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. 

Test selection should be a shared decision between patient and physician rather than directed by insurers’ test substitution policies, according to a statement published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.[1] The statement summarizes the proceedings of a recent summit convened by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), leadership of the American College of Cardiology Imaging Council, American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
News | Cardiac Imaging | September 22, 2021
September 22, 2021 — Test selection should be a shared decision between patient and physician rather than directed by...
Us2.ai has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its artificial intelligence (AI) Us2.v1 software, a completely automated decision support tool for echocardiography.
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | September 14, 2021
September 14, 2021 – Us2.ai, a Singapore-based medtech firm backed by Sequoia India and EDBI, has received U.S. Food...
Siemens Artis Q angiography system #ESC #ESCcongress
News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | September 13, 2021
September 13, 2021 — Early coronary angiography in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients without ST-segment...
An example of artificial intelligence on the GE Healthcare Vivid E95 system shown at ASE 2019 where the AI automatically pulls in an exam, identifies the left ventricle and myocardial boards and then calculates all the strain measurements in less than 10 seconds. While AI automation can greatly speed workflow, there are questions about the accuracy of AI for the next step in making diagnoses.  #ASE #ASE21 #ASE2021 #AI

An example of artificial intelligence on the GE Healthcare Vivid E95 system shown at ASE 2019 where the AI automatically pulls in an exam, identifies the left ventricle and myocardial boards and then calculates all the strain measurements in less than 10 seconds. While AI automation can greatly speed workflow, there are questions about the accuracy of AI for the next step in making diagnoses. 

Feature | Artificial Intelligence | September 08, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing in all areas of medicine and was the topic of several advanced technology...
Videos | Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) | August 31, 2021
One of the trends in cardiovascular information system (CVIS) and radiology PACS at the Healthcare Information...
Through the use of technology, clinicians can better fine-tune department performance, automate documentation for improved reporting accuracy, facilitate compliance with certification programs and regulatory requirements, and ensure contrast dose management across and imaging department or enterprise
Webinar | Radiation Dose Management | August 27, 2021
A holistic view of contrast and radiation dose data is imperative to help identify opportunities for clinical and...
Siemens now seamlessly integrates Epsilon Imaging's strain echo software.
Webinar | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 27, 2021
This educational webinar is focused on the value echocardiographic strain imaging brings to a contemporary cardiology...
An example at HIMSS of deeper third-party software integration in enterprise imaging platforms was Siemens Healthcare showing a new, deep integration with echocardiography strain imaging analysis provider Epsilon Imaging. The integration eliminates the need for a separate login and the Epsilon software is now just a tool option available in the syngo system and it carries over data and images directly into the echo report.

An example at HIMSS of deeper third-party software integration in enterprise imaging platforms was Siemens Healthcare showing a new, deep integration with echocardiography strain imaging analysis provider Epsilon Imaging. The integration eliminates the need for a separate login and the Epsilon software is now just a tool option available in the syngo system and it carries over data and images directly into the echo report. 

Feature | Information Technology | August 20, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Taking advantage of new technology advances, several radiology PACS, enterprise imaging and cardiovascular information...
Videos | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 17, 2021
A new ultrasound imaging technology that may offer novel ways to diagnose and better understand cardiac diseases using ...
A comparison of color-flow Doppler cardiac ultrasound showing blood flow, and blood speckle tracking revealing a more detailed and complex understanding of the low. It shows the formation of a vortex that may play a role in future assessments for the efficiency of flow in the heart and vessels. #ASE21 #ASE2021 #Vectorflowimaging

A comparison of color-flow Doppler cardiac ultrasound showing blood flow, and blood speckle tracking revealing a more detailed and complex understanding of the flow. It shows the formation of a vortex that may play a role in future assessments for the efficiency of flow in the heart and vessels. Image from JASE, read more.

Feature | Cardiac Imaging | August 17, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
In the past several years, a few cardiac ultrasound vendors have developed new ways to image the intricate flow of...
An example from the study of the Biosense Webster NuVision 3D/4D ICE imaging capability showing the left atrial appendage (LAA) visualization on 3D ICE. The system allows the user to place a false lighting source to be placed in different positions to change the lighting and shadows to better visualize the anatomy.

An example from the study of the Biosense Webster NuVision 3D/4D ICE imaging capability showing the left atrial appendage (LAA) visualization on 3D ICE. The system allows the user to place a false lighting source to be placed in different positions to change the lighting and shadows to better visualize the anatomy. 

News | EP Lab | August 05, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
August 5, 2021 —  A prospective, non-randomized, multicenter, first-in-human clinical study found good diagnostic and...
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 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.AI have partnered to enable...