CMR, scintigraphy do more to prevent unnecessary angiography September 19, 2016 -- When physicians craft treatment plans for patients with suspected angina based on cardiovascular MRI (CMR) and SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging results, the chance of unnecessary angiographies is much less than if care is based on tried-and-tested guidelines, according to U.K. researchers.
Italy unveils new findings on thalassemia September 12, 2016 -- Women appear to tolerate iron toxicity better than men, perhaps due to the effect of reduced sensitivity to chronic oxidative stress, and female thalassemia patients only require follow-up every two years, according to a large Italian study.
CCTA plus SPECT offer solid long-term prognosis September 8, 2016 -- Patients with positive findings on both coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging are at high risk of cardiac events, while negative results on both exams confer an excellent long-term prognosis, according to researchers from Switzerland.
Reconstruction kernel cuts artifacts in CT MPI September 7, 2016 -- A new reconstruction algorithm can erase beam-hardening artifacts in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in dual-source CT, bolstering the reliability of the increasingly popular examination, according to a U.S.-German study in European Radiology.
DNA damage comes under fresh scrutiny September 7, 2016 -- Prompted by the lively recent debate about the possible carcinogenic risk in cardiac imaging for detecting coronary artery disease, Swiss researchers say they've found no significant differences between ultralow-dose coronary CT angiography and cardiovascular MRI.
OCT identifies heart patients who can forgo stenting September 2, 2016 -- As many as one-fourth of heart attack patients who would normally have a stent implanted can forgo the procedure in favor of conservative management based on the results of optical coherence tomography (OCT), concluded U.S. researchers in a presentation at the European Society of Cardiology congress (ESC 2016) in Rome.
ESC: CT is effective gatekeeper for invasive angio September 1, 2016 -- In stable patients with chest pain and suspected coronary artery disease, using coronary CT angiography to guide the selective use of invasive coronary angiography is safer and less expensive than sending patients directly to angiography, according to results presented on Monday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in Rome.
ESC: How do cardiologists use Twitter? August 31, 2016 -- ROME - Tweeting cardiologists are an even rarer breed than tweeting radiologists, it seems. Scottish researchers could only identify 94 cardiologists who use Twitter, 55 of whom are based in the U.S., delegates at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) annual congress learned on Tuesday.
ESC: Danes shed new light on CT and chest pain August 30, 2016 -- ROME - In patients with chest pain, should you use cardiac CT or functional testing? A large study from Denmark presented on Monday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) annual congress found advantages and disadvantages to the cardiac CT-based approach.