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

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...
Clinicians can access DLCExpert online (DLCOnline) to help them manage the backlog of cases which has built up during the crisis
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 09, 2020
June 9, 2020 — Mirada Medical, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) software for the treatment of cancer,...
VolparaEnterprise data analysis shows mammography screening volumes are quickly increasing
News | Mammography | June 09, 2020
June 9, 2020 — More than 75 percent of hospitals and imaging centers that perform mammography across the United States ...
Lunit announced that their AI solution for chest x-ray analysis is now being used and tested in more than 10 countries for COVID-19 management, providing assistance in chest X-ray interpretation during patient triage and monitoring.

A radiologist in Hospital do Câncer de Pernambuco, located in Recife, Brazil, is examining a chest x-ray image using Lunit INSIGHT CXR.

News | Artificial Intelligence | June 08, 2020
June 8, 2020 — Lunit announced that their AI solution for chest x-ray analysis is now being used and tested in more...
Although it is likely that existing ultrasound systems will be repurposed to treat COVID-19 patients, growth is still expected as companies plan to ramp up production. The ultrasound systems market will therefore outpace other diagnostic imaging such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Leading data and analytics company GlobalData forecasts the market will reach $6bn by 2028, but increased usage due to COVID-19 is anticipated have a tangible effect.
News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 05, 2020
June 5, 2020 — Although it is likely that existing ultrasound systems will be repurposed to treat COVID-19 patients,...
Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and Drug Administration, discussed The COVID-19 Pandemic — Finding Solutions, Applying Lessons Learned, on June 1

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

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 05, 2020
June 5, 2020 — The following speech was delivered by Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and...
Chief among the myriad practical updates to minimize risks for patients and imaging personnel alike is a tiered approach for delaying both outpatient and inpatient cross-sectional interventional procedures

For procedural delays that will not adversely affect patient outcome, Fananapazir and colleagues proposed the following tiered approach for both outpatient and inpatient scenarios: urgent procedures, procedures that should be performed within 2 weeks, procedures that should be performed within 2 months, and procedures that can safely be delayed 2 or 6 months. Courtesy of American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 05, 2020
June 5, 2020 — An open-access article in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) details myriad practical updates...
According to a recent report by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, artificial intelligence (AI) should be used to expand the role of chest X-ray imaging — using computed tomography, or CT —  in diagnosing and assessing coronavirus infection so that it can be more than just a means of screening for signs of COVID-19 in a patient's lungs.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 04, 2020
June 4, 2020 — According to a recent report by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, artificial intelligence (AI) should...
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Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 02, 2020
  COVID-19 continues to hold its grip on the world. This rapidly developing pandemic has dominated headlines since it...
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Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 02, 2020
  Flattening the curve. Slowing the spread. I have yet to read — or hear — anyone say we are trying to stop the...
Nuclear Cardiology Optimistic About Return to Pre-COVID-19 Exam Levels. An American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) member survey are confident nuclear cardiology volumes will return to pre-pandemic levels. #COVID19 #SARScov2
News | Nuclear Imaging | June 01, 2020
June 1, 2020 — While acknowledging the challenges their specialty is facing, more than two-thirds of respondents to an...
Largest case series (n=30) to date yields high frequency (77%) of negative chest CT findings among pediatric patients (10 months-18 years) with COVID-19, while also suggesting common findings in subset of children with positive CT findings

A and B, Unenhanced chest CT scans show minimal GGOs (right lower and left upper lobes) (arrows) and no consolidation. Only two lobes were affected, and CT findings were assigned CT severity score of 2. Image courtesy of American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 29, 2020
May 29, 2020 — An investigation published open-access in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) revealed a high...
The paradox is that COVID-19 has manifested the critical need for exactly what the rules require: advancement of interoperability and digital online access to clinical data and imaging, at scale, for care coordination and infection control.

The paradox is that COVID-19 has manifested the critical need for exactly what the rules require: advancement of interoperability and digital online access to clinical data and imaging, at scale, for care coordination and infection control. Getty Images

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 28, 2020 | By Matthew A. Michela
One year after being proposed, federal rules to advance interoperability in healthcare and create easier access for...