Cardiac findings in stroke: What radiologists need to know
April 14, 2017 -- Advances in CT and MRI mean it's feasible now to identify subtle cardiac pathologies responsible for stroke that used to remain unnoticed, and this is putting greater emphasis on the know-how of radiologists, award-winning Spanish researchers believe.
Germany reaches consensus on MRI of cardiac implants
April 4, 2017 -- The German Cardiology Society and the German Radiological Society have published a joint consensus paper on carrying out MRI scans on patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators. In this interview, Dr. Torsten Sommer explains the aim of this initiative.
German group hones cardiac MRI for myocardial infarction
March 28, 2017 -- What's the best way to distinguish acute from chronic myocardial infarction on cardiac MRI (CMR) scans? German researchers found that native T1 and T2 mapping significantly outperform conventional measurements of the T2 ratio, and they presented their results at ECR 2017.
Two CCTA techniques cut iodine dose across vendors
March 27, 2017 -- Major contrast reductions in coronary CT angiography (CCTA) can be achieved across vendor platforms with a couple of simple techniques, according to a Dutch presentation at this month's ECR 2017 in Vienna.
No fairy godmothers: Radiologists must raise visibility
March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - Radiologists have long been behind-the-scenes physicians, reading exams in darkened basements. But this paradigm isn't viable anymore in an age of increasingly competitive healthcare delivery, and radiologists must be proactive about boosting their visibility, according to a presentation on Friday at ECR 2017.
ECR 2017 stands tall as showcase for product launches
March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - The European Congress of Radiology in recent years has come into its own as a showcase for new launches of medical imaging products. ECR 2017 was no exception, with a variety of new scanner debuts in MRI, CT, and other modalities.
Low-osmolar contrast tied to hypotension
March 2, 2017 -- VIENNA - Patients receiving low-osmolar (but not iso-osmolar) contrast agents under anesthesia are prone to systemic, self-limited periods of hypotension, researchers reported on Wednesday at ECR 2017.
Philips launches new Azurion interventional platform
February 22, 2017 -- In what the company is calling its most significant new product launch in years, Philips Healthcare on Wednesday debuted Azurion, a new platform for image-guided therapy. The platform includes hardware and software improvements designed to enable clinicians to more efficiently perform complex interventional procedures.
Machine-learning analysis of heart motion predicts survival
February 8, 2017 -- A machine-learning survival model based on 3D cardiac motion predicts outcomes beyond conventional risk factors in patients with pulmonary hypertension, according to a new study from the U.K. and Singapore. Semiautomated analysis of the cine MR images could potentially be used to guide patient management.
Dual-energy CT can replace MRI in myocardial sarcoidosis
January 16, 2017 -- Dual-energy cardiac CT can readily distinguish cardiac sarcoidosis from other kinds of cardiac hypertrophy, eliminating the need for cardiac MRI, according to researchers from southeastern Paris.