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.

See radiology images of How COVID-19 Appears on Medical Imaging.

 

After “COVID-19,” the term that most people will remember best from 2020 is likely to be “social distancing.” While it most commonly applied to social gatherings with family and friends, it has impacted the way many receive medical care. Historically, the United States has been relatively slow to broadly adopt telemedicine, largely emphasizing in-person visits.

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News | Teleradiology | December 31, 2020
December 31, 2020 — After “COVID-19,” the term that most people will remember best from 2020 is likely to be “social...
All but 3 of the top 25 articles in 2020 were on COVID-19. The other 3 were on MRI contrast advances and the development of a cold-cathode X-ray tube technology. #COVID19

All but 3 of the top 25 articles in 2020 were on COVID-19. The other 3 were on MRI contrast advances and the development of a cold-cathode X-ray tube technology.

Feature | December 23, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here are the top 25 best performing articles on the Imaging Technology News (ITN) website from 2020. This is based on...
The top two videos on ITN for the year both involved medical imaging of COVID using point of care ultrasound (POCUS) and mass movement to teleradiology to enable remote working for radiologists and virtual collaboration with referring physicians. The image on the left is Butterfly's POCUS system that turns a smart phone into an ultrasound machine and the image is of COVID B-lines in the lung. The image on the right is a CT scan of COVID pneumonia. #COVID19

The top two videos on ITN for the year both involved medical imaging of COVID using point of care ultrasound (POCUS) and mass movement to teleradiology to enable remote working for radiologists and virtual collaboration with referring physicians. The image on the left is Butterfly's POCUS system that turns a smart phone into an ultrasound machine and the image is of COVID B-lines in the lung. The image on the right is a CT scan of COVID pneumonia. 

Feature | December 23, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here are the top 25 best performing videos on the Imaging Technology News website (ITN) from the past year, based on...
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 23, 2020
December 23, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration December 18 issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a...
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the RSNA COVID-19 AI Task Force announced that the first annotated data set from the RSNA International COVID-19 Open Radiology Database (RICORD) has been published by The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA).

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 21, 2020
December 21, 2020 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the RSNA COVID-19 AI Task Force announced that...
According to recent studies, an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate correlates to an increase in mortality from non-coronavirus-related diseases. This includes breast cancer, and researchers believe fear of contracting the virus compels patients to stay home instead of completing their post-lumpectomy radiotherapy regimens.

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News | Radiation Therapy | December 21, 2020
December 21, 2020 — According to recent studies, an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate correlates to an increase...
Special Storage and Adverse Reactions for First COVID-19 Vaccine Approved by the FDA
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 16, 2020
December 14, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for...
A recent Johns Hopkins Medicine study uses a computer model to predict the number of COVID-19 infections among health care workers in four different scenarios based on data from early in the pandemic. Graphic created by M.E. Newman, Johns Hopkins Medicine, from data in Razzak et al, PLOS ONE 15(12): e0242589

A recent Johns Hopkins Medicine study uses a computer model to predict the number of COVID-19 infections among health care workers in four different scenarios based on data from early in the pandemic. Graphic created by M.E. Newman, Johns Hopkins Medicine, from data in Razzak et al, PLOS ONE 15(12): e0242589

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 16, 2020
December 16, 2020 — During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers have been at the forefront of the battle against...
For some, COVID-19 can result in severe pneumonia or even death, while others remain purely asymptomatic. A diagnostic tool could help physicians predict if a patient with COVID-19 will worsen.

Using 14 points in the lungs, researchers looked for abnormalities and assigned each spot a score out of 3 based on its severity. Adding up all the points, they found the total lung ultrasound score was higher for those who had a worsening outcome of COVID-19. Image courtesy of Umberto Sabatini

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 11, 2020
December 11, 2020 — For some, COVID-19 can result in severe pneumonia or even death, while others remain purely...
An MR image of a patient in their early 20s shows nerve injury (highlighted in yellow) of the left brachial plexus in the neck. The patient experienced left arm weakness and pain after recovering from COVID-19 respiratory illness, which prompted them to see their primary care physician. As a result of the MRI findings, the patient was referred to the COVID-19 neurology clinic for treatment. Image courtesy of Northwestern University

An MR image of a patient in their early 20s shows nerve injury (highlighted in yellow) of the left brachial plexus in the neck. The patient experienced left arm weakness and pain after recovering from COVID-19 respiratory illness, which prompted them to see their primary care physician. As a result of the MRI findings, the patient was referred to the COVID-19 neurology clinic for treatment. Image courtesy of Northwestern University

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 08, 2020
December 8, 2020 — After recovering from COVID-19, some patients are left with chronic, debilitating pain, numbness or...
MBD2 serves as a viable target against pulmonary fibrosis by inhibiting macrophage M2 program #COVID19 #coronavirus

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 07, 2020
December 7, 2020 — An analysis of lung tissues from patients with different types of pulmonary fibrosis - including...
The FDA recently received a report that a patient’s face was burned from the metal in a face mask worn during an MRI, and reminds patients and providers that patients should not wear any metal during an MRI #COVID19 #pandemic

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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 07, 2020
December 7, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing patients and health care providers that...
16% of people believe they have developed a medical condition since the coronavirus crisis started but have not seen a doctor because they worry about getting COVID-19
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 07, 2020
December 7, 2020 — New research* from Zegami, an Oxford based medical image analysis platform, reveals that 29% of...
Guidance for mammography facilities, state MQSA contract partners, FDA-approved MQSA accreditation bodies and Food and Drug Administration staff

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News | Mammography | December 04, 2020
December 4, 2020 — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an immediately in effect guidance, ...
Generated heatmaps appropriately highlighted abnormalities in the lung fields in those images accurately labeled as COVID-19 positive (A-C) in contrast to images which were accurately labeled as negative for COVID-19 (D). Intensity of colors on the heatmap correspond to features of the image that are important for prediction of COVID-19 positivity. Image courtesy of Northwestern University

Generated heatmaps appropriately highlighted abnormalities in the lung fields in those images accurately labeled as COVID-19 positive (A-C) in contrast to images which were accurately labeled as negative for COVID-19 (D). Intensity of colors on the heatmap correspond to features of the image that are important for prediction of COVID-19 positivity. Image courtesy of Northwestern University

News | Artificial Intelligence | December 03, 2020
December 3, 2020 — Northwestern University researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) platform that...
A cut-away view of the two cabins that compose the "CT-in-a-box" solution from GE to rapidly deploy CT scanners at hospitals amid a COVID surge. The CT room is completely separate from the control room to aid in sanitation and keeping technologists away from COVID patients.

A cut-away view of the two cabins that compose the "CT-in-a-box" solution from GE to rapidly deploy CT scanners at hospitals amid a COVID surge. The CT room is completely separate from the control room to aid in sanitation and keeping technologists away from COVID patients. Image by GE Healthcare.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 01, 2020
December 1, 2020 — As hospitals see an influx of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) patients, many are looking for ways to rapidly...
Visage 7 Live Connect enables simple radiologist collaboration with referrers
News | Enterprise Imaging | December 01, 2020
December 1, 2020 — Visage Imaging, Inc. ("Visage"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pro Medicus Ltd. (ASX: PME), has...
GE Healthcare unveiled a slate of new intelligently efficient solutions to help clinicians solve today’s two-part challenge of delivering high quality care while managing greater capacity and workflow issues, exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19.
News | Artificial Intelligence | November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020 — GE Healthcare unveiled a slate of new intelligently efficient solutions to help clinicians solve...
AI Medic Inc. has obtained official product certification from the NIDS for its own medical video analysis software, AutoSEG
News | Cardiac Imaging | November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020 — AI Medic Inc. announced that it has obtained official product certification from the NIDS (National...
Boston Medical Center, Yale New Haven Health and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center among the first to extend virtual care options enabling patients to remain safe during radiology exams, medical procedures, general visits, and more
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | November 29, 2020
November 29, 2020 — Philips, a global leader in health technology, announced it is working with leading medical centers...