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The prospect of leveraging lung cancer CT image data to look for other diseases of the chest is an appealing one, especially in this age of prioritizing value over volume. Indeed, a sound case for wide adoption of the practice has been madeNot so fast, argue three cardiothoracic radiologists in an opinion piece published online Oct. 4 in JACR. 

University of Houston researchers are developing strategies to help regenerate heart muscle cell formation. 

Researchers in Japan have demonstrated a way to modify a coronary CT technique such that it significantly cuts the time patients have to hold their breath while being scanned both with and without contrast, according to a study published online July 14 in Academic Radiology. 

Cardiovascular MRI is more effective than SPECT at predicting major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with suspected heart disease, according to results of a new study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Recommendations for the assessment of prosthetic heart valves using multimodality imaging including echochardiography and cardiac CT have been published in European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Imaging.

 

Recent Headlines

FDA approves Medtronic’s cardiovascular devices and leads for MRI scanning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Medtronic’s cardiac rhythm and heart failure devices and leads to be scanned in 1.5 and 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

Phillips Lumify S4-1 transducer brings ultrasound imaging to a smaller device

Royal Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), allowing them to market its S4-1 cardia transducer for Lumify.

Don’t use lung CT for heart care, cardio rads advise

The prospect of leveraging lung cancer CT image data to look for other diseases of the chest is an appealing one, especially in this age of prioritizing value over volume. Indeed, a sound case for wide adoption of the practice has been madeNot so fast, argue three cardiothoracic radiologists in an opinion piece published online Oct. 4 in JACR. 

Veteran medical imaging diagnostic professional Randy Hill appointed to Myocardial Solutions board

Myocardial Solutions, an MRI technologies maker, has appointed Randy Hill to its board of directors, the company said in a statement.

PET tops list of non-invasive imaging procedures

The European College of Cardiology compared non-invasive coronary artery procedures to determine which approach is best. 

ASNC, SNMMI release position statement, guidelines on myocardial perfusion PET

After reviewing the available literature, the societies said that rest-stress myocardial perfusion PET was a first-line preferred test for patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease who meet the criteria for stress imaging and are unable to complete the diagnostic level exercise stress imaging study.

Bigger hearts don’t necessarily signal a bigger problem

“Athlete’s heart” is a documented phenomenon in which the hearts of endurance athletes become enlarged in response to high levels of exercise. Aware of the condition, physicians are careful not to misdiagnose athletes with heart disease, which is a potential cause of an enlarged heart.

Human heart regeneration on the horizon

University of Houston researchers are developing strategies to help regenerate heart muscle cell formation. 

People with HIV at greater risk for developing heart disease, new research suggests

HIV puts individuals at higher risk for developing several chronic diseases, one of them being coronary artery disease (CAD). Medical professionals know this but haven’t been able to pinpoint the underlying reasons that contribute to the development of the disease. But new research delves into why and how CAD can develop. 

Study uses NASA technology for heart health tests

A new study underway at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center could give physicians a way to get a better understanding of patients’ cardiac health using technology developed by NASA, according to a statement by the university.

 

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