Radiation dose safety: Filtering the message from the noise
April 18, 2014 -- Patient radiation dose safety is a hot topic in the imaging industry and media. But as often happens when a subject is hot, the radiation safety information pool has become muddied with disparate and conflicting information. Neil Singh from Ascendian Healthcare Consulting helps filter the true message in radiation safety from the industry noise.
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Lung cancer screening reduces mortality in COPD patients
April 17, 2014 -- Lung cancer screening with CT and spirometry delivers a high rate of diagnosis of early-stage lung cancers and reduces mortality in individuals with mild to moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a pilot study in Respiratory Medicine.
CCTA shows that HIV patients have more noncalcified plaque
April 4, 2014 -- Patients with HIV infection are more prone to potentially dangerous noncalcified coronary plaque than similar uninfected individuals, according to a study that used coronary CT angiography (CCTA). Results were published in the April 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Residents do fine reading CT triple rule-out exams
April 4, 2014 -- Residents can safely perform triple rule-out CT exams when onsite or on-call subspecialty radiologists aren't available -- at least at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC -- according to a study presented at ECR 2014 in Vienna.
NLST data show lung cancer screening is ready
April 1, 2014 -- Myriad details remain to be ironed out, but the massive National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) has all the evidence it needs to recommend CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers, according to a presentation by principal NLST investigator Dr. Denise Aberle at ECR 2014.
FDA: Radiology device recalls skyrocketed after 2010
March 27, 2014 -- The number of radiology devices recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration skyrocketed after 2010 due to concerns over patient exposure to radiation following several high-profile radiation accidents.
CMS hones in on CT lung screening questions for advisory meeting
March 24, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published additional details about the discussion topics it plans to address in an April 30 advisory committee meeting on reimbursement for CT lung cancer screening.
NLST analysis: More smoking means more lung cancer
March 21, 2014 -- People with longer smoking histories -- twice as long as those in the 30-pack-year sweet spot for CT lung screening -- have nearly twice the odds of presenting with lung cancer at CT screening, according to a study presented at ECR 2014 by researchers from Ohio.
VA probe clears Fla. health system of whistleblower charges
March 21, 2014 -- An investigation into complaints about medical imaging services at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system serving northern Florida and southern Georgia has been resolved without any major irregularities discovered, and the VA has closed the case without taking any action.
CT perfusion useful for evaluating small esophageal tumors
March 19, 2014 -- CT perfusion can be used to evaluate esophageal cancers with small tumor diameters that are not amenable to assessment with PET/CT, according to a new study by Turkish researchers presented at ECR 2014 earlier this month.
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