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.
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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.
Noncathartic CTC prep might boost screening compliance
November 21, 2013 -- The use of noncathartic bowel preparation before CT colonography (CTC) delivers good sensitivity for clinically significant polyps, and may also increase colorectal cancer screening compliance, according to a report in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Doctors are not informing patients of overdiagnosis risk
October 22, 2013 -- Patients are not being told about the possibility of overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a result of cancer screening programs, and many say they wouldn't start a screening program if the overdiagnosis rate is too high, according to research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
FDA panel mostly likes evidence on CTC efficacy
September 10, 2013 -- In a wide-ranging session on CT colonography (CTC), held in Silver Spring, MD, on Monday, a panel of experts convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration delivered almost universally positive views of the evidence supporting the use of the exam for colorectal cancer screening.