Today at the RSNA’s (Radiological Society of North America) annual meeting, a team of healthcare professionals is going to talk about the impact of vaping on public health. This panel will also discuss how using e-cigarettes leads to lung injury.
In spite of the negative effects associated with vaping, there is an increase in the use of e-cigarettes. According to the report provided by the CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes are being used by over 9 million U.S. adults.
And nowadays, the use of E-cigarettes is also becoming common among teenagers. According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, in middle and high schools, vaping was observed in more than 3.6 million students.
E-cigarette solution present in e-cigarette inhalants produces potentially harmful toxic products upon vaporization. These products can not only lead to lung injury but sometimes can also inhibit the function of blood vessels.
In August, a lung disease outbreak related to the use of e-cigarettes began in the U.S. This situation is still under investigation, and multiple products are being examined by the CDC.
As the use of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) containing products was reported by most of the cases involved in the outbreak, the CDC has suggested avoiding the use of such products.
Jeffrey S. Klein is the RSNA Board Liaison for Publications and Communications. According to Dr. Klein and his team, there’s an increase in vaping-induced lung injury throughout the U.S.
Among the patients affected by the outbreak, CT and X-ray findings associated with diffuse pneumonitis were typically observed. The CDC has also added these characteristic findings in the case definition of vaping-induced lung injury.
In its annual meeting, RSNA has organized a special session to educate radiologists about this fatal problem, vaping-induced lung injury. In this session, experts will discuss the latest information about the main pathologic, physiologic, and radiologic findings related to this condition.
Moreover, in this session, Dr. Klein will work together with Seth J. Kligerman, the associate professor of radiology; Brandon Larsen, the associate professor and consultant of laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale; and Mark L. Schiebler, the professor of cardiothoracic radiology in University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison.
Alessandra Caporale, a researcher in the Laboratory for Structural, Physiologic and Functional Imaging (LSPFI) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia; and Travis S. Henry, an associate professor of clinical radiology in the University of California will also join Dr. Klein.
The session includes a short introduction and discussion about the scope of the vaping-induced lung injury, histopathology, and image findings related to it. Moreover, a presentation related to the impact of vaping on the function of blood vessels and Q&A with the panel of healthcare professionals is also a part of this session.
Attending the RSNA session will allow the radiologists and other health professionals to have a better understanding of the effects of vaping-related lung injury outbreak on the health of the U.S. population.
They will also get familiar with the effect of vaping on vascular function and X-ray and CT findings related to vaping-related lung injury. Lastly, this session will also help in understanding how pathology facilitates finding the possible cause of this problem.