Cardiovascular Imaging

An artificial intelligence “super brain” could help eliminate unnecessary diagnostic testing in patients who present with stable chest pain, according to a recent study, potentially saving physicians and patients significant time and money.

A machine learning algorithm can now predict death and MI more accurately than certified cardiologists, according to research presented at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT in Lisbon, Portugal, this May.

While the clinical case for cardiac PET is compelling, it also has to be feasible from a financial and logistical standpoint.

Drinking water contaminated with inorganic arsenic could increase young adults’ risk of CVD by thickening the heart’s left ventricular (LV) wall and triggering hypertrophy, researchers reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging May 7.

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) on April 25 launched the first issue of its newest online journal, Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

Guerbet, a medical imaging company out of Villepinte, France, this week announced it received CE mark approval for its SeQure and DraKon devices, two microcatheters that facilitate the intra-arterial delivery of therapies and embolic materials to peripheral vessels.

A study of nearly 4,000 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) has linked blood pressure variability (BPV) between clinic visits to significantly greater progression of coronary atheroma and major adverse events, suggesting BP stability might be an important factor in CAD care.

Interventional cardiologists in Poland used 3D goggles to help them see inside a patient’s chest during percutaneous mitral balloon commissurotomy, a procedure to treat severe mitral stenosis.

Several professional medical societies have now weighed in on a bill introduced to Congress on April 9 which seeks to prevent physicians from self-referring Medicare patients to in-office “ancillary services” including advanced imaging, anatomic pathology, radiation therapy and physical therapy.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have 3D-printed what they said is the first vascularized heart using a patient’s own cells and biological materials.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has transferred 206 acres of land in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Coqui Radio Pharmaceuticals so the company can build a facility that domestically produces Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the most widely used isotope for nuclear imaging procedures.

Quantifying a patient’s blood-brain barrier dysfunction (BBBD) could help inform risk stratification and stroke prevention strategies following a transient ischemic attack (TIA), researchers reported in the May edition of Stroke.