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VIDEO: CT Sees Increased Use During COVID-19

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 11, 2020

Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, explains some of the discussion on CT used for COVID-19 patients at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2020 virtual meeting in July. He is the Julian Ruffin Beckwith Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Virginia; editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cardiovascular CT (JCCT), and SCCT past-president. 

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic in China, CT emerged as a key imaging modality and was found to be able to detect COVID ground glass lesions in the lungs sometimes prior to positive genetic PCR test results. Supporters of CT say the modality offers a way to get detailed anatomical and functional information using a short exam time and limits the exposure of staff to potential or known COVID-19 positive patients.

One area where cardiac CT is seeing a lot of increased his is for the evaluation of thrombus in the left atrial appendage (LAA). This is traditionally done using trans esophageal echo (TEE), but it required very close contact with the patient and direct exposure of staff to bodily fluids and potential viral shed from the patient exhaling with each breath.

 

Related CT During COVID-19 Content:

Cardiac Imaging Best Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

VIDEO: CT and POCUS Emerge As Frontline Cardiac Imaging Modalities in COVID-19 Era — Interview with Geoffrey Rose, M.D.,

ASE Guidelines for the Protection of Echocardiography Providers During the COVID-19 Outbreak 

Study Looks at CT Findings of COVID-19 Through Recovery

Experts Stress Radiology Preparedness for COVID-19

ACR Recommendations for the Use of Chest Radiography and CT for Suspected COVID-19 Cases

 

Other Key Trends and CT Technology at SCCT:

Top 9 Cardiovascular CT Studies in Past Year 

VIDEO: Photon Counting Detectors Will be the Next Major Advance in Computed Tomography

VIDEO: Coronary Plaque Quantification Will Become Major Risk Assessment

VIDEO: Key Cardiac CT Papers Presented at SCCT 2020

Low-attenuation Coronary Plaque Burden May Become Next Big Cardiac Risk Assessment

Impact of Cardiac CT During COVID-19

VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence to Automate CT Calcium Scoring and Radiomics

Conference Coverage

Radiation Oncology | January 05, 2017

Join Chris Toth, president, Oncology Systems Americas, for a look at Varian’s new product introductions and major initiatives highlighted at ASTRO this year:

  • The 360 Oncology care management platform, the first software system designed to integrate and coordinate integrates relevant health information so cancer patients and their care teams can collaborate on the best care. 360 Oncology brings together in a single platform, radiation, medical and surgical oncology, social services, primary care physicians, as well as the patient, to facilitate true collaborative and coordinated care.
  • HyperArc high definition radiotherapy, technology that unlocks the potential of using highly non-coplanar treatment strategies to usher in a new era of precision. HyperArc is designed to automate and simplify sophisticated treatments such as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and make them available to more cancer patients around the world.
  • Varian’s cyber-security initiative, which is transforming the company’s software platforms to help maximize the security of patient information, maintain the integrity of treatment delivery, and enhance clinical uptime by helping defend against cyber-attacks.
Radiology Business | December 23, 2016

Kim Garriott, principal consultant for Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, explains the concept of value-based imaging and how it fits into healthcare reforms at RSNA 2016. Watch the related VIDEO "Value–based Imaging,” an interview with Daniel Berman, M.D., FACC, chief of Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology, professor of imaging, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 
 

 

Radiology Business | December 23, 2016

A discussion with Andy Colbert, managing director and founding member of Ziegler’s Healthcare Investment Banking practice, on the reasons for and strategy involved in the business trend of radiology practice consolidation. He spoke to ITN at RSNA 2016. Read the blog “Risk Abatement May Determine the Future of Radiology,” and the article “Opportunities for Growth in a Competitive Radiology Climate.”
 

 

 

 

Quality Assurance (QA) | December 20, 2016

Learn more about myQA, IBA’s unique platform that connects QA applications, people, and know-how through a central database and the Cloud. It offers full support throughout all of your QA, and enables you access to the different software modules and all of your data from one intuitive interface – anywhere and anytime.

RSNA 2016 | December 19, 2016

ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new technologies being displayed on the expo floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 meeting. For key take away trends at RSNA, watch the video "Key Trends, New Technology at RSNA 2016."

CT Angiography (CTA) | December 19, 2016

A discussion with Simon Dixon, M.D., MBChB, on the use of fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFR-CT) to evaluate chest pain patients in the emergency department. He is chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beaumont Health System and a professor of Medicine at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He discussed the first year of experience with FFR-CT at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., during the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the article “Clinical Applications of FFR-CT.”

RSNA 2016 | December 16, 2016

A post-game roundup by ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr and ITN Editor Dave Fornell on the trends and new tech seen on the show floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 meeting.

Artificial Intelligence | December 16, 2016

At RSNA 2016, the key buzzwords were “deep learning,” “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence.” Vendors and major academic centers are developing a wide array of artificial intelligence neural networks to aid radiologists in clinical diagnosis and clinical decision support. In the future, AI may also be able to help train radiologists on both normal and abnormal presentations of various organs and body systems so as to more easily identify related disease states and conditions. The following video offers two examples of how the IBM Watson system examines imaging studies.

The first case seen here demonstrates how Watson can arrive at a differential diagnosis of an aortic dissection by analyzing an abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan. The second case involves the discovery of a fibroadenoma of the breast from Watson’s analysis of a mammogram.

Watson first analyzes the text of the radiology report, identifying and pulling out key words or phrases that may indicate the potential diagnosis. It then examines the CT scan to locate relevant visible anatomic structures such as the heart, aorta and pulmonary artery. Each structure is examined for anomalies, which identifies a possible aortic dissection; the dissection is displayed within the context of the entire 3-D CT scan. Finally, Watson applies its existing clinical knowledge to the findings from the CT scan and the radiology report, establishing pathways to numerous possible conclusions until arriving at the right one.

See examples of real products using AI at RSNA 2017 in the VIDEO "Examples of How Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Medical Imaging."  ITN also created an in-depth VIDEO: Technology Report — Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2017,  with interviews with numerous AI vendors.

Watch the VIDEO: “Development of Artificial Intelligence to Aid Radiology,” an interview with Mark Michalski, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Data Science at Massachusetts General Hospital, explaining the basis of artificial intelligence in radiology.

Radiology Imaging | December 14, 2016

Patricia Oliveira-Szejnfeld, M.D., and Fernanda Tovar-Moll, M.D., Ph.D., explain what radiologists should be looking for to aid early diagnosis of Zika virus. They were among the key investigators for the first large-scale, multimodality assessment of the Zika in Brazil, the epicenter of the 2016 Zika outbreak. They spoke to ITN at RSNA 2016. Read the article “Imaging Zika Virus - Radiologic Assessment and Tracking in Prenatal Development.”

 

Radiation Dose Management | December 14, 2016

Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, Ph.D., chief physicist and professor of radiology and radiological science at Johns Hopkins Hospital, explains the basics of medical imaging dose monitoring technologies. This includes monitoring and recording software meet new Joint Commission requirements, state dose laws and to improve patient safety regarding X-ray radiation exposure. Read the article “The Role of Dose Tracking Systems in Radiation Safety Programs.”
 

 

Neuro Imaging | December 12, 2016

Max Wintermark, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, explains trends and recent advances in neuroradiology at RSNA 2016.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 12, 2016

Emanuel Kanal, M.D., director of MRI services and professor of radiology and neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, explains what is known about MRI contrast retention in the brain and other MRI safety concerns. He spoke to ITN at RSNA 2016. 

Gadolinium-based contrast agents have been used for diagnosis and treatment guidance in more than 100 million patients worldwide over the past 25 years. These agents enhance the quality of MR images by altering the magnetic properties of nearby water molecules in the body. By improving the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels or tissues, contrast agents help physicians diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions. On its own, gadolinium can be toxic. Therefore, when used in contrast agents, gadolinium is bonded with a molecule called a chelating agent, which controls the distribution of gadolinium within the body. Read the article "Gadolinium May Remain in Brain after Contrast MRI."

 

 

Artificial Intelligence | December 08, 2016

Mark Michalski, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Data Science at Massachusetts General Hospital, explains the basis of the utilization of artificial intelligence (aka deep learning and machine learning) in radiology. He also explains where things are at in development of these neuro networks at RSNA 2016. Watch the VIDEO “Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Diagnostics.” 
 

Angiography | December 08, 2016

Tom Kloetzly, sales and marketing VP for Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, explains the evolution of Shimadzu Corporation since its founding 142 years ago. Kloetzly focuses on the Trinias Interventional X-ray lineshown at RSNA 2016. Kloetzly states, “A key feature of Trinias, is the ability to image from fingertip to fingertip during a Transradial approachwhich makes for much shorter hospital stay with the patient up and moving almost immediately after the procedure.Features Like RSM-DSA, a type of motion correction subtraction, eliminates patient movement during acquisition while STENTVIEW, is an enhanced visualization during stent placement in real-time.”

Ultrasound Imaging | December 07, 2016

Sabrina Newell, MS, RCS, clinical analyst at healthcare consulting firm MD Buyline, explains some of the trends and new technology in ultrasound at RSNA 2016. For more information about cardiac ultrasound advances, watch the video "Trends and Advances in Echocardiography at ASE 2016."

 

 

Radiation Therapy | November 18, 2016

Accuray recently unveiled the company’s newest innovation, the Radixact Treatment Delivery System, a uniquely smart, fully integrated treatment delivery, treatment planning and data management system. Hear from the Accuray team about this new, next-generation TomoTherapy platform, as well as how recent innovations to the CyberKnife platform reduce treatment time while providing leading-edge motion tracking and real-time beam adjustment.  Discover how Accuray systems can help clinicians deliver precise tumor treatments with confidence.

Radiation Oncology | October 07, 2016

Rachael Bennett, clinical analyst for MD Buyline, discusses trends in radiation oncology at ASTRO 2016.

Radiation Oncology | October 07, 2016

ASTRO Chairman of the Board David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO, discusses the current trends in radiation oncology, key trends presented at this year's conference, and achieving value, and opportunities to improve value, in the treatment of prostate cancer.

Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016

Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology.

 

Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016

Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.”

Enterprise Imaging | August 16, 2016

Interview with Jef Williams, managing partner, Paragon Consulting Partners, on the essential elements of building an enterprise imaging strategy, at the 2016 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.  For more information on enterprise imaging technology, watch the video “Enterprise Imaging - RSNA 2015 Technology Report.”
 

Radiology Business | August 16, 2016

How to turn your imaging center into a Swiss army knife to maximize ROI was a key radiology business session at the 2016 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Robert Junk, AIA, and Tobias Gilk, M.Arch, of RAD-Planning, explain how radiology departments can assess their business model to make the most of their capital investments. Read the related article that include Junk and Gilk "Rethinking the Radiology Business Model."
 

 

Breast Imaging | August 16, 2016

Interview with Gerald Kolb, JD, president of The Breast Group in Bend, Ore. Kolb spoke at the 2016 AHRA meeting in Nashville about the challenges of multimodality breast screening, the need for more personalized screening programs and the impact of recent screening recommendations. Read about the lastest advances in breast imaging.

Analytics Software | August 16, 2016

Interview with Kent Hutson, M.D., CPE, of Radiology Alliance in Nashville, Tenn., on the principles of data mining and how they can be used in radiology, at the 2016 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting. For more information, read the article "Analytics: The Next Big Health IT Undertaking."
 

Quality Assurance (QA) | August 15, 2016

Patient QA Efficiency with Dolphin presented at AAPM 2016 IBA booth. Dolphin Online Ready is released and in clinical use for pre-treatment QA.

Radiation Oncology | August 12, 2016

AAPM President Bruce Curran, MEng, FAAPM, FACMP, FACR, discusses the key topics at the 2016 meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Topics included the advancement of radiomics in medical imaging for quantification for evidence-based clinical decision making in cancer, and improving how quality assurance is done in radiation therapy. 

Enterprise Imaging | July 21, 2016

The performance, feature and scalability gap between today’s enterprise viewers cannot be understated. Nearly all viewers provide image access from the EHR, but can your viewer also provide diagnostic interpretation at massive scale, with sophisticated interoperability to replace your PACS? itnTV captured Visage 7 in action at SIIM 2016, and if you watch closely, you’ll see Visage 7 explain:  Fast. Powerful. Enterprise Imaging.

Information Technology | July 19, 2016

At SIIM 2016, itnTV caught up with opening keynote speaker and SIIM treasurer Rasu B. Shrestha, M.D., MBA, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises, to discuss the dynamic changes that imaging is facing today.

Information Technology | July 19, 2016

New this year is the SIIM Innovation Challenge, which offered a prize of $10,000 to the winning team to help support innovation exploration and development to raise awareness and engagement in innovation efforts that will help shape the present and future of imaging informatics. Co-chairs Ram Chadalavada, M.D., MS, CIIP and Adam Kaye, M.D., MBA, CIIP, discussed some of the innovative ideas presented at this year’s challenge, and future plans, with itnTV.

Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2016

Eliot L. Siegel, M.D., Dwyer Lecturer; Closing Keynote Speaker, Vice Chair of Radiology at the University of Maryland and the Chief of Radiology for VA Maryland Healthcare System, talks about the current state of the industry in computer-aided detection and diagnosis at SIIM 2016.  Watch the VIDEO “Development of Artificial Intelligence to Aid Radiology,” an interview with Mark Michalski, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Data Science at Massachusetts General Hospital, explaining the basis of artificial intelligence in radiology. Watch the VIDEO “Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Diagnostics.”

Information Technology | July 19, 2016

At SIIM 2016, Paul G. Nagy, Ph.D., CIIP, FSIIM, discussed the main challenges to adaptive change in healthcare IT, and the adaptive leadership skills necessary to complement technological changes in a clinical setting. He also discussed his vision for SIIM as he assumes leadership as incoming chair.

Information Technology | July 19, 2016

2016 marks the third year for the SIIM Hackathon. itnTV sat down with Marc D. Kohli, M.D., Hackathon Committee-Co-Chair, SIIM Board of Directors and director of clinical informatics at UCSF to discuss some of its new objectives and future plans.

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 08, 2016

Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D., FACC, FSCCT, director of South Florida Imaging Cardiovascular Institute, Holy Cross Hospital, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 annual meeting. Smuclovisky explains what imaging departments need to know about when purchasing the newest generation of CT scanners. He explains there is more to scanners than slices, offering information beyond the hype over 64-, 128-, 256-, 320-, and 640-slice CT scanners.  For more information, read "Costs vs. Benefits: Comparing 64-Slice to 256, 320-Slice CT."

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 08, 2016

Interview with Patricia Dickson, LRT (CT), assistant director, diagnostic and outpatient services, Capital Cardiology Associates, Albany, N.Y., at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 annual meeting. She explains what technologists need to know when prepping patients and imaging during cardiac CT exams. For trends in cardiac CT, watch the VIDEO "The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade."

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 08, 2016

An interview with Jonathan Leipsic, M.D., FSCCT, chairman of the department of radiology, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 meeting. Leipsic is heavily involved with the procedural planning and anatomical assessments for TAVR and clinical trials for new transcatheter mitral valves and annulus repairs. 

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 07, 2016

DAIC/ITN editor Dave Fornell shows some of the most innovative new cardiac CT and angiography technologies from sessions and the expo floor at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 annual meeting.

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 07, 2016

An interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D., FACC, director of cardiac CT, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, Calif., at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 meeting. Budoff explains how CT calcium scoring can be used to assess patients risk for coronary disease and if they should be on statin therapy.  

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 06, 2016

An interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D, FACC, FASNC, FAHA, co-director of the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 meeting. For more video and articles on cardiac CT advances visit Key Cardiac CT News and Trends From SCCT 2016.

 

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 06, 2016

An interview with Ricardo Cury, M.D., director of cardiac imaging, Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 meeting.  Cury who was instrumental in the development of the new CAD-RADS scoring system, which similar to BI-RADS used for breast imaging or LUNG-RADS use for assessment of lung diseases, is used to standardize the radiological assessment of coronary artery disease. Read the article "Multi-Society Group Releases CAD-RADS for Standardized Coronary CT Angiography Reporting"

Cardio-oncology | June 30, 2016

Interview with Federico Asch, M.D., FACC, FASE, associate director of the echocardiography core lab at Medstar Health Research Institute and assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Georgetown University, at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 annual meeting.  Asch discusses the technology used for cardio-oncology cardiotoxcity assessments and how to set up these types of collaborative programs between oncology and cardiology.  For more information, read the article Assessing Cardiotoxicity Due to Cancer Therapy.