Cardiac Imaging

The cardiac imaging channel includes the modalities of computed tomography (CT), cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear imaging (PET and SPECT), and angiography. 

Schematic illustration of a pre-vascularized stem cell patch having multiple stem cell-laden bio-inks to encorage heart cell regrowth at infarct areas. With permission from Elsevier. Read the original article.Jinah Jang, Reprinted from Biomaterials, Vol 112, Jinah Jang et al., 3D printed complex tissue construct using stem cell-laden decellularized extracellular matrix bioinks for cardiac repair, Pages 264-274, Copyright (2017),

Schematic illustration of a pre-vascularized stem cell patch having multiple stem cell-laden bio-inks to encorage heart cell regrowth at infarct areas. With permission from Elsevier. Read the original

News | Medical 3-D Printing | July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021 -- Cardiovascular diseases account for 32% of global deaths. Myocardial infarction, or heart attacks,...
Images or a digital twin mitral valve of a patient created from cardiac ultrasound that were used to perform a virtual surgical procedure to test how the intervention would impact the patient prior to actually performing the procedure. The right image shows color coding for sheer stresses on the valve leaflets before and after the virtual surgery. The right image shows the model quantitation of leaflet coaptation at peak systole prior to the the virtual surgery. Read the original article in Plos One https:/

Images, or a digital twin mitral valve of a patient, created from cardiac ultrasound that were used to perform a virtual surgical procedure to test how the intervention would impact the patient prior to actually performing the procedure. The right image shows color coding for sheer stresses on the valve leaflets before and after the virtual surgery. The left image shows the model quantitation of leaflet coaptation at peak systole prior to the the virtual surgery. Read the original article in Plos One.

Feature | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 26, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Outside of medicine, computer-generated virtual twins of real machines like cars or airplanes have been used in...
The CathWorks angiography image derived FFR assessment system has received national reimbursement approval in Japan. The system uses a rotational angiography image dataset taken while the patient is in the cath lab to quickly reconstruct a 3-D coronary tree showing FFR numbers for all of the artery segments. 

The CathWorks angiography image derived FFR assessment system has received national reimbursement approval in Japan. The system uses a rotational angiography image dataset taken while the patient is in the cath lab to quickly reconstruct a 3-D coronary tree showing FFR numbers for all of the artery segments. 

News | FFR Technologies | July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021 – CathWorks announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has approved the...
An example of Viz.AI's pulmonary embolism AI application and mobile alert to the physician on-call. Viz.AI and Avicenna.AI Partner to Launch Artificial Intelligence Care Coordination for Pulmonary Embolism and Aortic Disease

An example of Viz.AI's pulmonary embolism AI application and mobile alert to the physician on-call.

News | Artificial Intelligence | July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021 — Artificial intelligence (AI)  medical imaging vendors Viz.AI and Avicenna.AIhave partnered to enable...
A live, 3-D intra-cardiac echo (ICE) ultrasound image from inside the atrium of the heart taken during the first cryoablation ablation EP procedure performed using the technology at Northwestern Medicine. The new Philips Healthcare VeriSight Pro ICE catheter offers superior 2-D and 3-D live image guidance for a wide range of procedures in structural heart disease and electrophysiology (EP), allowing interventionalists to navigate procedures.

A live, 3-D intra-cardiac echo (ICE) ultrasound image from inside the atrium of the heart taken during the first cryoablation ablation EP procedure performed using the technology at Northwestern Medicine.

Feature | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021 — Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute recently became the first cardiovascular program...
ICE image showing the inside of the heart. Mayo Clinic recently became the first to use the next-generation Philips 4-D intracardiac echo imaging catheter. ICE is seeing increased use in structural heart procedures.

ICE image showing the inside of the heart. Mayo Clinic recently became the first to use the next-generation Philips 4-D intracardiac echo imaging catheter. ICE is seeing increased use in structural heart procedures.

News | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | July 16, 2021
July 16, 2021 — Mayo Clinic recently became the first to use a next-generation 4-D intracardiac echo (ICE) imaging...
The Clear AI software can help with identification coronary plaque features in CT scans that may cause heart attacks. Cleerly Coronary’s noninvasive, AI-driven approach supports the understanding of plaques using FDA-cleared technologies.

The Clear AI software can help with identification coronary plaque features in CT scans that may cause heart attacks. Cleerly Coronary’s noninvasive, AI-driven approach supports the understanding of plaques using FDA-cleared technologies.

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 16, 2021
July 16, 2021 — Canon Medical Systems USA is joining forces with Cleerly in a strategic partnership to support simple...
An example of HeartFlow's FFR-CT analysis of blockage severity in a patient's coronary vessels based on a cardiac CT scan.

An example of HeartFlow's FFR-CT analysis of blockage severity in a patient's coronary vessels based on a cardiac CT scan.

News | FFR Technologies | July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021 — HeartFlow, which has commercialized noninvasive computed tomography derived fractional flow reserve (...
The inherent spectral capabilities of Mayo Clinic's new third-generation photon-counting CT research scanner allows clear visualization of the intact portions of the coronary artery lumen (arrowhead) by reducing the bright signal from the dense coronary calcifications (arrows). Spectral CT is able to bin photos on different energies that can be used to enhance or subtract chemical elements based on their spectral signature, such as calcium shown here, and iodine.

The inherent spectral capabilities of Mayo Clinic's new third-generation photon-counting CT research scanner allows clear visualization of the intact portions of the coronary artery lumen (arrowhead) by reducing the bright signal from the dense coronary calcifications (arrows). Spectral CT is able to bin photos on different energies that can be used to enhance or subtract chemical elements based on their spectral signature, such as calcium shown here, and iodine.
 

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 14, 2021
July 14, 2021 — Performing the first cardiac scan on their new photon-counting detector computed tomography (CT)...
An example of a strain echo from the study showing reduced peak longitudinal/reservoir left atrial strain in a COVID-19 patient who developed atrial fibrillation during admission. Average left atrial strain here is 20% (normal should be above 38%).

An example of a strain echo from the study showing reduced peak longitudinal/reservoir left atrial strain in a COVID-19 patient who developed atrial fibrillation during admission. Average left atrial strain here is 20% (normal should be above 38%). Read the study.

News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 14, 2021
July 13, 2021 — Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have shown that speckle-tracking strain echocardiograms may...
Humana’s new draft Fusion policy outlines coverage determinations for myocardial assessment and the use of PET/CT and SPECT/CT for certain neurologic indications. ASNC has submitted additional feedback on the draft policy.
News | PET-CT | July 13, 2021
July 13, 2021 — In a recent blog, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) reported that Humana, one of the...
Ultra-fast, less than one-minute scan time, cardiac MRI enables accurate assessment of heart anatomy and function, improves patient comfort, increases access to care, and reduces costs
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | July 02, 2021
July 2, 2021 — Philips has participated in an important research project to develop a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging...
Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 01, 2021
Federico Asch, M.D., FASE, director of cardiovascular core labs, cardiovascular imaging, MedStar Health Research...
Echocardiography Related COVID-19 Research Presented at ASE 2021

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News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 29, 2021
June 29, 2021 – A new original science category being featured at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2021...
3 Studies Show How Echocardiography is a Key Tool in Women's Health. Getty Images

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News | Womens Cardiovascular Health | June 29, 2021
June 29, 2021 – Three research studies presented at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2021 virtual meeting...