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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Exo will commercialize an affordable handheld ultrasound device and workflow platform for a new era of medical care
News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021 —  Exo (pronounced “echo”), a pioneering health information and devices company, closed a $220 million...
Medtech jobs pay 49% higher than the average across all industries, with every five medtech jobs creating an additional seven jobs

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News | Radiology Business | July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021 — New data released today by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) found that the medical...
If you plan to attend HIMSS21 Aug. 9-13 in Las Vegas, be sure to note that due to health and safety updates, masks will now be required for attendees and exhibitors.

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News | HIMSS | July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021 —If you plan to attend HIMSS21 Aug. 9-13 in Las Vegas, be sure to note that due to health and safety...
Following the CDC announcement that FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 PCR test will be withdrawn at the end of 2021, GlobalData, a data and analytics company, offers an analyst's view from Dara Lo, Medical Devices Analyst at GlobalData.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021 — Following the CDC announcement that FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 PCR test...
The global medical imaging and informatics market is experiencing dynamic changes with the emergence of advanced technologies, evolving clinical and administrative needs, and the introduction of new policies and regulations, which is forcing industry participants to innovate to maintain their competitive edge

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021 — The global medical imaging and informatics market is experiencing dynamic changes with the emergence of...
Registration is now open for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 107th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, the world’s largest annual radiology forum, to be held at McCormick Place Chicago, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2021

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News | RSNA | July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021 — Registration is now open for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 107th Scientific Assembly...
ASTRO just issued the following statement in response to the Radiation Oncology Model update in yesterday's HOPPS proposed rule, which compounds significant and detrimental cuts to the cancer care specialty in the proposed 2022 MPFS

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News | Radiation Therapy | July 20, 2021
July 20, 2021 — In response to consecutive weeks of proposed Medicare payment cuts to radiation oncology cancer care,...
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News | Radiology Imaging | July 14, 2021
July 14, 2021 — Fujifilm announced the launch of the Fujifilm Virtual Hospital. The virtual hospital presents visitors...
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 | Mobile C-Arms | July 07, 2021 | By Bhvita Jani
With the postponement of non-essential elective surgeries and medical procedures in 2020 to conserve medical resources...
The demands on radiologists have become more complex which has led to the need to have greater control over how technology supports the goals and objectives of the organization

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Feature | Information Technology | July 06, 2021 | By Jef Williams
I have had the privilege of watching our industry grow and evolve over the past 20 years. My introduction to the...
Due to dangerous implications for years to come, facilities must increase efficiency and capacity for breast cancer care to recover from the impact of COVID-19

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Feature | Breast Imaging | July 06, 2021 | By Ananth Ravi, Ph.D.
The challenges faced by hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic have severely impacted cancer care. While the...
The pandemic threw everyone a curve ball that most didn’t see coming, at least at the magnitude that it hit. The year brought about a lot of change — which built some new models for business operation, and opened up avenues of discussion for others.

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Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 02, 2021
Slowly, we are seeing our world come back into focus. The pandemic threw everyone a curve ball that most didn’t see...
In the STOIC study, readers classified CT exams as COVID positive, COVID negative or normal. The readers had access to the CT scans using a 3D image visualization web application, allowing scrolling through the entire lung volume in the coronal, sagittal or axial transverse plane. The CT scan shown here has been classified as COVID positive due to the presence of bilateral ground glass opacities and absence of features such as mucoid impaction, bronchiolar nodules, segmental, lobar consolidation. RSNA Image

In the STOIC study, readers classified CT exams as COVID positive, COVID negative or normal. The readers had access to the CT scans using a 3-D image visualization web application, allowing scrolling through the entire lung volume in the coronal, sagittal or axial transverse plane. The CT scan shown here has been classified as COVID positive due to the presence of bilateral ground glass opacities and absence of features such as mucoid impaction, bronchiolar nodules, segmental or lobar consolidation. Image courtesy of RSNA

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 01, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
In a new study published in Radiology of more than 10,000 patients, researchers found that chest computed tomography (...
COVID-19 progression over 4 days in a 28-year-old man. This posteroranterior chest X-ray \ shows bilateral multiple peripheral and lower lobe ground glass opacities (GGOs) shown by the arrows. Image courtesy of Margarita Revzin et al. 

COVID-19 progression over 4 days in a 28-year-old man. This posteroranterior chest X-ray \ shows bilateral multiple peripheral and lower lobe ground glass opacities (GGOs) shown by the arrows. Image courtesy of Margarita Revzin et al. 

News | Artificial Intelligence | June 24, 2021
June 24, 2021 — Artificial intelligence promises to be a powerful tool for improving the speed and accuracy of medical...
An example of a COVID-19 pneumonia of a chest CT scan. The COVID appears as white ground glass opacities (GGOs) in the lungs. Normal lungs on CT should appear black.

An example of a COVID-19 pneumonia of a chest CT scan. The COVID appears as white ground glass opacities (GGOs) in the lungs. Normal lungs on CT should appear black.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 23, 2021
June 23, 2021 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is inviting proposals from researchers for funding...
While clinician burnout following the COVID-19 pandemic has been widely documented, a recent survey of independent physicians across California, conducted by Altais, in partnership with California Medical Association and Brown & Toland Physicians, indicates that, in California, the news is not all bad

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News | Teleradiology | June 18, 2021
June 18, 2021—While clinician burnout following the COVID-19 pandemic has been widely documented, a recent survey of...
SNMMI's Image of the Year is a detailed depiction of areas of cognitive impairment, neurological symptoms and comparison of impairment over a six-month time frame

Figure 1. A: COVID-19-related spatial covariance pattern of cerebral glucose metabolism overlaid onto an MRI template. Voxels with negative region weights are color-coded in cool colors, and regions with positive region weights in hot colors. B: Association between the expression of COVID-19-related covariance pattern and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) score adjusted for years of education. Each dot represents individual patient. C: Results of a statistical parametric mapping analysis. Upper row illustrates regions that show significant increases of normalized FDG uptake in COVID-19 patients at 6-months follow-up compared to the subacute stage (paired t test, p < 0.01, false discovery rate-corrected). Bottom row depicts regions that still show significant decreases of normalized FDG uptake in COVID-19 patients at 6-months follow-up compared to the age-matched control cohort at an exploratory statistical threshold (two-sample t test, p < 0.005). Image Credit: G Blazhenets et al., Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg

News | PET Imaging | June 16, 2021
June 16, 2021 — The effects of COVID-19 on the brain can be accurately measured with positron emission tomography (PET...
A cardiac MRI of athletes who had COVID-19 is seven times more effective in detecting inflammation of the heart than symptom-based testing, according to a study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine with 12 other Big Ten programs.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Athletes With Clinical and Subclinical Myocarditis A-D, Athlete A with subclinical possible myocarditis was asymptomatic with normal electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, and high-sensitivity troponin findings. A, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in basal-mid inferolateral wall in short axis view. B, late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in the basal inferolateral wall in short axis view. C, Postcontrast steady state-free precession (SSFP) images showing contrast uptake in the basal-mid inferolateral wall in short axis view. D, LGE in the inferolateral wall in 3-chamber view. E-H, Athlete B with subclinical probable myocarditis was asymptomatic with normal ECG, normal echocardiogram, and elevated high-sensitivity troponin findings. E, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in the anteroseptal wall in short axis view. F, LGE in the anteroseptal wall in 3-chamber view. G, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in the anteroseptal wall in 3-chamber view. F, Postcontrast SSFP image showing pericardial effusion in short axis view. I-K, Athlete C with clinical myocarditis and chest pain, dyspnea, abnormal ECG, normal echocardiogram, and normal troponin findings. I, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in the lateral wall short axis view. J, Postcontrast SSFP images showing contrast uptake in midlateral wall in short axis view. K, LGE in the epicardial midlateral wall in short axis view. L-N, Athlete D with clinical myocarditis, chest pain, abnormal ECG, echocardiogram, and troponin findings. L, T1 mapping showing elevated native T1 in midlateral wall in short axis view. M, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in the midlateral wall in short axis view. N, LGE in the epicardial midlateral wall in short axis view. IR indicates inferior right view; IRP, inferior, right, posterior view; PLI, posterior, left, inferior view; SL, superior left view; SLA, superior, left, anterior view. Image courtesy of JAMA Cardiol. Published online May 27, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.2065

News | Cardiac Imaging | June 15, 2021
June 15, 2021 — A cardiac MRI of athletes who had COVID-19 is seven times more effective in detecting inflammation of...
The Town of Burlington, Mass., and Butterfly Network, Inc. are pleased to announce that Butterfly, an innovative digital health company with a mission to democratize access to medical imaging, will build its brand-new corporate headquarters at The District Campus in Burlington.
News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 08, 2021
June 8, 2021 — The Town of Burlington, Mass., and Butterfly Network, Inc. are pleased to announce that Butterfly, an...