Cardiovascular Imaging

Coronary artery wall thickness—identified on MRI—is an independent indicator for heart disease risk in women, reported authors of a new study published in the inaugural issue of Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. The findings may serve as an opportunity for early intervention.

“Quantifying facility-level variation in cardiac stress test utilization is important for healthcare systems seeking to improve the efficiency and quality of cardiovascular care,” wrote authors of a recent study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, researchers found quantitatively mapping a patient’s blood-brain barrier dysfunction (BBBD) may be valuable for risk stratification and stroke prevention after a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Researchers have used a new ultrasound-based imaging technique, vector flow imaging, on pediatric patients for the first time, publishing their findings in Progress in Pediatric Cardiology.

An AI platform designed to quickly read an x-ray and determine the manufacturer and model of a cardiac rhythm device may quicken treatment in the event of device failure.

CT angiography (CTA) and transcranial Doppler (TCD) fall short in detecting cerebral vasospasm (CVS) and predicting delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), reported authors of a recent study published in the inaugural edition of Critical Care Explorations.

Researchers used T2 mapping taken from weekly cardiac MRIs to help identify cardiotoxicity at an early stage, according to results of a pig study published Feb. 18 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The findings could help cancer patients at risk of chemo-induced heart failure.

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is among the most common hereditary diseases and is associated with complications such as intracranial aneurysm. A lack of screening guidelines prompted a group of researchers to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of various MR angiography strategies.

Stress cardiac MRI (CMR) greatly improved the accuracy of mortality prediction in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), reported authors of a large, multi-center study published in JAMA Cardiology.

A new cardiovascular imaging technique can reveal important information about the plaque characteristics of a patient’s carotid artery in real time, reported authors of a recent study published in Radiology. One researcher believes the method has the potential to become as popular as ultrasound.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have endorsed CT coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing as a decision aid to determine a patient’s risk of heart disease.

 

A team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin developed a noninvasive 3D imaging technique that can provide surgeons customized models of the hearts of mitral valve (MV) disease patients for presurgical planning, according to research published in the January issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering.