CT highlights risk of lung inflammation from vaping
November 14, 2019 -- Fresh evidence has emerged of the health dangers of vaping. In a case report published by Archives of Disease in Childhood on November 11, U.K. authors warn that the fluid in electronic cigarettes may cause life-threatening lung inflammation in those who are susceptible, after treating a teenage boy with respiratory failure.  Discuss
ALA: CT lung screening has 'lifesaving' potential
November 13, 2019 -- In its annual report on lung cancer in the U.S., the American Lung Association (ALA) on November 13 highlighted the benefits of CT lung screening and its contribution to a 26% improvement in the five-year survival rate of lung cancer patients over the past decade.  Discuss
Should CT be added to criteria for diagnosing COPD?
November 13, 2019 -- Researchers from Colorado have proposed expanding the diagnostic criteria for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) to consider CT data along with a patient's symptoms, environmental exposure, and spirometry results in a study recently published in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation.  Discuss
Researchers propose guideline for EVALI diagnosis
November 11, 2019 -- Researchers have developed a preliminary guideline for the clinical management of cases of electronic cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated injury (EVALI). They discuss the details of their guide, which covers everything from diagnosis on chest imaging to follow-up care, in an article published online November 8 in Lancet.  Discuss
CDC finds vitamin E acetate in 100% of vaping cases
November 8, 2019 -- In news that sheds light on the recent outbreak of vaping-related lung disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on November 8 disclosed that the presence of vitamin E acetate was discovered in 100% of lung fluid samples from 29 patients that were submitted to the agency from 10 states.  Discuss
Onsite FFR-CT tops CCTA in detecting coronary stenosis
November 8, 2019 -- An onsite fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) algorithm detected functionally significant stenosis in patients suspected of having coronary artery disease with greater accuracy than radiologists reading coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans in a study, recently published online in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
CT lung screening proves cost-effective even at older ages
November 5, 2019 -- A cost analysis of well-established CT lung cancer screening guidelines confirmed that screening remains cost-effective even at the oldest upper age limits, with screening of older people incurring more costs but offering greater reductions in mortality risk. The findings were published online November 4 in Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
IMV: Global radiologists are optimistic despite local challenges
November 5, 2019 -- Radiologists in global markets are optimistic about future growth prospects for medical imaging procedures, but their priorities for imaging equipment are being dictated by local conditions. That's according to a new market research report by IMV Medical Information Division.  Discuss
Reversed halo sign on chest CT linked to septic PE
November 4, 2019 -- The presence of a reversed halo sign on chest CT scans is indicative of septic pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with intravenous substance use disorder, according to a study published online October 31 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Vaping case study offers guidance for radiologists
October 31, 2019 -- The case study of a 24-year-old man with lung damage from vaping provides hints to radiologists on what to look for in patients who present with characteristic symptoms and a history of electronic cigarette use, according to a special report published October 31 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss