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PET-CT | October 30, 2019

Rupa Sanghani, M.D., FASNC, associate professor, Rush Medical College, director of nuclear cardiology and stress laboratory, Rush University Medical Center, and associate director, Rush Heart Center for Women, explains how to create a high-volume cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) imaging program. She spoke on this topic at the 2019 meeting of the American Society Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and led a tour for attendees of the PET-CT system at Rush, which was located close to the conference. 

Sanghani said the advantages of PET myocardial perfusion imaging include faster exam times and allowing additional information from coronary reserve flow assessments to better understand if revascularization will help a patient's heart recover. The 16-slice CT scanner is used not only to attenuate the PET images, but to perform a CT calcium scoring exam to assess the patient's risk for future cardiovascular events. The Rubidium-82 radiotracer used for PET exams only has a 75 second half life, so it can help increase the number of exams a center is able to perform each day. At higher volume centers, PET is optimized to handle all the patients who require pharmacological stress exams. 

In the video, Sanghani  outlines what Rush did to design its room, covers basics on training, what to look for in a scanner and other considerations when creating a PET program.

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Recent Video

October 11, 2018

A discussion with Professor Ian Meredith, MBBS, Ph.D., global chief medical officer and executive vice president, Boston Scientific, on future directions for cardiology device technology development. He spoke to DAIC at the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference.

Hear Meredith's insights in the VIDEO: Boston Scientific's Recent Cardiology Advances and Technology Acquisitions

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

 

 

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Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 01, 2018

Ashish Pershad, M.D., medical director, structural heart program, Banner University Medical Heart Institute, Phoenix, explains the difference he found between the FDA cleared Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder and the Abbott Amplatzer Amulet device now in U.S. trials. He spoke on these differences at the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. 

Watch the VIDEO: New Data on LAA Occlusion From the PREVAIL and PROTECT Trials — Interview with Vivek Reddy, M.D.

Read the article "Occluding the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA)."

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Womens Cardiovascular Health | October 01, 2018

Cindy Grines, M.D., chair and professor, department of cardiology, Zucker School of Medicine, Hostra/Northwell, spoke on this topic in sessions at the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. 

 

Related Women's Heart Health Content:

VIDEO: Sex Differences in Diagnosing Heart Disease in Women — Interview with Doreen DeFaria Yeh, M.D.

VIDEO: How to Build a Successful Women’s Heart Center — Interview with Malissa Wood, M.D.

VIDEO: Creating a Cardio-Obstetrics Team — Doreen DeFaria Yeh, M.D.

Diagnostic Differences in Women’s Heart Health

Find more articles on women's heart issues in the Women's Cardiovascular Health channel

Hemodynamic Support Devices | October 01, 2018

Nevin Kapur, M.D., FAHA, FACC, FSCAI, executive director, Cardiovascular Center for Research and Innovation, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, explains the importance of ventricular unloading in the management of acute myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock. He spoke on this topic at the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. 

 

Related Cardiogenic Shock Content:

New Approaches to Reduce Cardiogenic Shock Mortality

10 Reasons Why it is Time to Learn More About Cardiogenic Shock

VIDEO: How to Reduce Cardiogenic Shock Mortality by 50 Percent

Hemostasis Management | September 27, 2018

Philippe Genereux, M.D., co-director of the structural heart program at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, explains some of the technologies and techniques to close large vascular access sites due to TAVR, TEVAR and hemodynamic support devices. He was involved in a session on this topic at the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. 

Read more about vascular closure devices.

 

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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 Artificial Intelligence Content in Cardiac Imaging:

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
 

 

 

Intravascular Imaging | September 26, 2018

Ron Waksman, M.D., associate director of the division of cardiology and director of cardiovascular research and advanced education, Medstar Heart Institute, explains details of the late-breaking LRP (Lipid Rich Plaque) Trial at the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. The trial used near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) combined with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) to identify vulnerable plaques and track them over time to determine the accuracy of the risk assessment. He said this may be a paradigm shift for interventional cardiology, being able to identify high-risk lesions before they cause a heart attack.

Read the article on the LRP Study reults.

Learn more about the LRP study in another VIDEO with Waksman at ACC 2018.

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Cath Lab | September 19, 2018

William O’Neill, M.D., outlines his recent clinical publication of AMICS patients from the Impella Quality (IQ) database. Learn more at ProtectedPCI.com.

Stents | September 11, 2018

This is an animation showing how the dedicated bifurcation stent developed by Advanced Bifurcation Systems (ABS) is deployed in coronary vessels. The vendor made its debute on the expo floor of the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting. The ABS system is in the process of obtaining regulatory approval and no products are currently for sale.

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.

Hemodynamic Support Devices | August 31, 2018

Behnam Tehrani, M.D., FSCAI, director of the cardiac cath lab, INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute, Fairfax, Va., discusses a complex, high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) case where hemodynamic support from an Abiomed Impella device is used to support the patient. 

Visit ProtectedPCI.com for more video cases. The website also has additional information on protocols for protected PCI and cardiogenic shock hemodynamic support.

Watch a VIDEO demonstration of how the Impella percutaneous hemodynamic support pump works.

 

 

 

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.
 

Stents Bioresorbable | August 06, 2018

Patrick Serruys, M.D., Ph.D., Imperial College London, explains where development of bioresorbable scaffolds stands in 2018. He spoke to DAIC at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting. 

Watch the related VIDEO What Went Wrong With the Absorb Stent?

Read the related article Current State of Bioresorbable Stent Technology

Read the related article Amaranth Unveils 85-micron Bioresorbable Stent

 

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.

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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, RT(R)(CT)(M), a lead CT technologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. They presented in sessions at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting.

 

Related Tips to Improve CT Imaging Content:

VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist Workflow

VIDEO: How to Prepare a Patient for a Cardiac CT Scan

VIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging

Find more SCCT news and videos

 

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.

Read the related article "The Essentials of Structural Heart Imaging."

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.

 

Related CT Technology Advances Content:

New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the Market

PODCAST: Shortcomings of CTA in Cardiology — Interview with Todd C. Villines, M.D.,

VIDEO: Editor's Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology

VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist Workflow

VIDEO: Cardiovascular CT Educational Initiatives by SCCT — Interview with Ed Nicol, M.D.

VIDEO: Using FFR-CT in Everyday Practice — Kavitha Chinnaiyan, M.D.

VIDEO: Applications of Spectral CT — Interview with Suhny Abbara, M.D.

VIDEO: The Essentials of CT Transcatheter Valve Imaging — Interview with Jonathon Leipsic, M.D.

VIDEO: The State of CT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging — Interview with Gianluca Pontone, M.D.

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Valve Technology | July 10, 2018

Ori Ben-Yehuda, M.D., executive director of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation Clinical Trial Center, discusses the latest data from clinical trials focusing on transcatheter tricuspid valve repair (TTVR) technologies, at the 2018 Transcatheter Valve Therapies (TVT) annual meeting in Chicago.

 

Related Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Content

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Enrolls First Patient in TRILUMINATE Tricuspid Repair Trial

Positive, Sustained Improvement at One Year in SCOUT I Transcatheter Tricuspid Repair Trial

Gate Bioprosthesis Used in Canada's First Transcatheter Valve Replacement for Tricuspid Regurgitation

VIDEO: Tricuspid Valve Imaging and Interventions Developing Hand-in-hand 

VIDEO: Mitral and Tricuspid Valve Repair Technologies

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Artificial Intelligence | July 10, 2018

Partho Sengupta, M.D., DM, FACC, FASE, chief division of cardiology, director of cardiac imaging, West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute, explains how artificial intelligence is being integrated into echocardiography and used to mine big data to better assess patients at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2018 meeting. 

Watch the VIDEO: Ultrasound's Integration of Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Echo, with Senguta at the ASE 2017 meeting

 

 

 

 

Heart Valve Technology | July 05, 2018

Rebecca Hahn, M.D., professor of medicine and director of interventional echocardiography, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, explains that techniques for imaging the tricuspid valve, the  advanced study of its disease etiology and the rapid development of transcatheter devices to treat tricuspid valve disease are all developing together. She spoke on these topics during sessions at both the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2018 meeting and at the Transcatheter Valve Therapies (TVT) conference in June. 

Related Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Content:
Recent Advances in Transcatheter Valve Technology

VIDEO: Mitral and Tricuspid Valve Repair Technologies — interview with Azeem Latib, M.D.

VIDEO: Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Repair and Replacement Technologies — interview with Rebecca Hahn, M.D.

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Enrolls First Patient in TRILUMINATE Tricuspid Repair Trial

Positive, Sustained Improvement at One Year in SCOUT I Transcatheter Tricuspid Repair Trial

Gate Bioprosthesis Used in Canada's First Transcatheter Valve Replacement for Tricuspid Regurgitation

Womens Cardiovascular Health | July 05, 2018

Malissa Wood, M.D., co-director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, explains the need for and how to create a women’s cardiovascular health center, during the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2018 meeting. 

Learn more about Mass General's cardio-obstetrics program. 

 

Related Women's Heart Health Content:

Diagnostic Differences in Women’s Heart Health

VIDEO: Differences in Cardiac Complications and Presentation Between Men and Women — Interview with Cindy Grines, M.D.

VIDEO: Creating a Cardio-Obstetrics Team — Doreen DeFaria Yeh, M.D.

VIDEO: Sex Differences in Diagnosing Heart Disease in Women — Interview with Doreen DeFaria Yeh, M.D.

Find more articles on women's heart issues in the Women's Cardiovascular Health channel

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 03, 2018

Michael Lanspa, M.D., director of critical care echocardiography services, Intermountain Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, explains the training initiatives by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) for point-of-care ultrasound. Lanspa serves on the educational committees for ASE, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. 

POC ultrasound was discussed as one of the big recent developments at ASE 2018

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2018

Lissa Sugeng, M.D., associate professor of medicine, director of echocardiography and of the Yale Echo Core Lab, Yale School of Medicine, explains the advances and advantages of using 3-D cardiac ultrasound during the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2018 meeting. She said 3-D echo still has slower frame rates than 2-D, but offers some advantages. Sugeng said echo labs should consider adding at least 3-D machine, as this technology will become the way of the future in echo. Read more about recent advances in cardiac ultrasound. 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2018

This is an example of the a mitral valve with regurgitation imaged with 3-D echocardiography using the Siemens SC2000 cardiac ultrasound system. The first video clip shows the 3-D anatomy of the heart, the mitral valve, its leaflet cusps tabled and the left ventricular outflow track (LVOT) of the aortic valve. The second clip shows how the software can automatically extract and quantify the regurgitant volume. The last clip shows an isolation of the mitral valve and the regurgitant jet, showing the exact location of the source, which can be used aid surgical planning. This video was shot at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2018.

Find additional technology video clips, video interviews and news from ASE.

 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 28, 2018

Sunil Mankad, M.D., FASE, ASE 2018 meeting program chair and director of transesophageal echocardiography at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., explains four big trends in cardiac ultrasound during the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2018 meeting. These include the advancement of 3D echo, point-of-care ultrasound, artificial intelligence and new forms of image visualization. Read more about recent advances in cardiac ultrasound. 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 28, 2018

This is a demonstration of the the Philips TrueVue photo-realistic rendering and lighting source technology. This example highlights a transcatheter ASD closure with two Amplatzer occluders. The technology allows users to changing the lighting conditions to improve contrast. The light source can also be moved around to change the shadows and add more depth perception. The light source also can be pushed through the tissue to back light the anatomical structures, as shown in this example at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2018 meeting. The backlighting confirms a gap at the top of the image where part of the septal defect remains exposed. 

Find more videos and news from ASE 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 11, 2018

Thomas Porter, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the echocardiography lab at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discusses potential therapeutic uses for microbubble contrast ultrasound at the 2017 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting.

Stroke | May 09, 2018

A new clinical trial at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is examining an implanted device that uses vagus nerve stimulation to help stroke patients regain motor function. The Vivistim device is similar to a pacemaker, which uses leads to electrically stimulate the brain. 

Read the article "New Therapy Rewires the Brain to Improve Stoke Recovery."
 

 

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