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VIDEO: Users Can Touch This Virtual Reality Heart

Advanced Visualization | March 05, 2019

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are starting to be adopted for physician training, patient education about their planned procedures, treatment planning and it is expected to be used as a procedure guidance tool in the near future. This example of AR displayed at the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2019 meetingwas among the most innovative because it allows users to "feel" the 3-D hologram of the heart. Developed by the company SoftServe., the “Touch My Heart” work-in-progress technology allows anyone wearing an AR headset to see and interact with the heart and get a touch sensation when they reach into the virtual tissue. A pad below the image is composed of dozens of ultrasound transducers that emit sound waves in the shape of the heart so users feel touch sensations when interacting with the virtual tissue.

Read the article "Virtual Reality Boosts Revenues and Patient Understanding,"

Look through a photo gallery of other new technologies at HIMSS19. 

Find news and videos from HIMSS 2019.

 

Cardiac Imaging

Advanced Visualization | March 05, 2019

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are starting to be adopted for physician training, patient education about their planned procedures, treatment planning and it is expected to be used as a procedure guidance tool in the near future. This example of AR displayed at the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2019 meetingwas among the most innovative because it allows users to "feel" the 3-D hologram of the heart. Developed by the company SoftServe., the “Touch My Heart” work-in-progress technology allows anyone wearing an AR headset to see and interact with the heart and get a touch sensation when they reach into the virtual tissue. A pad below the image is composed of dozens of ultrasound transducers that emit sound waves in the shape of the heart so users feel touch sensations when interacting with the virtual tissue.

Read the article "Virtual Reality Boosts Revenues and Patient Understanding,"

Look through a photo gallery of other new technologies at HIMSS19. 

Find news and videos from HIMSS 2019.

 

EP Lab | February 27, 2019

This is a virtual heart with the same electrophysiology characteristics as the real patient being developed to help optimize cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) lead placement. CRT currently has a 30 percent nonresponder rate, which is mainly due to the placement of leads. This model allows virtual placement of the leads In various locations to test response prior to the implantation procedure. The green dot shows the location of the virtual lead. It was unveiled at the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2019 annual meeting in February by Siemens. This "digital twin" technology is in development and will be able to create virtual, digital organs from a patient’s ECG, MRI scan and other clinical data. Siemens said the technology also might have applications for testing virtual ablations strategies to save procedure time when the patient is in the EP lab

Read more about the digital twin technology.

Look through a photo gallery of other new technologies at HIMSS19. 

Find news and videos from HIMSS 2019.

 

Enterprise Imaging | February 27, 2019

Steve Holloway, principal analyst and company director for the healthcare market research firm Signify Research, explains the key trends he is seeing in enterprise imaging systems. He spoke to ITN at the 2019 Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society at (HIMSS) conference.  

Additional HIMSS 2019 coverage.

Look through a photo gallery of new technologies highlighted at HIMSS 2019.

Watch the RSNA 2018 VIDEO: Technology Report — Enterprise Imaging

Angiography | February 08, 2019

This is an example of an arterial venous malformation (AVM) in the brain imaged on a Canon Alphenix Alpha angiography system. It shjows a contrast injection highlighting the vessels, which have been color coded to show the position of the veins and arteries involved in this vascular defect. 

Read more about advances in angiography imaging systems. 

Cath Lab Navigation Aids | January 08, 2019

Robert Quaife, M.D., director of advanced cardiac imaging, University of Colorado Hospital, explains why advanced imaging techniques are required to tackle complex transcatheter procedures and structural heart interventions. The University of Colorado Hospital helped develop the Philips EchoNavigator live image fusion technology, and this video offers an overview of how it came to be and where the technology is going.

Watch the related VIDEO: Evolution of Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair at the University of Colorado, which shows examples of the navigation technology is use during a MitraClip procedure. 

 

Additional videos and coverage of the University of Colorado Hospital

 

 

Structural Heart | January 07, 2019

John Carroll, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, director of interventional cardiology, and Robert Quaife, M.D., director of advanced cardiac imaging, explain the development of the transcatheter mitral valve repair program at the University of Colorado Hospital. The video include footage during a MitraClip procedure. 

Additional videos and coverage of the University of Colorado Hospital

Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | January 03, 2019

Interview with John Messenger, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, director of the cardiac cath labs and director of the cardiovascular ICU/stepdown unit, and Kevin Rogers, M.D., director of vascular medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital. They explain the trend toward more complex procedures, including chronic total occlusions (CTOs) and complex high-risk indicated procedure (CHIP) patients. They explain how they minimize X-ray and contrast dose during these longer procedures, the tools they use to perform the procedures and offer advice for centers expanding into complex PCI.

Watch a VIDEO walk through of this cath lab at the University of Colorado Hospital.
 

 

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Cath Lab | January 03, 2019

This is a walk through inside one of the cardiac hybrid cath labs at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. It is centered around a bi-plane Philips AlluraClarity angiography system. In the lab are two echo systems. There is a Philips Epiq system for transesophageal echo (TEE) and to enable the EchoNavigator live echo/fluoro fusion imaging. There also is a Siemens ultrasound system to enable use of intra-cardiac echo (ICE).

For hemodynamic support there is both an Abiomed Impella console and a Teleflex intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) console. The lab is equipped with an Acist automated contrast Injector. Also note the radial access boards. There are three rolling radiation shields in addition to a boom mounted Mavig shield. Anethesia is used in MitraClip procedures, which the lab is being prepped for in this video. 

Watch the related VIDEO: Cath Lab Walk Through at the University of Colorado Hospital

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Cath Lab | January 03, 2019

This is the newest cardiac cath lab at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Construction was completed in June 2018. It is centered around a Philips Azurion Clarity IQ angiography system, which was chosen because its low X-ray dose imaging and guidance technologies that enable more complex, longer procedures. The room is use for the most involved complex percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), including chronic total occlusions (CTOs) and complex high-risk indicated procedures (CHIP) patients. It is also used for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), septal occluder procedures, transcatheter LAA closures and alcohol ablations.

The room is equipped for radial access procedures, which is used in a little more than 50 percent of cases at the hospital. It is also equipped with an Impella hemodynamic support system, wires and microcatheters for CTOs, and a SonoSite point of care ultrasound console for vascular access needle guidance.

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EP Lab | January 03, 2019

This is a quick video tour of one of the dedicated electrophysiology (EP) labs at the University of Colorado Hospital. The room is built around a Siemens Artis Q.zen bi-plane angiography system. The system allows low radiation fluoro imaging, which reduced exposure to both patients and operators during long EP ablation procedures. 

Equipment in stock in this lab includes the Medtronic Artic Front cryoablation balloon.

Watch the VIDEO: Cryoballoon Ablation Best Practice Guidelines, an interview with Wilber Su, M.D.

Watch the related VIDEO: Cath Lab Walk Through at the University of Colorado Hospital
 

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December 12, 2018

This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.

This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It's CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.

Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” 

Read the article "Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition."

 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | December 12, 2018

This is an example of the new Fetal HQ heart and vascular software from GE Healthcare for fetal ultrasound. The software, for the Voluson E10, helps evaluate the fetal heart shape, size and contractibility. A feature called Radiant Flow shows the blood flow in a 3-D view. It can also help show slow-flow blood, such as neuro-vascular circulation. This was shown for the first time at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.

 

Read more about this technology. 

 

Watch a VIDEO showing the fetal ventricular contractibility measures.

 

 

Advanced Visualization | December 12, 2018

This is an example of the FDA-cleared OpenSight augmented reality (AR) system for surgical planning from NovaRad at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting. It uses a HoloLens headset to register an overlay of the patient’s MR or CT scan in the patient. The operator can use hand movements to slice through and manipulate the images.

The vendor gained an FDA indication for AR to be used in surgical planning in 2018. NovaRad is working with the FDA for a second indication for use of the AR in the operating room during procedures.

This video is jerky, slightly misaligned and the hand movements did not always respond because itwas shot with an iPhone inside the visor. The image quality and hand movements are much better when actually wearing it on your head and aligned for the specific user.

Read more about this technology

Cybersecurity | December 12, 2018

Anton S. Becker, M.D., radiology resident at the University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland, discusses the long-term risks of cyberattacks on medical imaging data at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.

Interventional Radiology | November 20, 2018

Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.

Additional articles and videos on Henry Ford Hospital 

 

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Computed Tomography (CT) | November 14, 2018

Matthew Budoff, M.D., professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, spoke at the 2018 American Heart Association (AHA) meeting on the new AHA guidelines for cholesterol, including the use of computed tomography (CT) calcium scoring scans to assess patient risk. Budoff has been involved in several of the coronary artery calcium (CAC) trials that supported the new recommendation.

Read the related article "CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor Assessment."

 

 

Congenital Heart | November 01, 2018

Example of GE Healthcare’s FetalHQ software for the ultrasound imaging of fetal hearts. The new tool runs on GE Healthcare’s Voluson ultrasound systems and is the first tool to simultaneously examine the size, shape and function of the fetal heart echocardiography for congenital heart evaluations.

Read more about the technology in the article "Cardiac Ultrasound Software Streamlines Fetal Heart Exams."

 

 

TCT | October 03, 2018

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new cardiovascular technology he found on the expo floor at the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference.

Here are links to other Editor's Choice videos at recent conferences:

VIDEO: Editor's Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac Technology at ACC 2018

VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative Echo Technology at ASE 2018

VIDEO: Editor's Choice of the Most Innovative New Imaging Technology at RSNA 2017

 

 

#TCT2018

Artificial Intelligence | September 27, 2018

Rami Doukky, M.D., professor of medicine, preventative medicine and radiology, and chief of the Division of Cardiology at Cook County Health and Hospitals System, discusses how artificial intelligence (AI) will impact all medical imaging modalities at the 2018 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) annual meeting in San Francisco.

 

Related AI in Cardiac Imaging Content:

VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Cardiac Ultrasound — Interview with Partho Sengupta, M.D.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging

Combatting the World’s No. 1 Cause of Death With the Help of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology

Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017
 

 

 

Cath Lab | September 14, 2018

A discussion with Nicolas Bevins, Ph.D., vice chair, physics and research, and Jessica Harrington, RCIS. They explain the use of shields, technique and use of newer angiography technologies to reduce X-ray radiation dose in the cardiac cath labs at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

Watch the VIDEO: Technologies and Techniques to Reduce Radiation Dose in the Cardiac Cath Lab — Interview with Akshay Khandelwal, M.D., director of medical operations at the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute

Additional articles and videos on Henry Ford Hospital 

 

For more on how to reduce dose in the cath lan, read these related articles:

Cardiology Societies Call for Better Radiation Dose Tracking

Defining the Cath Lab Workplace Radiation Safety Hazard

Dose-Lowering Practices for Cath Lab Angiography

5 Technologies to Reduce Cath Lab Radiation Exposure

VIDEO: Heart Surgeon Shares Effects of Fluoroscopic Radiation Exposure

Helping Interventional Cardiologists Reduce Exposure to Ionizing Radiation

14 Ways to Reduce Radiation Exposure in the Cath Lab

 

Cardiac Imaging | September 10, 2018

Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., professor of cardiology and radiology, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, and past-president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), explains how cardiac imaging will be used in the ISCHEMIA Trial to assess treatment strategies for patients with stable ischemic heart disease. The trial was discussed by Shaw at the 2018 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) meeting.

Watch the related VIDEO Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine, an interview with Shaw at SCCT 2017.

Nuclear Imaging | August 22, 2018

Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., MACC, MASNC, FAHA, FESC, cardiology division chief and James B. Herrick professor at Rush University Medical Center, discusses the importance of nuclear cardiology in preventive medicine, and previews his upcoming keynote lecture at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), Sept. 6-9 in San Francisco.

Watch the related VIDEO ASNC 2018 Program Preview, where Rami Doukky, M.D., professor of medicine, preventive medicine and radiology, and chief of the Division of Cardiology at Cook County Health and Hospitals System, discusses new additions to the ASNC meeting program for 2018.

Watch the VIDEO MACRA's Impact on Cardiology, an interview with Williams on the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.

Nuclear Imaging | August 21, 2018

Rami Doukky, M.D., professor of medicine, preventive medicine and radiology, and chief of the Division of Cardiology at Cook County Health and Hospitals System, discusses new additions to the program for the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), Sept. 6-9 in San Francisco.

Watch the VIDEO: Imaging in the Assessment of Preventive Cardiology — interview with Kim Williams, M.D., about his key note lecture at the 2018 ASNC.

Watch the VIDEO: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Celebrates 25 Years — interview with Robert C. Hendel, M.D.

Watch the VIDEO Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging, an interview with Doukky at the 2017 ASNC Today meeting.

Cath Lab | August 13, 2018

Jeffrey Schussler, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, FSCCT, FACP, interventional cardiologist at Baylor Scott White Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas, explains some of the key innovations his institution is using to improve cardiovascular care. These include the use of robotic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), FFR-CT imaging and transcatheter valve technologies.

Take a 360 photo look inside a Baylor combo cardiac cath/EP lab. 

Watch the VIDEO: Dedicated Cardiac MRI Use at the Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital — an interview with Haojie Wang, M.D., director of advanced cardiovascular MRI and a member of the heart valve clinic at Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital, Dallas.

 

 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 13, 2018

Haojie Wang, M.D., director of advanced cardiovascular MRI and a member of the heart valve clinic at Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital, Dallas, explains the utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in cardiology and the implementation of the cardiac MRI program at his hospital.

See a 360 degree photo of the Baylor MRI control room.

Watch the VIDEO: Implementation of New Cardiovascular Technologies at Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital — interview with Jeffrey Schussler, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, FSCCT, FACP, interventional cardiologist at Baylor Scott White Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas.
 

ASNC | July 25, 2018

Robert C. Hendel, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MASNC, director, Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute, explains the impact the ASNC has had on cardiac nuclear imaging during this anniversary year. 

The Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is Sept. 6-9, 2018, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

#ASNC2018

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 25, 2018

A discussion with Patricia Dickson, LRT(CT), director of imaging and outpatient services, Capital Cardiology Associates, Albany, N.Y., and Nikki Weber, a lead CT technologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. They presented in sessions at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting.

Watch the related VIDEO: How to Prepare a Patient for a Cardiac CT Scan.

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 23, 2018

Ed Nicol, M.D., FSCCT, MBA, head of cardiac CT, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, and chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Education Committee. He outlined new initiatives by SCCT to expand its educational offerings. For more information on SCCT's online educational links go to https://scct.org/page/Education.

Link to the technologist video referenced in this interview that is among the most viewed videos on DAIC — VIDEO: How to Prepare a Patient for a Cardiac CT Scan.

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 19, 2018

Kavitha Chinnaiyan, M.D., FACC, FSCCT, associate professor, Oakland University, William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, Mich. She presented at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting. 

 

Related FFR-CT Content:

Clinical Applications of FFR-CT

VIDEO: Implementation and the Science Behind FFR-CT — interview with James Min, M.D.

VIDEO: Early U.S. Experience With FFR-CT in Evaluating ED Chest Pain Presentation — interview with Simon Dixon, M.D.

VIDEO: Status of FFR-CT Adoption in the United States — interview with Campbell Rogers, M.D.

 

July 18, 2018

Suhny Abbara, M.D., FSCCT, chief of cardiothoracic imaging and chair of the CT operations committee, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, incoming president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), and editor of the new RSNA journal Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. He spoke to DAIC at SCCT 2018 meeting. 

Read the related article "Spectral Imaging Brings New Light to CT."

 

 

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 18, 2018

A discussion with Gianluca Pontone, M.D., Ph.D., FSCCT, director of cardiovascular MRI, Centro Cardiologico Manzino, Milan, Italy, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting. He said CT can be comparable to the gold-standards of nuclear and MRI perfusion depending on the scanner used to acquire the images. 

Read the article "CT Perfusion Imaging Ready for Mainstream." 

 

 

 

Heart Valve Technology | July 18, 2018

Jonathon Leipsic, M.D., FSCCT, professor of radiology and cardiology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and an expert in transcatheter valve imaging. He spoke about his experiences with TAVR and TMVR trials and devices planning at the the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting.

Watch the VIDEO "What to Look for in CT Structural Heart Planning Software."
 

 

 

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 17, 2018

An interview with Patrick Serruys, M.D., Ph.D., Imperial College London, principal investigator of the SYNTAX III Trial presented earlier this year as a late-breaker at EuroPCR. He presented the trial again at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting. 

Read the article "SYNTAX III Revolution Trial Shows CT-FFR Could Replace Cine-angiography in Coming Years."

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 17, 2018

A discussion with Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FSCCT, director of cardiovascular research and cardiac CT programs at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT). He outlines key technology trends at the 2018 SCCT meeting.

Read the article "New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the Market."

Watch the VIDEO "Editor's Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology."

 

 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 10, 2018

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights some of the most innovative new technology on the show floor of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2018 meeting. The segments include virtual reality workstations, advanced 3-D cardiac ultrasound quantification and visualization, improved echo-fluoro image fusion technology, and imaging aided by artificial intelligence.

 

 

 

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