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Whole-body imaging links heart, brain inflammation after MI

A new study using whole-body molecular imaging identified a shared inflammatory response between the cardiovascular and central nervous systems following myocardial infarction (MI), possibly adding insight to the reported connection between cardiac injury and cognitive decline.

Seeing the Big Picture: Training Today’s Imagers to ‘Think Multimodality’

Cardiologists are receiving more exposure to different imaging modalities during their fellowships, but their job prospects and training vary widely. A more comprehensive and multimodality training approach could lead to better results.  

Unreliable supply of nuclear imaging isotope spurs plans of US production

American patients consume nearly half of the world’s supply of Molybdenum-99 (moly-99), a radioisotope that is crucial to most nuclear medicine imaging procedures. Yet there are only six government-owned nuclear research reactors that produce moly-99 and none in North America, prompting concerns about the supply chain of a product that has a shelf life of only a few days due to rapid decay.

Cardiologist creates first TEE simulator using real patient images

A cardiologist at the University of Washington has created a simulator using real patient images to teach transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to cardiology fellows and anesthesiology residents.

Carotid ultrasound may improve CVD risk assessment in patients with inflammatory skin condition

Carotid ultrasound improves the cardiovascular risk stratification of individuals with the skin condition hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), according to a study published Jan. 4 in PLOS One.

Advanced MRI detects placental abnormalities early in CHD-affected pregnancies

Specialized imaging technology known as velocity-selective arterial spin labeling (VSASL) could detect placental abnormalities in fetuses affected by congenital heart disease (CHD) before they become irreversible, a Children’s National Health System research team has announced.

Coronary angiography beneficial for shockable, non-shockable cardiac rhythms

Despite being rarely performed in patients with non-shockable cardiac rhythms, coronary angiography led to a substantial survival benefit with a favorable neurological outcome, according to a study in PLOS One.

Even ‘normal’ LDL-C levels linked to subclinical atherosclerosis in apparently healthy adults

Higher low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels—even those considered well within normal range—were independently associated with subclinical atherosclerosis in a study of middle-aged adults without standard cardiovascular risk factors, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Doctors call 32-year-old's heart tumor the largest in recorded history

A 32-year-old diagnosed with a heart tumor the size of a tennis ball has had the growth removed after years of untreated chest pain, according to CBS New York.

Optical ultrasound needle enables high-res imaging during heart procedures

The first optical ultrasound needle enables real-time imaging of heart tissue during minimally invasive procedures, according to researchers in the United Kingdom.