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VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment

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."

 

 

Cardiac Imaging

Cardiac Imaging | January 06, 2017

ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new technologies being displayed on the expo floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 meeting. For key take away trends at RSNA, watch the video "Key Trends, New Technology at RSNA 2016."

Radiation Dose Management | December 19, 2016

Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, Ph.D., chief physicist and professor of radiology and radiological science at Johns Hopkins Hospital, explains the basics of medical imaging dose monitoring technologies. This includes monitoring and recording software meet new Joint Commission requirements, state dose laws and to improve patient safety regarding X-ray radiation exposure. Read the article “The Role of Dose Tracking Systems in Radiation Safety Programs.”

Artificial Intelligence | December 19, 2016

Mark Michalski, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Data Science at Massachusetts General Hospital, explains the basis of the utilization of artificial intelligence (aka deep learning and machine learning) in radiology. He also explains where things are at in development of these neuro networks at RSNA 2016. Watch the VIDEO “Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Diagnostics.” 

RSNA 2016 | December 19, 2016

A post-game roundup by Imaging Technology News (ITN) Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr and Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) and ITN Editor Dave Fornell on the trends and new tech seen on the show floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 meeting.

Artificial Intelligence | December 19, 2016

At RSNA 2016, the key buzzwords were “deep learning,” “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence.” Vendors and major academic centers are developing a wide array of artificial intelligence neuro networks to aid radiologists in clinical diagnosis and clinical decision support. Here are two examples of how the IBM Watson system examines a mammography and cardiac patient imaging studies. Watch the VIDEO “Development of Artificial Intelligence to Aid Radiology,” an interview with Mark Michalski, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Data Science at Massachusetts General Hospital, explaining the basis of artificial intelligence in radiology.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 19, 2016

Emanuel Kanal, M.D., director of MRI services and professor of radiology and neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, explains what is known about MRI contrast retention in the brain and other MRI safety concerns. He spoke to ITN at RSNA 2016. Read the article "Gadolinium May Remain in Brain after Contrast MRI."

Angiography | December 07, 2016

Shimadzu's latest generation interventional lab angiography imaging system, the Trinias, enables advanced imaging capabilities, including reduced patient dose, 3-D rotation angiography acquisitions table side, and stent enhancement software. This video tour of the system was created at the 2016 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting.  For more information: www.shimadzu.com/med/products/angio/index.html.

Heart Valve Technology | November 18, 2016

A discussion with Torsten Vahl, M.D., about advancements in transcatheter valve repair technology, including new devices for the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves.  Vahl is director of experimental and translational research and assistant professor of medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy. The interview took place at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the articles “Advances and Future Directions for Transcatheter Valves,” and “Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Devices in Development.”

Heart Valve Technology | November 18, 2016

A discussion with Juan Granada, M.D., about transcatheter mitral valve advancements and device challenges at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Granada is executive director and chief scientific officer of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's Skirball Center for Innovation. Read the articles “Advances and Future Directions for Transcatheter Valves,” and “Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Devices in Development.”

CT Angiography (CTA) | November 18, 2016

A discussion with Simon Dixon, M.D., MBChB, on the use of fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFR-CT) to evaluate chest pain patients in the emergency department. He is chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beaumont Health System and a professor of Medicine at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He discussed the first year of experience with FFR-CT at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., during the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the article “Clinical Applications of FFR-CT.”

 

Structural Heart | November 09, 2016

Brijeshwar Maini, M.D., and Brian Bethea, M.D., from Tenet Florida’s structural heart program, explain the importance of building a good heart team and how that team should interact. They gave a presentation on image guidance for structural heart procedures at TCT 2016, but focused repeatedly on the need for close collaboration to be successful. Read more in the article "Requirements for Interventional Echocardiographers."

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 08, 2016

Interview with Patricia Dickson, LRT (CT), assistant director, diagnostic and outpatient services, Capital Cardiology Associates, Albany, N.Y., at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 annual meeting. She explains what technologists need to know when prepping patients and imaging during cardiac CT exams.  For trends in cardiac CT, watch the VIDEO "The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade."

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 08, 2016

Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D., FACC, FSCCT, director of South Florida Imaging Cardiovascular Institute, Holy Cross Hospital, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 annual meeting. Smuclovisky explains what imaging departments need to know about advances in CT systems when purchasing the newest generation of CT scanners. He explains there is more to scanners than slices, offering information beyond the hype over 64-, 128-, 256-, 320-, and 640-slice CT scanners. For more information, read "Costs vs. Benefits: Comparing 64-Slice to 256, 320-Slice CT."
 

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 08, 2016

An interview with Jonathan Leipsic, M.D., FSCCT, chairman of the department of radiology, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 meeting. Leipsic is heavily involved with the procedural planning and anatomical assessments for TAVR and clinical trials for new transcatheter mitral valves and annulus repairs. 

Watch the related VIDEO "The Essentials of CT Transcatheter Valve Imaging."
 

 

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 07, 2016

DAIC/ITN editor Dave Fornell shows some of the most innovative new cardiac CT and angiography technologies from sessions and the expo floor at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the article "Advances in Cardiac CT Technology."

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 07, 2016

An interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D., FACC, director of cardiac CT, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, Calif., at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 meeting. Budoff explains how CT calcium scoring can be used to assess patients risk for coronary disease and if they should be on statin therapy.  Read the 2017 article "Screening for Heart Disease May Lead to Prevention, Better Treatments."
 

 

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 06, 2016

An interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D, FACC, FASNC, FAHA, co-director of the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 meeting. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac CT Technology."

Watch the VIDEO: Editor's Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017.
 

 

 

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 06, 2016

An interview with Ricardo Cury, M.D., director of cardiac imaging, Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 meeting.  Cury who was instrumental in the development of the new CAD-RADS scoring system, which similar to BI-RADS used for breast imaging or LUNG-RADS use for assessment of lung diseases, is used to standardize the radiological assessment of coronary artery disease.  For more information, read "Multi-Society Group Releases CAD-RADS for Standardized Coronary CT Angiography Reporting." 

ASE | June 30, 2016

DAIC/ITN editor Dave Fornell shares some of the innovative new technologies on the show floor of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 annual meeting. Read the article "Top Trends in Cardiac Ultrasound."

 

 

Structural Heart | June 30, 2016

Interview with Stephen Little, M.D., medical director of the Valve Clinic at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 annual meeting. He explains the technologies his center is using to aid transcatheter structural heart procedure navigation, including TAVR, transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR), LAA occlusion, and septal defect occlusions. Read the article “Requirements for Interventional Echocardiographers.” Also, watch the VIDEO "What is Required for Interventional Echo - Discussion With Rebecca Hahn."

 

Cardio-oncology | June 30, 2016

Interview with Federico Asch, M.D., FACC, FASE, associate director of the echocardiography core lab at Medstar Health Research Institute and assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Georgetown University, at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 annual meeting. Asch discusses the technology used for cardio-oncology cardiotoxcity assessments and how to set up these types of collaborative programs between oncology and cardiology. For more information, read the article Assessing Cardiotoxicity Due to Cancer Therapy.

Watch the VIDEO: Linking Breast Cancer Treatment to Cardiac Issues
 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 28, 2016

Interview with MD Buyline clinical analysts Jon Brubaker and Sabrina Newell at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 annual meeting. They highlighted trends they have seen in cardiac  strain imaging, 3-D echo, bubble contrast, interventional echo, structural heart, and point-of-care ultrasound.  Read the article on trends from Brubaker and Newell - "Top Trends in Cardiac Ultrasound at ASE 2016."

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 28, 2016

Interview with Rebecca Hahn, M.D., FASE, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 meeting. She is an expert in the new subspecialty of interventional echo and discussed considerations for hospitals thinking of creating interventional echo programs to help guide complex transcatheter structural heart procedures in the cath lab or hybrid OR. Read the article “Requirements for Interventional Echocardiographers.”  Also, watch the related VIDEO "Transcatheter Structural Heart Procedure Navigation Technology Advances."

 

HIMSS | May 13, 2016

ITN/DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new trends and health information technologies (IT) on the expo floor of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 meeting. Technologies include radiation dose management, wearables, patient engagement, admission kiosks, analytics software and imaging workflow aids.

ACC | April 15, 2016

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the trends and interesting new technologies from the vendor booths on the expo floor at the 2016 meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). 

CT Angiography (CTA) | April 12, 2016

A discussion on the adoption rate of FFR-CT with Dr. Campbell Rogers, chief medical officer of HeartFlow. It is the first vendor to gain FDA approval for noninvasive, virtual fractional flow reserve measurements derived from cardiac computed tomography scans. Read the article "Clinical Applications of FFR-CT."
 

 

Clinical Decision Support | March 24, 2016

Examples of clinical decision support software currently on the market that might be leveraged to address Stage 3 Meaningful Use from the expo floor of HIMSS 2016. Ascendian Healthcare Consulting CEO Shawn McKenzie also discusses how and why CDS should be integrated into the radiology workflow. Read the April 2017 article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.”

 

Patient Engagement | March 21, 2016

Examples of patient engagement technologies for medical imaging to meet health IT Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements. Discussion includes examples from the expo floor at HIMSS 2016 and Ascendian Healthcare Consulting CEO Shawn McKenzie explaining ways radiology can leverage technology to engage patients with images, reports and radiation dose records. 

Cardiac Imaging | December 11, 2015

ITN/DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shows his choices for some of the most innovative new imaging technologies on the expo floor at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | December 11, 2015

Interview with Jon Brubaker, MBA, RCVT, ultrasound technology analyst, MD Buyline, explains the trends and new technology he saw at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting.

RSNA 2015 | December 11, 2015

Video discussion of new technology and trend highlights at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting with DAIC/ITN editor Dave Fornell and ITN contributing editor Greg Freiherr.

TCT | November 05, 2015

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell offers his choices for the most innovative new interventional cardiovascular technologies presented on the expo floor and in sessions at the 2015 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting. 

Cath Lab | November 03, 2015

Guillaume Baillaird, CEO of ControlRad Systems, described how his company's technology can significantly reduce radiation dose to staff and patients during angiography procedures.

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 07, 2015

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares some of the most innovative new technologies shown on the expo floor and discusses in sessions at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2015 annual meeting.

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 05, 2015

Interview with James Min, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Medicine and Director of Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine, Weill Cornell, New York Presbyterian Hospital.  Watch the VIDEO “Early U.S. Experience With FFR-CT in Evaluating ED Chest Pain Presentation.” A discussion with Simon Dixon, M.D., MBChB, on the use of fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFR-CT) to evaluate chest pain patients in the emergency departmenat Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. Read the article "What is New in FFR Technology."
 

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 05, 2015

Interview with Harold Litt, M.D., Ph.D., chief of cardiovascular imaging section and associate professor of radiology, University of Pennsylvania. He also served as co-principal investigator of the ACRIN-PA study of cardiac CT use in the ED.

Medical 3-D Printing | August 05, 2015

Interview with Dee Dee Wang, M.D., FACC, FASE, advanced structural heart imaging staff cardiologist, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, about the use of 3-D printing to aid procedural planning and guidance in complex structural heart cases. Read the article “Henry Ford Hospital Study Shows 3-D Imaging Improves Fixing Broken Hearts.”     Read the article “The Future of 3-D Printing in Medicine.”
 

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 05, 2015

Interview with Daniel Berman, M.D., FACC, chief of cardiac imaging and nuclear cardiology and professor of imaging, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2015 meeting. Watch the VIDEO ”The Value of the Cardiovascular Service Line.” An interview with Linda Gillam, M.D., Atlantic Health System, who suggests how cardiology-related services can demonstrate their value to providers and patients. 

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 05, 2015

Interview with Ricardo Cury, M.D., FAHA, FSCCT, FACC, president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and chairman of radiology, director of cardiac imaging, Baptist Health of South Florida, Miami. He explains recent key trials, radiation dose and perfusion imaging. For more information on cardiac CT advances, read the article “New Technology Supports CT as Prime Cardiac Imaging Modality.”
 

 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 29, 2015

Interview at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting with Federico Asch, M.D., M.D., FACC, FASE, associate director of the echocardiography core lab at Medstar Health Research Institute and assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Georgetown University.

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