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Study finds CT beneficial for colon cancer screening

Study finds CT beneficial for colon cancer screening

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of the National CT Colonography Trial, finding virtual colonoscopy (VC) to be a beneficial tool for colon cancer screening.  The study of 2,531 asymptomatic patients, led by Dr. C. Daniel Johnson of the Mayo Clinic, was the largest of its kind.  The study measured VC sensitivity for the detection of adenoma growths 1 cm and larger, as compared to standard colonoscopy.  The team found a 90% per-patient sensitivity Read more [...]
CT Under Attack, Again

CT Under Attack, Again

Sunday's Los Angeles Times included an article entitled, “CT scans can be better medicine for doctors than for patients”that unfortunately gives readers an inaccurate picture of how physicians use computed tomography to care for their patients.  To begin with, the piece overstates the growth and utilization of CT. For example, the story uses GAO statistics to demonstrate an increase in CT scans, but the GAO's recent report on medical imaging did not account for the most recent Read more [...]
New Avalere Health Report Showcases Promising Medical Imaging Policies

New Avalere Health Report Showcases Promising Medical Imaging Policies

 The debate surrounding proper use of medical imaging technology continues with a new report that was recently released by Avalere Health.  The report highlights emerging initiatives, such as accreditation of medical imaging facilities and the use of appropriateness criteria by healthcare providers as important ways to encourage proper utilization of medical imaging services without limiting access for patients.  Appropriateness and accreditation criteria are promising trends to ensure Read more [...]
Medicare Coverage Decision on CCTA is bad for patients…

Medicare Coverage Decision on CCTA is bad for patients…

Medicare patients and their doctors are up in arms about a proposed decision that could halt seniors’ access to heart scans.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a proposed National Coverage Decision (NCD) for Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA), putting patients with heart disease at risk. CCTA is a diagnostic noninvasive medical imaging tool used to detect Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease--and the number Read more [...]