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. 

SCCT Releases New Guidelines for Cardiology and Radiology Trainees in Cardiovascular CT
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | November 09, 2020
November 6, 2020 — The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) has released a new training guideline,...
An example of radiation dose tracking software from Imalogix showing data on cath lab angiography cases at RSNA 2019. Photo by Dave Fornell

An example of radiation dose tracking software from Imalogix showing data on cath lab angiography cases. Photo by Dave Fornell

Feature | Radiation Dose Management | November 04, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
More than a decade ago, there was an alarming, rapid rise in ionizing radiation exposure in the U.S. population that...
This study found cardiac MRI gadolinium-based contrast agents are safe for patient use. Overall, there were only 556 acute adverse effects in 145,855 contrast-enhanced MRIs, with only 47 being classified as severe.

This study found cardiac MRI gadolinium-based contrast agents are safe for patient use. Overall, there were only 556 acute adverse effects in 145,855 contrast-enhanced MRIs, with only 47 being classified as severe. 

Feature | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | October 29, 2020
October 29, 2020 — Contrast agents used to improve views of the heart on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) carry a very...
A sonographer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital using the Caption Health AI to optimize ultrasound imaging. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is the first in U.S. to adopt Caption AI (artificial intelligence) to improve ultrasound imaging in emergency department, ICU and cardio-oncology clinic  

A sonographer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital using the Caption Health AI to optimize ultrasound imaging.

News | Ultrasound Imaging | October 28, 2020
October 28, 2020 — Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in the United States to purchase Caption Health...
Chest X-ray, posteroanterior view, of a 79-year-old man with history of a previous pacemaker, with abandoned right atrial and right ventricular pacing leads on the right side at time of new cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator implant on the left side. Arrows indicate a nodular opacity in the right midlung concerning for mass. Find more images of patients in this study in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

Chest X-ray from a patient included in the study. Posteroanterior view, of a 79-year-old man with history of a previous pacemaker, with abandoned right atrial and right ventricular pacing leads on the right side at time of new cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator implant on the left side. Arrows indicate a nodular opacity in the right midlung concerning for mass. Find more images of patients in this study in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

Feature | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020 – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations can be safely performed in patients with non-MR...
An example of a HeartFlow FFR-CT image showing the blood flow through what looked like a significant blockage on CT angiography alone actually was not flow limiting based on computational fluid dynamics. Use of the technology was supposed to reduce the number of diagnostic catheterizations in the FORECAST trial, but the costs of FFR-CT were not offset enough to show cost savings. #TCT2020 #TCTconnect

An example of a HeartFlow FFR-CT image showing the blood flow through what looked like a significant blockage on CT angiography alone, actually was not flow-limiting based on computational fluid dynamics. Use of the technology was supposed to reduce the number of diagnostic catheterizations in the FORECAST trial, but the costs of FFR-CT were not offset enough to show cost savings.

News | FFR Technologies | October 22, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
October 22, 2020 – In the FORECAST randomized clinical trial, the use of fractional flow reserve (FFR) derived from...
GE Healthcare announced U.S. FDA 510k clearance for its Ultra Edition package on Vivid cardiovascular ultrasound systems, which includes new features based on artificial intelligence (AI) that enable clinicians to acquire faster, more repeatable exams consistently.
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | October 15, 2020
October 13, 2020 — GE Healthcare announced U.S. FDA 510k clearance for its Ultra Edition package on Vivid ...
The Philips Lumify point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system uses an app and a transducer to convert a smartphone into a portable ultrasound system. Philips and GE Healthcare both offer small hand-held systems and are now facing increased competition from new POCUS vendors like Butterfly Network.

The Philips Lumify point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system uses an app and a transducer to convert a smartphone into a portable ultrasound system. Philips and GE Healthcare both offer small hand-held systems and are now facing increased competition from new POCUS vendors like Butterfly Network. 

Feature | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) | October 08, 2020 | Alan Stoddart, Signify Research
For all the changes in medicine there are some things that seem resolutely stable. Chief among these is the idea that...
Butterfly Network Inc. is launching its next-generation Butterfly iQ+ point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) technology that can turn a smartphone into a diagnostic imaging system. It offers a new needle guidance app.

Butterfly Network Inc. is launching its next-generation Butterfly iQ+ point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) technology that can turn a smartphone into a diagnostic imaging system. It offers a new needle guidance app.

News | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) | October 08, 2020
October 8, 2020 – Butterfly Network Inc. is launching its next-generation Butterfly iQ+ point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS...
Siemens Healthineers has introduced a new version of its c.cam dedicated SPECT cardiac nuclear medicine system to the U.S. market. This single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scanner with a reclining patient chair offers nuclear cardiology providers a low total cost of ownership, ease of installation, and a high level of image quality.
News | Nuclear Imaging | October 07, 2020
September 30, 2020 — Siemens Healthineers has introduced a new version of its c.cam dedicated cardiac nuclear medicine...
WEBINAR: Intelligently Efficient Adult Echo Structured Reporting. GE Healthcare explains how AI assisted structured reporting can improve workflow
Webinar | Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) | October 05, 2020
The dynamics of our world are changing rapidly. Cardiologists are being challenged to complete documentation in an...
The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario, Canada, represents a new frontier in cardiac surgery. The customized OR features a Siemens Artis Pheno angiogray system with  3-D imaging capability with an integrated OR table that together improve workflow, increase efficiency and ensure a high-level of infection control.

The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario, Canada, represents a new frontier in cardiac surgery. The customized OR features a Siemens Artis Pheno angiogray system with  3-D imaging capability with an integrated OR table that together improve workflow, increase efficiency and ensure a high-level of infection control.

News | Hybrid OR | October 02, 2020
October 2, 2020 — The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario...
The FDA granted 510(k) clearance for the SentiAR CommandEP system, the first holographic guidance system to be used during an invasive electrophysiology (EP) lab cardiac procedures. The system allows electrophysiologists to visualize 3-D electro-anatomic models in real-time, via a wearable headset and offer a truly handsfree control interface providing superior visualization, allowing them to navigate accurately within the heart during a cardiac ablation procedure.

The FDA granted 510(k) clearance for the SentiAR CommandEP system, the first holographic guidance system to be used during an invasive electrophysiology (EP) lab cardiac procedures. The system allows electrophysiologists to visualize 3-D electro-anatomic models in real-time, via a wearable headset and offer a truly handsfree control interface providing superior visualization, allowing them to navigate accurately within the heart during a cardiac ablation procedure.

News | Virtual and Augmented Reality | October 01, 2020
October 1, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for the SentiAR CommandEP system...
The two top DAIC stories in September included the use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to perform echocardiograms of COVID-19 patients rather than wheeling in larger systems that are more difficult to sanitize. The second top story was on a new trial for Abbott's bioresorbable stent for below-the-knee (BTK) peripheral artery disease lesions. This is a resumption of bioresorbable stent clinical research since the Absorb stent was taken off the market in 2017.

The two top DAIC stories in September included the use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to perform echocardiograms of COVID-19 patients rather than wheeling in larger systems that are more difficult to sanitize. The second top story was on a new trial for Abbott's bioresorbable stent for below-the-knee (BTK) peripheral artery disease lesions. This is a resumption of bioresorbable stent clinical research since the Absorb stent was taken off the market in 2017.

Feature | October 01, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
October 1, 2020 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
The artificial intelligence-driven Caption Guidance software guides point of care ultrasound (POCUS) users to get optimal cardiac ultrasound images. The AI software is an example of a FDA-cleared software that is helping improve imaging, even when used by less experienced users.

The artificial intelligence-driven Caption Guidance software guides point of care ultrasound (POCUS) users to get optimal cardiac ultrasound images. The AI software is an example of a FDA-cleared software that is helping improve imaging, even when used by less experienced users.

Feature | Artificial Intelligence | September 29, 2020 | Joe Fornadel, J.D., and Wes Moran, J.D.
The number of Federal Drug Administration (FDA)-approved AI-based algorithms is significant and has grown at a steady...