3D heart 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
Hot chili pepper can produce thunderclap headaches
April 9, 2018 -- CT angiography has shown that eating a Carolina Reaper -- the world's hottest chili pepper -- may cause debilitating medical symptoms, according to a case report published online in BMJ Case Reports on 10 April.
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.
Hospitals begin to tap vast potential of 3D printing
March 8, 2018 -- Medical 3D printing services company 3D LifePrints is on the expansion trail. It creates surgical planning models for cardiac, orthopedic, and craniofacial cases, based predominantly on CT and MR images, and it is also focusing on 3D printing of medical device prototypes and surgical tools such as bespoke cutting guides.  Discuss