COVID-19 Resources for Radiology Professionals

Last Updated: August 26, 2020

Will there be enough supply to meet demand?

As restrictions begin to relax, volume recovery post COVID-19 will be a race to provide services before others do. Consider your options as you plan and prepare for healthcare’s “new normal.”
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MRI is a Good Alternative to CT for COVID-19 Diagnosis

Chest CT has been widely used to diagnose COVID-19 disease, but MRI offers an attractive alternative that doesn’t require radiation.

WHO Publishes Guidance on COVID-19 Chest Imaging

The World Health Organization (WHO) published rapid guidance on July 30 in Radiology regarding the use of chest imaging for the diagnosis and management of patients with COVID-19.

How Covid-19 is Transforming Telehealth⁠—Now and in the Future

COVID-19 has transformed telehealth from a “nice-to-have” program into an essential element of care delivery. Download Advisory Board’s slide deck to get the latest updates on the current state of the telehealth market and build a strong foundation for your next strategy meeting.

Implementing Best Practices for Restarting Radiology

As states around the U.S. begin to reopen, radiology groups need to have a strategy to maneuver through the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic and to handle the coming spike in business. Collaborative Imaging CEO Dhruv Chopra shares his suggestions on how to best restart radiology.

COVID-19: Early Signs of Recovery, but Uncertainty Ahead

The global pandemic has created an unprecedented shock to the medical imaging and healthcare sectors. What is the future likely to hold? What are the key economic trends, bright spots, and areas of greatest risk? Market columnist Steve Holloway investigates.

What’s the Best Way to Image COVID-19?

Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City have released an overview of imaging modalities used to diagnose and manage COVID-19 pneumonia, trends to watch in artificial intelligence, and a description of non-chest complications from the disease. 

How Long Will Radiology’s COVID-19 Recovery Take?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had many downstream effects and has proven financially devastating for many medical specialties, including radiology. Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look ahead at the long road to recovery. 

Observations on Radiology Practice Volume Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

The supply of health care today is directly affected by our care delivery systems. Hospitals have been working hard to meet the demand caused by the pandemic while preserving resources needed for safety. Healthcare Administrative Partners provides guidance on approaching full volume as soon as possible while keeping your patients and staff safe.

Video: Managing COVID Today & Preparing For Tomorrow

Applied Radiology speaks with Mr. Kris Giordano, BSMI, RT(R)(MR), Director of Imaging at RWJ Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston, NJ about how COVID-19 has changed their practice and what this means for the future.

20 Steps to Prepare for the ‘New Normal’ in Radiology

We are living in what will soon be known as the “new normal.” With this new normal comes changes that we have to either accept and adapt to or face the consequences — especially in radiology. Here are 20 steps you should consider so you can embrace the new normal in a positive way.

Life After COVID-19 Requires Assessment, Logistical Planning

As radiology departments plan their return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic, learn how they must balance clinical assessment, ethical judgment, and logistical planning.

Radiology Must Regain Public’s Trust in Wake of COVID-19

As radiology braces for a surge in imaging procedures in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, discover steps that facilities must take to regain the public’s trust that they can undergo imaging exams safely.

Pandemic Paralysis: COVID-19 has Major Impact on Imaging

Medical imaging may be in a state of pandemic paralysis, according to the findings of a new survey from market research firm IMV Medical Information Division. More than 90% of imaging centers in the U.S. experienced a major decline in the volume of procedures not related to COVID-19.

Practice Leaders Share Experience in Managing COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting radiology practices in a variety of ways, from elective imaging management to workforce protocols and revenue. Learn how six practice leaders coped with the crisis.

FDA Relaxes Rules on Imaging Modifications for COVID-19

In an effort to make medical imaging more available to COVID-19 patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is relaxing its rules on modification of radiology equipment. Modifications will not need the agency’s imprimatur before being used on patients during the crisis.

Your Checklist for Resuming Elective Procedures

Advisory Board uncovered 5 steps for designing a ramp-up plan for resuming elective procedures, along with more detailed factors to consider and target outputs for each step.

Is Radiology Prepared for a Post-COVID-19 Imaging Surge?

Radiology departments have already shifted the way staff work and how imaging is performed to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. But they also need to consider how to deal with its aftermath, when nonurgent exams that have been canceled need to be performed.

Should You Offer Telemammography During COVID-19?

Technological advances have made it possible for breast imaging experts to read mammograms from miles away. In theory, telemammography sounds ideal for the COVID-19 pandemic, where social distance is required for the safety of patients and practitioners. In practice, it’s more complicated.

Radiology Volume Down 50%, but Stabilizing

Radiology procedure volume in the U.S. is down 50%-55% due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. But the good news is that the decline appears to have stabilized.

4 Benefits of Teleradiology in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Over the past two decades, teleradiology has evolved into a smooth and well-oiled machine with robust technology. Learn how teleradiology has shown that it affords unique benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Impact on the Revenue Cycle for Hospitals and Other Healthcare Providers

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the revenue cycle is fluid, but providers must manage it to meet their obligations and missions. Here are key considerations with financial sustainability hanging in the balance.

Radiology Volume, Research Will Take COVID-19 Hit

Learn how imaging volume, cancer treatment and research will be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic going forward.

8 Ways Imaging Leaders Can Prepare for (and Recover from) the Covid-19 Surge

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for health care leaders. Look at steps imaging leaders should be taking to accommodate the surge in Covid-19 patients as well as the eventual rush of non-Covid-19 patients after the surge wanes.

Cheat Sheet: Strategies to Expand Ventilator Supply

Hospitals across the country are facing a growing threat to treating Covid-19 patients: the global ventilator shortage. As a result, hospitals are thinking creatively about how to access more ventilators.

ACR Issues Guidance on MR Use for COVID-19 Patients

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has recommended that practitioners minimize the use of MR for patients with COVID-19 or those suspected of being infected unless it is necessary. 

What We Know – Federal Relief Programs That Could Assist Radiology Practices

Three pieces of legislation had been passed to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The legislation covers vast areas of the economy, learn about those features that might be of interest to a medical practice or any other small business with fewer than 500 employees.

5 ways to prepare the CT suite for a COVID-19 surge

It’s the middle of the night, only one radiologist and one CT technologist are on duty, and the emergency department calls to say 15 patients with suspected COVID-19 are heading to CT for imaging. Is your department ready?

4 Ways Breast Imaging has Changed During COVID-19

The daily routines of breast imaging staff members have been upended amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Six radiologists from across the U.S. detailed how they’re triaging patients and managing workflows.

How Good is Radiography for COVID-19 Detection?

Just how well does radiography perform in detecting signs of COVID‑19? A range of recent studies indicates that while x-ray may not have the diagnostic power of CT, it still has a role to play in managing the pandemic.

How Can Digital Imaging Help in the Coronavirus Crisis?

As the world struggles to manage the novel coronavirus outbreak, a common theme is emerging of healthcare systems in hard-hit cities overwhelmed by an influx of COVID-19 patients. Could digital technologies like PACS and enterprise imaging help balance the load?

Your COVID-19 Checklist to Expand Capacity

Boosting capacity has never been more important as hospitals face an impending surge of Covid-19 cases across the coming weeks. Here’s a checklist your organization should implement now to proactively manage patient demand and staff and resource shortages.

Managing Cancer Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Agility and Collaboration Toward a Common Goal

Learn how UW, Seattle Cancer Care and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center created processes to manage oncology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their approach can help ensure the necessary procedures continue to be performed as safely as possible to mitigate risks to patients and staff.

10 takeaways: The ‘radical measures’ health systems are taking to manage Covid-19’s cost

The Covid-19 environment is rapidly changing. Advisory Board has compiled a list of 10 key takeaways on Covid-19, consolidated from their most recent webinar – What you need to know.

FDA urged to speed up review of mobile imaging tools to aid swamped radiologists

Industry advocates are asking the Food and Drug Administration to accelerate its review of imaging tools that could help busy radiologists better manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Beyond: Micropractices for Burnout Prevention and Emotional Wellness

With coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the demands and stresses on radiologists and physicians have increased dramatically. Learn effective strategies and tools to help both.

OB/GYN Ultrasound Tools Work for COVID-19 Lung Imaging

The ultrasound probes and systems that OB/GYN professionals typically rely on for prenatal checkups can also be used for lung imaging in patients with suspected cases of COVID-19.

RSNA Proposes Standardized CT Reporting for COVID-19

CT is currently not recommended as a first-line diagnostic or screening tool for COVID-19, but its use to understand and manage the disease continues to grow. In response, the RSNA proposed standardized CT reporting language for COVID-19.

Open-Source AI COVID-Net Targets COVID-19 on Chest X-Ray

Canadian researchers are developing an open-source artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm called COVID-Net for detecting COVID-19 on chest x-rays and have made the training dataset available for other researchers.

RSNA Coronavirus Cases

RSNA is currently processing peer-reviewed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus to provide the global radiology community with a free diagnostic resource to help control this outbreak and get more patients the care they need.

4 Ways Radiology Can Control Spread of COVID-19

Radiologists from a hospital in China have outlined four measures radiology departments can take to control the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Scenario Planning: 12 Situations Hospital Leaders Should Prepare For

The novel coronavirus poses significant clinical and operational challenges for hospital leaders. Take a closer look at 12 potential scenarios that could unfold in a community outbreak to help determine your preparedness.

3 Ways Imaging Leaders Can Prepare for Increased Volumes During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Imaging departments are likely to see imaging orders for COVID-19 patients as part of staging and treatment planning. Here are three steps that radiology departments should take to prepare.

Map: How Ready is Your State to Cope With a COVID-19 Outbreak?

Nearly every U.S. hospital and health system is knee-deep in preparing for a potential COVID-19 outbreak. If your hospital hits capacity, can your peer organizations pick up the slack? See what Advisory Board found when they took a closer look at current occupancy rates across the U.S.

The 2 Key Ways to Improve Patient Flow During COVID-19

Patient flow remains a hot topic every year, but the new coronavirus pandemic has made this an even more vital area of focus. Advisory Board has outlined two key strategies hospital leaders can use to improve patient flow in both the short- and long-term.