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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Chest CT images in a 34-year-old man with fever for 4 days. Positive result of reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assay for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 using a swab sample was obtained on February 8, 2020. Dates of examination are shown on images. A, Chest CT scan with magnification of lesions in coronal and sagittal planes shows a nodule with reversed halo sign in left lower lobe (box) at the early stage of the pneumonia. B, Chest CT scans in different axial planes and coro

Chest CT images in a 34-year-old man with fever for 4 days. Positive result of reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assay for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 using a swab sample was obtained on February 8, 2020. Dates of examination are shown on images. A, Chest CT scan with magnification of lesions in coronal and sagittal planes shows a nodule with reversed halo sign in left lower lobe (box) at the early stage of the pneumonia. B, Chest CT scans in different axial planes and coronal reconstruction show bilateral multifocal ground-glass opacities. The nodular opacity resolved.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 29, 2020
November 29, 2020 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) presented its ninth Alexander R. Margulis Award...
ASG well positioned for growth as healthcare marketplace continues to evolve 

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News | Radiology Imaging | November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020 — Alpha Source Group (ASG), a comprehensive next-generation services partner, has named Allan...
New AI suite includes algorithms that help radiologists prioritize critical cases and automate processes to help cut average review time from up to eight hours
News | Artificial Intelligence | November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020 — GE Healthcare announced a new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to help clinicians assess...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 20, 2020
This video shows a computed tomography (CT) scroll through showing bowel ischemia and perforation (see arrows) due to ...
Chest X-ray image of patient with lung injury due to vaping. Image courtesy of UC Regents #COVID19 #pandemic

Chest X-ray image of patient with lung injury due to vaping. Image courtesy of UC Regents

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 19, 2020
November 19, 2020 — A UC Davis Health pediatric team presented a powerful case series of three teenagers who had...
1H-MR spectra of 3 consecutive patients with COVID-19. Upper row: Axial FLAIR images at the corona radiata level show representative MRS voxels (black squares) from sampled periventricular regions. Lower row: Corresponding spectrum (black) and LCModel fit (red) from each patient acquired at TE = 30 ms (upper row) and TE = 288 ms (lower row). A, A patient with COVID-19-associated multifocal necrotizing leukoencephalopathy shows diffuse patchy WM lesions with markedly increased Cho and decreased NAA, as well

1H-MR spectra of 3 consecutive patients with COVID-19. Upper row: Axial FLAIR images at the corona radiata level show representative MRS voxels (black squares) from sampled periventricular regions. Lower row: Corresponding spectrum (black) and LCModel fit (red) from each patient acquired at TE = 30 ms (upper row) and TE = 288 ms (lower row). A, A patient with COVID-19-associated multifocal necrotizing leukoencephalopathy shows diffuse patchy WM lesions with markedly increased Cho and decreased NAA, as well as elevated Lac. B, A patient with COVID-19 after recent PEA cardiac arrest with subtle FLAIR hyperintense white matter changes also shows elevated Cho/Cr and decreased NAA/Cr ratios. However, these derangements are less severe than in the patient in A. There is no clear elevation of Lac. C, A patient with COVID-19 without encephalopathy or recent severe hypoxia has normal Cho/Cr, with mildly decreased NAA/Cr and no lactate elevation. Cho, Choline; NAA, N-Acetyl-Aspartate; mI, Myo-Inositol; Lac, Lactate; Glx, Glutamate + Glutamine. Image courtesy of AJNR

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 19, 2020
November 19, 2020 — One of the first spectroscopic imaging-based studies of neurological injury in COVID-19 patients...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 18, 2020
An example of a COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pneumonia on chest computed tomography (CT) scan. Coronavirus appears as ground...
Tidelands Health, a growing healthcare provider in South Carolina, uses Carestream Health’s DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray Systems to deliver improved patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | November 18, 2020
November 17, 2020 — Tidelands Health, a growing healthcare provider in South Carolina, uses Carestream Health’s DRX-...
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...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 15, 2020
Margarita Revzin, M.D., MS, FSRU, FAIUM, associate professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, Yale University...
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...