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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

New Products: Hitachi, Intel, Motion Computing Hitachi has announced its Ascent 5.0 software upgrade program for itsAltaire and AIRIS II customers. Ascent is the operating system softwarefor Altaire, AIRIS II, and AIRIS Elite Open MR systems.
Industry Roundup: Agfa, GE, Hitachi, IMV, Medima Hitachi has announced its Ascent 5.0 software upgrade programfor its Altaire and AIRIS II customers. Ascent is the operating systemsoftware for Altaire, AIRIS II, and AIRIS Elite Open MR systems.
Philips brings new SPECT/CT to ASNC Philips Medical Systems is introducing its new Precedence 64-sliceSPECT/CT hybrid-imaging system for cardiac management on a singleimaging platform at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC)annual meeting, September 7-9 in Montreal.
ACC Foundation releases cardiac CT and MR appropriateness criteria The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) – in conjunctionwith a number of specialty and subspecialty societies – has releasedAppropriateness Criteria for two of the newer clinical cardiac imagingmodalities: cardiac computed tomography (CCT) and cardiac magneticresonance imaging (CMR).
Cardiac CT Goes for the Gold Standard

Multidetector CT is providing a faster, cheaper, and noninvasive method for detecting the extent of coronary artery disease than the long-running standard, cardiac catheterization.

Cardiovascular Information Systems: Powering Cardiology and Beyond

Health Imaging & IT visits with a few pioneers to uncover the benefits and challenges of implementing and integrating CVIS.

Editor's Note: Changing Cardiac Imaging

This month’s cover story on cardiac CT indulges the mind on the clinical and business matters surrounding this technology that is simply soaring in popularity.

Hurdling Cardiac CTs Challenges

Among the challenges cardiac CT must overcome are imaging stents andbypass grafts, according to Koen Nieman, MD, PhD, of the Department ofCardiology Thoraxcenter at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam,Netherlands, at the Society of Cardiovascular CT meeting in July inArlington, Va.

Whats State of the Art in Cardiac CT

“Coronary CTA is stretching the physical boundaries of CT in imaging to small and more rapidly moving anatomy,” said Stephan Achenbach,MD, president of the Society of Cardiovascular CT (SCCT) who spoke atthe mid-July meeting held in Arlington, Va.

Cardiac CT Training Guide Need training? Here’s a sampling of conferences, educational sessions and fellowshipsoffering hands-on and CME education through the remainder of the year.