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
Most CCTA scans prove valuable for FFR-CT analysis
July 30, 2019 -- New European-led research suggests clinicians can use nearly all coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans for fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) analysis with simple adjustments to scanning protocols, such as minimizing slice thickness, controlling patient heart rate, and using dual-source or wide-coverage single-source CT units.  Discuss
Optimum use of cardiac MRI boosts myocarditis detection
July 11, 2019 -- Myocarditis remains underdiagnosed, and lowering the threshold for diagnostic workup with cardiac MRI can help to identify myocarditis early, leading to significant improvements in patient care, according to a joint Swiss-German study published on 3 July in Swiss Medical Weekly.  Discuss
Milan group uses AR, 3D printing to assist in heart surgery
June 5, 2019 -- Investigators from a top Italian facility have employed augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing to plan surgery for a woman with major health complications, including ovarian cancer and an atrial septal defect. They outlined their experience in a case study.  Discuss
AI predicts myocardial infarction, death in patients at risk of CAD
May 13, 2019 -- By analyzing clinical and hybrid imaging data, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can predict which patients will go on to experience myocardial infarction or death during long-term follow-up, according to research from Finland presented at this week's International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT in Lisbon.  Discuss
AI-based FFR-CT software offers robust performance
May 8, 2019 -- Different CT tube voltage levels didn't hinder the performance of a prototype artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm for estimating fractional flow reserve on coronary CT angiography (FFR-CT), according to a study by a multinational research group published on 30 April in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
AI can help facilitate gadolinium-free cardiac MRI
May 7, 2019 -- Chinese and U.K. investigators have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can detect chronic myocardial infarction on noncontrast-enhanced cardiac cine MRI. This might avoid the need for gadolinium-based contrast, according to an article posted online on 30 April in Radiology.  Discuss
Conebeam CT mitigates cardiac motion during imaging
April 23, 2019 -- Robotic C-arm conebeam CT helps guide interventional cardiac surgical procedures and can be valuable in radiotherapy, but the intrinsic motion of the beating heart causes blurring and image artifacts. A new technique can help overcome this limitation.  Discuss
3D-bioprinted model mimics real human heart properties
April 22, 2019 -- Researchers from Israel have created a 3D-printed model that captures the immunological, biochemical, cellular, and anatomical properties of a real human heart, according to an article published online on 15 April in Advanced Science.  Discuss