DRK: How elastic is the heart?
May 18, 2015 -- Measurement of cardiac muscle elasticity using elastography is showing considerable clinical promise, researchers from Berlin told delegates at last week's German Radiology Congress (DRK) in Hamburg.
DRK: Obese patients gain from fast abdominal fat studies
May 15, 2015 -- MRI analysis of abdominal fat can give an indication of cardiovascular risk in overweight and obese people, and new protocols developed at the Leipzig obesity clinic and presented at the German Congress of Radiology (DRK) can speed up this task.
256-detector-row CCTA cuts dose, artifacts in fast hearts
May 12, 2015 -- Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with a 256-detector-row CT scanner delivered better image quality, fewer artifacts, and a drastically reduced radiation dose compared with a 64-detector-row CT scanner, according to new research from France.
MRI plays central role in vast German study
May 8, 2015 -- The National Cohort is the largest health study undertaken in Germany and has a budget of 210 million euros. It will investigate 200,000 people between the ages of 20 and 69, about 30,000 of whom will undergo MRI scans. We have a progress report.
IAEA aims to set global standard for nuclear medicine
May 5, 2015 -- A goal of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to advise on medical guidelines, train health workers, and aid developing nations in acquiring modern imaging and treatment technologies. In an exclusive interview, Colombian-born Dr. Diana Paez explains more about the agency's work.
CT reveals cardioembolic stroke that echo misses
May 1, 2015 -- Echocardiography may be the de facto gold standard for cardiac evaluation of patients suspected of having cardioembolic stroke, but it isn't necessarily the best modality. A new study from Saudi Arabia used CT to discover several thrombi that echo had missed, along with other conditions.
MRI reveals muscular dystrophy variant's toll on hearts
April 27, 2015 -- Duchenne muscular dystrophy carriers, even when asymptomatic, show severe cardiac abnormalities on MRI, according to new research from Germany. Cardiac MRI showed all asymptomatic carriers had significant cardiac pathologies, the researchers found.
Tübingen team wins award for cardiac MR study
April 23, 2015 -- Prize-winning German research has provided compelling new evidence that in many patients with coronary artery disease, late gadolinium enhancement cardiac MRI can depict previously unknown myocardial infarction.
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.