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.
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.
Siemens readies new handheld ultrasound unit for ECR
March 2, 2015 -- Handheld ultrasound systems represent a rapidly growing segment of the ultrasound market, and prospective purchasers will soon have an additional entrant to consider. Siemens Healthcare will unveil Acuson P500, a new handheld ultrasound platform, at this week's European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna.
Relaxing times for cardiologists
February 25, 2015 -- The holy grail of diagnostic imaging is noninvasive tissue characterization and the external identification of human cell structures and organ function, if possible without even touching the body, according to the Maverinck. Relaxation times are key but controversial.
MRI with T2 mapping will aid myocardial edema diagnosis
February 17, 2015 -- Mapping T2 relaxation times in MRI is an important first step toward better diagnosis of myocardial edema. But T2 relaxation times vary widely, both being functions of MR sequences and scanner field strength, so basic studies will be required to access their value.
Use CTA for aortic emergencies, Austrians say
February 13, 2015 -- For detecting aortic emergencies, CT angiography (CTA) is the modality of choice and enables clinical teams to decide whether elective, urgent, or emergent treatment is necessary, while endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) and surgical repair are the recommended therapies, according to Austrian researchers.
Study: 1 in 4 Saudis headed for heart attack
February 13, 2015 -- Within the next 10 years, one-fourth of all adults in Saudi Arabia will have a heart attack, according to research presented at the Saudi Heart Association annual conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Phase-contrast tops absorptiometry in plaque assessment
February 11, 2015 -- Grating inferometry phase-contrast imaging substantially outperformed x-ray absorption in the imaging of vulnerable coronary plaque, according to new research from University Hospital Zurich.
Arab Health: 5 tips for handling diabetes foot problems
February 2, 2015 -- DUBAI - The creation of a dedicated service for diabetes patients with foot problems, in which interventional radiologists play a central role in limb salvage, is contributing to a dramatic reduction in the number of amputations in the United Arab Emirates.