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 - Stroke, endovascular. neuroimaging, neuro

Swiss researchers assessing carotid plaque stenoses using 18FDG-PET found the procedure accurate in detecting high-risk plaques. They also noted a strong correlation between uptake values of 18FDG and the presence of microembolic signals detected via transcranial Doppler.

 - ambulance, EMS

A review of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases found that patients who received basic life support in the ambulance had better survival and neurological performance compared with patients given advanced life support.

 - Stent

A biodegradable drug-eluting stent (DES) proved to be noninferior to durable-polymer DES and both showed benefits over bare-metal stents (BMS) in the BASKET-PROVE II clinical trial. The results published online Nov. 19 in Circulation also raise questions about triggers for late complications.

 - coronary artery calcium

Low-dose CT has become a mainstay for PET attenuation correction, but why not take it a step further by quantifying coronary artery calcium without adding any extra dose, according to an Ottawa Heart Institute study published ahead of print Nov. 20 in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.

 - question mark

The official position for catheter ablation as a treatment for atrial fibrillation in a draft technology assessment report for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is “can’t tell yet.” The draft report is open for review through Dec. 8.