Sexual minorities overlooked in CT lung screening
March 29, 2019 -- CT lung screening programs could improve early cancer detection by focusing on sexual minorities, who were twice as likely as heterosexuals to be eligible for a CT screening exam but not receive one, according to an article published online March 23 in Cancer Epidemiology. Read More
Earlier colon screening saves lives -- but at what cost?
March 28, 2019 -- Lowering the starting age for colorectal cancer screening from 50 to 45 is a cost-effective strategy to reduce cancer deaths, but improving uptake among those currently eligible would provide even greater benefits, according to U.S. researchers who used a math model to project the outcomes in a study published March 28 in Gastroenterology. Read More
Why are CT colonography use rates trending downward?
March 20, 2019 -- Patient awareness and use of CT colonoscopy have continued to dwindle since the start of the decade, whereas the opposite has been true for traditional optical colonoscopy, according to an article published online March 15 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
ACC: Study promotes routine PET/CT CAC for cardiac risk
March 16, 2019 -- Should coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring be a routine part of PET/CT stress testing for assessing an individual's risk of heart disease? Yes, according to researchers from Utah who explained why in a Saturday presentation at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting in New Orleans. Read More
Cardiac risk grows with higher coronary calcium scores
March 15, 2019 -- Individuals with high CT coronary artery calcium scores -- at least 1,000 Agatston units -- had a substantially greater risk of all-cause mortality than those with lower scores and nearly triple the risk of those with a score of 0, according to research published online March 15 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. Read More
Risk prediction model boosts accuracy of CT lung screening
March 14, 2019 -- Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh developed a statistical model that combined data from CT scans with patient demographic information to predict an individual's risk of lung cancer on CT lung screening exams. The model worked better than several more-established methods, according to an article published online March 12 in Thorax. Read More
Doctors aren't discussing CT lung screening with patients
March 13, 2019 -- When it comes to CT lung cancer screening, physicians are missing a golden opportunity to reach out to high-risk individuals -- only discussing the test with less than 20% of patients who are current and former smokers, according to an article published online March 9 in the Journal of Cancer Education. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More