Cutting Edge CT News From ISCT17

For 19 long years the ISCT has organized our annual computed tomography symposium. It’s been our mission over the years to provide an educational environment in which radiology peers from all over the globe can gather together to exchange ideas, collaborate with one another, build industry relations, and achieve both personal and professional growth.

Radiology is an ever-changing industry, and the world of CT is no exception. In order to be truly valuable to their practices, it is imperative that radiologists, technologists, medical physicists, and even practice administrators stay updated not only on current industry trends, but also what’s on the frontier for CT. Our program directors seek to help them accomplish this by pushing the boundaries each year, creating a line-up of cutting edge talks that encompass controversial topics facing CT, an overview of the newest innovations in radiology, as well as changes in technology and practice.

The quality and quantity of both our talks and faculty were better than ever this year, a fact reflected in the amount of coverage ISCT17 garnered on a national level. With over 310 innovative CT-specific talks on the schedule for ISCT17, it was almost impossible to select which ones to attend. We covered a wide variety of topics across our three tracks, each largely appealing in their own unique way, but there were a few topics of emphasis at ISCT17 that were particularly relevant to the radiology community on a national and global level.

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The Value Of CT

Gauging the value of a CT scan is the single most critical reason for deciding whether to perform an exam. But when you get down to it, value depends on what you're looking for and who's looking at it. To Dr. H. Benjamin Harvey from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), what matters to the patient isn't always what the provider or payor might think is important. To Dr. Geoffrey Rubin, ISCT course director and chair of radiology at Duke University Medical Center, answering the key question of why we scan with CT depends on who is asking the question.

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Ultrahigh-resolution CT

Exquisitely detailed ultrahigh-resolution (UHR) CT is on its way thanks to several technologies, although most haven't reached the market yet. The technologies are revealing new levels of anatomic detail in several applications. But there are a few downsides, including the potential for higher radiation dose. In his talk, Dr. Mathias Prokop from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands surveyed the technologies that are currently being deployed, from commercial conebeam CT technologies to prototype UHR detector scanners with smaller detector elements and investigative photon-counting CT scanners.

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Improving AI Algorithms

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage right now, with most of the focus on using the technology for image analysis. But Dr. Eliot Siegel believes that AI has much more to offer, and he suggested several improvements at the recent International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) meeting.

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Automation In Abdominal CT

The past few years have seen rapid progress toward the goal of automated abdominal CT analysis using multiple computer-aided-detection (CAD) systems, all theoretically applied to a single abdominal CT angiography dataset, according to a Tuesday presentation at the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) symposium. In his talk, Dr. Ronald Summers, PhD, discussed the rapid progress in CAD for multiple abdominal organs, lymph nodes, adipose tissue, and other areas, along with progress in CAD of abnormalities.

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Cinematic Rendering In CT

A new data reconstruction technique called cinematic rendering that creates photorealistic images was discussed at the ISCT symposium. The technique is like "3D on steroids," according to Dr. Elliot Fishman, who is testing it at Johns Hopkins University. Fishman displayed a series of lifelike images generated with the technique, wowing both ISCT 2017 attendees as well as the show's course director, Dr. Geoffrey Rubin of Duke University Medical Center. While the clinical value of the images is yet to be determined, Fishman speculated that they could ultimately help 3D achieve its full potential.
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The sessions at our 2017 CT symposium were incredible, packed with innovative information, and a must-see for anyone looking to further their educational growth in CT. For those who weren’t able to attend ISCT17, our 2017 content (and content from our previous symposia) will be available for purchase shortly. Gain access to the best content from our 2017 symposium, earn CME credit, and stay at the forefront of change in the industry.