Imaging mourns loss of cardiac pioneer Simon Rees
January 14, 2021 -- Dr. Simon Rees, the eminent cardiac radiologist and educator, has died. We pay tribute to the man who helped care for the British royal family, who was the only doctor on duty when a major air disaster occurred, and whose overwhelming passion outside of radiology was hunting. Read More
UCL team evaluates COVID-19's impact on emergency visits
January 4, 2021 -- Researchers from University College London (UCL) have estimated the effect of reduced accident and emergency visits for suspected cardiac disease on non-COVID-19 deaths. A 35% decline in visits early in the pandemic may have contributed to hundreds of avoidable deaths. Read More
Norwegians spell out how to reassure chest-pain patients
December 14, 2020 -- Personalizing patient information and delivering it as a coherent package can bring results in cases of chest pain following a normal CT of the coronary arteries, researchers from Bergen, Norway, reported on 12 December at the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging congress. Read More
Could 4D MRI be a major leap forward for fetal imaging?
November 18, 2020 -- Scientists from King's College London have used 4D MRI to measure volumetric blood flow. They reconstructed multiple 3D images into cine loops that simulate fetal heartbeats. Read More
Achenbach speaks on future of congresses and CT
November 11, 2020 -- Next August's annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is to be held virtually, not face-to-face in London, ESC President Prof. Dr. Stephan Achenbach has confirmed. In an exclusive interview, he reveals why the ESC made this decision so early and shares his views on CT's role in COVID-19 cases, collaboration with radiology, and the work of his research team. Read More
PET/CT rules supreme in cases of neuroendocrine tumors
October 27, 2020 -- PET/CT has no rivals when it comes to the detection and surveillance of cardiac metastases in well-differentiated gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors as well as guiding clinical management, according to research presented at the annual congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine. Read More
Patient dies after mix-up over CT scan
October 20, 2020 -- An inquest has heard a 28-year-old man with a heart disorder and chest pain died two days after a doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, U.K., viewed the wrong CT scan and sent him home. The radiology department has now changed its procedures and will soon upgrade the PACS, according to a report posted on 19 October by BBC News. Read More
Breast CT can predict cardiovascular disease risk
October 14, 2020 -- A research group led by Prof. Helena Verkooijen from UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands, has used CT scans of coronary artery calcium to predict which patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease. They reported their findings at the recent European Breast Cancer Conference. Read More
AI aids diagnosis of heart failure on chest x-rays
September 16, 2020 -- Deep learning is useful for diagnosing heart failure on x-ray images, researchers reported at the recent European Society of Cardiology virtual congress. They used chest x-rays from a publicly available database to train an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that yielded 82% accuracy for detecting heart failure on a test dataset. Read More
European investigators shine new light on endocarditis
September 9, 2020 -- The diagnosis of infective endocarditis remains a serious clinical challenge, but F-18 FDG PET/CT is making progress and can be an extremely useful modality in these patients, with good sensitivity and specificity, three different research groups from Portugal, France, and Italy reported at the recent European Society of Cardiology virtual congress. Read More