AAOS: QCT finds low bone density in lumbar fusion patients
March 12, 2019 -- Preoperative quantitative CT (QCT) scans in patients about to receive spinal fusion surgery show that many have low bone density that was previously undiagnosed, according to research presented March 12 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in Las Vegas.  Discuss
ACC: Physicians omit CT CAC scores in 50% of cancer cases
March 8, 2019 -- Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores from CT scans could help inform treatment decisions for cancer patients at risk of heart disease -- but the scores are only being reported 50% of the time, according to a presentation at the upcoming American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in New Orleans.  Discuss
Patients of all races offer positive review of CT exams
March 7, 2019 -- How did a diverse patient population rate their experiences of undergoing a CT exam? Very favorably, for the most part, according to a study by U.S. and Australian researchers, who reported their findings in an article published online March 1 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Dedicated breast CT shows promise for cancer screening
March 6, 2019 -- A dedicated breast CT scanner that features a photon-counting detector produces high-quality images at a low radiation dose. The findings indicate that the CT scanner could be a useful tool for breast cancer screening, according to a study published online March 2 in Investigative Radiology.  Discuss
Alphenix angio unit leads Canon offerings at ECR
March 2, 2019 -- VIENNA - The European launch of its new Alphenix interventional angiography system is the major highlight in the booth of Canon Medical Systems at ECR 2019 this week. Other important products being shown include a new entry-level CT scanner for the global market and new global illumination software.  Discuss
CT system developers utilize AI to boost patient care
March 2, 2019 -- Disease detection with CT has benefited greatly from advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) software during the past year. To make the case at the ECR 2019 technical exhibition, many vendors are dedicating their CT booth presentations to the integration of AI into the modality. The rewards for patient care are visible for all delegates to see during this week's congress.  Discuss
Incisive CT scanner paces Philips products at ECR
March 1, 2019 -- VIENNA - A multislice CT scanner called Incisive is among the new product launches being featured in the booth of Philips Healthcare at ECR 2019. The company is also promoting other recent product launches, including a new ultrasound scanner, mobile C-arm, and advanced visualization software.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2019: Mathias Prokop on lung cancer screening
February 28, 2019 -- VIENNA - What are the essential aspects to consider when starting a lung cancer screening program using low-dose CT? And why are quality assurance and standardization such important areas? Dr. Mathias Prokop, PhD, from Nijmegen, the Netherlands, provides some answers and also gives some general advice to aspiring researchers.  Discuss
Dose monitoring optimizes whole-body CT in Italy
February 28, 2019 -- By monitoring CT dose and adjusting protocols at their institution, researchers from Italy were able to identify the optimal parameters for reducing cancer patients' exposure to radiation from whole-body CT exams, without lowering image quality. They presented their findings on Wednesday at ECR 2019 in Vienna.  Discuss
AI enables real-time patient dose estimates on CT exams
February 27, 2019 -- VIENNA - An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can provide real-time, patient-specific radiation dose estimates on single- or dual-source CT studies at an accuracy approaching the level of Monte Carlo simulations, according to a presentation on Wednesday at ECR 2019.  Discuss