Hands-on approach can bring success in cardiac training
May 16, 2017 -- The rising demand for cardiac imaging and the rapid development of technology mean trainees often are squeezed for time, but there are several essential ingredients for successful training in cardiac imaging that will equip facilities for the future, according to Dr. Francesca Pugliese, PhD.
CZT-based SPECT MPI may predict cardiac outcomes
May 12, 2017 -- SPECT gamma cameras featuring cadmium zinc telluride-based (CZT) digital detector technology are just what the nuclear cardiologist ordered to diagnose seemingly healthy patients with cardiac symptoms and to help predict their chances for an adverse event, according to a study published online April 27 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Nuclear cardiology lab cuts radiation dose by 60%
May 8, 2017 -- A large nuclear cardiology lab was able to reduce its average radiation dose by 60% over the past eight years, according to new research presented on Friday at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT in Vienna and published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Molecular imaging shines new light on heart disease
May 3, 2017 -- European experts in molecular imaging expect the addition of cadmium zinc telluride digital detector technology, advanced quantification software programs, and novel radiotracers in SPECT and PET imaging will lead to major advances in research and clinical applications for cardiovascular disease.
Low doses can make DSCT cardiac perfusion routine
April 25, 2017 -- The latest generation dual-source CT (DSCT) scanner cuts the radiation dose of cardiac CT perfusion enough to make it suitable for daily practice, according to new research. Expanded z-axis coverage and better signal-to-noise ratios can offer more information on myocardial blood flow.
Cardiac findings in stroke: What radiologists need to know
April 14, 2017 -- Advances in CT and MRI mean it's feasible now to identify subtle cardiac pathologies responsible for stroke that used to remain unnoticed, and this is putting greater emphasis on the know-how of radiologists, award-winning Spanish researchers believe.
Germany reaches consensus on MRI of cardiac implants
April 4, 2017 -- The German Cardiology Society and the German Radiological Society have published a joint consensus paper on carrying out MRI scans on patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators. In this interview, Dr. Torsten Sommer explains the aim of this initiative.
German group hones cardiac MRI for myocardial infarction
March 28, 2017 -- What's the best way to distinguish acute from chronic myocardial infarction on cardiac MRI (CMR) scans? German researchers found that native T1 and T2 mapping significantly outperform conventional measurements of the T2 ratio, and they presented their results at ECR 2017.
Two CCTA techniques cut iodine dose across vendors
March 27, 2017 -- Major contrast reductions in coronary CT angiography (CCTA) can be achieved across vendor platforms with a couple of simple techniques, according to a Dutch presentation at this month's ECR 2017 in Vienna.
No fairy godmothers: Radiologists must raise visibility
March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - Radiologists have long been behind-the-scenes physicians, reading exams in darkened basements. But this paradigm isn't viable anymore in an age of increasingly competitive healthcare delivery, and radiologists must be proactive about boosting their visibility, according to a presentation on Friday at ECR 2017.