Cardiac Imaging

The cardiac imaging channel includes the modalities of computed tomography (CT), cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear imaging (PET and SPECT), and angiography.

Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a leading manufacturer of advanced medical X-ray imaging systems, has announced that the Trinias unity edition product line has been awarded a contract from Vizient, Inc., a healthcare performance improvement company, effective Sept. 1, 2021.
News | X-Ray | September 17, 2021
September 17, 2021 — Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a leading manufacturer of advanced medical X-ray imaging systems,...
Us2.ai, a Singapore-based medtech firm backed by Sequoia India and EDBI, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for Us2.v1, a completely automated AI decision support tool for cardiac ultrasound.
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | September 14, 2021
September 14, 2021 – Us2.ai, a Singapore-based medtech firm backed by Sequoia India and EDBI, has received U.S. Food...
Transverse view of as lung CT showing heavy areas of COVID pneumonia in the lungs

Transverse view of as lung CT showing heavy areas of COVID pneumonia in the lungs. The heart is in the center on the image. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 19, 2021
August 19, 2021 — In a new publication from Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications; DOI, Zhaowei Zhu, Jianjun Tang...
Images, or a digital twin mitral valve of a patient, created from cardiac ultrasound that were used to perform a virtual surgical procedure to test how the intervention would impact the patient prior to actually performing the procedure. The right image shows color coding for sheer stresses on the valve leaflets before and after the virtual surgery. The left image shows the model quantitation of leaflet coaptation at peak systole prior to the the virtual surgery.

Images, or a digital twin mitral valve of a patient, created from cardiac ultrasound that were used to perform a virtual surgical procedure to test how the intervention would impact the patient prior to actually performing the procedure. The right image shows color coding for sheer stresses on the valve leaflets before and after the virtual surgery. The left image shows the model quantitation of leaflet coaptation at peak systole prior to the the virtual surgery. Read the original article in Plos One.

Feature | Ultrasound Imaging | July 28, 2021
Outside of medicine, computer-generated virtual twins of real machines like cars or airplanes have been used in...
An example of HeartFlow's FFR-CT analysis of blockage severity in a patient's coronary vessels based on a cardiac CT scan.

An example of HeartFlow's FFR-CT analysis of blockage severity in a patient's coronary vessels based on a cardiac CT scan.

News | Cardiac Imaging | July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021 — HeartFlow, which has commercialized noninvasive computed tomography derived fractional flow reserve (...
Humana’s new draft Fusion policy outlines coverage determinations for myocardial assessment and the use of PET/CT and SPECT/CT for certain neurologic indications. ASNC has submitted additional feedback on the draft policy.
News | PET-CT | July 13, 2021
July 13, 2021 — In a recent blog, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) reported that Humana, one of the...
More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell.

More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell.

Feature | Mobile C-Arms | July 07, 2021 | By Bhvita Jani
With the postponement of non-essential elective surgeries and medical procedures in 2020 to conserve medical resources...
Ultra-fast, less than one-minute scan time, cardiac MRI enables accurate assessment of heart anatomy and function, improves patient comfort, increases access to care, and reduces costs
News | Cardiac Imaging | July 02, 2021
July 2, 2021 — Philips has participated in an important research project to develop a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging...
A cardiac MRI of athletes who had COVID-19 is seven times more effective in detecting inflammation of the heart than symptom-based testing, according to a study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine with 12 other Big Ten programs.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Athletes With Clinical and Subclinical Myocarditis A-D, Athlete A with subclinical possible myocarditis was asymptomatic with normal electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, and high-sensitivity troponin findings. A, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in basal-mid inferolateral wall in short axis view. B, late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in the basal inferolateral wall in short axis view. C, Postcontrast steady state-free precession (SSFP) images showing contrast uptake in the basal-mid inferolateral wall in short axis view. D, LGE in the inferolateral wall in 3-chamber view. E-H, Athlete B with subclinical probable myocarditis was asymptomatic with normal ECG, normal echocardiogram, and elevated high-sensitivity troponin findings. E, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in the anteroseptal wall in short axis view. F, LGE in the anteroseptal wall in 3-chamber view. G, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in the anteroseptal wall in 3-chamber view. F, Postcontrast SSFP image showing pericardial effusion in short axis view. I-K, Athlete C with clinical myocarditis and chest pain, dyspnea, abnormal ECG, normal echocardiogram, and normal troponin findings. I, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in the lateral wall short axis view. J, Postcontrast SSFP images showing contrast uptake in midlateral wall in short axis view. K, LGE in the epicardial midlateral wall in short axis view. L-N, Athlete D with clinical myocarditis, chest pain, abnormal ECG, echocardiogram, and troponin findings. L, T1 mapping showing elevated native T1 in midlateral wall in short axis view. M, T2 mapping showing elevated T2 in the midlateral wall in short axis view. N, LGE in the epicardial midlateral wall in short axis view. IR indicates inferior right view; IRP, inferior, right, posterior view; PLI, posterior, left, inferior view; SL, superior left view; SLA, superior, left, anterior view. Image courtesy of JAMA Cardiol. Published online May 27, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.2065

News | Cardiac Imaging | June 15, 2021
June 15, 2021 — A cardiac MRI of athletes who had COVID-19 is seven times more effective in detecting inflammation of...
Rensselaer algorithm can identify risk of cardiovascular disease using lung cancer scan #CT
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 14, 2021
June 14, 2021 — Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in the United States, and it’s increasingly...
Prediction performance of DL compared to quantitative measures and Kaplan-Meier curves for quartiles of DL. Image created by Singh et al., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Prediction performance of DL compared to quantitative measures and Kaplan-Meier curves for quartiles of DL. Image created by Singh et al., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

News | SPECT Imaging | June 14, 2021
June 14, 2021 — An advanced artificial intelligence technique known as deep learning can predict major adverse cardiac...
AI Med will present its Virtual Clinical Series: Imaging Built by Clinicians, for Clinicians, June 29-30, 2021.
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 09, 2021
June 9, 2021 — AI Med will present its Virtual Clinical Series: Imaging Built by Clinicians, for Clinicians, June 29-30...
The digital technology is reducing reliance on unnecessary invasive diagnostic procedures and is cutting hospital waiting times
News | Artificial Intelligence | May 12, 2021
May 12, 2021 — HeartFlow, Inc., a leader in revolutionizing precision heartcare, today announced that the National...
Flywheel Exchange, Inc., a leading bioinformatics platform for cloud-scale data management and collaboration, and Imbio, a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for medical imaging analysis, have partnered to accelerate lung disease discovery, diagnosis, and treatment in the Life Sciences.
News | Artificial Intelligence | May 07, 2021
May 7, 2021 — Flywheel Exchange, Inc., a leading bioinformatics platform for cloud-scale data management and...
The Women’s Heart Attack Research Program (HARP) study shows combining OCT and cardiac MRI can help detect the underlying cause of heart attacks in women who did not have blocked arteries.

The Women’s Heart Attack Research Program (HARP) study shows combining OCT and cardiac MRI can help detect the underlying cause of heart attacks in women who did not have blocked arteries.

News | Cardiac Imaging | April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021 — In almost 10 percent of myocardial infarctions, no obvious cause in the coronary artery can be found....
Spectral DLR enables improved assessment of lumen stenosis in the presence of calcified plaque. Interactive monochromatic image display enables improved opacification of the injected contrast with low keV images and reduced calcium blooming artifacts with high keV images

Spectral DLR enables improved assessment of lumen stenosis in the presence of calcified plaque. Interactive monochromatic image display enables improved opacification of the injected contrast with low keV images and reduced calcium blooming artifacts with high keV images. The range of monochromatic energy levels (35-135 keV) can be visualized in real time through an image slider in the application that can be integrated in to a PACS.

News | Cardiac Imaging | April 21, 2021
April 21, 2021 — Meeting the growing cardiovascular needs of healthcare providers today, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc...
CDC and FDA Call for Pause on Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Due to Rare Blood Clots #COVID19 #Janssen
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 15, 2021 | By Dave Fornell
April 15, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
Driven by pandemic realities and clinical demand for portable and intelligent point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), GE Healthcare unveiled Venue Fit, a streamlined and compact POCUS system, alongside an industry-first articifical intelligence (AI) offering for cardiac imaging on the Venue and Venue Go
News | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) | March 30, 2021
March 30, 2021 — Driven by pandemic realities and clinical demand for portable and intelligent point-of-care ultrasound...
ScImage, Inc. celebrates its cloud partnership with Digirad Health (“Digirad”), a division of Star Equity Holdings, after a year of successful deployment of PICOM365 for mobile imaging. Digirad’s fleet of mobile SPECT, echocardiology, vascular and general ultrasound units combined with PICOM365’s cloud image management workflow leverage each company’s strengths to create an exemplary reading and reporting environment.
News | Archive Cloud Storage | March 30, 2021
March 30, 2021 — ScImage, Inc. celebrates its cloud partnership with Digirad Health (“Digirad”), a division of Star...

Scan of brain of someone who did not develop TTS. Image courtesy of European Heart Journal

News | PET-CT | March 29, 2021
March 29, 2021 — Heightened activity in the brain, caused by stressful events, is linked to the risk of developing a...