Could cold, hard cash reduce unnecessary head CT scans?
October 31, 2019 -- Offering financial incentives like cash to emergency patients with minor traumatic brain injury to convince them to skip scans that might not be medically indicated may help reduce the rate of unnecessary head CT exams, according to an article published in the October issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.  Discuss
Smokers less likely to undergo medical, screening exams
October 24, 2019 -- Current smokers who met the National Lung Screening Trial criteria for CT lung cancer screening were less likely to participate in general medical checkups and colon cancer screening exams than those who did not in a new study, published online October 22 in PLOS One.  Discuss
Life expectancy model refines CT lung screening criteria
October 23, 2019 -- Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health have developed a prediction model that determines an individual's eligibility for CT lung cancer screening based on life years gained. The model may be a more effective alternative to traditional screening criteria, according to an October 22 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
'Light' cigarettes don't reduce lung cancer mortality
October 21, 2019 -- If you're a smoker and want to cut your chances of dying from cancer by smoking a "light" brand of cigarette, think again. Researchers found no difference in lung cancer mortality between those who smoked light cigarettes and those who puffed regular smokes, according to a study published on October 21 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Pulmonary CT explains death from genital plastic surgery
October 16, 2019 -- Pulmonary CT angiography helped clinicians better understand the cause of death in the case of a 33-year-old woman in China who died after receiving vaginal injections of hyaluronic acid and collagen, according to a review published October 14 in Aesthetic Surgery Journal.  Discuss
CDC names vaping-related illness, issues new guidance
October 15, 2019 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its initial recommendation for healthcare providers on how to deal with vaping-associated illness, which the CDC has now named e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).  Discuss
Do CT lung screening rules overlook first responders?
October 11, 2019 -- Current guidelines covering who is eligible for CT lung cancer screening do not take into account the hazards encountered by occupational exposure to environmental toxins, such as those encountered by first responders. That's according to research presented October 11 at the North American Conference on Lung Cancer in Chicago.  Discuss
How to spot vaping-associated lung injury on imaging exams
October 9, 2019 -- Lung injury linked to electronic nicotine delivery systems -- or vaping -- is recognizable on medical imaging exams, and radiologists are key to identifying the condition, according to a clinical perspective published online October 8 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Black-blood CT sheds light on intraluminal heart anatomy
October 9, 2019 -- An advanced imaging technique called black-blood CT can leverage cinematic rendering technology to provide a detailed view inside the lumen of vasculature and potentially bolster cardiac evaluation, according to an article published online October 1 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.  Discuss
New CT diagnostic reference levels factor in image quality
October 4, 2019 -- CT diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) are primarily intended to regulate radiation dose. But researchers from Duke University are now proposing that image noise be factored into DRLs to further optimize the quality of CT scans, in an article published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss