CMS Expands LDCT Screening for Lung Cancer

CMS Expands LDCT Screening for Lung Cancer

CMS announced on February 10 their final decision for coverage of low-dose CT lung cancer screenings. The new guidelines lower the screening age from 55 to 50 and reduce the smoking history pack years from 30 to 20. The decision expands eligibility for Medicare beneficiaries so that those from age 50 up to 77 and…

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Study Shows CT Screening Reduces Lung Cancer Deaths

Study Shows CT Screening Reduces Lung Cancer Deaths

Recent research published in JAMA Network Open confirms that CT lung cancer scanning reduces lung cancer deaths. A retrospective study examined the records of 312,382 patients from the SEER program diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer who received CT lung scans between 2006 and 2016. The study confirmed that patients with early-stage disease experience improved…

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Breast Cancer Named Most Diagnosed Form Of Cancer Over Lung Cancer

Breast Cancer Named Most Diagnosed Form Of Cancer Over Lung Cancer

Breast cancer exceeded lung cancer as the most diagnosed form of cancer in the world for the first time in history, experts found. The American Cancer Society calculated about 19.3 million new cancer cases occurred last year, 10 million of which ended in patients not making it. Breast cancer in women was diagnosed in 2.3…

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Research Finds Lung Ultrasound Best In COVID Pneumonia Screening

Research Finds Lung Ultrasound Best In COVID Pneumonia Screening

Ultrasound scans found better results than x-rays in preliminary detection of atypical pneumonia in possible COVID patients, researchers reported recently. By studying possible COVID-19 patients in the emergency department, ultrasound had increased sensitivity, at 97.6%, versus 69.9% for x-ray, according to Ryan C. Gibbons, MD, of Temple University in Philadelphia. He presented this significant information…

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Chest CT Scans Reveal Effectiveness of Different COVID Vaccines

Chest CT Scans Reveal Effectiveness of Different COVID Vaccines

Emerging research about the ability of a chest CT scan to differentiate the efficacy of various COVID-19 vaccines could help dispel vaccine hesitancy. A new study, published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, highlights the critical knowledge gained from a retrospective view of chest CT scans of patients who developed COVID pneumonia. The study was…

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