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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Radiation oncologists across the country will meet virtually with members of Congress this week to discuss value-based payment, prior authorization and supporting cancer care during the pandemic

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News | Radiation Oncology | November 18, 2020
November 18, 2020 — Radiation oncologists across the country will meet virtually with members of Congress this week to...
An interview with Professor Christiane Kuhl, M.D., director of radiology, University Hospital Aachen, Germany, on the effects on breast imaging in the COVID-19 era

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Feature | Breast Imaging | November 12, 2020 | By Dave Fornell
The pandemic forced many elective procedures, including most areas of cancer screening, to be put on hold to prioritize...
Applying lessons learned during the pandemic for proactive assessment to support uptime and efficiency of imaging equipment
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 12, 2020 | By Martin Wimmer
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, hospitals learned all that they were capable of. With a staggering...
Just as it has been difficult for us to predict the course of this pandemic, so too have healthcare organizations been challenged to predict and evolve their operations to optimize patient care — as well as revenue. In the initial wave, healthcare’s technology needs shifted rapidly.

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Feature | Artificial Intelligence | November 12, 2020 | By Mark Dobbs
Just as it has been difficult for us to predict the course of this pandemic, so too have healthcare organizations been...
COVID-19 has affected at least 43.6 million people, and has seen more than 1.1 million deaths. The NYT reports that the pandemic is ebbing in some of the countries that were hit hard early on.

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Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 12, 2020
What a year this has been. As I write this column in late-October, The New York Times (NYT) reported over 8.7 million...
Carestream Health will highlight its advanced capabilities in bedside and DR room imaging solutions — with the DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System, DRX-Compass X-ray System and the DRX-Evolution Plus — at the upcoming virtual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference.
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020 — Carestream Health will highlight its advanced capabilities in bedside and DR room imaging solutions...
Software enables faster and more automated diagnosis of lung diseases including COVID-19
News | Artificial Intelligence | November 04, 2020
November 4, 2020 — SenseTime, an artificial intelligence (AI) company, announced its AI-empowered software solution, ...
Evaluation of the lung apices using computed tomography angiography of the head and neck during acute ischemic stroke (AIS) can provide the first objective opportunity to screen for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | October 30, 2020
October 30, 2020 — Computed tomography angiogram (CTA) scans may offer fast and early detection of COVID-19 in acute...
Kaplan-Meier curves for all-cause mortality in patients with versus without myocardial injury (Panel A) and in patients with versus without myocardial injury according to the presence or absence of major echocardiographic abnormalities (Panel B). *Includes wall motion abnormalities, global left ventricular dysfunction, diastolic dysfunction, right ventricular dysfunction and presence of pericardial effusion. Event rates are censored at 20 days from hospital admission. Images courtesy of Mount Sinai Health S

Kaplan-Meier curves for all-cause mortality in patients with versus without myocardial injury (Panel A) and in patients with versus without myocardial injury according to the presence or absence of major echocardiographic abnormalities (Panel B). *Includes wall motion abnormalities, global left ventricular dysfunction, diastolic dysfunction, right ventricular dysfunction and presence of pericardial effusion. Event rates are censored at 20 days from hospital admission. Images courtesy of Mount Sinai Health System

News | Ultrasound Imaging | October 28, 2020
October 28, 2020 — Cardiac ultrasounds (also known as echocardiograms) are providing a view of the heart and the impact...
During the 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting, taking place online October 23-29, Sun Nuclear is highlighting a range of solutions clinics can leverage to ensure continuity for their Quality Management programs.
News | Quality Assurance (QA) | October 25, 2020
October 25, 2020 — During the 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting, taking place online October 23-29, Sun Nuclear is highlighting...
A, Initial conventional axial CT image shows no noticeable lung damage (within red box) in right upper lobe. B, Electron density spectral CT image obtained at same time as image in A shows lesions (within red box) in right upper lobe. C, Follow-up conventional axial chest CT image obtained 5 days after images in A and B confirm presence of lesions (within red box) in right upper lobe.

A, Initial conventional axial CT image shows no noticeable lung damage (within red box) in right upper lobe. B, Electron density spectral CT image obtained at same time as image in A shows lesions (within red box) in right upper lobe. C, Follow-up conventional axial chest CT image obtained 5 days after images in A and B confirm presence of lesions (within red box) in right upper lobe. Image courtesy of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 22, 2020
October 22, 2020 — According to an open-access article in ARRS' American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), the use of...
Flowchart of patient inclusion and exclusion.

Figure 1. Flowchart of patient inclusion and exclusion.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020 — A new multi-institutional study published in the journal Radiology identifies patterns in abnormal...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 14, 2020
Professor Christiane Kuhl, M.D., director of radiology, University Hospital Aachen, Germany, explains how the COVID-19...
Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, has been named one of America's most JUST companies, ranking 29th overall on the 'Forbes JUST 100' list for 2021 and first in its industry category of Healthcare Equipment and Services.
News | Radiology Business | October 14, 2020
October 14, 2020 — Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, has been named one of America's most JUST...
The use of CT and X-ray in the assessment and treatment plan for President Trump underscores the critical role that medical imaging must play in the fight against COVID-19

A COVID-19 chest CT heat map from RADlogics

News | Artificial Intelligence | October 13, 2020
October 13, 2020 — Given recent high-profile cases of COVID-19 and to aid in the ongoing fight against the pandemic in...
A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota recently developed and validated an artificial intelligence algorithm that can evaluate chest X-rays to diagnose possible cases of COVID-19. Working together with M Health Fairview and Epic, the algorithm will be available at no cost to other health systems through Epic, the medical records software used by many health care organizations across the country.
News | Artificial Intelligence | October 09, 2020
October 9, 2020 — A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota recently developed and validated an artificial...
The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health's COVID-19 response by the numbers between January 1 and September 18, 2020.

The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health's COVID-19 response by the numbers between January 1 and September 18, 2020. Graphic courtesy of FDA

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 29, 2020
September 29, 2020 — On September 28, FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., issued a statement...
RADLogics AI-Powered solution in use: chest X-ray of COVID-19 positive case with heatmap key image.

RADLogics AI-Powered solution in use: chest X-ray of COVID-19 positive case with heatmap key image.

News | Artificial Intelligence | September 23, 2020
September 23, 2020 — RADLogics announced that the company’s novel AI-powered chest X-ray pneumothorax application has...
New research from King's College London has found that COVID-19 may be diagnosed on the same emergency scans intended to diagnose stroke.

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News | Cardiac Imaging | September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020 — New research from King's College London has found that COVID-19 may be diagnosed on the same...
Data from breastcancer.org indicates that 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 48,530 cases of noninvasive (in situ) breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women in 2020. Of these cases, more than 42,000 women are expected to die

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Blog | Breast Imaging | September 18, 2020
Data from breastcancer.org indicates that 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 48,530 cases of noninvasive (...