Parathyroid 4D-CT: Multi-institutional International Survey of Use and Trends.
Four-dimensional computed tomography (4D-CT) is a new modality for preoperative localization of parathyroid adenomas. We performed a survey study to describe the role and trends in the utilization of 4D-CT. Of 361 radiologists, 200 (55%) reported that 4D-CT was used in their practices. Nineteen (10%) used 4D-CT as the first-line imaging study; 155 (76%) reported that 4D-CT played a secondary role; and 26 (13%) reported that it is performed routinely in combination with ultrasound and scintigraphy. Early adopters of 4D-CT (use for >3 years) were 3 times more likely to use 4D-CT in a first-line role (18%) when compared with radiologists who used 4D-CT for ≤3 years (6%; P < .05). In conclusion, more than half of radiologists perform 4D-CT, and a majority reported that 4D-CT plays a secondary role. However, this role may change, as utilization is increasing and radiologists may follow early adopters, who are more likely to use it as a first-line study.
Hoang, JK; Williams, K; Gaillard, F; Dixon, A; Sosa, JA
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