Tariffs could add $400M to medical equipment costs
July 13, 2018 -- A new study by a policy institute estimates that the Trump administration's tariffs on products made in China will add $400 million annually to the cost of medical equipment in the U.S. The tariffs will add $44.6 million to the cost of x-ray parts and $33.7 million to the cost of CT scanners.  Discuss
More CT screening may be needed for high-risk smokers
July 12, 2018 -- A few annual rounds of negative CT screening exams might not be enough to rule out lung cancer in the long term, according to an article published online July 10 in Radiology. A group from Canada found a high incidence of early-stage cancer in high-risk individuals several years after the conclusion of initial screening.  Discuss
4 reasons why people seek CT lung cancer screening
July 11, 2018 -- CT lung cancer screening rates have fallen short of expectations, but many eligible people are still seeking out screening. A group out of Washington identified four main factors that motivate individuals to pursue CT screening in an article published online July 5 in PLOS One.  Discuss
USPSTF dismisses CAC for heart disease risk assessment
July 10, 2018 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has reaffirmed its recommendation against using nontraditional factors -- including coronary artery calcium (CAC) score -- to assess the risk of heart disease, in a statement published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
U.S.-China trade war breaks out as tariffs kick in
July 6, 2018 -- The U.S. slapped tariffs on a wide range of goods imported from China -- including medical imaging scanners -- on Friday, July 6, as the U.S. and China were unable to resolve their differences on trade policy. China has retaliated with tariffs of its own on U.S. products.  Discuss
Variation in emergency CT use may be lower than it seems
July 6, 2018 -- The use of CT in the emergency setting might not vary quite as much as initially reported, according to an article published online July 5 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Researchers found that taking into account hundreds of factors revealed much lower variability.  Discuss
Cardiac hybrid imaging predicts adverse cardiac events
July 3, 2018 -- A cardiac hybrid imaging technique that fuses SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging with coronary CT angiography scans can help predict major adverse cardiac events in patients suspected of having coronary artery disease, according to a study published online July 3 in Radiology.  Discuss
Ultrahigh-resolution CT enhances image quality twofold
July 2, 2018 -- A new ultrahigh-resolution CT scanner -- boasting two times the spatial resolution of conventional CT -- significantly enhanced the image quality of in-stent restenosis in blood vessel phantoms without altering radiation dose, according to an article published online June 26 in Radiology.  Discuss
CCTA reduces unnecessary invasive coronary procedures
June 29, 2018 -- Using coronary CT angiography (CCTA) instead of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging to diagnose coronary artery disease can significantly reduce the number of patients referred for invasive procedures, according to an article published online in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
GE to spin off GE Healthcare into standalone company
June 26, 2018 -- The unthinkable has finally happened. Industrial conglomerate GE announced on Tuesday that it will be spinning off its GE Healthcare unit as a separate company as it struggles to deal with a cash crunch.  Discuss