3D printing can bolster cardiac management
October 1, 2019 -- Patient-specific 3D-printed heart models based on cardiac MRI and CT scans are dimensionally accurate and also offer clinical value in the management of congenital heart disease, according to a new analysis published online by the Journal of Clinical Medicine.  Discuss
ESC: Cancer cases rise in developed world
September 3, 2019 -- Fresh statistics presented at this week's European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in Paris confirm that cancer is now the leading cause of death in high-income countries, while heart disease burden persists in less prosperous countries.  Discuss
MRI identifies white-matter lesions in heart failure cases
September 3, 2019 -- White-matter lesions linked with dementia and cognitive impairment are as common in heart failure patients as they are in those with a history of stroke, according to the latest results from a large German study presented on 2 September at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Paris.  Discuss
Novel contrast-free MRI technique measures heart strain
August 30, 2019 -- A team of investigators from the U.K. has used 3D MRI to work out a patient's cardiac muscle strain. They have described how their method can boost the accuracy of quantifying cardiac health without the need for gadolinium contrast in an article published online on 28 August by Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Italians find mammography can show cardiovascular disease
August 15, 2019 -- Italian researchers have found that mammography can be a useful way to test for cardiovascular disease at the same time as screening for breast cancer because it identifies breast arterial calcifications, which have been linked to cardiovascular disease risk. They published their results online on 11 August in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
How appropriate are requests for CT scans of aorta?
August 6, 2019 -- Emergency physicians must do more to assess the risk of acute aortic syndrome, while hospital doctors and general practitioners need to supply more precise and complete clinical information when requesting CT scans of the aorta, according to the findings of a new U.K. study.  Discuss
Most CCTA scans prove valuable for FFR-CT analysis
July 30, 2019 -- New European-led research suggests clinicians can use nearly all coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans for fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) analysis with simple adjustments to scanning protocols, such as minimizing slice thickness, controlling patient heart rate, and using dual-source or wide-coverage single-source CT units.  Discuss
Optimum use of cardiac MRI boosts myocarditis detection
July 11, 2019 -- Myocarditis remains underdiagnosed, and lowering the threshold for diagnostic workup with cardiac MRI can help to identify myocarditis early, leading to significant improvements in patient care, according to a joint Swiss-German study published on 3 July in Swiss Medical Weekly.  Discuss
Milan group uses AR, 3D printing to assist in heart surgery
June 5, 2019 -- Investigators from a top Italian facility have employed augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing to plan surgery for a woman with major health complications, including ovarian cancer and an atrial septal defect. They outlined their experience in a case study.  Discuss
AI predicts myocardial infarction, death in patients at risk of CAD
May 13, 2019 -- By analyzing clinical and hybrid imaging data, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can predict which patients will go on to experience myocardial infarction or death during long-term follow-up, according to research from Finland presented at this week's International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT in Lisbon.  Discuss