ACP: Routine CT for suspected PE is unnecessary September 29, 2015 -- CT should not be used routinely to evaluate patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE); instead, they should be evaluated using clinical guidelines, according to a September 29 paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Using CT too soon results in unnecessary harm and expense, concludes the American College of Physicians (ACP) report.
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CTC cheaper than colonoscopy for Medicare patients September 25, 2015 -- Screening CT colonography (CTC) is almost a third less expensive than colonoscopy in Medicare patients, according to a new report in Abdominal Imaging. The results are promising for what advocates hope is imminent approval of Medicare payment for the CT-based test.
Study: Emergency patients get duplicate x-ray, CT exams September 24, 2015 -- If Domino's can track pizzas from order through delivery, why can't we keep better track of patients? That's the question raised by a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology that found that many emergency patients got duplicate x-ray and CT exams because doctors weren't sure if their initial orders had been completed.
Pulmonologists' views vary on CT lung screening September 21, 2015 -- Now that CT lung cancer screening guidelines are formally in place, will clinicians actually advise eligible patients to get screened? The answer is yes and no, according to a survey of pulmonologists published online September 14 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
Advanced image processing boosts neck tumor assessment September 21, 2015 -- Which image postprocessing techniques are best for evaluating tumors of the trachea and bronchus? Multiplanar reformations, volume rendering, and virtual bronchoscopy each have their roles, concludes a new study in PLOS One.
Optical colonoscopy misses polyps detected on CTC September 10, 2015 -- More than 20% of polyps detected at CT colonography (CTC) may be missed at subsequent optical colonoscopy, according to a study in Radiology. What's more, most of the missed polyps were large and clinically significant.
Liver metastases tracking software shows high accuracy September 4, 2015 -- Tracking liver metastases on follow-up CT scans is a critical task for clinicians, but the process is time-consuming and often inefficient. A new automated method for detecting and segmenting liver metastases may help, according to an article published online in the Journal of Medical Imaging.
From coins to knives: Foreign bodies run the gamut September 3, 2015 -- A patient presenting with a foreign body -- an object that has been swallowed, breathed in, or inserted -- is a common scene in the emergency room (ER). And radiologists are just the experts to coach ER doctors on how to diagnose these patients, according to a review published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Patients with CIN after CT show poor 1-year outcomes September 2, 2015 -- Patients who develop contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) are at high risk of major adverse events one year after imaging with contrast-enhanced CT, according to a new study in the September Annals of Emergency Medicine. The experience in more than 600 patients who underwent contrast CT suggests the problem is both serious and underrecognized.
iPhone works well in a pinch for cardiovascular emergencies August 26, 2015 -- Cardiovascular emergencies such as acute aortic syndromes need to be diagnosed quickly. Fortunately, mobile devices such as the iPhone can be used for on-the-go diagnosis and triage of patients with these life-threatening conditions, according to an article published online August 3 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.