ESCR: Chest x-rays pick up incidental findings
October 17, 2017 -- Don't underestimate chest x-rays as a useful technique for illuminating thoracic aorta pathologies, particularly when it comes to highlighting incidental findings, according to Italian research presented at last week's European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR) congress in Milan.  Discuss
The search for a dedicated cardiac CT scanner
September 26, 2017 -- The increasing volume of coronary CT angiography examinations suggests a clinical need for a dedicated cardiac CT scanner. A global team of engineers is leading an initiative to define and evaluate hypothetical solutions to meet this need.  Discuss
Researchers visualize cardiac conduction system in 3D
September 13, 2017 -- A multinational research group has used 3D reconstruction of micro-CT images to visualize -- for the first time in 3D -- the group of cells that cause the heart to beat. The method shows promise for helping cardiologists plan heart surgeries and achieve better patient outcomes.  Discuss
Test yourself with 4 imaging quizzes from ESC 2017
August 30, 2017 -- Cardiac imaging guru Dr. Stephan Achenbach from Erlangen, Germany, contributed one of the daily quizzes posted by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) during this week's annual congress in Barcelona, Spain. Achenbach was chair of the congress program committee at ESC 2017, which concluded on 30 August.  Discuss
Radiology responds in wake of Barcelona attack
August 23, 2017 -- The medical response to the terrorist attack in Barcelona on 17 August was amazingly quick and effective, said Dr. Lluís Donoso-Bach, PhD. Life in the city is gradually returning to normal, and the European Society of Cardiology's annual congress is still going ahead on 26 August.  Discuss
JAMA: PET best option to diagnose ischemic heart disease
August 21, 2017 -- A head-to-head comparison to determine the most accurate modality for diagnosing myocardial ischemia has found that PET outperforms SPECT, coronary CT angiography, and hybrid variations of the three modalities in patients with suspected coronary artery disease, according to a study published online August 16 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
3D-printed blood vessels reproduce patient clots
August 17, 2017 -- Dutch researchers have created a blood-vessel model that effectively replicates the formation of a blood clot caused by stenosis defects. The team developed a microfluidic blood-vessel model using layered stacks of CT angiography data combined with 3D printing.  Discuss
CT CAC scoring tops age for predicting heart disease risk
August 4, 2017 -- Is age just a number? Maybe, at least for predicting atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events in older adults. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring with CT is better than a patient's age for predicting risk -- particularly for coronary heart disease, according to research published online on July 26.  Discuss
Zurich team moves ahead on heart replacements
July 28, 2017 -- A Swiss group has developed a soft 3D-printed silicone heart that beats almost like a human heart. The technique, which uses CT images of a real patient to create a computer-aided design model in 3D, could provide tailor-made, soft artificial hearts in the future.  Discuss
Vorwerk: Don't be afraid of the future
July 24, 2017 -- Will computers replace radiologists? Absolutely not, says Dr. Dierk Vorwerk, German Radiological Society deputy president. In a wide-ranging interview, he elaborates on the country's new expert network and speaks about machine learning's future impact.  Discuss