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Diagnosis of congenital agenesis of the pericardium can be missed due to the rarity of this cardiac malformation. Many clinicians and radiologists don't come across even a single case in their practices.

When cases do arise, CT and MRI can efficiently show the abnormal displacement and rotation of the heart and readily depict absent pericardium, as well as associated cardiac and extracardiac anomalies, according to Greek researchers. They shared their experiences at the recent U.K. Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress, and you can read more here.

Meanwhile, a German team has developed software that uses ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans of the heart to produce virtual 3D models depicting different stages of heartbeat. The researchers unveiled their findings at the Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 2018 international congress in Berlin. Click here for the full story.

The results of the European Society of Cardiology's elections were announced last week, and they seem to be really positive for the imaging community. The society's president-elect, Dr. Stephan Achenbach, has strong links to radiology and has expressed his commitment to fostering collaboration and avoiding turf battles. Get the details here.

Patients appreciate speaking with radiologists -- even for a couple of minutes immediately after a cardiac imaging examination, for instance -- and in the era of artificial intelligence, it's vital not to forget the human touch, say Swiss researchers. To find out more, click here.

Another Swiss group, headed by Dr. Philipp Kaufmann, chair of nuclear medicine and director of cardiac imaging at University Hospital Zurich, has used software-based cardiac hybrid image fusion to analyze patients who underwent SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary CT angiography examinations. What were the key findings? Click here for our report.

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