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3D printing from standard imaging allows precise tests of replacement heart valves

Blood leakage is a common complication in patients who’ve had a heart valve replaced with a prosthetic. Soon these patients may benefit by getting their new valves tested, pre-implantation, via 3D “printouts” of their unique valvular tissue rendered from standard heart imaging.

MRI helps avoid unneeded right-heart catheterization

European researchers have confirmed that MRI isn’t precise enough at assessing pulmonary hypertension to outright preclude right-heart catheterization. However, they’ve also shown that the advanced imaging pathway can appropriately supplement echocardiography to avoid such catheterization for patients who may not need the intervention.

Cardio experts urge peers to choose ICE imaging, take AFib ablation ‘fluoroless’

Forgoing fluoroscopy in favor of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) to guide catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AFib) is not only feasible but highly desirable, as the ultrasound-based choice can squash radiation exposure for patients and care workers alike. Yet ICE has failed to catch on with electrophysiologists even after several years of ready availability. Why is that?

Two new detectors helped a small hospital enter the age of digital radiography

The imaging staff at Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) in Berlin, N.H., knew the time had come to up their x-ray game when their 11-year-old computed radiography (CR) system began needing new imaging plates and maintenance. What they didn’t know was how fast, easy and cost-effective it could be to upgrade to superior digital radiography (DR) just by investing in the right DR detectors. In 2015, following comprehensive research, that’s exactly what they did.

Improved diagnostic accuracy: FUJIFILM’s DBT software upgrade receives FDA approval

Holland, 1931. Bernard George Ziedses des Plantes worked hard on the world’s first tomosynthesis machine, publishing a paper on the device he called a Planigraph. His clinical results were presented at the 1931 meeting of the Netherlands Society of Electrology and Radiology in Amsterdam, and the first commercial device was produced just a few years later.

Scottsdale Medical Imaging chooses FUJIFILM for upgrade from CR to DR

The employees of Scottsdale Medical Imaging (SMIL), an imaging practice with 14 locations throughout the state of Arizona, recently faced a dilemma many other providers in the industry have encountered; they had to choose a vendor to lead their conversion from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR).

SPECT/CT, fluorescence imaging combo could guide cancer surgery

In a new study, published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, researchers found that combining SPECT/CT and fluorescence imaging on patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) that metastasized beyond the primary tumor, could help surgeons differentiate tumor tissue from normal tissue.

PET shows variability in size, spread of tau in brains of Alzheimer's patients

Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden, found the size of tau deposits in brains of Alzheimer's patients and the speed of their spread vary from patient to patient.

Q&A: New Hampshire rad tech society president on advocating for medical imaging, rad therapy professionals

This past year, the New Hampshire Society of Radiologic Technologists and its president, Brandy Cusson, made strides on behalf of the radiologic science community earning them both the American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2017 Award for Advocacy.

Pediatric heart care gets help imaging children gently, informing parents fully

Parents and doctors of children with heart disease have a new resource as they seek the best diagnostics with the least radiation. Called the “Have-a-Heart” campaign, it’s a collaborative effort led by the Image Gently Alliance together with the American Academy of Pediatrics and a coalition of pediatric medicine and cardiology organizations.