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.