Diagnostic Reading #20: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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Radiology post-COVID is in the news.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: RSNA guidance for the post-pandemic surge; how radiologists can regain public trust; patient safety issues in radiology; ultrasound becomes a strong contender for diagnosing COVID; and AI in radiology may lead to significant errors.
Prepare for the post-COVID surge: RSNA issues guidance – Diagnostic Imaging
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) recently released guidance to help radiology facilities prepare for a post-COVID-19 imaging surge. This guidance—which aims to help effectively manage considerable imaging volume—offers detailed recommendations on re-opening for elective imaging, approaches for limiting patient exposure, protecting healthcare workers and educating residents and fellows.
As radiology braces for a surge in imaging procedures in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, facilities must take action to regain the public’s trust that they can undergo imaging exams safely without being at risk for infection, states the chief of radiology at University of Washington. He suggests implementing a number of steps, including universal masking and spacing out imaging exam times to permit adequate time to sterilize imaging suites.
Patient safety issues in radiology: part one – Everything Rad
Medical imaging professionals have their own particular set of stressors that can potentially cause patient safety issues in radiology. In part one of this 2-part blog series, Dr. Cheryl Turner explores what workplace stress looks like in practice, and how radiology professionals cope with all that is going on around them as they continue to provide patient care.
5 reasons COVID ultrasound could displace lung CT, chest x-ray – Health Imaging
Ultrasound has emerged as a strong contender for first-line status among imaging modalities used in emergency settings for diagnosing COVID-19, and has also shown promise as a comprehensive diagnostic tool for tracking disease progression in COVID-positive patients, according to a report in Academic Emergency Medicine. This report includes five reasons diagnostic ultrasound deserves serious consideration for imaging patients with suspected COVID infection.
New research provides a sobering reality check to AI optimists – DOTmed HealthCare Business News
For all the potential that artificial intelligence (AI) holds for radiology, a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that existing AI can alter data in ways that lead to substantial errors and inaccuracies. Researchers at University of Cambridge and Simon Fraser University state that medical image reconstruction algorithms can create myriad artifacts and other instabilities that lead to false positives or negatives in diagnoses and can potentially harm patients.