Lung cancer screening with CT: Now what?
November 20, 2014 -- Medicare payments have been approved for CT lung cancer screening. But what happens now? For radiologists, screening for lung cancer is every bit as challenging now as it was two weeks ago, and for all its benefits, it's a service that is not expected to be anybody's profit center, lung cancer experts told AuntMinnie.com.
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JAMA: Routine CCTA scans of diabetics not warranted
November 17, 2014 -- Research being presented at this week's American Heart Association conference found that routine screening of asymptomatic diabetic patients with coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is not warranted for preventing death from coronary artery disease. The study is also being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Second Opinion: Medicare CT screening decision raises questions
November 13, 2014 -- "The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away." That quote by musician Tom Waits could well be applied to this week's decision approving Medicare payment for CT lung cancer screening, according to thoracic surgeon Dr. Frederic W. Grannis Jr., who believes that many people at risk of lung cancer may not get the scans they need.
Mobile App Spotlight: CTisus iLecture Series
November 13, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at CTisus iLecture Series: The HD Edition, an iOS app that offers hundreds of educational lectures on a variety of CT topics.
Emergency departments continue to drive CT use
November 11, 2014 -- Bucking an overall downward trend in utilization of advanced imaging services, emergency departments are still seeing growth in imaging, especially in CT use, which has tripled over the past decade, according to a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CMS says yes to CT lung cancer screening for seniors
November 10, 2014 -- Bucking a negative assessment from its own appointed review panel, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday approved CT lung cancer screening for Medicare recipients, saying the evidence is sufficient to justify screening high-risk individuals until the age of 74 years.
CT lung cancer screening cost-effective in NLST
November 7, 2014 -- Lung cancer screening was found to be reasonably cost-effective in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), but real-world results could vary based on screening methodology and other factors, according to the results of a long-awaited analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Structured reporting of pancreatic CT makes decisions easier
November 7, 2014 -- Using structured rather than narrative reporting for CT made patient management much clearer for pancreatic cancer surgeons, as it is less likely to leave out important information needed to determine whether tumors can be surgically removed, according to a study in Radiology.
Radiation safety from the medical physicist's perspective
November 5, 2014 -- The call to action regarding patient radiation dose safety has flooded the healthcare industry with a wide array of new options, recommendations, requirements, and regulations that are pushing organizations to revamp radiation safety initiatives across the board.
ACR hopes for good news from CMS on CT lung screening
November 3, 2014 -- This November could be the most significant Lung Cancer Awareness Month in history, if Medicare approves full coverage of CT lung cancer screening for seniors 65 years and older, the American College of Radiology (ACR) said in a statement.