Study questions value of CT scans after NCSLC surgery
September 15, 2017 -- Performing frequent CT scans after surgery for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may not necessarily improve overall patient survival rates, according to findings presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology 2017 congress in Madrid.  Discuss
Simple interventions reduce outpatient CT wait times
September 12, 2017 -- Many patient visits to the hospital involve imaging, and one of the most important metrics patients use to measure satisfaction with radiology services is exam wait time. So how can wait time be streamlined?  Discuss
Bottoms up: Oral contrast preferred over missed finding
August 31, 2017 -- If given a choice between drinking oral CT contrast and missing a finding on an unenhanced imaging scan, patients prefer the contrast, according to results of a study published August 28 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Kids get more CT radiation at nonpediatric hospitals
August 28, 2017 -- Children who had CT scans at nonpediatric hospitals in Arkansas received twice the radiation dose as kids who were scanned at hospitals with a dedicated pediatric trauma center using optimized scanning protocols, according to a study published online August 25 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
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
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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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