Decision support cuts CT use for pediatric appendicitis
April 27, 2016 -- Clinical decision-support software can help sharply reduce the number of CT studies performed in children to evaluate them for possible appendicitis -- without negatively affecting patient care, according to research published in the May issue of Pediatrics.
Rewriting history: CT diagnoses ancient cold case
April 27, 2016 -- Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and Cairo University radiologist Dr. Sahar Saleem have written a new book called Scanning the Pharaohs: CT Imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies. We look at the key findings and the new revelations about an ancient culture.
Choosing unwisely: Lung cancer patients get brain scans
April 22, 2016 -- Patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer don't need brain scans, but they get them anyway, according to a new study in the April edition of Chest that examined patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer as part of the National Lung Screening Trial.
ARRS: CT has replaced radiography for abdominal imaging
April 20, 2016 -- LOS ANGELES - Over the past 20 years, the use of abdominal imaging among Medicare beneficiaries has changed significantly, with dramatic increases in CT and MR and dramatic decreases in gastrointestinal fluoroscopic and urologic radiographic imaging, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
CCTA falls short in detection of culprit plaque
April 20, 2016 -- In a population of myocardial infarction patients spanning 10 years of clinical practice, coronary CT angiography (CCTA) showed only limited ability to detect culprit lesions in the coronary arteries that went on to cause heart attacks -- though its positive predictive value was perfect, researchers concluded.
CAD finds most lung cancers undetected on CT
April 14, 2016 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) finds most cancers that were missed in CT lung cancer screening, according to a new study in Radiology. CAD can enhance the value of CT screening by finding these cancers in time to remove them surgically.
Imaging holds key in war on drug mules
April 13, 2016 -- Novel means of concealment used by traffickers, plus the growing frequency of transporting liquids, pose major challenges for radiologists involved in the detection of illicit drugs, according to researchers from Turkey.
CCTA halves adverse events in SCOT-HEART trial
April 11, 2016 -- A trial comparing the use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to standard care alone in more than 4,000 chest pain patients revealed sharply reduced event rates and fewer negative angiographies when CCTA was used to guide patient management, according to results published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
CT reveals findings in Zika-related microcephaly
April 11, 2016 -- Researchers in Brazil reported the appearance on CT scans of brain anomalies caused by the Zika virus in a letter to the editor published online April 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Study: High-risk smokers can skip second CT screen
March 22, 2016 -- Most patients at high risk for lung cancer don't need to be screened with CT annually if their initial scan is negative, according to a March 18 study in Lancet Oncology. A lot of money could be saved at little cost to patient health if heavy smokers skip a year of screening, researchers concluded.