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
London group finds AI can identify pacemakers on x-rays
March 28, 2019 -- Researchers from Imperial College London in the U.K. found that artificial intelligence (AI) software can be used to identify cardiac rhythm devices such as pacemakers on x-rays. AI could therefore speed up the diagnosis and treatment of patients with faulty devices, according to the study published online on 27 March in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.  Discuss
PET/MRI study links inflammation to atherosclerosis
March 26, 2019 -- In a novel study that tracked employees at a Spanish bank, researchers used PET/MRI to detect signs of atherosclerotic disease and inflammation in arterial regions that had not yet developed plaques. The finding could provide an early biomarker of future risk of heart attack and stroke.  Discuss
MRI links brain activity to 'broken heart' syndrome
March 6, 2019 -- MRI results support a link between reduced communication in brain regions that process emotion and control the unconscious workings of the body and the development of a "broken heart," according to a study published online on 5 March in the European Heart Journal.  Discuss
Alphenix angio unit leads Canon offerings at ECR
March 2, 2019 -- VIENNA - The European launch of its new Alphenix interventional angiography system is the major highlight in the booth of Canon Medical Systems at ECR 2019 this week. Other important products being shown include a new entry-level CT scanner for the global market and new global illumination software.  Discuss