ARRS 2022 Abstracts


E1010. On One's Mind: A Review of Neurologic Complications and Treatment of COVID-19 Utilizing Clay and Balloon Models - A Resident Teaching Tool
  1. Yehuda Herman; New York Medical College
  2. Kevin Thompson; Westchester Medical Center
  3. Erin Choe; New York Medical College
  4. Quan Nguyen; Westchester Medical Center
  5. Jared Meshekow; Westchester Medical Center
  6. Perry Gerard; Westchester Medical Center
Of the many different symptoms and pathologies that manifest in those infected with COVID-19, there is a growing list of acute and chronic neurological conditions from which many are suffering. Although we are continuously learning more about this novel virus and the ways it attacks the body’s nervous system, increasing the efficacy with which physicians can detect and treat these complications has the potential to greatly improve the long-term prognosis of those affected. One way this can be accomplished is by improving our understanding of the physical changes that the virus enacts on nervous tissue so that radiologists can better identify the early signs and patterns that present in these patients. With this focus in mind, this project will create 3D models depicting these changes to improve the clarity with which radiologists can visualize these findings and recognize them on various imaging modalities.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
The goals of this exhibit are to review the most common neurological complications caused by COVID-19, explain the physical changes that are seen in these cases using 3D clay and balloon models, then relate these findings to the way they appear on radiological imaging.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
The exhibit includes: cerebrovascular complications; cranial nerve complications (ageusia/hypogeusia, anosmia/hyposmia); encephalopathy; demyelinating disorders; seizures; long-term neurological symptoms; and neurological side-effects of COVID-19 treatment CT and MRI.

This project clarifies the most common neurological manifestations of COVID-19 by creating physical models of the corresponding changes to nervous tissue that occur in such cases. By using these teaching tools, radiologists can better understand and conceptualize these findings, which will improve their ability to recognize them on imaging.