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“We haven’t solved every single problem with screening. We need to screen fewer people, screen the right people, and we don’t have to treat every cancer we catch.”

— Andrew Vickers, PhD, associate attending research methodologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as quoted in The New York Times

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Editor’s E-Note

If it pans out, the idea of using chest CT scans taken for other reasons to identify people at high risk for cardiovascular disease makes great sense. Research on that topic is the subject of this month’s E-News Exclusive. There’s plenty of work to be done to prove its real value, but the ability to reduce both the volume of imaging exams and radiation dose patients receive would benefit patients and get more value out of healthcare expenditures. Getting more diagnostic information without ordering another round of imaging exams is a worthy objective.

— Jim Knaub, editor

E-News Exclusive

Can Incidental CT Scans Predict Heart Disease?

Using incidental findings from routine diagnostic CT, radiologists may be better able to identify people at high risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study appearing online and in the November issue of Radiology.

“The results of this study show that radiologists can predict cardiovascular disease fairly well using incidental findings of calcifications of the aortic wall on CT along with minimal patient information, such as age, gender, and the reason for the CT,” says the study’s lead author, Martijn J. A. Gondrie, MD, of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. “Ultimately, this easily executed extra risk stratification has the potential to reduce future heart attacks or other cardiovascular events.”

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Managing Dose
The industry is working to safeguard patients against radiation overexposure with improvements on radiation therapy and scanners and through better training. Read more »

Marketing Your Practice
It may be time for your radiology practice to shift from managing to building a business. Read more »

Healthcare or Childcare?
Women’s imaging centers aren’t in the childcare business, but many patients are beginning to expect such services when they show up for an exam. Read more »

Other Imaging News

Mammograms May Not Detect Tumors in Women in Their 40s
This article in the Chicago Tribune details a Stanford University study that found this standard screening test for breast cancer may not be effective for women in their 40s because a tumor and a patient’s tissue may appear the same.

Benefits of Mammograms More Modest Than Originally Thought
According to this USA Today article, the benefits of a getting a mammogram may not be as good as originally thought.

Simplifying the Decision to Undergo Prostate Cancer Screening
The New York Times features this article highlighting how a man’s PSA score at the age of 60 may predict his chances of dying from prostate cancer.

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