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This channel includes news and new technology innovations for healthcare information technology (HIT) as it relates to cardiology reporting systems, cardiac PACS, electronic medical records, electronic health records, EMRs, EHRs, radiology PACS integration, clinical decision support, advaned imaging visualization, analytics software and cybersecurity.

Volta Medical Brings Artificial Intelligence to Cardiac Electrophysiology

Image courtesy of Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute

News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 — Volta Medical, out of Marseille, France, has developed the first...

Dianna Bardo, M.D., oversees a pediatric CT scan at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She uses technology to help lower CT X-ray radiation dose when scanning children.

The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dr. Dianna Bardo, director of body MR and co-director of 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. She said they shared these protocols as part of their partnership with Philips Healthcare. 

Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | June 07, 2018

Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the...

How to reduce radiation exposure in the cath lab fluoroscopy. Imaging system in photo is a Philips XperFlex.
Feature | Angiography | June 06, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor

June 6, 2018 — Here is a checklist of dose-sparing practices for angiographic X-ray imaging used in the cath lab....

Digital mHealth advances like wearable heart monitors, use of smartphone apps and artificial intelligence will reshape the standard of care in the coming years according to three recent JACC articles.

Digital mHealth advances like wearable heart monitors, smartphone apps and artificial intelligence will reshape the standard of care in the coming years according to three recent JACC articles.

Feature | Information Technology | June 05, 2018

June 5, 2018 — The future of cardiovascular care will be transformed by advances in artificial intelligence, digital...

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...

FDA Issues Proposed Order to Reclassify Certain Radiological Medical Image Analyzers
News | Computer-Aided Detection Software | June 01, 2018

June 1, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a proposed order to reclassify certain...

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 ...

Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Offers Recommendations to Prepare for Cybersecurity Threats to Cardiac Implantable Devices in new consensus document. #HRS2018
Feature | Cybersecurity | May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018 — The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) released...

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...

First-Ever Risk Tool Helps Predict TAVR Readmission Rates in 2018 SCAI late-breaking study. #SCAI, #SCAI2018
News | Heart Valve Technology | May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 — A new study looked at the effectiveness of a novel risk tool to predict 30-day readmission rates in...

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...

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...

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