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Researchers back CT scans for swine flu detection

a patient in CT scanner

A new study has supported the use of computed tomography (CT) scans to detect development of the H1N1 virus - also known as swine flu.

Dr Amr Ajlan led the study, which is published today (October 21st) on the online version of the American Journal of Roentgenology, to decide whether CT scans or X-rays are more efficient at showing the extent of H1N1 conditions.

He commented: "Our study suggests that CT is superior to standard chest X-rays and should be the imaging modality of choice in high-risk patients."

Dr Ajlan based his conclusion on the fact that the CT scan was able to better characterise the spread of the illness.

In his opinion, physicians are better placed to treat the swine flu virus if they know how serious the individual case is.

Recent research at the University of California, Davis indicated that immunologically significant parts of the H1N1 virus have been identified, which show similarities to seasonal flu varieties that have been around for many years.

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Diagnostic imaging news : 22 October 2009