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Renal Imaging Requires Correct CT Imaging Procedures

Renal imaging is considered to be an imperfect science in comparison to some of the other imaging procedures that are out there. The CT scan is capable of providing information about renal lesions. However, the nature of the lesions makes it so that the CT scan alone isn't sufficient for making sure that lesions are not missed. The main approach to making sure that the CT scan is as effective as possible in renal imaging is to keep tight protocols in place to reduce the problem of missed lesions when reading CT scans.

"In renal imaging, the issue remains protocol design -- and it's been the protocols where our successes or failures really happen," said Dr. Elliot Fishman, professor of radiology and oncology and director of diagnostic imaging and body CT at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. "The injection rates, the scan parameters, the decision about which phases to choose and how we process the data all become critical." (source)

This presents a two-fold fact for the future of renal imaging through CT. The first fact is that it may make sense to work on developing a better scan for use in renal imaging to reduce the problems that are present with the current CT scan process. The second fact is that training of medical professionals to properly and closely follow the protocols of renal imaging should be considered a priority in this field.

Question of the Day: Why does the CT scan not suffice for renal imaging and what can be done about it by the medical imaging community?

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