Outside of the loss of human life due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the past two years have greatly affected hospitals, health systems and the way providers deliver care. Healthcare executives are grappling with federal monetary assistance, growing burnout rates, workforce shortages and federal oversight of vaccines and testing. This channel is also designed to update clinicians on new research and guidelines regarding COVID patient treatment strategies and risk assessments.

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Radiologists need better access to patient data stored in the electronic medical record, imaging IT expert Rik Primo explains. 

Imaging IT expert Rik Primo discusses emerging issues he saw at RSNA and HIMSS.

Many new imaging solutions were on display at the world's largest health informatics conference, held at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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FDG PET/CT spots COVID-induced pancreatitis

There are limited data to determine whether pancreatitis in COVID patients is the result of a stress response triggered by severe illness or by direct damage to the β-cell structure and function.

November 22, 2022
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'Significant' brain abnormalities shown to persist 6 months after COVID recovery

The regions that displayed the most significant differentiations in susceptibility values are known to be associated with neurological conditions such as fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches and other cognitive issues—all common complaints among many COVID long haulers. 

November 21, 2022

Iodinated contrast use before, during and after COVID: Trends predict significant growth in demand

A new analysis suggests that, if the use of iodinated contrast were to follow pre-pandemic trends, it could rise by as much as 37% from 2019. 

November 17, 2022

New study may give insight into the neurologic dysfunction of some long-COVID patients

Vessel wall imaging—an MRI technique that offers high resolution images of the vessel wall—may hold clues as to the mechanisms by which COVID infections continue to cause neurologic symptoms after initial recovery in some patients.  

November 10, 2022

Chest X-rays alone ineffective in COVID triage

New research indicates that there is significant reader variability in COVID classifications among different specialties when chest X-rays alone are the diagnostic tool of choice.

November 7, 2022
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Some long COVID patients display thyroiditis on imaging a year after recovery

Though it is not yet clear why some COVID patients develop thyroiditis and some do not, researchers maintain that their findings “support the hypothesis of a direct thyroid gland involvement in SARS‐CoV‐2 infection.” 

November 3, 2022

New DL model detects effects of long COVID using only x-rays

The model could be beneficial for long COVID patients in areas where CT scans are not readily available, researchers concluded.

November 2, 2022

How maternal COVID-related stress can alter fetal brain development

The preliminary results of a new study published in the medRxiv preprint server highlight variances in fetal brain development based on mothers’ perceived stress during the onset of COVID.

October 31, 2022
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