness: FLAIR hyperintensities located in the left medial temporal lobe. B) 66-year old man with impaired consciousness: FLAIR ovoid hyperintense lesion located in the central part of the splenium of the corpus callosum. C) 71-year old woman with pathological wakefulness after sedation: extensive and confluent supratentorial white matter FLAIR hyperintensities (arrows). Association with leptomeningeal enhancement (stars

Axial FLAIR in four different COVID-19 patients. A) 58-year old man with impaired consciousness: FLAIR hyperintensities located in the left medial temporal lobe. B) 66-year old man with impaired consciousness: FLAIR ovoid hyperintense lesion located in the central part of the splenium of the corpus callosum. C) 71-year old woman with pathological wakefulness after sedation: extensive and confluent supratentorial white matter FLAIR hyperintensities (arrows). Association with leptomeningeal enhancement (stars) D) 61-year old man with confusion: hyperintense lesions involving both middle cerebellar peduncles. Image courtesy of the journal Radiology

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 16, 2020
June 16, 2020 — Current data on central nervous system (CNS) involvement in COVID-19 is uncommon but growing,...
The radiology industry is saddened to learn of the passing of another leader to COVID-19. Franklin Wilfred Sequeira, M.D., 72, of Cicero, Ind., passed away June 1, 2020. He was just short of celebrating his 40th year working with Radiology of Indiana as an interventional radiologist, never missing a day of work.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 — The radiology industry is saddened to learn of the passing of another leader to COVID-19. Franklin...
A PCR genetic test nasal swab being taken from a patient to test if they are infected with COVID-19. While used as the primary test to diagnose coronavirus, up to 20 percent of patients will test negative even eight days after infection. Getty Images

A PCR genetic test nasal swab being taken from a patient to test if they are infected with COVID-19. While used as the primary test to diagnose coronavirus, up to 20 percent of patients will test negative even eight days after infection. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 10, 2020
June 10, 2020 — In a new study, Johns Hopkins researchers found that testing people for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) too early...