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
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