News | July 19, 2018

DAIC Magazine July-August 2018 Issue Content

Here are the stories and other content in the July-August 2018 issue of Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) magazine. Link to the digital version of the print issue.

 

Cover Story

Cardiology Societies Call for Better Radiation Dose Tracking

 

Features

Movement Toward Simpler, Wearable Cardiac Monitoring

CABANA Shows Ablation Equal to Drug Therapy
Most comprehensive, largest trial comparing therapy options for Afib

PCR: Renal Denervation May Aid Noncompliant Hypertension Patients

New Approaches to Reduce Cardiogenic Shock Mortality
New techniques have emerged over the past year that may help improve cardiogenic shock outcomes, which have remained stagnant for 20 years

Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detectors
Vendors offering options for direct digital imaging and advances in software

The Off Beat: Marijuana Might Reduce AFib, Does Not Increase Arrhythmias
HRS late-breaking study authors say further investigation is needed to understand the temporal relationship of marijuana and arrhythmias

 

Comparison Charts

Radiation Dose Monitoring

SPECT Systems

PET-CT Systems

SPECT-CT Systems

 

Case Study

The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management

 

Products

New Cardiac Technology

 

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