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

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) announced today that its 106th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, previously scheduled to be held Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, 2020, at McCormick Place in Chicago, will be held as an all-virtual event Nov. 29 – Dec. 5.
News | RSNA | May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) announced today that its 106th Scientific Assembly and...
 Recently the versatility of mixed and augmented reality products has come to the forefront of the news, with an Imperial led project at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Doctors have been wearing the Microsoft Hololens headsets whilst working on the front lines of the COVID pandemic, to aid them in their care for their patients. IDTechEx have previously researched this market area in its report “Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality 2020-2030: Forecasts, Markets and Technologies”, which predicts th

Doctors wearing the Hololens Device. Source: Imperial.ac.uk

News | Artificial Intelligence | May 22, 2020
May 22, 2020 — Recently the versatility of mixed and augmented reality products has come to the forefront of the news,...
Lymphocytic Inflammation in a Lung from a Patient Who Died from Covid-19. The gross appearance of a lung from a patient who died from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is shown in Panel A (the scale bar corresponds to 1 cm). The histopathological examination, shown in Panel B, revealed interstitial and perivascular predominantly lymphocytic pneumonia with multifocal endothelialitis (hematoxylin–eosin staining; the scale bar corresponds to 200 μm).

Lymphocytic Inflammation in a Lung from a Patient Who Died from Covid-19. The gross appearance of a lung from a patient who died from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is shown in Panel A (the scale bar corresponds to 1 cm). The histopathological examination, shown in Panel B, revealed interstitial and perivascular predominantly lymphocytic pneumonia with multifocal endothelialitis (hematoxylin–eosin staining; the scale bar corresponds to 200 μm). Image courtesy of The New England Journal of Medicine

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 22, 2020
May 22, 2020 — In a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), senior author Steven J. Mentzer, M.D.,...
Despite facing challenges such as limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) following the COVID-19 outbreak, radiation oncology clinics quickly implemented safety and process enhancements that allowed them to continue caring for cancer patients, according to a new national survey from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020 — Despite facing challenges such as limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) following the...
Remote reading of imaging studies on home picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) workstations can contribute to social distancing, protect vulnerable radiologists and others in the hospital, and ensure seamless interpretation capabilities in emergency scenarios, according to an open-access article published ahead-of-print by the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR).

Srini Tridandapani, M.D., Ph.D.

News | PACS | May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020 — Remote reading of imaging studies on home picture archiving and communication systems (PACS)...
Extends access of AI software that supports chest imaging, including CT and X-ray, to U.S. radiologists at over 7,000 healthcare facilities
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020 — RADLogics announced that its AI-powered medical imaging applications designed to assist in the detection...
Actionable insight “beyond the diagnosis” enables health researchers to better understand COVID-19 progression, intervention effectiveness, and impacts on healthcare system
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 — Change Healthcare introduced Market Insights: COVID-19 Analytic Data Sets, an online COVID-19 research...
Butterfly iQ devices provide revolutionary portable ultrasound capabilities for faster and easier screening and monitoring
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 —Atrium Health is one of the first major health systems in the nation to put into wide practice a new...
Examples of chest CT images of COVID-19 (+) patients and visualization of features correlated to COVID-19 positivity. For each pair of images, the left image is a CT image showing the segmented lung used as input for the CNN (convolutional neural network algorithm) model trained on CT images only, and the right image shows the heatmap of pixels that the CNN model classified as having SARS-CoV-2 infection (red indicates higher probability). (a) A 51-year-old female with fever and history of exposure to SARS-

Figure 1: Examples of chest CT images of COVID-19 (+) patients and visualization of features correlated to COVID-19 positivity. For each pair of images, the left image is a CT image showing the segmented lung used as input for the CNN (convolutional neural network algorithm) model trained on CT images only, and the right image shows the heatmap of pixels that the CNN model classified as having SARS-CoV-2 infection (red indicates higher probability). (a) A 51-year-old female with fever and history of exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The CNN model identified abnormal features in the right lower lobe (white color), whereas the two radiologists labeled this CT as negative. (b) A 52-year-old female who had a history of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and presented with fever and productive cough. Bilateral peripheral ground-glass opacities (arrows) were labeled by the radiologists, and the CNN model predicted positivity based on features in matching areas. (c) A 72-year-old female with exposure history to the animal market in Wuhan presented with fever and productive cough. The segmented CT image shows ground-glass opacity in the anterior aspect of the right lung (arrow), whereas the CNN model labeled this CT as negative. (d) A 59-year-old female with cough and exposure history. The segmented CT image shows no evidence of pneumonia, and the CNN model also labeled this CT as negative.  

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 — Mount Sinai researchers are the first in the country to use artificial intelligence (AI) combined with...
World’s largest deployment of a radiology-based AI diagnostic solution for COVID-19 using AI-based chest X-ray technology
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020 — Behold.ai announced its partnership with Apollo Radiology International, part of the Apollo Hospitals...
Radiologists from Shanghai discuss modifying exam process and disinfecting exam room, while outlining personal protection measures during the coronavirus disease outbreak

(HIS = hospital information system, RIS = radiology information system) Image courtesy of American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020 — In an open-access article published ahead-of-print by the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), a...
In a new study to help oncologists address the challenges COVID-19-positive lung cancer patients present, a team of global lung cancer specialists published a review of lung cancer treatments for patients with COVID-19

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020 — Lung cancer patients are at heightened risk for COVID-19 and the reported high mortality rate among lung...
Chest radiograph of a 23-year-old male with no past medical history who tested positive for COVID-19 via RT-PCR and was subsequently discharged from the emergency department with home care and isolation precautions. Portable CXR shows right and left peripheral lower lung zone hazy opacities; total score=2

Top image: Chest radiograph of a 23-year-old male with no past medical history who tested positive for COVID-19 via RT-PCR and was subsequently discharged from the emergency department with home care and isolation precautions. Portable CXR shows right and left peripheral lower lung zone hazy opacities; total score=2.

Bottom image: Chest radiograph in a 32-year-old overweight (BMI=30) COVID-19 positive male with a history of childhood asthma who was subsequently admitted and intubated in the ICU for 3 days. Portable CXR shows opacities in all three right lung zones and in the left middle and lower lung zones; total score=5. Image courtesy of Mount Sinai Health System

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020 — Chest X-rays performed on young and middle-aged adults with COVID-19 when they arrive at the emergency...
COVID-19 patient CT scan showing numerous ground glass lesions associated with SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia.
Podcast | Teleradiology | May 13, 2020
John Kim, M.D., chairman, Department of Radiology, THR Presbyterian Plano, Texas, and chief technology officer at Texas...
Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Telehealth—A Technology-Based Weapon in the War Against the Coronavirus, 2020, finds that the demand for telehealth technology is expected to rise dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the practice of medicine and the delivery of healthcare worldwide.
News | Teleradiology | May 13, 2020
May 13, 2020 — Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Telehealth—A Technology-Based Weapon in the War Against the...
Axial (A) and coronal (B) CT of the abdomen and pelvis with IV contrast in a 57-year-old man with a high clinical suspicion for bowel ischemia. There was generalized small bowel distension and segmental thickening (arrows), with adjacent mesenteric congestion (thin arrow in B), and a small volume of ascites (* in B). Findings are nonspecific but suggestive of early ischemia or infection.

Axial (A) and coronal (B) CT of the abdomen and pelvis with IV contrast in a 57-year-old man with a high clinical suspicion for bowel ischemia. There was generalized small bowel distension and segmental thickening (arrows), with adjacent mesenteric congestion (thin arrow in B), and a small volume of ascites (* in B). Findings are nonspecific but suggestive of early ischemia or infection. Image courtesy of RSNA

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 11, 2020
May 11, 2020 — Patients with COVID-19 can have bowel abnormalities, including ischemia, according to a new study...
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is fully operating and continues to lead, conduct and support cancer research across the nation to advance scientific knowledge and help all people live longer, healthier lives, according to an editorial by Janet Eary, M.D., and Lalitha Shankar, M.D., Ph.D., published today in the journal Radiology: Imaging Cancer.
News | Radiation Oncology | May 08, 2020
May 8, 2020 — During the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is fully operating and continues to...
Medsphere is offering comprehensive information for radiologists and other medical professionals on its website during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a detailed "cheat sheet" on the CARES Act.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 08, 2020
May 8, 2020 — Medsphere is offering comprehensive information for radiologists and other medical professionals on its...
Facilitates timely patient workup to allow for activation of COVID-19 related protocols
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 08, 2020
May 8, 2020 — Aidoc announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the use of their cleared AI...
These solutions, the Lung Density Analysis II (LDA-II) workflow for Intuition and the Emergency Lung AI Suite, provide two deployment options for rapid access to lung segmentation and quantification tools that can be applied to a wide range of lung illnesses and have been optimized to adapt to the latest disease presentation states
News | Artificial Intelligence | May 07, 2020
May 7, 2020 — As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, our customers are urgently connecting with us to share cases...