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Postmortem MRI, biopsy detect heart disease nearly as well as conventional autopsy

A minimally invasive autopsy guided by imaging techniques can accurately identify ischemic heart disease, according to a study presented at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

Ex-NFL players more likely to have enlarged aortas

Former National Football League (NFL) players have significantly larger aortas than similarly aged men in the general population, potentially putting them at higher risk for aortic rupture or dissection, according to research presented Nov. 29 at RSNA 2017 and published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.

CT imaging key to accurate measurements, successful TAVR

Multidetector computed tomography (CT) could play a pivotal role in improving the outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures, research presented at the 103rd annual RSNA symposium suggests.

Coronary artery calcium carries prognostic value for patients with diabetes, metabolic syndrome

Diabetic patients without coronary artery calcium (CAC) are at a relatively low risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) despite the duration of their diabetes, according to new a new study in JAMA Cardiology. The research suggests CAC scores could be a useful addition to global assessment tools for CHD risk stratification in patients with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Noninvasive FFRct imaging a better predictor of outcomes than CT angiography

A noninvasive test for fractional flow reserve derived from CT (FFRCT) is a better predictor of revascularization and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) than CT angiography (CTA), according to a study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. FFRCT could also prevent unnecessary invasive coronary angiographies (ICAs), the study’s authors wrote.

Colchicine treatment reduces coronary plaque following ACS

Low-dose colchicine therapy can favorably remodel coronary plaque following acute coronary syndrome (ACS), reducing one of the major predictors of future cardiovascular events, according to a new study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Follow-up MRI predicts neurological outcomes of cardiac arrest patients

Clinicians could predict the long-term neurological outcomes of cardiac arrest survivors with something as simple as a follow-up MRI, a study published this week in Radiology states.

Genetic factors comparable to stroke, diabetes in development of CAD

First-degree relatives of patients with early onset coronary artery disease (CAD) had nearly six times the amount of total coronary plaque when compared to age-matched, symptomatic controls, putting them at increased risk of adverse cardiac events, according to a new study from Denmark.

CT angiography at referring hospitals could improve transfer decisions for stroke patients

In a recent study published by JAMA Neurology, a team of researchers analyzed how imaging techniques could inform decisions on whether to transfer stroke patients to centers capable of blood clot removal.

5 reasons imaging is a crucial component of cardio-oncology

Imaging can be an important part of the treatment process for cancer patients dealing with potential heart problems, Mary Norine Walsh, president of the American College of Cardiology, said at this year’s American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Annual Meeting.