Study: VC is used appropriately despite reimbursement limits April 10, 2013 -- Despite tight limitations on Medicare reimbursement, virtual colonoscopy (VC) is being used appropriately for colorectal cancer screening, according to a new study published online April 5 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that examined more than 170,000 patient records.
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VC improves screening compliance at military facilities January 15, 2013 -- The availability of virtual colonoscopy appeared to significantly increase the rate of colorectal cancer screening in a study of individuals ages 50 to 75 from U.S. military medical facilities. Results of the study were published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Screening is best reserved for those expected to live longer January 10, 2013 -- Patients signing up for breast or colon cancer screening should have a minimum remaining life expectancy of at least 10 years to boost the chances of benefiting from the exams and overcoming their inherent risks, say researchers from the University of California, San Francisco in an article in BMJ.
NIH study: Cancer screening rates fall over decade December 28, 2012 -- Cancer survivors on the lookout for secondary tumors maintained their traditionally high screening rates, but screening compliance by almost everyone else has declined over the past decade, according to a report published online December 27 in Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.
CAD helps detect smaller lesions on CT colonography December 14, 2012 -- At a cost of just a minute or two of extra interpretation time, computer-aided detection (CAD) software can significantly improve the performance of experienced readers in finding polyps 6 to 9 mm in size on CT colonography studies, according to a large prospective study published online in Radiology.
Virtual colonoscopy shows muscle in finding lesions November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - In a series of presentations at the RSNA 2012 annual meeting, researchers from Korea, Italy, and the U.S. described advances in detecting and diagnosing cancer through the use of virtual colonoscopy, also known as CT colonography or CTC.
VC goes extra innings with AAA screening November 12, 2012 -- Virtual colonoscopy can do double duty by screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), according to a study of more than 1,000 individuals. Researchers found that virtual colonoscopy was reliable for detecting AAA or, more commonly, for ruling out the condition.
Hopeful VC symposium attendees set plans November 9, 2012 -- After nearly two decades of promoting a colorectal cancer screening exam they believe is a better test than optical colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy advocates have no illusions about the difficulties that have impeded their efforts to secure reimbursement for screening. But lately they're more hopeful of a real breakthrough.
Colonoscopy payment linked to lower cancer incidence October 23, 2012 -- The approval of colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening in 2001 may explain the drop in disease prevalence over the past decade, according to a new study published online October 23 in Gastroenterology.
ESGAR publishes consensus statement on CT colonography October 15, 2012 -- The European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) has published its first update on CT colonography (CTC) guidelines since 2007. Its working group on CTC has endorsed 86 statements, reaching near-complete agreement on 71 of the 86 items relating to critical practice areas affecting CTC.