Cardiac patients gain from 3D printing, AR advances
December 9, 2019 -- Determining the distinct benefits of 3D printing and augmented reality (AR) in the management of cardiac conditions, and mapping out which clinical scenarios the technologies are most suitable for, is no easy task. Speakers addressed these questions in a special RSNA session.  Discuss
Is it safe to undergo FDG-PET/CT after cardiac surgery?
December 5, 2019 -- Determining when it's safe for patients to undergo FDG-PET/CT after aortic prosthetic heart valve implantation is a controversial topic. A Dutch study presented on Tuesday at RSNA 2019 found that such a scan within the first 12 months is viable.  Discuss
Study casts light on coronary artery, aortic valve calcification
November 5, 2019 -- New research shows coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a frequent incidental finding in middle-aged adults undergoing chest CT, with more than 25% of CAC patients having moderate to severe disease, according to a presentation at the recent European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology annual congress in Antwerp, Belgium.  Discuss
How is 3D printing transforming cardiac care?
October 29, 2019 -- The potential benefits of 3D printing and its application in cardiovascular medicine are emerging fast, according to an international group of researchers. They have highlighted examples in four core areas in an article published online on 21 October by Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.  Discuss
3D printing can bolster cardiac management
October 1, 2019 -- Patient-specific 3D-printed heart models based on cardiac MRI and CT scans are dimensionally accurate and also offer clinical value in the management of congenital heart disease, according to a new analysis published online by the Journal of Clinical Medicine.  Discuss
ESC: Cancer cases rise in developed world
September 3, 2019 -- Fresh statistics presented at this week's European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in Paris confirm that cancer is now the leading cause of death in high-income countries, while heart disease burden persists in less prosperous countries.  Discuss
MRI identifies white-matter lesions in heart failure cases
September 3, 2019 -- White-matter lesions linked with dementia and cognitive impairment are as common in heart failure patients as they are in those with a history of stroke, according to the latest results from a large German study presented on 2 September at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Paris.  Discuss
Novel contrast-free MRI technique measures heart strain
August 30, 2019 -- A team of investigators from the U.K. has used 3D MRI to work out a patient's cardiac muscle strain. They have described how their method can boost the accuracy of quantifying cardiac health without the need for gadolinium contrast in an article published online on 28 August by Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Italians find mammography can show cardiovascular disease
August 15, 2019 -- Italian researchers have found that mammography can be a useful way to test for cardiovascular disease at the same time as screening for breast cancer because it identifies breast arterial calcifications, which have been linked to cardiovascular disease risk. They published their results online on 11 August in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
How appropriate are requests for CT scans of aorta?
August 6, 2019 -- Emergency physicians must do more to assess the risk of acute aortic syndrome, while hospital doctors and general practitioners need to supply more precise and complete clinical information when requesting CT scans of the aorta, according to the findings of a new U.K. study.  Discuss