Enterprise imaging system expert Louis Lannum was in charge of Cleveland Clinic's efforts to connect images and other data from 33 of its departments into a single, centralized database that could deliver the content through a viewer in the electronic medical record. He spoke on the key requirements for enterprise imaging systems at HIMSS 2017. Read the article and watch related videos at "RSNA Technology Report 2016: Enterprise Imaging."
VIDEO: Imaging in the Assessment of Preventive Cardiology
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.
Machine learning is now being commercialized in medical imaging products designed to help improve workflow efficiency and augment the clinical user, not replace them. Steve Holloway with the U.K.-based healthcare market intelligence firm Signify Research discussed the expanding roles of artificial intelligence in imaging applications at the 2017 HIMSS healthcare IT conference. Read the article from HIMSS 2017 "How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging."
Ursula Wright, MSN/MBA, FNP-BC, from Mercy Health System, explains how the nation's fifth largest Catholic health system used heart failure pathways and order sets to reduce length of stay and $14 million in costs to treat heart failure patients. Mercy earned the 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for its leverage of information technology to impact its clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Read the article “Device Technologies to Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions.”
This video, provided by Medtronic, demonstrates the CardioInsight electro-anatomical mapping system. It was cleared by the FDA in early 2017. It uses an ECG lead vest to noninvasively create a 3-D electrophysiology (EP) electro-map of the heart to help identify arrhythmia and plan catheter ablation procedures. Read the related article on the technology.
Detailed imaging is needed to support complex interventions for the assessment and procedure guidance. See how the GE Healthcare cardiovascular ultrasound systems fit into the in Interventional space – from the Vivid E95 with cSound premium system to the Vivid iq compact system. For more information, go to www3.gehealthcare.com/en/products/categories/ultrasound/vivid/vivid_e95.
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."
This video, provided by Valtech, demonstrates the Cardioband transcatheter mitral annuloplasty system. It allows transcatheter repair of functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). It has a CE mark in Europe and a study to evaluate its safety and efficacy is planned in the United States. Read the article “Transcatheter Annuloplasty For Repair Versus Replacement in Functional Mitral Regurgitation.”
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.”
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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.
Corindus Vascular Robotics received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its CorPath GRX, the second generation of its vascular robotic system. The system builds upon the original CorPath platform, adding a significant number of key upgrades that increase precision, improve workflow and extend the capabilities and range of interventional procedures that can be performed robotically. These features include Active Guide Management, which enables control of the guide catheter along with robotic control of the guidewire and balloon or stent catheter, with 1 millimeter advancement, from the Control Console. This precise positioning will enable physicians to adjust guide catheter position during PCI procedures, and may expand use of CorPath to more complex cases. The new system also features a completely redesigned Bedside Unit, featuring an Extended Reach Arm and a touchscreen display to streamline workflow. The CorPath GRX was displayed for the first time at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 conference. Read more about the FDA approval.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a video tour of some of the most innovative new interventional cardiology technologies he found at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “Editor's Choice of the Most Innovative New Technologies at TCT 2015.”
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.”
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.”
A discussion with guidewire expert Dimitri Karmpaliotis, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, about the basics of interventional guidewire design and function. He is, assistant professor of medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, and director of CTO, complex and high-risk angioplasty program at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. He spoke with DAIC at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the article “Understanding the Design and Function of Guidewire Technology.”
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.”
A discussion with Todd Brinton, M.D., about the newly FDA-cleared Shockwave Medical Lithoplasty System, at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Brinton is clinical associate professor and adjunct associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University Medical Center. Read the article “FDA Clears Lithoplasty Balloon That Shatters Calcified Lesions With Ultrasound.”
William Abraham, M.D., FACC, discusses advances in heart failure device treatment technologies at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. He is director of the division of cardiovascular medicine and a professor of internal medicine, physiology and cell biology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He also served as principal investigator of the CHAMPION Trial for the CardioMEMS device. Read the article "Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions."
A discussion with Michael Reardon, M.D. about the state of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as of late 2016. He is a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, was the chairman of the patient screening committee for the CoreValve U.S. pivotal trial, nation PI on the Lotus Pivotal Trial, and the national PI of the ongoing the CoreValve intermediate and low-risk trials. Read more in the article "Trends in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)."
Juan Granada, M.D., executive director and chief scientific officer of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's Skirball Center for Innovation, explains the shortcomings of the first bioresorbable stent on the U.S. market, proper patient selection and what new BRS technologies are in development. Granada presented numerous sessions on bioresorbable scaffolds at TCT 2016. Read more about bioresorbable stents in "Tempering the Bioresorbable Stent Euphoria Following FDA Clearance of the Absorb."
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."
Krishna Rocha-Singh, M.D., Prairie Vascular Institute, Springfield, Ill., explains advancements in device therapy for hypertension at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. He was involved in the SYMPLICITY HTN-3 denervation trial and is the principal investigator for the ongoing Rox Coupler arteriovenous device trial. Watch the VIDEO “New Approaches to Denervation Therapy.”
David Kandzari, M.D., director of interventional cardiology and chief scientific officer, Piedmont Heart Institute, Atlanta, Ga., explains the impact of the EXCEL Trial at TCT 2016. Piedmont recruited the highest number of patients for the large, randomized trial found the Xience V drug-eluting stent had comparable outcomes to coronary artery bypass graft surgery. This is the first time this parity has been shown in a large trial. Read the article "Stents, Bypass Surgery Equally Safe and Effective for Many With Left Main Heart Disease."
Studies have shown transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has an increased risk of stroke and cerebral damage due to emboli released during the procedure. Recent clinical data show the extent of this damage on MRI. Several TAVR embolic protection systems are being developed to reduce this damage. This video explains one of those systems. Read about trial data presented at TCT 2016 "Delirium Significantly Associated With Brain Lesions in Patients Post-TAVR." Read the article, “TAVR Embolic Protection Did Not Reduce Emboli Brain Lesions,” which was a second trial presented at TCT 2016.
This video, provided by Xeltis, demonstrates the world’s first bioresorbable heart valve enabling cardiovascular restoration for pediatric patients. The Xplore-I clinical study of Xeltis bioabsorbable pulmonary heart valve, is a a multi-centered feasibility trial currently enrolling pediatric patients from 2 to 21 years of age in leading heart centers in Europe. Read the article “First Bioresorbable Heart Valves Implanted to Enable Cardiovascular Restoration.”
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."