Cardiovascular

Cardiac allograft vasculopathy is one of the most serious conditions that transplant patients face after surgery, but now clinicians have gained an upper hand in the fight.

Caption Guidance works with ultrasound software previously cleared by the FDA to help inexperienced clinicians acquire transthoracic echocardiography images.

The $25,000 award will help test if sonography can rival calcium CT scoring for evaluating calcific plaque in the abdominal aorta.

A new magnetocardiography modality performed similarly to stress testing and coronary angiography in diagnosing unexplained chest pain, according to a new pilot study.

A blood clot in the aortic wall leads to more accelerated and life-threatening growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms. In light of the research, clinicians may need to shorten the time between surveillance.

Stroke patients with a favorable imaging profile on both non-contrast CT and CT perfusion achieved better 90-day functional independence rates than all other groups, according to results of the SELECT study.

Using CT angiography to screen for large vessel occlusion, followed immediately by thrombectomy, proved to be the cheapest option and yielded the most quality-adjusted life years. 

The American Society of Echocardiography released the new recommendations to replace its 2007 edition.

The 47-page document, published Jan. 6 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, touches on multiple cardiac imaging modalities, rating them based on their appropriateness for examining adults and children with previously diagnosed heart defects.

The new approach offers more comprehensive information with no loss of image quality, and may alter the care landscape for patients with coronary artery disease.

More individuals are receiving cardiac implanted devices than ever before, and as a result, the number of complications stemming from the wire connecting the device to the heart—known as a lead—are also increasing.

Patients who practiced transcendental meditation and cardiac rehabilitation increased their myocardial blood flow by 20.7%.

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"Be the squeaky wheel. This issue was taken care of because physicians stood up,” Rad Partners' Richard Heller, MD, told RSNA attendees Monday. 

The platform runs on Azure, a cloud computing service operated by Microsoft, which recently announced plans to acquire Nuance for $20B. 

Radiology experts analyzed fetal MRIs from 33 women who contracted the virus while bearing a child, sharing their results Tuesday at RSNA. 

   
   
   
   
   
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