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    A new AI-powered digital stethoscope with noise-canceling abilities may enable more accurate diagnoses of lung abnormalities, including COVID-19 — even by people with no training.
    From the November 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine MR might be involved in more cutting-edge research, but CT is the workhorse of advanced medical imaging. In 2020, the biggest stories had to do with utilization—the highs in 2019, a dramatic drop in 2020, access to screening, protocols for smoother operations, and an early role in diagnosing COVID-19.
    Nearly 700 hospitals are at over 90% inpatient capacity, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency made the news public in a data set released earlier this month and also reported that 750 hospitals have exceeded 90% capacity in their ICUs, according to the news site, Stacker. The release of this information comes amid the third surge in COVID-19 cases in almost every state.
    InnerEye, a new AI solution out of the University of Cambridge, has been found to be able to cut preparation time for radiotherapy by up to 90%.
    In terms of sheer capabilities, no imaging modality is tapping into new potential more than MR. From ultra-powerful 7 Tesla magnets to a new generation of portable systems, the frontiers for MR are advancing in both directions. Meanwhile, deep learning and image reconstruction are bringing more insight to every scan. Here, presented in chronological order, are the ten biggest MR stories of the year from our Daily News online.
    A critical vulnerability puts more than 100 of GE Healthcare's radiological devices at risk of being hacked, with attackers able to access and alter sensitive personal health information.
    A patient suffered burns to their face during an MR exam because of the metal content in their face mask. Now, the FDA is warning patients to ditch these types of masks when undergoing MR scans.
    Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a low-cost, portable “head only” MR scanner for brain imaging.
    The risk of an asymptomatic patient entering a healthcare facility is real and increases the chance of transmitting the virus to other patients and staff.
    Care New England has said no thanks to a $550 million buyout offer from Pennsylvania’s StoneBridge Healthcare. The healthcare system, which is the second largest in Rhode Island, is instead focusing on ongoing talks for a merger with healthcare system Lifespan Corporation to create a unified system with Brown University, according to the Providence Journal.