CT CAC scoring tops age for predicting heart disease risk
July 27, 2017 -- Is age just a number? Maybe, at least for predicting atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events in older adults. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring with CT is better than a patient's age for predicting risk -- particularly for coronary heart disease, according to research published online on July 26.  Discuss
Neonates show no adverse effects from CT, MRI contrast
July 27, 2017 -- A review of inpatient neonates suggests that babies with normal renal function who receive iodine-based CT or gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents have no greater risk of renal toxicity than those not receiving contrast, according to results published in the August issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Canadian head CT rule reduces unnecessary exams
July 26, 2017 -- Using the Canadian CT Head Rule to assess the need for imaging after trauma in community emergency departments reduces unnecessary exams by more than 5%, according to a study published online July 21 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.  Discuss
Study: CT screening would cut lung cancer deaths in China
July 25, 2017 -- Using a statistical model, Chinese researchers found that CT screening could reduce deaths from lung cancer in China by 24% compared with no screening, mostly by reducing deaths among smokers, according to a paper published July 14 in the Chinese Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
8 strategies to optimize radiation dose in CT
July 14, 2017 -- How can imaging providers optimize CT dose to maximize the risk-benefit ratio and deliver better patient care? In this article, Priscilla Butler from the American College of Radiology offers eight actionable strategies for managing radiation dose while still providing diagnostic quality and accuracy.  Discuss
New CT technique identifies blood vessel plaque
July 13, 2017 -- A new CT technique can measure blood vessel inflammation, allowing doctors to identify and treat patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a U.K. study published online 12 July in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
Insurance coverage for CTC boosts screening
July 11, 2017 -- Patients who have insurance coverage for CT colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, are much more likely to receive any form of colorectal cancer screening -- even a different screening test such as colonoscopy, according to research published online July 11 in Radiology.  Discuss
Multipurpose CT lung cancer screening more cost-effective
July 3, 2017 -- CT lung cancer screening is likely to be more cost-effective if it is used to identify other tobacco-related conditions in high-risk people, according to a study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.  Discuss
Egypt releases DRLs but dose concerns remain
June 30, 2017 -- Egypt has unveiled the first national diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for CT, but senior radiologists still have concerns about radiation dose. Areas for improvement include the selection of exposure parameters for different examinations, taking into account the image quality, with particular attention on facilities using consistently higher doses compared with DRLs.  Discuss
Subsolid lung nodule assessment with CT evolves
June 28, 2017 -- As their experience with subsolid nodules at CT grows, radiologists are learning more about their characteristics and potential risk of malignancy. Overall, the past several years have seen nodule size and growth rise in importance relative to CT density, a less reliable predictor of malignancy.  Discuss
Special Feature
6 tips for joining a CT lung cancer screening registry

On February 5, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a national coverage determination (NCD) that found the evidence is sufficient to permit high-risk patients to receive annual low-dose CT (LDCT) scans for lung cancer screening without cost sharing. Read more

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