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Diagnostic Reading #16: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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In the news: imaging tips to defeat COVID-19; managing noise sources in X-ray imaging.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: radiology practices need to prepare for volume decreases; managing noise sources in X-ray imaging; CARES Act relief fund payment information; imaging tips to help beat COVID-19; and RSNA announces new COVID-19 imaging data repository.

Radiology practices should expect volume decreases as high as 70% for months, experts say – Radiology Business

Radiology practice leaders hoping for a quick end to ongoing business disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic might be disappointed, claimed two Yale radiology experts in a recently published article in Radiology. Based on anecdotal evidence and experience at their own institution, they believe businesses should expect at least three months of “dramatically reduced imaging revenue” and those drops could range anywhere from 50%-70%, with outpatient imaging providers hit hardest.

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Managing noise sources in X-ray imaging – Everything Rad

Radiographs need to provide sufficient information for an accurate clinical diagnosis – but at the lowest possible dose. The challenge is that the X-ray process itself generates noise. And multiple processes in the X-ray image capture process also generate noise. Read the blog to learn about the science behind managing X-ray noise.

HHS provider relief and your radiology practice – AuntMinnie

Radiology practices are still trying to understand all the implications of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Relief Program Grant Fund payments from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This article provides helpful details about the $100 billion fund authorized by the CARES Act, as well as conditions of receiving the payment.

French expert offers 6 imaging tips to defeat COVID-19 – AuntMinnie Europe 

COVID-19 pneumonia tends to worsen between one and two weeks of symptom onset, so carefully timed imaging helps physicians monitor patient status and predict the need for oxygen and ventilation, according to a French thoracic imaging specialist. He offers six tips to beat COVID-19, and states that, most importantly, patients should not be imaged unnecessarily as this can expose technicians and other staff to contamination.

RSNA announces COVID-19 imaging data repository – Axis Imaging News 

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is creating a COVID-19 Imaging Data Repository, which will compile images and correlative data from institutions, practices and societies around the world to create a comprehensive source for COVID-19 research and education efforts. The image hosting, annotation and analysis “open data” framework will enable researchers to understand epidemiological trends and generate new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to assist with COVID-19 disease detection.

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