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New mesothelioma detection method exposes subjects to less radiation

Published: June 12, 2014

To monitor a patient for mesothelioma involves subjecting them to CT scans with high levels of radiation. Repeated screenings increase risks for other health issues. For workers exposed to asbestos, these scans are necessary for survival even with the drawbacks.

A study out of France found a new CT method using a low does Veo algorithm that accurately detected pulmonary conditions in those exposed to asbestos. When compared to the standard procedure, the results were comparable in the sample of 27 workers.

The results not only proved the test as an accurate substitute, but also showed “substantially reduced radiation.” The researchers examined the ability to detect pleural thickening, pleural plaques and pulmonary nodules. Before introducing it as an alternative, a larger trial must be completed to further determine efficacy, especially considering the lack of interstitial abnormalities.

To read the full study, click [here.]

Bellini, R. et al. (2014). Comparison of the ultra-low dose Veo algorithm with the gold standard filtered back projection for detecting pulmonary asbestos-related conditions: a clinical observational study. BMJ Open. [Link]

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