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.
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
Size matters: Belgians scoop ECR 2018 prize for dose study
February 28, 2018 -- VIENNA - Body size has an influence on the dose conversion factors of a conventional chest posteroanterior examination for the organs in the field-of-view, except for the thyroid, according to an award-winning Belgian study being presented this week at ECR 2018.  Discuss
Is CT or MR perfusion better for diagnosing CAD?
February 15, 2018 -- Recent advances in scanner technology have made the use of CT stress myocardial perfusion imaging feasible. Just how well it matches up to MR perfusion in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) is the central question of a German/U.S. study led by Dr. Marc Dewey from Berlin.  Discuss
Machine learning can help assess atherosclerosis
February 7, 2018 -- Machine-learning techniques analyze imaging measurements to automatically stratify patients by the level of atherosclerotic burden, offering the potential of personalized prediction of disease progression and more effective treatment for individual patients, according to researchers from Italy.  Discuss
PET/MRI proves value in cardiac sarcoidosis detection
January 23, 2018 -- U.K. researchers are recommending the use of PET/MRI to assess suspected cases of cardiac sarcoidosis, with late gadolinium enhancement and FDG uptake as the key indicators of disease, according to a study published online on 8 January in the European Heart Journal.  Discuss