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Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and coronary CT angiography (CTA) are the best predictors of all-cause mortality and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients awaiting kidney transplantation, according to a new study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Fat surrounding the heart, and not liver fat, is associated with poorer cardiovascular disease outcomes and adverse left ventricular remodeling, according to new research in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Cardiology’s Shark Tank will be back for its fourth year when TCT convenes Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in Denver. Program Director Juan F. Granada, MD, shares insights from the conference’s innovation competition.

To date, clinicians have lacked a noninvasive technique for the assessment of coronary flow reserve, but a new study offers a promise of just such a technique.

For revascularized ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients, early post-infarction cardiac MRI parameters offer long-term predictive value that is superior to that offered by traditional outcome predictors, a large, long-term European study has found.

 

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Researchers ID best techniques for cardiac risk stratification in kidney transplant candidates

Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and coronary CT angiography (CTA) are the best predictors of all-cause mortality and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients awaiting kidney transplantation, according to a new study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Pericardial fat—not liver fat—associated with higher cardiovascular disease risk

Fat surrounding the heart, and not liver fat, is associated with poorer cardiovascular disease outcomes and adverse left ventricular remodeling, according to new research in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Ground Control to Dr. Tom: Patient Exploration in an Era of Space-Age Radiology

Being a radiologist today can feel a bit like being on the Starship Enterprise: you have all these Star-Trek-like tools at your disposal – devices and applications with the ability to produce incredibly sophisticated digital images and insights that we couldn’t have imagined even twenty years ago. This technology and advanced visualization capabilities have fundamentally changed the way we obtain important diagnostic information and provide value for patients. But the reality is, it gets lonely in space. Behind this technology are people – and people still seek a meaningful human exchange, especially patients undergoing potentially stressful imaging exams. The irony of our situation is that, for all of us humans in the imaging spaceship, technology has become a barrier to meaningful care, even as the images that technology helps us acquire wield unprecedented clinical value.

ACC releases 10-point criteria for valvular imaging tests

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), partnering with nine other societies, released appropriate use criteria for imaging tests of valvular heart disease. The Sept. 1 document addresses evaluation and use of imaging in diagnosing and managing the condition.

Innovation Competition: At TCT.17, Cardiology’s Disruptors Swim with the Sharks

Cardiology’s Shark Tank will be back for its fourth year when TCT convenes Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in Denver. Program Director Juan F. Granada, MD, shares insights from the conference’s innovation competition.

Ultrasound may offer nonionizing, contrast-free way to assess coronary flow reserve

To date, clinicians have lacked a noninvasive technique for the assessment of coronary flow reserve, but a new study offers a promise of just such a technique.

Cardiac MRI improves risk stratification for STEMI patients

For revascularized ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients, early post-infarction cardiac MRI parameters offer long-term predictive value that is superior to that offered by traditional outcome predictors, a large, long-term European study has found.

Cardiac MRI links trabeculation, myocardial function

Excess greater left ventricle (LV) trabeculation is associated with decreased average regional myocardial function, measured by myocardial strain. A team of researchers, examining MRIs of 1,123 individuals, found that average regional LV function was worse in those with greater LV trabeculation.

CT helps predict risks after TAVR

Computed tomography (CT)-derived measures of annulus area can be used to flag cases of heightened risk for poor hemodynamics after valve-in-valve (VIV) procedures, according to recently published research.

Homeland Security issues advisory for 4 Siemens imaging systems

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Siemens Healthineers issued an advisory that four of the company’s diagnostic imaging systems may be vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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