MRI discovers heart damage among male triathletes
November 24, 2017 -- Using late gadolinium-enhanced MRI scans, German researchers found myocardial fibrosis, or scarring of the heart, among competitive male triathletes. An increased risk of scarring was associated with the amount of exercise performed, according to the group, who will present the study at next week's RSNA meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Turin team illuminates CT use in cardiac surgery
November 21, 2017 -- The latest generation of CT scanners can provide excellent images of the coronary arteries, aortic annulus, and aortoiliac anatomy at a low contrast volume and a low radiation dose, even in patients with an irregular heartbeat or a high heart rate, according to new research from Turin, Italy.  Discuss
3D modeling progresses in structural heart disease
November 17, 2017 -- A 3D image reconstruction technique can combine functional and anatomical heart data, enabling practical descriptions of scarred tissue from cardiac anomalies revealed by electrocardiography, according to research presented at the recent European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology in Milan.  Discuss
MRI becomes safer for patients with heart-valve prosthesis
November 13, 2017 -- Evidence about the use of MRI in patients with a heart-valve prosthesis remains inconclusive, but the latest data support the hypothesis of a low or negligible interaction with MRI, according to research from the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology congress in Milan.  Discuss
Metastasis or incidental finding? Cardiac MRI gives answers
October 25, 2017 -- Cardiac FDG uptake in oncological PET/CT must not be ignored, and MRI is a useful technique for evaluation of complex cases and can help to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions, according to new research from Turkey and the U.K.  Discuss
Photorealistic imaging bolsters knowledge
October 23, 2017 -- With each new publication, the high quality of cinematic rendering and its power for lifelike visualization of medical images continues to impress the radiology community. But studies demonstrating its usefulness in the clinical environment now must play catchup, according to researchers.  Discuss
ESCR: Chest x-rays pick up incidental findings
October 17, 2017 -- Don't underestimate chest x-rays as a useful technique for illuminating thoracic aorta pathologies, particularly when it comes to highlighting incidental findings, according to Italian research presented at last week's European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR) congress in Milan.  Discuss
The search for a dedicated cardiac CT scanner
September 26, 2017 -- The increasing volume of coronary CT angiography examinations suggests a clinical need for a dedicated cardiac CT scanner. A global team of engineers is leading an initiative to define and evaluate hypothetical solutions to meet this need.  Discuss
Researchers visualize cardiac conduction system in 3D
September 13, 2017 -- A multinational research group has used 3D reconstruction of micro-CT images to visualize -- for the first time in 3D -- the group of cells that cause the heart to beat. The method shows promise for helping cardiologists plan heart surgeries and achieve better patient outcomes.  Discuss
Test yourself with 4 imaging quizzes from ESC 2017
August 30, 2017 -- Cardiac imaging guru Dr. Stephan Achenbach from Erlangen, Germany, contributed one of the daily quizzes posted by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) during this week's annual congress in Barcelona, Spain. Achenbach was chair of the congress program committee at ESC 2017, which concluded on 30 August.  Discuss