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. 

Nuclear myocardial perfusion scan performed on a Biograph Vision positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET-CT) system from Siemens Healthineers. The image shows good clarity with delineation of the left ventricular edge and papillary muscles without cardiac gating.

Nuclear myocardial perfusion scan performed on a Biograph Vision positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET-CT) system from Siemens Healthineers. The image shows good clarity with delineation of the left ventricular edge and papillary muscles without cardiac gating.

Technology | PET-CT | June 05, 2018

June 5, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Biograph Vision, a new ...

Radiation dose monitoring for angiography on the Canon Infinix angiography system. Radiation dose tracking in cardiology.

An example of a real-time patient radiation dose tracking system available for Canon's angiography imaging system. Systems like this can show cumulative dose to the patient's skin as a reminder to rotate the C-arm to new positions to prevent burns during long procedures. These types of systems also can help track patient dose and the location of that dose to be included as part of their electronic patient record. This data also enables quality assurance assessments.

Feature | Radiation Dose Management | June 01, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor

A new consensus document on how to mitigate radiation exposure in cardiac imaging for both patients and staff was...

Severe radiation burn caused by extended X-ray angiography in the same location in the cath lab. Controlling cath lab radiation dose was a big topic in, with three articles on this subject making the top 20 list.

A severe radiation burn caused by extended X-ray angiography in the same location during an interventional procedure in the cath lab. Controlling cath lab radiation dose was a big topic this past month, with three articles on this subject making the top 20 list. This image is a figure included in the new joint cardiology society consensus document on radiation from medical imaging from the third story on this list.

Feature | June 01, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor

June 1, 2018 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...

Nuclear cardiology SPECT scan showing myocardial perfusion. A new consensus document issues by ACC and other societies provides guidelines on managing radiation dose.
Feature | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor

May 31, 2018 — Here is a checklist of dose-sparing practices for nuclear cardiology that was included in a new 2018 ...

FFR-CT may soon replace invasive angiography for coronary lesion assessment. #EuroPCR 

Anexample of a clinical case of CT-FFR, which can derive the FFR numbers for their entire coronary tree using a noninvasive CT scan.

Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018 — Results from the innovative SYNTAX III Revolution Trial [1] underline the effectiveness of evolving...

FAST Study Demonstrates High Diagnostic Accuracy of CAAS vFFR
Technology | FFR Technologies | May 22, 2018

May 22 2018 — Pie Medical Imaging announced that clinical data on its CAAS vFFR (Cardiovascular Angiographic...

No Benefit Found Using Sodium Bicarbonate, Acetylcysteine to Prevent Kidney Injury, the result of the PRESERVE Trial to prevent acute kidney injury (AKI), presented at SCAI 2018.  #SCAI, #SCAI2018,
Feature | Cath Lab | May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 – The large-scale, international randomized PRESERVE clinical trial found high-risk patients for renal...

The use of 3-D printed hearts from patients' pre-TAVR planning CT scans have improved outcomes of procedures at the University of Minnesota. Clearly identifying where calcium is located on the valves prior to TAVR device implantation has helped reduce the incidence of paravalvular leak.  #SCAI, #SCAI2018

The use of 3-D printed hearts from patients' pre-TAVR planning CT scans have improved outcomes of procedures at the University of Minnesota. Clearly identifying where calcium is located on the valves prior to TAVR device implantation has helped reduce the incidence of paravalvular leak.

News | Heart Valve Technology | May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018 – A new study examines the effectiveness of 3-D printing technology and computer modeling to predict...

EnvoyAI, TeraRecon and Insignia Bringing Artificial Intelligence to U.K. Customers
Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 — EnvoyAI announced a new integration with Insignia Medical Systems’ InSight...

Protein Clumping May Contribute to Heart Failure Development

A PET scan detects clumping proteins in rat hearts (top). The enlarged heart (right) is one with heart failure. Other PET scans showing blood flow in the rat hearts (bottom) show that the protein clumps aren't due to circulation problems. Image courtesy of Circulation Research, May 11, 2018.

News | Heart Failure | May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 — A team led by Johns Hopkins University Researchers has discovered that protein clumps appear to...

A patient injuried by extreme exposure to X-ray radiation during an angiography procedure, which is included among the images in the American College of Cardiology (ACC) consensus document. Angiography skin burn.

A patient injured by extreme exposure to X-ray radiation during an angiography procedure, which is included among the images in the consensus document. Severe skin injury typically appears four to eight weeks following the exposure. In extreme cases, the ulceration can become confluent and full thickness necrosis of skin may develop, exposing underlying fat, muscle and even bone.

 

News | Radiation Dose Management | May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 — A new consensus document has been issued to guide the optimal use of ionizing radiation in...

The ZerGravity radiation protection system. The Zero Gravity suit allows interventional radiologists and cardiologists to shed their lead aprons in the cath lab.

One radiation protection technology that often has operators packed around displays at some conference expos waiting to try it out is the ZeroGravity system. It is a ceiling suspended suit that offers more protection than standard aprons, including full body protection including the face. It allows operators to shed their lead aprons and eliminate any weight on the operator’s back, helping alleviate orthopedic back pain. 

Blog | Radiation Dose Management | May 10, 2018

In the past, there was not much that could be done to mitigate the X-ray...

The Egg Medical EggNest cath lab patient table is designed with passive protection designed to drastically reduce scatter radiation exposure for the entire cath lab team without disruption to workflow.
Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 10, 2018

We started our design from the ground up, tested many prototypes, did not want to compromise on radiation protection...

Northwestern Medicine Mobile Stroke Unit Delivers Life-Saving Care 30 Minutes Sooner
News | Stroke | May 07, 2018

May 7, 2018 — A new data analysis of the...

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