All You Ever Need to Know about Cardiac Imaging

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Chris P. Kaiser, Editor

Cardiac imaging covers the gamut—from echocardiography to nuclear imaging, to CT, to MRI and more. Each week, Cardiovascular Business News publishes articles relevant to cardiovascular medicine, and each month, we feature imaging-specific news in our Cardiac Imaging Portal. This is a great way for readers to scan the headlines associated with cardiac imaging.

We have several articles, for example, on various aspects of cardiac CT. Take a look and see what jumps out at you. One article chronicles the first cardiac CT board exam. Wasn’t it just a few years ago when cardiac CT was new and innovative? Well, now it is a full-fledged diagnostic imaging technique for cardiovascular disease.

Another article, from our November/December publication, makes the case for cardiologists to adopt a coronary calcium-scoring program as a way to help prevent cardiac events in patients seemingly unaware that they are at risk, as well as a way to supplement their income—from the cost of the exam itself and from the downstream effects of treating people with newly found coronary artery disease.

Volcano, which started as an intravascular ultrasound company, has begun a process of rebranding itself into a company that offers a full complement of imaging, assessment and therapeutic services associated with cardiovascular disease. We have the news on their latest acquisition, which will help expand their imaging platform in the cath lab.

Another hot topic these days is echo contrast agents. The latest news suggests that contrast-enhanced echocardiography is not as harmful as suspected. An article from our magazine recaps this topic and details how the FDA warnings against echo contrast agents affected utilization.

Check out our Cardiac Imaging Portal each month to stay current with news that helps you better understand your working environment and, hopefully, helps you make better clinical or economic decisions.

Thank you and please feel free to send me your ideas and comments.

Chris P. Kaiser, Editor