Cardiac MRI offers prognosis for hard-to-find infarctions
July 19, 2018 -- Cardiac MRI can play a critical role in helping to determine which patients suspected of having stable coronary artery disease could have an unrecognized myocardial infarction and an increased risk of an adverse cardiac event, according to a study published online recently in PLOS One.  Discuss
Imaging shows value in congenital agenesis of pericardium
July 17, 2018 -- Congenital agenesis of the pericardium is often discovered as an incidental finding, but Greek researchers have now demonstrated that CT and MRI can reveal important information about this rare cardiac malformation.  Discuss
3D cardiac model enhances heart valve surgery
July 13, 2018 -- Researchers from Germany have developed software that uses ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans of the heart to produce virtual 3D models depicting different stages of heartbeat, according to a presentation at the recent Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 2018 international congress in Berlin.  Discuss
Imaging pioneer Achenbach secures Europe's top cardiac post
July 11, 2018 -- Radiology is about to get a powerful new ally at the helm of cardiology after the European Society of Cardiology announced this week that Dr. Stephan Achenbach, head of cardiology at the University of Erlangen in Germany, has won the election to be its next president.  Discuss
In era of AI, Swiss group puts stress on human touch
July 10, 2018 -- During an age when machines and artificial intelligence (AI) are playing an increasing role, radiologists must become more visible to safeguard patients' perception of them as physicians and as human beings, according to Swiss-led research. This involves setting aside time for direct communication with patients.  Discuss
Cardiac hybrid imaging predicts adverse cardiac events
July 6, 2018 -- A cardiac hybrid imaging technique that fuses SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging with coronary CT angiography scans can help predict major adverse cardiac events in patients suspected of having coronary artery disease, according to a study published online on 3 July in Radiology.  Discuss
CT dose comes under close scrutiny in Saudi Arabia
April 10, 2018 -- A comprehensive study of diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in Saudi Arabia has shown that the current levels are comparable with European DRLs, thanks to cutting-edge imaging technology, but patient dose varies between departments depending on scanning mode and protocols used.  Discuss
How to address image artifacts from patient motion
April 3, 2018 -- At a recent refresher course at ECR 2018, experts reviewed the options for motion management for improved diagnostic accuracy. What are some strategies to employ when using CT for cardiac patients? Or when using PET/CT? The experts reveal all.  Discuss
DWI-MRI gathers clinical momentum in cardiac cases
March 27, 2018 -- Cardiac MRI scans using a diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) protocol have become a feasible and reproducible technique that can depict the presence of myocardial edema in ischemic and inflammatory heart disease, according to researchers from Spain.  Discuss
3D printing can identify device size for LAA occlusion
March 13, 2018 -- Determining the best occluder device size necessary to properly seal the left atrial appendage (LAA) before implanting the device may be feasible with the assistance of 3D printing, according to two separate presentations at ECR 2018 in Vienna.