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Do we all have to be Matisse to achieve research success?
April 9, 2014 -- French artist Henri Matisse was driven by immense enthusiasm for his work, but "mere mortals" need real incentives to get involved in areas like research. The age of the pure, idealistic (underpaid) researcher has now passed, according to guest columnist Dr. Anagha Parkar.
3T MRI gauges functional significance of coronary stenosis
April 8, 2014 -- Thanks to 3-tesla MRI, radiologists can now measure coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR), noninvasively showing the significance of CT-detected stenosis in all three major arteries, researchers from Japan reported at last month's ECR 2014 in Vienna.
Swedish radiologist wins award for 3D dual-energy CT image
March 31, 2014 -- A Swedish researcher has received the top prize in a prestigious image competition for his 3D dual-energy CT scan of a patient who received a mechanical heart pump while waiting for a heart transplant.
Twins can inherit coronary plaque characteristics
March 26, 2014 -- Twins can share more than blue eyes, left-handedness, and a sunny disposition, it seems. They also share body mass index traits and atherosclerotic plaque characteristics, according to a new Hungarian study of twins that sought to eliminate environmental variations and hone in on genetics and heritability.
Heart rate jumps with CT contrast agent
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Faster heart rates are the last thing radiologists want with coronary CT angiography. But that's apparently what they get when using a contrast agent with a slightly higher iodine concentration, according to a Monday presentation at ECR 2014.
Case report: Interventional retrieval of portacath fragment
March 10, 2014 -- Portacaths are commonly indicated for long-term administration of parenteral medications. This case report details the successful interventional retrieval of a fractured portacath fragment with cardiac migration. This is rather an unusual complication that, at times, can be life-threatening.
CT scanners show better agreement on risk than on CAC scores
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - State-of-the-art CT scanners produce widely divergent coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, but at least they substantially agree on the risk levels of individuals undergoing the scans, according to a Saturday presentation at ECR 2014. However, even the risk agreement isn't strong enough.
Hybrid imaging gathers momentum in cardiac indications
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - Hybrid imaging is gaining acceptance as opportunities using combinations of modalities emerge and promise to optimize cardiac imaging, according to expert speakers in today's session called "Hybrid cardiovascular imaging: Where should we go?" at ECR 2014.
Lower tube voltage reduces dose in stress CT perfusion MPI
February 25, 2014 -- Low-dose stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging of the heart is feasible at a tube current of 80 kV, producing image quality equivalent to 100 kV in a group of nonobese patients with a lower radiation dose, reported a team from Japan in European Radiology.
ESR holds out olive branch to European Society of Cardiology
February 12, 2014 -- Cardiologists and radiologists often stick to their own congresses, but this may change after the European Society of Radiology (ESR) has held out the hand of friendship to the European Society of Cardiology. Part two of our interview with ECR 2014 President Dr. Valentin Sinitsyn looks at this initiative.
Russian radiology prepares to step into limelight at ECR 2014
February 5, 2014 -- For the first time, there will be a Russian president of ECR next month: Dr. Valentin Sinitsyn, who is also one of the youngest presidents at 53. In the first part of our series of weekly articles looking ahead to ECR 2014, we discuss what this development means for radiology in Russia.
Wide-area CT, iterative recon cut dose in CABG evaluations
January 31, 2014 -- The combination of 256-detector-row CT and iterative reconstruction can reduce dose significantly even in hard-to-evaluate coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG), according to an Italian study.
Italians develop novel strategy for CT-detected silent tumors
January 30, 2014 -- New research from Italy has highlighted how the use of CT is uncovering a growing number of incidental findings. About 4% of CT scans will detect a subclinical "silent" tumor in the adrenal gland, which presents a challenge due to inadequate information, according to the study authors.
Is point-of-care ultrasound the new stethoscope?
January 27, 2014 -- The role of point-of-care ultrasound in developing countries, the need for early ultrasound education, and the expansion of point-of-care cardiac ultrasound are among the featured topics in the latest issue of the World Heart Federation's Global Heart journal.
Coronary CTA identifies patients at risk of coronary syndrome
January 19, 2014 -- A negative coronary CT angiography (CTA) has a high predictive value for ruling out acute coronary syndrome and can decrease the hospital stay of patients who come to emergency rooms complaining of severe chest pain, according to a new study conducted in Saudi Arabia.
CMR ties MI scar length to ventricular tachycardia cycle
January 17, 2014 -- A study of patients with previous myocardial infraction (MI) undergoing late-gadolinium enhancement cardiac MR (LGE-CMR) found that scar length is strongly correlated to ventricular tachycardia cycle length, according to a study in Europace.

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