AGA retreats on workup for pancreatic cysts found on imaging
March 26, 2015 -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has published new guidelines for managing asymptomatic neoplastic pancreatic cysts detected incidentally during CT or MRI scans. The guidelines retreat from previous advice to follow up these lesions more aggressively, according to an article published in Gastroenterology.
Patients want information about radiation risk
March 24, 2015 -- A new study published online in Radiology shows that patients want more information about medical radiation risks, but most would prefer to get it from the doctor managing their care, rather than a radiologist. This means that radiologists need to be more proactive in arming these physicians with information on radiation's risks and benefits.
JAMA: Early imaging questionable for older adults with back pain
March 18, 2015 -- Older adults who have spine imaging within six weeks after an initial visit for care for lower back pain were no better off the following year than similar patients who did not undergo early imaging, according to a study published in the March 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
ACC: CCTA sharpens diagnosis, targets intervention
March 17, 2015 -- More accurate diagnosis using coronary CT angiography (CCTA) in chest-pain patients will reduce the risk of heart attack and hone treatment, according to a new study from Scotland that was presented at this week's American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting in San Diego. Researchers found that patients with suspected angina benefited from clearer results after undergoing CCTA.
One-fifth of middle-aged athletes risk a heart attack
March 9, 2015 -- VIENNA - A new study presented at ECR 2015 reveals that 19% of middle-aged athletes are at risk of coronary events -- confirming the serious risks to asymptomatic individuals suggested in earlier U.S. studies looking at sudden cardiac death.
Automated perfusion mapping falls short in stroke
March 8, 2015 -- VIENNA - Automatically generated color CT perfusion maps have a role in the emergency care of ischemic stroke patients, but they are less accurate than manually generated maps, according to research presented at ECR 2015.
Radiation dose and CT: What really are the essentials?
March 8, 2015 -- Patient dose estimates represent a dilemma. Although there has been a significant amount of research regarding patient dose assessment, international consensus has not yet been reached and further improvements are needed, according to an ECR 2015 presentation on Sunday by Dr. Willi Kalender, PhD.
Vigilant planning aids radiation dose tracking
March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - Radiation dose tracking software can provide many benefits, but it's important to be aware of some key issues to yield meaningful evaluation and optimization of patient dose from CT studies, according to a Saturday presentation at ECR 2015.
Philips ECR highlights include IntelliSpace Portal upgrade
March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - The latest version of its IntelliSpace Portal platform is among the ECR 2015 highlights for Philips Healthcare. The company is also showing recently introduced technology ranging from its IQon spectral CT scanner to its DoseWise Portal radiation dose management program.
CTPA-based prediction model nails pulmonary hypertension
March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - When do suspected pulmonary embolism patients actually have pulmonary hypertension (PH)? Although the treatment approach for the conditions is quite different, their presentation can be similar. But a new CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) tool can accurately predict PH in patients without pulmonary embolism, according to researchers from Israel.