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By some estimates, at least half of those with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs), who are already experience cardiovascular difficulties, will require MRI during their lifetime. A research team from Changi General Hospital and Singhealth Radiology Singapore have unveiled an algorithm and contingency plan to ensure the safety of CEID patients when undergoing MRI.

Cardiac imaging plays an important role in the cardiac care continuum, and choosing the right test can mean all the difference in quality care for both women and men.  

HeartFlow, a cardiac technology company in Redwood City, California, has received positive reviews on its HeartFlow FFRct, a non-invasive technology that uses coronary CT angiograms to make personalized 3D models of a patient’s arteries.

Pharmacological stress agents given to patients during a cardiac stress test can cause severe side effects, but a new study using PET/MR imaging has revealed that using arterial carbon dioxide (PaCO2) can safely and efficiently widen blood vessels.

New research from Massachusetts General Hospital shows that long-term anabolic steroid use could harm the heart and eventually cause coronary artery disease.

 

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Cardiologists may be able to see, stop stroke-causing clots with 3D imaging

Researchers have developed a new method of studying blood clots in 3D through optical microscopy. Such understanding of the internal architecture of clots can help cardiologists identify and diagnose clots that may put patients at risk for stroke or heart attack.

Radiologists develop algorithm, contingency plan for MRI in pacemakers patients

By some estimates, at least half of those with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs), who are already experience cardiovascular difficulties, will require MRI during their lifetime. A research team from Changi General Hospital and Singhealth Radiology Singapore have unveiled an algorithm and contingency plan to ensure the safety of CEID patients when undergoing MRI.

Expanding the Imaging Toolbox to Enhance Women’s Care

Cardiac imaging plays an important role in the cardiac care continuum, and choosing the right test can mean all the difference in quality care for both women and men.  

Experimental ultrasound tool eradicates blood clots

A new tool that uses low-frequency intravascular ultrasound to break down blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis is being tested by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

New cardiac imaging FFRct gets high rating from BCBS

HeartFlow, a cardiac technology company in Redwood City, California, has received positive reviews on its HeartFlow FFRct, a non-invasive technology that uses coronary CT angiograms to make personalized 3D models of a patient’s arteries.

Imaging study reveals new ways to widen blood vessels

Pharmacological stress agents given to patients during a cardiac stress test can cause severe side effects, but a new study using PET/MR imaging has revealed that using arterial carbon dioxide (PaCO2) can safely and efficiently widen blood vessels.

Long-term anabolic steroid use could weaken arteries

New research from Massachusetts General Hospital shows that long-term anabolic steroid use could harm the heart and eventually cause coronary artery disease.

6 things to know about Biotronik’s TRUECOIN study, home monitoring system

New research released earlier this month showed that Biotronik’s home monitoring system significantly reduces mortality rates in patients who have implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).

Heart imaging remotely guided, accurately assessed via smartphone

South Korean researchers have shown that an offsite physician supervising a novice sonographer via live video over social media can perform as well as an onsite peer. 

Children with rare heart condition linked to brain abnormalities

Children with single-ventricle disease face three reconstructive surgeries to treat the complex heart defect. According to a recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), such patients also experience higher rates of brain abnormalities.

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