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. 

Italian Cardiologist Maurizio Galderisi Died From COVID-19, #coronavirus #COVID19
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020 — In Italy today, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) claimed the life of well known cardiologist Maurizio...
Videos | FFR Technologies | March 26, 2020
James Udelson, M.D., chief of the division of cardiology, Tufts Medical Center, explains how cardiac computed...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 17, 2020
Interview with Mike Stone, M.D., an emergency physician at Northwest Acute Care Specialists in Portland, Ore., director...
Medicare, CMS, calls for cancelling or postponing all elective or non-essential medical procedures, test and surgeries due to COVID-19. #COVID19 #SARcov2 #coronavirus #cardiology
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
March 20, 2020 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced March 18, 2020, that all elective...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 20, 2020
An interview with Ehtisham Mahmud, M.D., FSCAI, chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, executive director of...
Two examples of CT myocardial perfusion (CTP) imaging assessment software. Canon is on the left and GE Healthcare is on the right. Both of these technologies have been around for a few years, but there have been an increasing amount of clinical data from studies showing the accuracy of the technology compared to nuclear imaging, the current stand of care for myocardial perfusion imaging, and cardiac MRI. #SCCT #perfusionimaging 

Two examples of CT myocardial perfusion (CTP) imaging assessment software. Canon is on the left and GE Healthcare is on the right. Both of these technologies have been around for a few years, but there have been an increasing amount of clinical data from studies showing the accuracy of the technology compared to nuclear imaging, the current stand of care for myocardial perfusion imaging, and cardiac MRI.

News | CT Angiography (CTA) | March 16, 2020
March 16, 2020 — The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) released a new expert consensus document on...
Philips Healthcare's new Fiber Optic RealShape (FORS) technology creates real-time 3-D imaging of anatomy and devices inside the body using light, rather than X-rays. FORS uses light traveling through hair-thin fiber optics inside special FORS enabled catheter and guidewires.

Philips Healthcare's new Fiber Optic RealShape (FORS) technology creates real-time 3-D imaging of anatomy and devices inside the body using light, rather than X-rays. FORS uses light traveling through hair-thin fiber optics inside special FORS enabled catheter and guidewires. 

Feature | Angiography | March 12, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Philips is working on a prototype cath lab angiographic imaging system that might be able to replace the current X-ray...
Schematic depiction of the automated process for assessing fat, muscle, liver, aortic calcification, and bone from original abdominal CT scan data

Figure 1: Depiction of the fully automated CT biomarkers tools used in this study. (A) Schematic depiction of the automated process for assessing fat, muscle, liver, aortic calcification, and bone from original abdominal CT scan data. (B) Case example in an asymptomatic 52-year-old man undergoing CT for colorectal cancer screening. At the time of CT screening, he had a body-mass index of 27·3 and Framingham risk score of 5% (low risk). However, several CT-based metabolic markers were indicative of underlying disease. Multivariate Cox model prediction based on these three CT-based results put the risk of cardiovascular event at 19% within 2 years, at 40% within 5 years, and at 67% within 10 years, and the risk of death at 4% within 2 years, 11% within 5 years, and 27% within 10 years. At longitudinal clinical follow-up, the patient suffered an acute myocardial infarction 3 years after this initial CT and died 12 years after CT at the age of 64 years. (C) Contrast-enhanced CT performed 7 months before death for minor trauma was interpreted as negative but does show significant progression of vascular calcification, visceral fat, and hepatic steatosis. HU=Hounsfield units.

News | Cardiac Imaging | March 06, 2020
March 6, 2020 — Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Wisconsin have demonstrated that...
A 3-D CT reconstruction of an anomalous right coronary artery (RCA) can be seen arising from the left sinus of valsalva in a short-axis equivalent view. ASE issues New Guidelines for Multimodality Imaging of Congenital Coronary Anomalies

 
A 3-D CT reconstruction of an anomalous right coronary artery (RCA) can be seen arising from the left sinus of valsalva in a short-axis equivalent view. This is one of many images included in the new ASE guidelines to illustrate anatomical coronary artery variations.

News | March 05, 2020
March 5, 2020 — Experts in the medical imaging community have developed a new, landmark consensus document to optimize...
With the advent and optimization of nuclear scintigraphy protocols using bone-avid radiotracers, cardiac amyloidosis caused by transthyretin protein (ATTR) can now be diagnosed noninvasively without a costly tissue biopsy. The radiotracer 99mTc-pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) binds to deposited ATTR amyloid fibrils in the myocardium and can be visualized using planar and SPECT imaging. Amyloidosis Patient Registry  #Amyloidosis

With the advent and optimization of nuclear scintigraphy protocols using bone-avid radiotracers, cardiac amyloidosis caused by transthyretin protein (ATTR) can now be diagnosed noninvasively without a tissue biopsy. The radiotracer 99mTc-pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) binds to deposited ATTR amyloid fibrils in the myocardium and can be visualized using planar and SPECT imaging. This is Figure 2, showing how SPECT imaging allows the reader to distinguish between blood pool activity (ventricular cavity, etc) and myocardial activity and identify regional myocardial differences in radiotracer uptake.

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | March 05, 2020
March 5, 2020 — More than 300 patients have joined the Amyloidosis Patient Registry and it is now available to the...
Fears and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus has caused two European medical conferences to postpone their meetings so far in 2020. #COVID19 #Coronavirus #2019nCoV #Wuhanvirus

Fears and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus has caused two European medical conferences to postpone their meetings so far in 2020.

Feature | March 03, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
March 3, 2020 — Two sizable European medical conferences in cardiology and radiology were canceled today as fears...
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the FDA clearance of the Micra AV, the world’s smallest pacemaker with atrioventricular (AV) synchrony, topped the news analytics in February 2020 on DAIC magazine. COVID-19 virus image courtesy of CDC.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the FDA clearance of the Micra AV, the world’s smallest pacemaker with atrioventricular (AV) synchrony, topped the news analytics in February 2020 on DAIC magazine. COVID-19 virus image courtesy of CDC.

Feature | March 02, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
March 2, 2020 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
AI vendor Infravision's InferRead CT Pneumonia software uses artificial intelligence-assisted diagnosis tp improve the overall efficiency of the radiology department. It is being delayed in China as a high sensitivity detection aid for novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19). #COVID-19 #COVID19 #Coronavirus #2019-nCoV

AI vendor Infravision's InferRead CT Pneumonia software uses artificial intelligence-assisted diagnosis tp improve the overall efficiency of the radiology department. It is being delayed in China as a high sensitivity detection aid for novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19).

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 28, 2020
February 28, 2020 — New healthcare technologies are being implemented in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID...
Synaptive Medical, a leader in robotic surgical visualization, announced today the company has secured approval from Health Canada for Evry, the company’s superconducting, head magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system
News | Stroke | February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020 — Synaptive Medical, a leader in robotic surgical visualization, announced today the company has...
Cardiac MR, also called cardiac MRI or heart MRI, can offer data above and beyond anatomical imaging.

Cardiac MR can offer data above and beyond anatomical imaging, which is the main reason why this system was installed at Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital in Dallas. The system is a dedicated heart MRI scanner.

Feature | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 19, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been described for the past few decades as a futuristic imaging technology that...