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. 

Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 11, 2020
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, explains how coronary plaque assessment will become a new risk assessment tool...
Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 11, 2020
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, explains some of the discussion on CT used for COVID-19 patients at the Society...
Rafael Rivero, M.D., Global Head of Medical Affairs at MSI, said: "The importance of MyoStrain cannot be understated because of the test's immense clinical value and ability to quantify intramyocardial dysfunction across 48 segments of the heart. In a six-heartbeat MRI scan, MyoStrain arms physicians with novel clinical information about a patient's heart health."
News | Cardiac Imaging | August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 — Myocardial Solutions, Inc. and United Imaging, Inc. have formed a strategic partnership to open new...
The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai is working with the Keck Medicine of USC heart surgery team to expand care for children and adults with congenital heart disease. An echocardiographer helps with cardiac ultrasound imaging in a hybrid OR during a congenital case using a Siemens SC2000 imaging system. Photo by Cedars-Sinai.

The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai is working with the Keck Medicine of USC heart surgery team to expand care for children and adults with congenital heart disease. An echocardiographer helps with cardiac ultrasound imaging in a hybrid OR during a congenital case using a Siemens SC2000 imaging system. Photo by Cedars-Sinai.

News | Congenital Heart | August 10, 2020
August 10, 2020 - The Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai is expanding...
TomTec offers innovations in cardiac ultrasound, including AI and auto quanitification of echo images.

TomTec offers innovations in cardiac ultrasound, including AI and auto quanitification of echo images.

News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 04, 2020
August 4, 2020 — Imaging software company TomTec has released its new TomTec-Arena 2020 product, which offers new...
An example of perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) imaging inside the coronary vascular wall to show areas of inflammation. #SCCT2020

An example of perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) imaging inside the coronary vascular wall to show areas of inflammation. The technology was created by Oxford University and several experts in cardiac CT imaging say this might be a game changer to improving risk assessments.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 30, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There is a promising recent development in cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) to analyze plaque to...
Left, a 3-D rendering of a heart from a cardiac CT exam. Right, a lung-CT exam showing the heart and ground glass lesions in the lungs of a COVID-19 patient. CT has become a front-line imaging modality in the COVID era because it offers both cardiac and lung information to help determine a patients disposition with chest pain, COVID-19 and COVID-caused myocarditis and pulmonary embolism.

Left, a 3-D rendering of a heart from a cardiac CT exam. Right, a lung-CT exam showing the heart and ground glass lesions in the lungs of a COVID-19 patient. CT has become a front-line imaging modality in the COVID era because it offers both cardiac and lung information to help determine a patients disposition with chest pain, COVID-19 and COVID-caused myocarditis and pulmonary embolism.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 28, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
July 28, 2020 — The use of cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is one of the areas that has seen a...
A cardiac CT of a patient with pacemaker leads, which can be challenging to get good images due to metal artifact. This image was rendered from using Canon's AiCE AI-assisted interactive reconstruction with Global Illumination 3-D rendering from a scan on an Aquilion One Genesis SP system.

A cardiac CT of a patient with pacemaker leads, which can be challenging to get good images due to metal artifact. This image was rendered from using Canon's AiCE AI-assisted interactive reconstruction with Global Illumination 3-D rendering from a scan on an Aquilion One Genesis SP system.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 27, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There has been tremendous growth in the field of cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) in the past two decades, with...
The Rampart iC radiation protection shield for interventional cardiologists in the cath lab.

The Rampart iC radiation protection shield for interventional cardiologists in the cath lab.

News | Radiation Dose Management | July 21, 2020
July 21, 2020 — Interventional cardiology is ranked as the occupation with the highest level of radiation exposure in...
The new Aquilion One Genesis SP cardiac CT system uses artificial intelligence to help reconstruct low dose cardiac CT images. #SCCT2020

The new Aquilion One Genesis SP cardiac CT system uses artificial intelligence to help reconstruct low dose cardiac CT images.

News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 20, 2020
July 20, 2020 – To meet the growing cardiovascular imaging needs of healthcare systems, Canon Medical Systems USA is...
This image was used on the cover of the American Heart Association’s Circulation Research journal is a 3-D rendering of the printed heart pump developed at the University of Minnesota. The discovery could have major implications for studying heart disease. Kupfer, Lin, et al., University of Minnesota.

This image was used on the cover of the American Heart Association’s Circulation Research journal is a 3-D rendering of the printed heart pump developed at the University of Minnesota. The discovery could have major implications for studying heart disease. Kupfer, Lin, et al., University of Minnesota.

News | Medical 3-D Printing | July 16, 2020
July 16, 2020 — In a groundbreaking new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota have 3-D printed a...
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology 2020 Meeting is going Virtual Due to COVID-19. 
News | ASNC | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020 — The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) 2020 meeting is going virtual due to the COVID-19...
Videos | Cath Lab | July 15, 2020
Richard Botto, CVT, RCSA, chief cardiovascular technologist, division of cardiology, cardiac cath lab, offers an...
The Mindways Solid phantom with volume of interest in the quality assurance phantom (red circles, left side). A participant's noncontrast-enhanced axial CT (right side) with volume of interest (yellow circles) in the trabecular bone compartment of three vertebrae for bone mineral density measurements. Image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

The Mindways Solid phantom with volume of interest in the quality assurance phantom (red circles, left side). A participant's noncontrast-enhanced axial CT (right side) with volume of interest (yellow circles) in the trabecular bone compartment of three vertebrae for bone mineral density measurements. Image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

News | Cardiac Imaging | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020 — Cardiac CT exams performed to assess heart health also provide an effective way to screen for...
Cardiac MRI for four children with clinical diagnosis of acute myocarditis in the setting of COVID-19–related Kawasaki-like symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Cardiac MRI of COVID pediatric COVID-19 patients.

Cardiac MRI for four children with clinical diagnosis of acute myocarditis in the setting of COVID-19–related Kawasaki-like symptoms of MIS-C. The top panel demonstrates minimal pericardial effusion on cine images. The second panel demonstrates increased T2-STIR signal intensity with average ratios between myocardium and muscle > 2 in patient 2 (12-year-old male), patient 3 (11-year-old female) and patient 4 (6-year-old female). The third panel demonstrates abnormal native-T1 mapping, which was > 1,100 ms in patients 2, 3 and 4 and normal in patient 1 (8-year-old female). The bottom panel demonstrates absence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in patients 2 and 3. Myocardial null times were recognized as too short in patient 4 but could not be repeated due to lack of further patient cooperation; however review of Look Locker images and additional sequences revealed no LGE. Image courtesy of RSNA.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 09, 2020
July 8, 2020 — Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been shown to be helpful in evaluating multisystem...