IAEA aims to set global standard for nuclear medicine
May 5, 2015 -- A goal of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to advise on medical guidelines, train health workers, and aid developing nations in acquiring modern imaging and treatment technologies. In an exclusive interview, Colombian-born Dr. Diana Paez explains more about the agency's work.
CT reveals cardioembolic stroke that echo misses
May 1, 2015 -- Echocardiography may be the de facto gold standard for cardiac evaluation of patients suspected of having cardioembolic stroke, but it isn't necessarily the best modality. A new study from Saudi Arabia used CT to discover several thrombi that echo had missed, along with other conditions.
MRI reveals muscular dystrophy variant's toll on hearts
April 27, 2015 -- Duchenne muscular dystrophy carriers, even when asymptomatic, show severe cardiac abnormalities on MRI, according to new research from Germany. Cardiac MRI showed all asymptomatic carriers had significant cardiac pathologies, the researchers found.
Tübingen team wins award for cardiac MR study
April 23, 2015 -- Prize-winning German research has provided compelling new evidence that in many patients with coronary artery disease, late gadolinium enhancement cardiac MRI can depict previously unknown myocardial infarction.
Hungarian twins' study sheds light on coronary calcium
March 26, 2015 -- Coronary calcium is a strongly heritable trait, but noncalcified plaque burden is more a factor of lifestyle and environment, according to a new Budapest study of twins presented at the ECR 2015 meeting in Vienna.
Study: CCTA sharpens diagnosis, targets intervention
March 17, 2015 -- More accurate diagnosis using coronary CT angiography (CCTA) in chest-pain patients will reduce the risk of heart attack and change treatment, according to a new study from Scotland that shows patients with suspected angina benefited from clearer results after undergoing CCTA.
One-fifth of middle-aged athletes risk a heart attack
March 9, 2015 -- VIENNA - A new study presented at ECR 2015 reveals that 19% of middle-aged athletes are at risk of coronary events -- confirming the serious risks to asymptomatic individuals suggested in earlier U.S. studies looking at sudden cardiac death.
The big question: CT, MRI, or nuclear for coronary artery disease diagnosis?
March 7, 2015 -- Faced with a choice of CT, MRI, and hybrid nuclear imaging for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, which modality is most suitable for any one patient type and why? All three play an important role in the diagnostic process, according to speakers at a presentation on Saturday at ECR 2015.
Cutting-edge techniques transform practice of cardiac CT
March 7, 2015 -- Cardiac CT has made great strides displacing conventional invasive coronary angiography, but its potential is still being tested. A presentation on Saturday at ECR 2015 discussed state-of-the-art techniques for image acquisition and also their advantages and limitations.
Does ECR increase patient survival rate?
March 4, 2015 -- Spring is in the air -- the conference season has arrived. Major conferences are a win-win situation for both patients and doctors, the Maverinck writes in his latest column. The doctors get some days off, and the patients survive.