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.
Personal experiences in MRI: A cardiologist's perspective
January 16, 2017 -- Dr. Sven Piepenburg is training to become a cardiologist at Würzburg University Hospital in Germany. He conducts about 800 MRI examinations on a 3-tesla scanner, mostly on patients with suspected myocardial infarction or inflammation. In this column, he writes about his experiences.
Accelerated MRI can bring benefits in daily routine
January 9, 2017 -- Accelerated MRI techniques are readily available today and offer clear advantages in terms of time, resolution, diagnostic accuracy, and patient compliance, according to researchers from Bern in Switzerland.
Swiss identify pros and cons of 3D printing
January 4, 2017 -- Three-dimensional printing represents a valuable addition to the radiological report, and along with virtual reality, it will play an increasing role in conveying information to referrers, Swiss experts believe.
Machine learning improves FFR-CT for coronary ischemia
January 3, 2017 -- In results that could potentially shake up the heart imaging status quo, a machine learning algorithm slightly outperformed a more traditional algorithm in analyzing fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) studies for detecting signs of ischemic coronary lesions, according to a presentation at the recent RSNA 2016 meeting in Chicago.
FFR-CT cuts time, costs in patients with chest pain
December 8, 2016 -- Belgian researchers said they have achieved remarkable reductions in costs, radiation dose, and -- most important -- negative angiography studies by implementing fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) to manage the care of patients with chest pain who have an intermediate risk of coronary disease.
U.K. releases new guidance on chest pain
December 6, 2016 -- The U.K. National Institute for Clinical Excellence published its long-awaited update to the chest pain guidelines on 30 November, with leading cardiac imaging specialists issuing a positive, but cautious, response to the new document.
Study suggests short-term sleep loss hurts the heart
December 5, 2016 -- CHICAGO - Using cardiac MRI, researchers from Germany found that going without sleep for a short period of time appeared to affect cardiac function in radiologists. Results of the study were presented at the RSNA annual conference.
An occasional drink doesn't hurt coronary arteries
November 30, 2016 -- CHICAGO - Having an alcoholic drink once or twice a day does not appear to affect the coronary arteries, based on scans with coronary CT angiography, researchers reported on 29 November at the RSNA annual meeting.
Cardiologists put renewed focus on dose awareness
November 18, 2016 -- New efforts are underway to increase dose awareness among European cardiologists, but dose-optimization advocates face a very long road ahead before every cardiologist who uses radiation has sufficient understanding of dose to protect himself and his patients, according to new commentary.