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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.

 

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Advances in SPECT: The Boost from CT The hybridization of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is advancing as SPECT-CT scanners are hitting the market and moving the modality into the limelight away from the shadows of PET.
Cardiology's Vision

Medicine is a wonderful blend of science and art. The physicians we respect most are observant, efficient and caring in their diagnosis. They are able to look into our eyes, listen to our hearts, palpate a region of pain, hear our symptoms and look into their crystal ball to figure out the next and best step.

Sneak Peek: Cardiology Department 2010

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Digirad shows its cardiac triple-head gamma camera Digirad demonstrated its triple-head cardiac camera Cardius-3 and mobile solid-state, single-head 2020tc Imager at the 52nd Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) annual meeting in Toronto, Canada, June 18-22.
Toshiba introduces lower-cost multi-functional cardiac ultrasound system Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. (TAMS) last week unveiled the Xario ultrasound system, the company's latest cardiac ultrasound offering, at the 2005 Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in Boston.
New 3D cardiac imaging probe from the land of Blue Devils A new three-dimensional ultrasound cardiac imaging probe has been developed by biomedical engineers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.
Ready for Prime Time: Cardiac CT Quickens the Beat Cardiac CT is hitting its stride with 64-slice scanners, providing high-quality, non-invasive diagnostic information.
Siemens featured new products, upgrades at Heart Rhythm 2005 Siemens Medical Solutions demonstrated its products for the electrophysiology (EP) lab with enhancements to its AXIOM Sensis hemodynamic and electrophysiological recording system at the annual Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions, held May 4-7 in New Orleans.
Cardiac SPECT Takes It Up a Notch

Cardiac SPECT is benefitting from enhanced attenuation correction as well as powerful, small field-of-view systems geared for small spaces and new SPECT-CT hybrid scanners bringing more comprehensive cardiac imaging workups.

Toshiba upgrades Infinix-I series vascular x-ray system Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. has released software upgrades (v3.5.1) for the Infinix-i series vascular and cardiac imaging system that include 3D image fusion, advanced imaging controls and image transfer capabilities.

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