Survey: Patients unfazed by false positives on CTC exams
September 24, 2014 -- In a new survey, patients said they believe the benefits of having a malignancy detected on colon screening exams more than outweigh the drawbacks of a false positive, even if it would lead to unnecessary imaging or invasive follow-up, according to an article published in the October issue of Radiology.
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ACR cries foul as DNA test beats CTC to Medicare approval
August 28, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is crying foul after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently approved a stool DNA test for colorectal cancer screening -- as reimbursement for CT colonography (CTC) continues to languish.
JAMA IM: Older high-risk patients still getting cancer screenings
August 20, 2014 -- A substantial number of patients 65 years or older with limited life expectancy still receive routine screenings for cancer, despite the fact that they are unlikely to benefit from treatment procedures, according to a study published online August 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Doctor bonuses do not boost screening compliance
July 15, 2014 -- The Canadian province of Ontario spent almost $110 million ($102 million U.S.) on bonuses intended to motivate family physicians to screen more of their patients for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, but the program didn't translate into improved screening rates, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine.
ARRS: Even rads prefer optical colonoscopy over CTC
May 8, 2014 -- SAN DIEGO - Despite the less invasive nature of CT colonography (CTC), even radiologists would pick optical colonoscopy for themselves, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.
ARRS: CTC extracolonic findings rare, but often malignant
May 7, 2014 -- SAN DIEGO - Even though only a small percentage of patients undergoing screening CT colonography (CTC) for the first time have significant extracolonic findings, most of these will require surgical or medical intervention, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
USPSTF seeks comments on colon screening plan
January 10, 2014 -- In a move that could eventually lead to Medicare reimbursement for virtual colonoscopy screening, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Thursday opened to public commentary a draft research plan for colorectal cancer screening.
CT colonography sheds light on 'disappearing' polyps
January 3, 2014 -- About 10% of all polyps detected at CT colonography can't be found at initial colonoscopy follow-up. But the reasons for their disappearance are largely predictable, according to a study presented at the 2013 RSNA meeting.
Korean team shows off 0.2-mSv CT colonography
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Researchers from Seoul, South Korea, achieved record-skimming low doses in a CT colonography (CTC) phantom study that also delivered high image quality and comparable diagnostic performance to conventional CTC.
CAD may help uncover extracolonic findings on CTC studies
December 1, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology shows potential for identifying hard-to-find renal calculi and lesions on CT colonography (CTC) exams, according to research presented on Sunday at RSNA 2013.