JTI Blog

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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Published Ahead-of-Print in JTI
Published ahead-of-print in JTI are two new original articles and one symposium review article.

Heusch and colleagues report on their study investigating the use of high-concentration iodine delivery using reduced tube current for CT pulmonary angiography. The authors analyzed scans on 119 consecutive patients imaged on a 128-slice scanner, performed with 4 different techniques, and concluded that 100 kVp, 90 mAs, and 5 mL/sec of 400 mg iodine / mL of iomeprol resulted in excellent image quality and an estimated 33% dose savings.

Eberth and colleagues report the results of their survey of the membership of the Society of Thoracic Radiology regarding lung cancer screening. Nearly 60% of responding intuitions were engaged in low-dose computed tomography screening for lung cancer. Of the responding institutions not offering screening CT at the time of the survey, 89% reported that they were considering having a screening program in the future. Forty-four percent of responding institutions engaged in screening were self-pay only with prices ranging from $200 to $500.

Kirsch and Vargas’ review article “Cardiothoracic Imaging Guidelines in Quality Improvement” is part of the upcoming symposium on Quality and Safety in Cardiopulmonary Imaging.