Week in Review: What are you worth? | Variation in CT radiation dose | Mammography and CT lung screening

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Variation in CT radiation dose

Radiation professionals are right to be concerned about CT radiation dose, and a new study confirms what many suspect: There is significant variation in dose levels between institutions, even for the same scans.

A team led by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco analyzed radiation dose levels from more than 2 million CT scans performed at 151 facilities in seven countries. The group found that dose varied widely between facilities.

That's the bad news. The good news is that the researchers also found that dose could be reduced by 50% or more simply by adjusting CT protocols -- often with no negative impact on image quality or diagnostic accuracy.

Mammography and CT lung screening

In another popular story this past week, researchers found that mammography screening can be leveraged to offer women CT lung cancer screening. In fact, nearly 8% of women getting breast screening are also eligible for lung screening.

Finally, be sure to check out our Friday story on the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) review of colon cancer screening, which the group has opened up two years early. Experts believe the review could finally lead to Medicare payment for CT colonography.

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