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.
ISCT: 4 ways to develop a master CT protocol framework
June 23, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - As CT technology has gotten more complex, so have the protocols each department develops for particular studies. This complexity can make radiologists less efficient, as well as complicate how dose is monitored across a facility, according to a presentation delivered at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium.
ISCT: Is CT perfusion dead beyond the head?
June 22, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Whether or not CT perfusion (CTP) is justified beyond the brain is a tough call -- so tough, in fact, that organizers of the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium decided to debate the question. CTP can be a powerful tool, they said, but its utility is less certain than its generous radiation dose.
ISCT: New CT detectors promise sharper images
June 21, 2016 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Why has so little happened with CT detector technology in recent years? The short answer is that the next big leap forward is a giant one. But exciting new technologies are definitely making their way to commercial CT scanners, according to an opening-day talk at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) 2016 Symposium.
Family doctors unclear on CT lung cancer screening
June 17, 2016 -- Most family physicians say they discuss CT lung cancer screening with their patients, but actual screening referrals are rare, even for patients at high risk, according to a study published online June 13 in Cancer.
USPSTF greenlights CT colonography for screening
June 15, 2016 -- In a decision long-awaited by CT colonography advocates, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has finally deemed the modality to be an acceptable option for colorectal cancer screening. The determination paves the way for Medicare reimbursement and broader coverage by private payors.
LDCT could offer a new way to measure breast density
June 15, 2016 -- Low-dose CT (LDCT) may have another benefit in addition to lung cancer screening: breast density assessment, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.