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Despite an increase of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) exams in emergency departments (EDs) in the last decade, myocardial perfusion imaging examinations (MPI) and stress echocardiography remain the dominant imaging exams for patients with acute chest pain, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

According to new research in Academic Radiology, a 70-degree lead tip angle was found to ensure diagnostic image quality of all modalities in CT pacemaker imaging, leading authors to dub it the “magic angle.”

In recent research, Johns Hopkins University researchers demonstrated success in utilizing cardiac imaging to predict the effectiveness of using catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib).

For patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), a successful cardiothoracic MRI is challenging but beneficial for those with intact renal function, according to a new retrospective study published in Academic Radiology

A new method to capture images of the biomechanical properties of the heart may soon be a technique used to heal heart attack victims.


Recent Headlines

Machine learning proves a plus in cardiopulmonary care

Researchers have shown that machine learning of 3D patterns in cardiac MRI can improve accuracy when it comes to predicting survivability of—and potentially guiding care for—patients with high blood pressure in the lungs. 

MRI focuses on heart function of kidney patients receiving dialysis

Researchers at the University of Nottingham were the first to use MRI to study the heart function of kidney patients while they were receiving dialysis treatment.

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.