Imaging & Physiology

How does COVID-19 impact most athletes? When should clinicians turn to cardiac imaging? A team of specialists discussed these topics, and more, in JAMA Cardiology

Prior studies focused on myocardial injury had not included much, if any, insight into medical imaging data, making the results less helpful to clinicians.

"We had no issues with any of the patients and no harm to the devices," one researcher reported. The analysis included more than 500 patients. 

The new system was designed to be easier to use and more efficient. 

Researchers believe their new method may go on to outperform ultrasound-based techniques.

Cardiac MR imaging has shown potential to detect signs of myocarditis in recovered COVID-19 patients. 

The open letter, signed by clinicians from a number of specialties, was addressed to medical societies that specialize in heart health and medical imaging. 

After athletes recover from COVID-19, when can they get back to their regular schedules? CMR imaging seems as if it will play a key role when it comes to making such decisions. 

The American College of Cardiology Summit on Technology Advances in Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography shared its assessment in a new report. 

“The overuse of coronary CTA may be a potentially significant health problem," the authors wrote. 

Researchers focused on long-term heart and lung damage among recovered COVID-19 patients, turning to lung function tests, CT imaging and echocardiograms. 

The study's authors said their findings suggest "an increased value of stress CMR in this population."