Cardiovascular Imaging

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.

Using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, researchers found quantitatively mapping a patient’s blood-brain barrier dysfunction (BBBD) may be valuable for risk stratification and stroke prevention after a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

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.

Researchers have used a new ultrasound-based imaging technique, vector flow imaging, on pediatric patients for the first time, publishing their findings in Progress in Pediatric Cardiology.

An AI platform designed to quickly read an x-ray and determine the manufacturer and model of a cardiac rhythm device may quicken treatment in the event of device failure.

Hybrid PET/MRI revealed inflammation in plaque-free arterial segments in a sizable proportion of patients with subclinical atherosclerosis, suggesting the imaging technique may provide a lens into early stages of cardiovascular disease.

A new AI software can quickly and accurately determine the manufacturer and model of a cardiac rhythm device from an x-ray, possibly speeding up treatment when the devices fail.

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided PCI was associated with lower long-term risk of cardiac death than an angiography-guided approach in patients with complex lesions, according to a single-center study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Patients who received aortic valve repair or replacement (AVR) based on Class II indications fared better than those who underwent surgery for Class I triggers in a single-center study, suggesting earlier intervention may be warranted in asymptomatic individuals with chronic aortic regurgitation.