Radiologists show no radiation-related mortality risk
July 19, 2016 -- Radiologists who started practice after 1940 face no increased risk of mortality compared to other physicians who aren't exposed to radiation as part of their jobs, according to a large new study published July 19 in Radiology. The results are a credit to long-term efforts to reduce occupational radiation exposure, the researchers said.
C-RADS reporting adds value to CT colonography
July 18, 2016 -- The use of the CT Colonography Reporting and Data System (C-RADS) has brought a standardized approach to risk assessment and management of findings both inside and outside the colon, paving the way to high-quality population-based colorectal cancer screening, according to an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Very low calcium scores do not guarantee negative MPI
July 12, 2016 -- Symptomatic patients with very low coronary artery calcium scores are almost as likely to have a positive SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scan and a subsequent cardiac event as patients with higher calcium scores, according to a study presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting.
Lancet study maps 2015 MERS outbreak in South Korea
July 8, 2016 -- A single patient transmitted the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to nearly half of those infected with the virus during the 2015 outbreak in South Korea, according to a study published online on July 8 in Lancet.
Annual CT follow-up is safe for nonsolid lung nodules
July 5, 2016 -- It's safe to track patients with nonsolid nodules detected on CT lung cancer screening with annual low-dose CT -- mitigating the need for biopsy or surgery of these lesions, according to a new study published online July 5 in Radiology.
CT technique tames Tower of Babel from different IR schemes
July 1, 2016 -- The use of iterative reconstruction (IR) is leading to ever-lower levels of CT radiation dose. But it's also creating a modern-day Tower of Babel when comparing scans reconstructed with different IR schemes. Fortunately, a talk at the recent International Society for Computed Tomography 2016 Symposium revealed how to tame the confusion.
What does the Joint Commission really want with CT?
June 28, 2016 -- Radiology departments may think complying with the Joint Commission's 2015 accreditation standards for CT is an overwhelming undertaking, but it's not as hard as it seems, according to a presentation given at the recent International Society for Computed Tomography 2016 Symposium in San Francisco.
Support grows for more rigorous training on dose
June 28, 2016 -- Fresh evidence of the lack of awareness of radiation protection among medical staff in the Middle East has come from a large new study performed in Saudi Arabia. The research has led to renewed calls for more formal training schemes in the region.
ISCT: Stroke panel weighs optimal imaging approach
June 27, 2016 -- Choosing acute stroke patients for reperfusion therapy means identifying their TRAIT -- that is, their treatment-relevant acute imaging target, according to a talk on Thursday at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium in San Francisco. But the optimal imaging approach is decidedly undecided.
ISCT: Are lung cancer screening programs worth the trouble?
June 23, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Is setting up a lung cancer screening program worth it? The answer depends on many things, including one's tolerance for the hours, costs, and administrative work -- versus the honor of doing some good in the world, concluded a Wednesday talk at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium.