Cardiovascular Imaging

One of the largest known brain imaging studies used 62,000 brain SPECT scans to discover that disorders such as schizophrenia and patterns of cerebral blood flow can help predict accelerated aging of the brain.

Valvular heart disease patients who were black, women, older or used Medicaid were less likely to receive recommended transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), according to a Massachusetts General Hospital study.

When not administering therapy to patients who had heart surgery, Trinley Dorje, a physiotherapy assistant in Toronto, is creating anatomical art from medical images of the human body, according to a report published Aug. 15 by CBC in Canada.

A 42-year-old British woman was shocked to find from an MRI scan that her swollen eye was because a contact lens had been embedded in her eyelid for 28 years, according to a recent article by CNN.

Using coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) measurement identified with cardiac stress PET was more accurate at predicting adverse events in obese patients compared to measuring body mass index (BMI), according to a recent Journal of the American College of Cardiology study.

Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School recommend stricter chest x-ray screenings of children fitted with epicardial pacemakers to detect those at risk of coronary artery compression, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in HeartRhythm.

Despite 2011 guidelines from the American College of Radiology (AVR) that recommend against chest x-rays (CXRs) for patients requiring mechanical ventilation, at least 60 percent of these patients receive daily CXRs in American hospitals, according to research published online Aug. 10 in JAMA Network Open.

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago plans to build a new $473 million, 530,000-square-foot outpatient care center specializing in cancer treatment, neurological care, imaging and radiation and infusion therapy, according to an article published Aug. 9 by the Chicago Tribune. 

A construction worker in China beat the odds—surviving after a 10-foot metal rod impaled his skull and brain, according to a report by the Daily Mail.  

The FDA has ordered a radiology center in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, suburb to stop performing low-quality mammograms not meeting FDA standards, according to a report published Aug. 7 by NBC 6 in Miramar.

A 20-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Aug. 9 compiled cardiovascular screening exams from more than 11,000 adolescent soccer players in the U.K. It found that routine cardiac imaging tests prevented an insufficient amount of heart-related deaths from physical activity.

A group of California researchers believes a limited transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) that solely evaluates the left ventricle could be more efficient and cost-effective in certain patients compared to whole echocardiography.