Automated coronary plaque analysis predicts future events
March 3, 2016 -- VIENNA - Automated plaque analysis in coronary CT angiography can predict which patients with known ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction may go on to have a heart attack in the future, concluded a Wednesday presentation at ECR 2016.  Discuss
7T MRI detects abnormal thickening of heart tissue
February 15, 2016 -- For what is thought to be the first time, German researchers have confirmed the viability of 7-tesla cardiovascular MRI to provide high-resolution images of the beating heart and subtle changes of the myocardial tissue structure in patients with abnormal thickening of the heart muscle.  Discuss
T1 mapping speeds myocardial assessment in cardiac MR
February 1, 2016 -- Researchers in Italy are saving time in their use of cardiac MRI to assess myocardial viability by using native T1-weighted mapping instead of a cumbersome T2-weighted imaging approach, according to a new study that compared both methods and found the latter wanting.  Discuss
Automated contrast evens attenuation across weight ranges
January 26, 2016 -- Dutch researchers are reducing the contrast dose and achieving consistent results in a coronary CT angiography method that tailors the scanning protocol automatically according to patient weight. The technique delivers consistent coronary artery enhancement in multiple weight categories.  Discuss
Lead protects pacemakers from radiation
January 15, 2016 -- Lead shields provide a simple and inexpensive way to reduce radiation delivered to pacemakers during radiation therapy, according to a new study. The protection is modest in many instances, but can in some cases reduce radiation by 40%, cutting the risk of pacemaker failure.  Discuss
Global survey puts renewed emphasis on dose
January 8, 2016 -- European hospitals perform nuclear cardiology at lower doses than the rest of the world, and they use more of the best practices that have been identified, according to the results of a global survey published in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss
CT breaks new ground in assessing heart valves
January 5, 2016 -- Third-generation dual-source CT scanners can now provide fast, comprehensive, and complementary information in the evaluation of mechanical heart valves, award-winning Dutch researchers reported at last month's RSNA meeting in Chicago.  Discuss