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During intravenous microbubble infusion, high mechanical index (HMI) impulses from a diagnostic ultrasound transducer helped prevent microvascular obstruction and improved functional outcomes at one-month follow-up in patients with STEMI who underwent PCI.

 

 

Recent Headlines

Watch List? Comparative Billing Reports Alert Cardiologists to CMS Scrutiny
A year after Medicare issued comparative billing reports detailing transthoracic echocardiography usage, the physicians who received the reports still may have cause for concern.
Time to Get Ahead of the Curve: Clinical Decision Support Mandate Delayed, Not Dead

Medicare’s postponement of the CDS requirement means more time to implement best practices.

Goal Reversal? Study Suggests Echocardiography Could Have an Underuse Problem

ASE says new data may be a “wake-up call” to recognize the value of echocardiography.  

Patients with STEMI undergoing PCI may benefit from ultrasound impulses

During intravenous microbubble infusion, high mechanical index (HMI) impulses from a diagnostic ultrasound transducer helped prevent microvascular obstruction and improved functional outcomes at one-month follow-up in patients with STEMI who underwent PCI.

Survey: What is the status of SPECT at your organization?

Is your organization updating or saying goodbye to SPECT? Take our quick 6 question survey and let us know. Look for results in the September/October issue.

Budoff wins SCCT’s 2016 gold medal award

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announced that Matthew J. Budoff, MD, had won its 2016 Gold Medal Award.

ACC.16: PET/CT study links stress to heightened risk of cardiovascular disease

Researchers have used PET/CT imaging to link stress-related amygdala activation in the brain with arterial inflammation and an increased risk of eventual cardiovascular disease events, according to results of a study presented today at ACC.16 in Chicago.

FDA warns of interference between CT imaging and electronic medical devices

The FDA issued a safety alert on March 31 announcing that it had received a small number of adverse events that it believes are associated with CT imaging of insulin pumps, cardiac implantable electronic devices (pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators) and neurostimulators.

AHRQ releases comparative effectiveness review of noninvasive testing for coronary artery disease

A systematic comparative effectiveness review of noninvasive testing for coronary artery disease found there was no significant difference in MI or all-cause mortality between testing strategies across settings and pretest risk groups. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) conducted the review and released the report on March 29.

Novel research uses ultrasound to improve understanding of MI and stroke risk

Swedish researchers have found a way to use ultrasound to recognize plaque in the blood vessels and determine the risk of MI and stroke.

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