Videos | Heart Valve Technology

Joao Cavalcante, M.D., FSCCT, director of structural heart CT and cardiac MRI, Minneapolis Heart Institute, discusses ...

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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA)

Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of ...

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An example of FFR-CT imaging from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting.
Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | Greg Freiherr

One of the big trends in cardiac computed tomography (CT) imaging has been the introduction of noninvasive fractional ...

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Datascope Recalls Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps Due to Potential Battery Failure. FDA Class I recall includes the Cardiosave Hybrid, Cardiosave Rescue, CS300 and CS100/100i IABP.
Feature | Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP)

July 24, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Maquet/Datascope is recalling all intra-aortic balloon ...

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Dr. Markus Krane, deputy director of the Cardiac and Vascular Surgery Unit at the DHM helped compile an atlas of the heart and discovered myosin binding protein H-like (MYBPHL) occurs only in the atria of the heart. Researchers began using it as a blood test biomarker to assess the success of atrial fibrillation ablation procedures.
Feature | Atrial Fibrillation

July 24, 2019 — Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common abnormal heart rhythm. It is treated either with medications or ...

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News | CT Angiography (CTA)

The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the Alphenix 4D CT from Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. The system offers an angiography configuration to expand capabilities in interventional procedures and help advance patient care in the community. The configuration pairs the Alphenix Sky + C-arm and Hybrid Catheterization Tilt/Cradle Table for interventional procedures with the Aquilion One/Genesis Edition computed tomography (CT) system, allowing clinicians to efficiently plan, treat and verify in a single clinical setting.

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With the advent and optimization of nuclear scintigraphy protocols using bone-avid radiotracers, cardiac amyloidosis caused by transthyretin protein (ATTR) can now be diagnosed noninvasively without a costly tissue biopsy. The radiotracer 99mTc-pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) binds to deposited ATTR amyloid fibrils in the myocardium and can be visualized using planar and SPECT imaging. The image shows how SPECT allows the reader to distinguish between blood pool activity and radiotracer uptake.
Feature | Nuclear Imaging | Christopher A. Hanson M.D., and Jamieson M. Bourque M.D., MHS

Cardiac amyloidosis is a highly morbid and underdiagnosed infiltrative cardiomyopathy that is characterized by the ...

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News | Embolic Protection Devices

Medical device startup company Filterlex Medical recently completed a series A financing round, raising a total of $3 million for its Captis embolic protection device for reducing the risk of stroke and other complications during catheter-based structural heart procedures. Captis won Best Innovation Award at the EuroPCR 2019 innovation competition in Paris and was awarded a grant of $200,000 by the Jon DeHaan foundation.

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News | Atrial Fibrillation

A new method of evaluating irregular heartbeats outperformed the approach that’s currently used widely in stroke units to detect instances of atrial fibrillation (Afib).

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Videos | SCCT

Ron Blankstein, M.D., director of cardiac computed tomography, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and associate professor of ...

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Quynh Truong, M.D., MPH, associate professor of radiology and medicine at Weill Cornell and director of cardiac CT ...

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News | Radiation Dose Management

Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-capable cells a competitive advantage over normal cells in healthy tissue, scientists have discovered. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge studied the effects of low doses of radiation in the esophagus of mice.

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University of Michigan Partnership Guides New Approach to Acute Aortic Dissection
Feature | Structural Heart

When a patient comes to the hospital with acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD), a tearing of the inner lining of the aorta, surgeons typically perform an immediate open repair to prevent death from aortic rupture.

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News | Clinical Decision Support

On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been designated a qualified provider-led entity (qPLE). This allows Johns Hopkins to develop criteria that meet the requirements of the federal Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 when ordering diagnostic imaging tests such as computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and nuclear imaging in the emergency department and ambulatory settings.

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News | Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

A new analysis published by The Sage Group LLC concludes that the all-cause cost of critical limb ischemia (CLI) exceeds $200 billion in the United States.

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