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Q&A - Cardiac PET: When It’s the Best Choice for Patients

Experts recently offered a blueprint to make the choice easier when it comes to using cardiac PET to assess coronary artery disease, myocardial perfusion, viability, and ventricular function.

AHA 2016: Rate of cardiac stress testing increases among commercially insured

The use of cardiac stress testing increased by 3 percent from 2005 to 2012 among a commercially insured group of men and women, according to a cross-sectional study.

FDA grants 510(k) clearance for cardiac transducer

The FDA granted a 510(k) clearance to the S4-1 cardiac transducer for Lumify, a smart device powered ultrasound from Royal Philips.

Cardiac imaging agent detects ischemia and MI in phase II trial

A phase II clinical trial found that the CardioPET imaging agent correctly identified ischemia in exercise and pharmacologic stress studies in patients with coronary artery disease. The diagnostic accuracy of CardioPET was similar to that of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging.

Crisis or Opportunity? Tc-99m Shortage May Open the Door for More Imaging Options

As the supply of the radiopharmaceutical tracer isotope technetium-99m dries up, cardiologists are exploring other options for cardiovascular imaging.

Cardiovascular PET Will Become Mainstream in the Changing World of Value Imaging

ASNC looks at how a variety of healthcare trends are positioning cardiovascular PET to thrive.

Smoking has a lasting effect on the human genome

Regardless of when you quit, smoking impacts gene expression in a way that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, among other conditions. 

CMR- and MPS-guided care may reduce invasive angiography in patients with suspected coronary heart disease

A randomized trial found that patients with suspected coronary heart disease who underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)–guided care had a significantly lower probability of unnecessary angiography within 12 months compared with patients who received National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines–directed care. The difference was not statistically different between CMR-guided care and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)–guided care.

Using Tc 99m PYP cardiac imaging may help diagnose and detect patients with heart failure

A retrospective cohort study found that using technetium 99m pyrophosphate (Tc 99m PYP) cardiac imaging helped detect and diagnose patients with transthyretin-related cardiac amyloidosis, a cause of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

FDA approves Boston Scientific’s Emblem MRI S-ICD system

The FDA approved the Emblem MRI subcutaneous implantable defibrillator system (Boston Scientific) on August 9. The agency also approved magnetic resonance labeling for previously implanted Emblem S-ICD systems.