The past year has been one of unprecedented challenge for the modern world and especially the medical profession. This review explores some of the most impactful topics published in the CARJ during the COVID-19 pandemic including physician wellbeing and burnout, patient safety, and technological innovations including dual energy CT, quantitative imaging and ultra-high frequency ultrasound. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trainee education is discussed and evidence-based tips for providing value-added care are reviewed. Patient privacy considerations relevant to the development of artificial intelligence applications for medical imaging are explored. These publications in the CARJ demonstrate that although this year has brought adversity, it has also been a harbinger for new and exciting areas of focus in our field.