JFR: At the heart of emergency care
October 21, 2014 -- Emergency medicine was a central theme during the French national radiology congress, the JFR, which ended on Monday. The cover story in the final edition of the daily newspaper focused on cardiac imaging and was written by Dr. Olivier Vignaux from Paris.
CCTA, not calcium score, predicts events in asymptomatics
October 16, 2014 -- Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) significantly outperformed coronary calcium scoring for predicting cardiac events in asymptomatic individuals, concludes an Austrian study presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting, held last month in Barcelona, Spain.
Consent problems hold back fetal autopsies
October 15, 2014 -- Global researchers who are eager to gain experience in fetal autopsies using CT and MRI are facing immense frustration due to ongoing difficulties over obtaining consent, and one investigator reports being "hamstrung" by the procedures and bureaucracy of ethics committees.
Superfast LV assessment outperforms cine MR
September 29, 2014 -- A new sparse sampling MRI technique promises to speed up left ventricular (LV) volume and function assessments compared with the gold standard -- and to do so more accurately, according to a Swiss presentation at this month's European Society of Cardiology in Barcelona, Spain.
It's time to ditch your old gear, ESR says
September 22, 2014 -- Every healthcare facility or authority should have a plan for upgrading or renewing imaging equipment, and the plan should look forward at least five years and be updated annually, according to a statement issued on 18 September by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
Phase-contrast x-rays image the airways
September 18, 2014 -- Phase-contrast x-ray imaging offers a noninvasive way to track the effectiveness of cystic fibrosis treatments. The technique, which measures the refraction of a grid pattern of x-rays passing through the lungs, may eventually find use in visualizing other soft tissues, such as the brain and heart.
PET/MRI shows noninvasive imaging power in MI
September 9, 2014 -- PET and MRI each bring advantages for imaging myocardial infarction (MI) and gauging myocardial viability. So it makes sense to do them both in a single exam, concludes a study of 25 MI patients presented last week at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, Spain.
ESC: Wireless ultrasound boosts image-guided venous access
September 5, 2014 -- Momentum is building for ultrasound-guided venipuncture, not least because using a wireless probe can transform practice, according to researchers from Madrid who presented their results at this week's European Society of Cardiology (ESC 2014) annual meeting.
ESC: Imaging of ischemia divides opinion
September 3, 2014 -- Is cardiovascular MR better than SPECT for imaging of ischemia? That was the burning question in a debate at this week's annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in Barcelona, Spain, but the answer still eludes experts, it seems.
Robot-assisted remote echocardiography shows promise
August 21, 2014 -- Can an ultrasound scanner be controlled robotically by an operator thousands of miles away? It's not just a dream, according to an international team of researchers who demonstrated the feasibility of robot-assisted echocardiography in a pair of articles published recently in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.