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Current events in cardiopulmonary radiology, updates about the journal’s web site features, and links to other web sites of interest to cardiopulmonary radiologists.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

The March 2015 issue of JTI has been published on-line and in print. This issue includes the very timely Lung Cancer Screening symposium guest edited by Dr. Caroline Chiles. This symposium includes seven exciting review articles covering the different aspects of lung cancer screening with low-dose CT.

  • William C. Black
    “Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer in the National Lung Screening Trial: A Cost-effectiveness Analysis”

  • Martin C. Tammemägi
    “Application of Risk Prediction Models to Lung Cancer Screening: A Review”

  • Marjolein A. Heuvelmans et al.
    “Contributions of the European Trials (European Randomized Screening Group) in Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening”

  • Takeshi Nawa et al.
    “Low-dose Computed Tomography Screening in Japan”

  • Brady J. McKee et al.
    “Low-dose Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer in a Clinical Setting: Essential Elements of a Screening Program”

  • Geoffrey D. Rubin
    “Lung Nodule and Cancer Detection in Computed Tomography Screening”

  • Brian J. Bartholmai et al.
    “Pulmonary Nodule Characterization, Including Computer Analysis and Quantitative Features”



  • In addition to the symposium article, this issue includes an original research study by Hannah Milch et al. “Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer: Preliminary Results in a Diverse Urban Population”. This screening study performed in New York City (the Bronx) and included 320 subjects, all of whom met National Lung Screening Trial enrollment criteria. This study focused on feasibility of introducing lung cancer screening in an ethnically diverse and poor population that struggles with high rates of obesity, HIV infection, and tuberculosis relative to the subjects in the NLST. The authors report a 2.2% (7/320) prevalence of lung cancer and a 78% (7/9) true positive rate for screening CT scans. Future work will determine whether any mortality benefits derive from screening this population.


Friday, January 23, 2015
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of JTI, we asked 30 international cardiothoracic radiologists to share their personal perspectives on the most influential JTI publications from the past 30 years.  Their perspectives are revealed in the “30-on-30” feature in this issue of JTI. You may access all of the venerable articles that they have cited in a new 30th anniversary collection on the journal’s website.
 
Please share your personal selection of the most influential JTI publication by posting a comment on our blog, or by sending a message on Twitter followed by hashtag #JTI30on30. We look forward to hearing your personal perspectives and to celebrating this important milestone for the journal together!
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Friday, January 23, 2015

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of JTI, we asked 30 international cardiothoracic radiologists to share their personal perspectives on the most influential JTI publications from the past 30 years. Their perspectives are revealed in the “30-on-30” feature in this issue of JTI. You may access all of the venerable articles that they have cited in a new 30th anniversary collection on the journal’s website.

Please share your personal selection of the most influential JTI publication by posting a comment on our blog, or by sending a message on Twitter followed by hashtag #JTI30on30. We look forward to hearing your personal perspectives and to celebrating this important milestone for the journal together!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has released a draft of its Lung Cancer Screening Registry data elements.  The ACR is currently developing a lung cancer screening data registry in response to CMS’ proposed requirements for coverage of low dose CT lung cancer screening.

 

ACR is building this registry on the backbone of other ACR registries and is applying to CMS to become an approved registry.  CMS’ final decision regarding lung cancer screening is expected in February 2015, at which time the final required data registry elements should be posted.

 

Please visit JTI's Lung Cancer Screening Corner to access to other lung cancer screening resources.

 

 


Monday, December 22, 2014

The January 2015 issue of JTI has been published online and in print. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the journal, and this issue features “30-on-30” in which 30 international cardiothoracic radiologists reflect on the most influential articles published in JTI in the past 30 years. Additionally, former Editor-in-Chief of JTI, Dr. Jeff Klein, has provided us with his reflections on JTI’s past 30 years.

This issue also includes a perspective article by Dr. Mark Parker and colleagues that focuses on the April 2014 decision by the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) to recommend against Medicare coverage for lung cancer screening. This thoughtful piece addresses MEDCAC’s concerns on a point-by-point basis. Since MEDCAC’s decision and the acceptance of this article, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has subsequently issued draft recommendations for lung cancer screening, although they differ somewhat from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and have rather stringent requirements. Dr. Parker’s article is followed by a response from Diana Zuckerman, PhD, of the National Center for Health Research. These two articles together should encourage the reader to think more about lung cancer screening and how we as a society should consider screening in this changing era of healthcare reform and emphasis on population health.

Also in this issue of JTI is a review article entitled “Developmental Lung Malformations in Children: Recent Advances in Imaging Techniques, Classification System, and Imaging Findings”. This article by Dr. Paul Thacker and colleagues is available for 1.0 self-assessment CME (SA-CME) credits, which can be applied to the American Board of Radiology’s Maintenance of Certification program as well as local licensure requirements. Complementing Dr. Thacker’s article is a review article by Dr. Beatrice Trotman-Dickenson entitled “Congenital Lung Disease in the Adult: Guide to the Evaluation and Management”

Original research articles in this issue include two previously published ahead-of-print articles: “Detection of Pulmonary Embolism on Computed Tomography: Improvement Using a Model-based Iterative Reconstruction Algorithm Compared With Filtered Back Projection and Iterative Reconstruction Algorithms” by Dr. Seth Kligerman and colleagues and “70 kVp Computed Tomography Pulmonary Angiography: Potential for Reduction of Iodine Load and Radiation Dose” by Dr. Julian L. Wichmann, both of which were detailed in previous blog entries.

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Current events in cardiopulmonary radiology, updates about the journal?s web site features, and links to other web sites of interest to cardiopulmonary radiologists.