This channel includes news, videos, podcasts and other content on new technology innovations for cardiac diagnostic systems and techniques. This includes laboratory testing, blood tests including troponin testing, electrocardiogram (ECG) systems, point of care testing systems, genetic testing, cardiac patient monitoring devices including wearable sensors, and studies showing new ways to diagnose heart diseases.
The Mesuron Inc. Avalon-H90 uses magnetometers to detect myocarditis in patients without any physical contact. It uses ventricular repolarization dynamics analysis software to look for abnormalities. The vendor said it is more specific than using ECG. It detects the multidimensional dynamics of the electrical activity caused by differences in functions of electrical action potential of normal heart tissues and abnormal ones with hypoxia.
The Medicalgorithmics PocketECG Holter monitor offers real-time, remote, wireless ECG recording and tracking. Real-time data review may be able to help diagnose an arrhythmia quickly, reducing the amount of time the patient needs to be monitored. Also, 24/7 data offers a more complete picture of the patient's health, rather than fragments of data from older Holter and event monitor systems.
New cardiac monitoring technologies allow for longer duration data collection. The Medtronic Reveal Linq implantable cardiac monitor allows for 24/7 monitoring for up to three years. This might not be necessary for most patients, and there are several newer Holter monitors that can record up to several days or several weeks of data in real-time.
Naples Community Hospital Director of Cardiac Imaging Bill Shirkey showing a point-of-care echocardiogram of a COVID-19 patient he imaged with a GE Healthcare Vscan device bedside in an isolation room. Use of a small handheld device greatly speeds disinfection after the exam and does not require moving a larger cart-based ultrasound system into a room, which may require moving furniture and add exposure time in the room.
Exantham on abdomen and back of a pediatric patient at Nemours Children’s Health System in Delaware who presented with mysterious symptoms in what would later be identified as one of the first cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in the United States. Find more images
An example of the new generation of inexpensive, wearable cardiac monitors that are seeing increased usage. This is the Cardiac Insight Cardea Solo device. After the monitoring period is over, the wearable patch is torn open to retrieve a data pod that is inserted into a reader to download the data. The software automatically creates reports based on the data, complete with waveforms for various cardiac measures.
Examples of pulmonary embolism clots caused by COVID-19 seen on a chest CT. From the journal Radiology