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Speed means everything when it comes to stroke cases. The overriding philosophy in modern healthcare seems to be "the faster you can treat, the more of the patient you can save."

This consideration prompted two specialist radiographers to look closely at their hospital group's CT head stroke pathway. After conducting a three-month audit, they've now devised a practical 10-point plan of action designed to improve service delivery. Don't miss our news report.

In breast cancer screening, on the other hand, patient comfort is an urgent priority. Important new research published in the European Journal of Radiology suggests that conebeam CT (CBCT) is a more comfortable option than mammography, largely because CBCT does not involve compression.

Meanwhile, investigators have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that was able to screen for aortic dissection and rupture on CT angiography scans with high accuracy. This initiative has improved triage efficiency for the conditions prior to radiologist review.

A critical factor in lung cancer screening with CT is cost-effectiveness, and central to this is the appropriate minimization of false positives, according to U.K. radiologist Dr. Eleanor Ngan-Soo. Her group thinks using different types of volumetry software to measure nodules on CT lung exams can drastically alter the recall rate for follow-up exams, underscoring the need to validate the software to ensure effective screening.

Blood biomarkers are developing a greater role in lung cancer detection. At the recent World Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona, Spain, a novel study reported that combining a blood test and CT lung screening helped to improve the results.

This newsletter highlights only a few of the many articles posted recently in the CT Community. For the full list, please check out the lineup below.

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