Cardiovascular Education

This channel includes videos and articles to help explain various cardiovascluar practices, procedures, and technologies.

An example of iterative reconstruction image reconstruction to improve the image quality of low dose CT scans to enable lower dose imaging

An example of the clearer images enabled by iterative reconstruction using Philips iDose4 software. The software can enhance the sharpness of the stent and reduce metal and calcium blooming artifacts to give a clearer view of the coronary artery lumen.

Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 23, 2013 | Dave Fornell
Radiation exposure from multidetector computed tomography (CT) has become a pressing public health concern in both lay...
Videos | Vena Cava Filters | July 24, 2012
This video, provided by Crux Biomedical, demonstrates the implantation of the FDA-cleared Crux VCF inferior vena cava...
A radial artery angiogram demonstrating perforation of the radial artery at the bifurcation with the brachial artery, with evidence of extravasation of contra

Image 1 shows a selective radial artery angiogram demonstrating perforation of the radial artery at the bifurcation with the brachial artery, with evidence of extravasation of contrast.

Feature | Radial Access | May 15, 2012 | Asim R. Zaidi, M.D., Mladen I. Vidovich, M.D., Adhir R. Shroff, M.D., and Bernadette Speiser, MSN, CCRN
  The radial artery approach is exceptionally well-suited for diagnostic angiography and, with a lower incidence of...
Videos | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | March 09, 2012
This video, provided by Boston Scientific, shows how to implant the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator...
hybrid OR, hybrid cath lab

Dr. Krassi Ivancev and staff in the University College London Hospitals in the United Kingdom perform a hybrid procedure in their GE-installed hybrid OR.

Feature | Hybrid OR | September 21, 2011 | Dave Fornell
One of the biggest trends is the creation of hybrid operating rooms (ORs) that bring together the best of both surgical...
radial access, transradial hemostasis compression band

Inflation of a radial compression band for rapid hemostasis. 

Feature | Radial Access | July 15, 2011 | Lidia Bochenek-Cobb BSN, CCRN and Katherine Durham BSN, CCRN, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Transradial catheterization is increasingly becoming the access site of choice for many hospitals throughout the United...
Choosing Tools for Transradial, Radial access, procedures.

It is necessary for the radial artery to be easily visualized for the access puncture. An arm support or cradle can be used.

Feature | Radial Access | May 18, 2011 | Angela Iverson RT (R), Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago
When a lab is transitioning from transfemoral to transradial cardiac catheterizations, the process can be either...
BMW guidewire, Abbott guidewires, guide wire technology, guidewires 101, what is a guidewire

Abbott's Hi-Torque BMW II guidewire.

Feature | Guidewires | March 18, 2011 | Dave Fornell
Tiny guide wires are designed to navigate vessels to reach a lesion or vessel segment. Once the tip of the device...
radial access side board for radial artery access procedures in the cath lab

The cath lab table, along with a slide board, provides more surface area to work during radial procedures. UIC and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center both use a slide board they modified in-house with a saw.

Feature | Radial Access | February 17, 2011 | Bernadette Speiser
The femoral artery approach for cardiac catheterizations has been used as the gold-standard in the United States, but...