CCTA falls short in detecting culprit plaque
April 21, 2016 -- In a population of myocardial infarction patients spanning 10 years of clinical practice, coronary CT angiography (CCTA) showed only limited ability to detect culprit lesions in the coronary arteries that went on to cause heart attacks -- though its positive predictive value was perfect, researchers concluded.
U.K. launches massive scanning project
April 18, 2016 -- A U.K. research organization said it has launched a large study across the country that will involve scanning more than 100,000 participants to transform the way medicine looks at a wide variety of diseases including dementia, arthritis, cancer, heart attacks, and stroke.
Cardiac cath radiation exacts toll on health personnel
April 14, 2016 -- Radiation from cardiac catheterization procedures is taking a heavy toll on cath lab personnel, according to a new study published April 12 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. Italian researchers found higher rates of orthopedic problems, cataracts, skin lesions, and even anxiety and depression in cath lab workers.
CCTA halves adverse events in SCOT-HEART trial
April 12, 2016 -- A trial comparing the use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to standard care alone in more than 4,000 chest pain patients revealed sharply reduced event rates and fewer negative angiographies when CCTA was used to guide patient management, according to results published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
MRI rules out competing diagnoses in ARVC/D
April 11, 2016 -- Cardiac MRI (CMR) can diagnose arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) where other modalities fail, and it can even identify conditions that mimic the disease -- good news considering that timely treatment can often prevent sudden cardiac death.
Top 5 trends from ECR 2016 in Vienna
March 9, 2016 -- As the European radiological community draws a collective breath from ECR 2016, it's a perfect time to reflect on the meeting and identify the major trends affecting medical imaging. Here are five central themes that circulated the halls of the Austria Center Vienna at this year's congress.
Sleep duration not associated with heart disease
March 5, 2016 -- VIENNA - Getting enough sleep may have profound effects on health, but sleep duration has no effect on the development of coronary artery disease, researchers reported on Friday at ECR 2016.
New angio x-ray unit paces Toshiba's ECR 2016 product launches
March 4, 2016 -- VIENNA - Toshiba Medical Systems is taking advantage of this week's ECR 2016 to launch Infinix-i Rite Edition, a new interventional x-ray system that features a dual C-arm design for faster and more efficient operation and high-speed 3D studies.
Follow 3 essential steps for effective cardiothoracic imaging
March 4, 2016 -- The cross-over in presentation between cardiac and pulmonary problems and their shared risk factors has led to growing demand for comprehensive cardiothoracic imaging for cardiopulmonary patients. There are three vital requirements for thorough and effective cardiothoracic imaging, according to Dr. Edwin van Beek, PhD.
Triple rule-out CT offers one-stop shop for chest pain
March 3, 2016 -- VIENNA - Because many patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain wind up receiving follow-up testing for coronary artery disease anyway, it's worth it to perform the "one-stop shop" of triple rule-out CT, Swiss researchers reported at ECR 2016.