Severe shortage of cardiac CT scanners blights U.K.
November 7, 2018 -- U.K. hospitals lack the capacity to provide people experiencing chest pain with urgently needed coronary CT angiography, according to senior radiologist Dr. Giles Roditi. New figures show that more than 56,000 patients with angina missed out on scans in 2017 due to shortages of equipment and staff.  Discuss
Europe unveils new collaboration on cardiac metabolic MRI
November 6, 2018 -- Two of Europe's leading research groups in hyperpolarized and cardiovascular MRI -- ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the Technical University of Munich in Germany -- have joined MetaboliQs, the project funded by the European Union that is due to continue until the end of 2021.  Discuss
Dutch use heart valve tracking to boost viability of 4D MRI
November 5, 2018 -- An automated heart valve-tracking algorithm halved the amount of time and variability involved in blood-flow quantification with 4D MRI, Dutch researchers stated in an article published online on 30 October. The improved efficiency may help convince clinicians that cardiac 4D MRI is useful for assessing valvular heart disease.  Discuss
Edinburgh team shows the way in cardiac imaging
October 30, 2018 -- To develop new techniques and better diagnose and treat heart disease, more cardiac imaging specialists are required, and cardiologists and radiologists must collaborate more closely to achieve their common goals, according to U.K. experts.  Discuss
AI gets attention in new cardiac training scheme
October 23, 2018 -- France's cardiac training program has been updated to take more account of artificial intelligence (AI), radiation dose, and the structured report. In this interview, Dr. Alexis Jacquier, PhD, vice president of the French Society of Cardio-Vascular Radiology, elaborates on the changes.  Discuss
Coronary CT angio makes giant leap in dose reduction
September 17, 2018 -- A large international survey of radiation dose has demonstrated a huge reduction of radiation exposure in coronary CT angiography over the last decade. The study has shown doctors have reduced radiation exposure while maintaining image quality.  Discuss
U.K. group's fast cardiac MRI protocol passes test in Peru
September 3, 2018 -- A fast-scanning cardiac MRI protocol first developed and tested in the U.K. has been successfully used in Peru, according to research published on 29 August. Researchers believe the study proves the technique is well-suited for providing cardiac MRI in developing countries.  Discuss
CCTA biomarker may predict mortality from heart disease
August 28, 2018 -- The use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to measure fatty tissue around arteries could help predict the risk of mortality from heart disease, according to research published online on 28 August in the Lancet and being presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Munich.  Discuss
SCOT-HEART: CCTA cuts risk of heart attack, death by 41%
August 25, 2018 -- Patients with chest pain who underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with standard care had a markedly lower rate of myocardial infarction or death from coronary artery disease than those who only received standard care in a new study, published on August 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Discuss
ESC 2018: Siemens prepares to unveil cardiac MRI scanner
August 24, 2018 -- At the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) that starts this weekend in Munich, Siemens Healthineers plans to unveil a cardiovascular MRI scanner designed to offer special features for heart assessment, including technology that allows for free-breathing exams.  Discuss