PET combined with CT might be one of the most powerful imaging technologies available, but how effective it is in evaluating head and neck tumors and helping with treatment is not a cut-and-dried proposition, said Jonas Johnson, MD, in his State of the Art Lecture at the 115th Annual Meeting of the Triological Society, held here on April 20 as part of the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings.
COSM 2012: Laser Expert Reviews Mechanics Behind Tissue Damage
Lasers may have first been introduced into medicine 60 years ago, but removing disease while keeping healthy tissue intact can still be a complicated proposition, said Mark Courey, MD, director of the University of California San Francisco Voice Center, who gave a State of the Art Lecture here on April 20 at the 115th Annual Meeting of the Triological Society. The meeting was held as part of the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings.
With Change Looming, Head and Neck Surgeons Look in the Mirror
What Is the Role of PET-CT in Residual Occult Nodal Disease?
PHOENIX-Just how useful are PET or PET-CT in identifying residual occult nodal disease in patients with head and neck cancer? Two presentations at the 2009 Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting addressed this topic.
COSM 2009: Six Societies Address Hot-Button Issues
While the Arizona sun beats down on the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix at the end of this month, hundreds of leading otolaryngologists will be indoors sharing and learning about new developments in both basic and clinical research.
Hand-Held Device Improves Cough, Swallowing
A novel device that was developed to help improve cough in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has an intriguing additional effect-it helps improve swallow function too.
Laser Treatment Resolves Glottic Cancer in a Pilot Study
Laser involution of early stage glottic cancer-with complete treatment of the malignancy weeks after the first session-appears to offer long-term control of the disease while preserving excellent voice function, researchers reported at the 88th annual meeting of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA).
Triptans Prove Helpful in Treating ‘Sinus Headaches
Researchers recommended that otolaryngologists might empirically treat selected patients with sinus headaches as if these patients actually had migraines, following study results illustrating that the use of triptans brought relief to more than 80% of these individuals.
Swallowing Patterns Differ Between Healthy Subjects and Patients with Sleep Apnea
Individuals identified with sleep apnea appear to have a different pattern of deglutition when they are sleeping than do healthy subjects, say researchers who specialize in swallowing studies.
Coding: It’s All in the Details
Getting reimbursed properly for performing procedures is all in the details, especially in areas that can be confusing to code.