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An analysis of patients who received endovascular therapy within 12 hours of stroke onset found that the amount of blood-brain barrier disruption on pretreatment MRIs was associated with the severity of intracranial hemorrhage.

 

 

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Imaging method may help identify risk of brain bleeding following stroke

An analysis of patients who received endovascular therapy within 12 hours of stroke onset found that the amount of blood-brain barrier disruption on pretreatment MRIs was associated with the severity of intracranial hemorrhage.

Owner, vice president of imaging company sentenced to prison for fraud

Rafael Chikvashvili, the owner of Alpha Diagnostic Services, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 15 for healthcare and wire fraud conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of patients and for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $6 million.

CT scans could be just as effective as MRIs when evaluating certain cardiomyopathy conditions

New data published in the journal Radiology suggests that dual-energy cardiac CT scans could be just as good at determining extracellular volume fraction in nonischemic cardiomyopathy (CMP) as MRI scans.

 
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.

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