USPSTF foils CT colonography screening again
October 6, 2015 -- In a draft recommendation released today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) appears to have thrown CT colonography under the bus again, excluding the CT-based exam from its list of recommended colorectal cancer screening tests.
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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.
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.
Data from CTC scans improve osteoporosis screening
August 6, 2015 -- Data from CT colonography (CTC) scans can be used for a comprehensive assessment of bone strength and bone mineral density, according to the results of a study in Radiology. The new technology goes beyond what's provided by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and could improve clinicians' ability to assess fracture risk.
MDCT: Hopes high for CTC screening reimbursement
June 9, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The talented but long-suffering colon cancer screening exam known as CT colonography (CTC) may finally be on the cusp of screening reimbursement, though nothing is certain, according to a Monday presentation at the annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).
No cost difference between CTC, colonoscopy in elderly
April 30, 2015 -- A new analysis of Medicare data has found that after adjusting for patient demographic factors, costs are pretty much the same in the year following an initial screening exam for colorectal cancer, regardless of whether CT colonography (CTC) or optical colonoscopy is used, according to a report in Academic Radiology.
CAD becomes a spell-check for small polyps
March 6, 2015 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) can only enhance performance if used correctly, and it does not reduce the need for training, according to a presentation on Friday at ECR 2015 in Vienna. CAD for colonography has shown promise, but radiologists need to understand sensitivity and specificity issues, as well as when CAD should be deployed.
Italian men shun flexible sigmoidoscopy for CTC
March 5, 2015 -- VIENNA - Whether it's fear of endoscopes or love of high technology, Italian men appear more willing to undergo CT colonography (CTC) than flexible sigmoidoscopy, according to the results of a late-breaking trial presented at ECR 2015.
CAD for virtual monochromatic CTC images shows high accuracy
January 6, 2015 -- A computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm analyzed virtual monochromatic dual-energy CT colonography (CTC) images accurately with few false positives in a study from Massachusetts General Hospital. The researchers believe the study could pave the way to more accurate minimal-prep CTC.
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.