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VIDEO: Best Practices for Nuclear Cardiology During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 04, 2020

Hicham Skali, M.D., a staff cardiologist and member of the Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and at Brigham and Women’s / Massachusetts General Health Care Center at Foxborough, explains the new recommendations from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and from imagers in China and Singapore. The ASNC created a best practices document for nuclear cardiology laboratories during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. The suggestions in the guidelines can ally to any imaging modality, including computed tomography (CT), MRI and ultrasound. 

Skali elaborates on the following points in his discussion, which are specific recommendations in the ASNC and SNMMI COVID-19 guidance document:
   • Rescheduling non-urgent visits
   • Rescheduling elective surgeries and procedures
   • Using separate spaces for patients with known or suspected COVID-19 to prevent spread
   • Ensuring supplies are available
   • Promoting use of telehealth
   • Screen staff, patients and visitors before they enter the department
   • Minimize non-essential visitors into the department
   • Record symptoms at the start of the shift
   • Use personal protective equipment (PPE)for healthcare personnel
   • If available, use PPE for patients due to concern of asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19
   • Maintain strict hand hygiene
   • Maintain 6 feet distance in all patient/staff interactions when possible
   • Work remotely whenever feasible, especially with ready studies
   • Rotating staff schedules for on-site and off-site work
   • Use of rest only studies if possible
   • Use of half-time SPECT to speed exam times
   • Use of PET if available to speed exam times

Skali served as the moderator in for the ASNC on demand webinar COVID-19 Preparedness for Nuclear Cardiology Labs: Insights from the US, China and Singapore.

VIDEO: Telemedicine in Cardiology and Medical Imaging During COVID-19 — Interview with Regina Druz, M.D., an ASNC Board member and also a speaker during the ASNC webinar.

Find more news and video on relating to COVID-19 and its impact on radiology

Radiology Imaging

Medical 3-D Printing | November 17, 2017

Dee Dee Wang, M.D., Director, Structural Heart Imaging at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, explains how her center uses 3-D printing and computer aided design (CAD) software to improve patient outcomes. She spoke to ITN at the 2017 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting. Read the articles “The Use of 3-D Printing in Cardiology” and “Henry Ford Hospital Study Shows 3-D Imaging Improves Fixing Broken Hearts.”  

Radiation Therapy | September 08, 2017

The new Visicoil MR is a helically-wound, flexible linear fiducial marker. The Visicoil MR hollow core design and multiple sizes mitigates the CT artifact often created by traditional gold seeds, offering you clearer visualization of the tissue to aid in faster and more accurate contouring. Visicoil MR's linear flexible design fixates and remains stable in soft tissue, giving you the confidence in accurate marker localization. Visicoil MR is available in some of the smallest needle sizes available for fiducial markers, including 21g and 22g needles. The benefits of smaller needles are improved patient safety and comfort during implantation. The smaller needles may also allow for faster CT sim after implant and ultimately treatment for your patients. The new Visicoil MR with enhanced MRI visibility allows you to see the marker more easily in MRI, both in T1 and T2. This makes for easier and faster MR/CT fusion.

Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017

Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article "Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging."

 

Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017

Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO "PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology." Read the related articles "Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,"  and "Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging."

Digital Radiography (DR) | August 22, 2017

Jared Houk, vice president, imaging business unit, for Agfa HealthCare North America, previews the DR800 at AHRA 2017. Read the article "Agfa HealthCare Previews New DR 800 Imaging System at AHRA 2017."
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Breast Imaging | July 28, 2017

Nancy Cappello, Ph.D., executive director and founder of Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy, explains how a personalized breast screening program can improve cancer detection for women with dense breasts at the 2017 AHRA annual meeting in Anaheim. Read an article by Cappello “Fake News: Having Dense Breast Tissue is No Big Deal,”  or the article "Raising the Bar For Cancer Detection in Dense Breast Tissue."

 

Radiology Business | July 28, 2017

Angelic McDonald, MSRS, CRA, FAHRA, regional director of imaging, Baylor Scott & White Health and the president-elect of AHRA, discusses the biggest challenges she and other radiology administrators face at the 2017 AHRA annual meeting in Anaheim. Read the related article "Two Key Issues Keeping Radiologists Up at Night in 2017."

Find other trends in radiology business.

 

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 21, 2017

DAIC and ITN Editor Dave Fornell discusses some of the most innovative new computed tomography (CT) technology and trends at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2017 meeting. Read the article "Advances in Cardiac CT Technology" and watch VIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging.

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 19, 2017

Matthew Budoff, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, endowed chair of preventive cardiology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, discusses the PROMISE and PICTURE trials at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2017 meeting. Watch the VIDEO "The Role of Cardic CT in Value-based Medicine."

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 19, 2017

Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., director of clinical research and professor of medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, and past-president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, discusses how cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) offers value in today's cost-conscience environment at the SCCT 2017 meeting. Watch the VIDEO “Value–based Imaging,” and interview with Daniel Berman, M.D., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Watch the VIDEO ”The Value of the Cardiovascular Service Line.” An interview with Linda Gillam, M.D., Atlantic Health System, who suggests how cardiology-related services can demonstrate their value to providers and patients.

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 13, 2017

Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FSCCT, director of cardiac CT, Georgetown Medical Center, and president of the Society of Cardiovascular CT (SCCT), at the SCCT 2017 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade,” an interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac CT Technology.”

CT Angiography (CTA) | July 10, 2017

David Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, professor of radiology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, incoming editor of RSNA’s journal Radiology and previously the radiologist in chief of imaging services at the NIH, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2017 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade,” an interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac CT Technology.”

Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017

Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article "CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders."

Radiology Business | May 03, 2017

Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging. 
 

Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017

David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty.

Digital Radiography (DR) | April 20, 2017

Rob Fabrizio, director of strategic marketing at Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, discusses the latest innovations in digital X-ray, including the new, portable miniature system, the FDR Aqro. For more information: www.fujifilmusa.com/products/medical/digital-x-ray/

HIMSS | March 10, 2017

ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new technology that was displayed on the expo floor at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting. The two most significant technology advances are discussed in Fornell's blog "Two Technologies That Offer a Paradigm Shift in Medicine at HIMSS 2017." This includes examples of artificial intelligence in Medical Imaging, radiology. 

 

 

Artificial Intelligence | March 01, 2017

Machine learning is now being commercialized in medical imaging products designed to help improve workflow efficiency and augment the clinical user, not replace them. Steve Holloway with the U.K.-based healthcare market intelligence firm Signify Research discussed the expanding roles of artificial intelligence in radiology at the 2017 HIMSS healthcare IT conference. He also offers examples of artificial Intelligence in medical imaging. Read the article “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging.”

 

Angiography | February 03, 2017

Tom Kloetzly, sales and marketing VP for Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, explains the evolution of Shimadzu Corporation since its founding 142 years ago. Kloetzly focuses on the Trinias Interventional X-ray lineshown at RSNA. Kloetzly states “A key feature of Trinias, is the ability to image from fingertip to fingertip during a transradial approach which makes for much shorter hospital stay with the patient up and moving almost immediately after the procedure. Features Like RSM-DSA, a type of motion correction subtraction, eliminates patient movement during acquisition while STENTVIEW, is an enhanced visualization during stent placement in real-time." For more information, visit www.shimadzu.com/med/products/angio/index.html

Interventional Radiology | February 03, 2017

Discover GE Healthcare’s Interventional Image Guided Systems and find out how our latest technologies including the Discovery IGS 730 and Discovery IGS 740 products and our ASSIST solutions can help you provide better outcomes for your patients.

Digital Radiography (DR) | January 16, 2017

Digital radiology is on the move like never before with the Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System. It is the industry’s first mobile X-ray system with a fully automatic collapsible column. 

Ultrasound Imaging | January 10, 2017

The next generation of ZONE Sonography Technology (ZST) has arrived and its living technology continues to evolve. Leveraging ZONARE’s revolutionary ZST and Mindray’s rich repertoire of workflow and user interface features, the Resona 7 is poised to become the new industry leader in premium ultrasound imaging platforms. The Resona 7 presents crystal clear B-mode imaging capabilities with unrivaled detail resolution and image uniformity across all radiology applications. Ultrasensitive Doppler modes and high-speed digital signal processing permit accurate display of hemodynamic states from skin line to depths up to 40 cm without compromising frame rate. An intuitive, customizable gesture-powered touchscreen enables logical and efficient workflow and enhanced user experience.

At its core, ZST provides unique imaging advances for the Resona 7 such as Advanced Acoustic Acquisition which renders superb imaging by using large zones to acquire up to 90 percent more acoustic data per frame and at speeds of 10 times faster than conventional technology. Dynamic Pixel Focusing creates a perfectly focused image every pixel, every frame, in every patient and in every application. Sound Speed Compensation enables a one button touch that automatically calculates the true speed of sound in a specific soft tissue and recalibrates the imaging system to optimize spatial and contrast resolution.

Finally, ZST provides Total Recall Imaging which is powerful software that allows manipulation of raw acoustic data from archived and cine images (clips) permitting a broad range of post-processing functions. This eliminates the need for repeat scanning which, in turn, aids in increasing patient throughput.

ZST is a constantly evolving software-based “living technology.” It is Mindray’s approach to providing customers with easily upgradeable ultrasound enhancements. These upgrades secure product investment protection by ensuring that ZST systems remain at the cutting-edge of imaging performance excellence throughout the system’s entire life cycle.

In summary, coupling premium imaging with advanced workflow features and user-directed ergonomic design, the Resona 7 advances premium level ultrasound imaging into the next generation.

Breast Density | January 09, 2017

Monica Saini, M.D., consultant medical director — ABUS at GE Healthcare, discusses the necessity for personalized breast care, and how Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) helps meet the challenges of screening and diagnostic imaging of dense breast tissue. To learn more about Automated Breast Ultrasound, please visit gehealthcare.com/inveniaabus.

Radiology Business | December 23, 2016

A discussion with Andy Colbert, managing director and founding member of Ziegler’s Healthcare Investment Banking practice, on the reasons for and strategy involved in the business trend of radiology practice consolidation. He spoke to ITN at RSNA 2016. Read the blog “Risk Abatement May Determine the Future of Radiology,” and the article “Opportunities for Growth in a Competitive Radiology Climate.”
 

 

 

 

Radiology Business | December 23, 2016

Kim Garriott, principal consultant for Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, explains the concept of value-based imaging and how it fits into healthcare reforms at RSNA 2016. Watch the related VIDEO "Value–based Imaging,” an interview with Daniel Berman, M.D., FACC, chief of Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology, professor of imaging, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 
 

 

RSNA 2016 | December 19, 2016

ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new technologies being displayed on the expo floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 meeting. For key take away trends at RSNA, watch the video "Key Trends, New Technology at RSNA 2016."

CT Angiography (CTA) | December 19, 2016

A discussion with Simon Dixon, M.D., MBChB, on the use of fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFR-CT) to evaluate chest pain patients in the emergency department. He is chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beaumont Health System and a professor of Medicine at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He discussed the first year of experience with FFR-CT at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., during the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the article “Clinical Applications of FFR-CT.”

RSNA 2016 | December 16, 2016

A post-game roundup by ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr and ITN Editor Dave Fornell on the trends and new tech seen on the show floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 meeting.

Artificial Intelligence | December 16, 2016

At RSNA 2016, the key buzzwords were “deep learning,” “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence.” Vendors and major academic centers are developing a wide array of artificial intelligence neural networks to aid radiologists in clinical diagnosis and clinical decision support. In the future, AI may also be able to help train radiologists on both normal and abnormal presentations of various organs and body systems so as to more easily identify related disease states and conditions. The following video offers two examples of how the IBM Watson system examines imaging studies.

The first case seen here demonstrates how Watson can arrive at a differential diagnosis of an aortic dissection by analyzing an abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan. The second case involves the discovery of a fibroadenoma of the breast from Watson’s analysis of a mammogram.

Watson first analyzes the text of the radiology report, identifying and pulling out key words or phrases that may indicate the potential diagnosis. It then examines the CT scan to locate relevant visible anatomic structures such as the heart, aorta and pulmonary artery. Each structure is examined for anomalies, which identifies a possible aortic dissection; the dissection is displayed within the context of the entire 3-D CT scan. Finally, Watson applies its existing clinical knowledge to the findings from the CT scan and the radiology report, establishing pathways to numerous possible conclusions until arriving at the right one.

See examples of real products using AI at RSNA 2017 in the VIDEO "Examples of How Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Medical Imaging."  ITN also created an in-depth VIDEO: Technology Report — Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2017,  with interviews with numerous AI vendors.

Watch the VIDEO: “Development of Artificial Intelligence to Aid Radiology,” an interview with Mark Michalski, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Data Science at Massachusetts General Hospital, explaining the basis of artificial intelligence in radiology.

Radiology Imaging | December 14, 2016

Patricia Oliveira-Szejnfeld, M.D., and Fernanda Tovar-Moll, M.D., Ph.D., explain what radiologists should be looking for to aid early diagnosis of Zika virus. They were among the key investigators for the first large-scale, multimodality assessment of the Zika in Brazil, the epicenter of the 2016 Zika outbreak. They spoke to ITN at RSNA 2016. Read the article “Imaging Zika Virus - Radiologic Assessment and Tracking in Prenatal Development.”

 

Radiation Dose Management | December 14, 2016

Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, Ph.D., chief physicist and professor of radiology and radiological science at Johns Hopkins Hospital, explains the basics of medical imaging dose monitoring technologies. This includes monitoring and recording software meet new Joint Commission requirements, state dose laws and to improve patient safety regarding X-ray radiation exposure. Read the article “The Role of Dose Tracking Systems in Radiation Safety Programs.”
 

 

Neuro Imaging | December 12, 2016

Max Wintermark, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, explains trends and recent advances in neuroradiology at RSNA 2016.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 12, 2016

Emanuel Kanal, M.D., director of MRI services and professor of radiology and neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, explains what is known about MRI contrast retention in the brain and other MRI safety concerns. He spoke to ITN at RSNA 2016. 

Gadolinium-based contrast agents have been used for diagnosis and treatment guidance in more than 100 million patients worldwide over the past 25 years. These agents enhance the quality of MR images by altering the magnetic properties of nearby water molecules in the body. By improving the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels or tissues, contrast agents help physicians diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions. On its own, gadolinium can be toxic. Therefore, when used in contrast agents, gadolinium is bonded with a molecule called a chelating agent, which controls the distribution of gadolinium within the body. Read the article "Gadolinium May Remain in Brain after Contrast MRI."

 

 

Angiography | December 08, 2016

Tom Kloetzly, sales and marketing VP for Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, explains the evolution of Shimadzu Corporation since its founding 142 years ago. Kloetzly focuses on the Trinias Interventional X-ray lineshown at RSNA 2016. Kloetzly states, “A key feature of Trinias, is the ability to image from fingertip to fingertip during a Transradial approachwhich makes for much shorter hospital stay with the patient up and moving almost immediately after the procedure.Features Like RSM-DSA, a type of motion correction subtraction, eliminates patient movement during acquisition while STENTVIEW, is an enhanced visualization during stent placement in real-time.”

Ultrasound Imaging | December 08, 2016

Leveraging ZONARE’s revolutionary ZONE Sonography Technology with Mindray’s extensive workflow/user interface features, the Resona 7 is poised to become the industry leader in premium ultrasound. For more information go to www.mindray.com/en/productlist/Ultrasound-Zonare.html.

 

 

Ultrasound Imaging | December 07, 2016

Sabrina Newell, MS, RCS, clinical analyst at healthcare consulting firm MD Buyline, explains some of the trends and new technology in ultrasound at RSNA 2016. For more information about cardiac ultrasound advances, watch the video "Trends and Advances in Echocardiography at ASE 2016."

 

 

Women's Health | November 16, 2016

The purpose of this exploratory video roundtable is to examine the state of breast biopsies today and to communicate the current challenges and inefficiencies affecting personnel that perform these important procedures. The video roundtable posed key questions to Key Opinion Leaders from the Cleveland Clinic on obstacles they face when performing stereotactic-guided breast biopsies, and why it is necessary to consider the ramifications. The roundtable discussion was hosted by Imaging Technology News and was funded through a grant from Hologic Inc.

Also, see the related article, Room for Improvement in Women's Health, by Laura Shepardson, M.D.

Radiation Dose Management | October 12, 2016

The medical imaging staff of Salem Community Hospital has expanded the value their Medrad Stellant Injection System delivers. Learn about this radiology team's experience in eliminating guesswork, driving consistent image quality, and benefiting from CT workflow efficiencies.

Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016

Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology.

 

Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016

Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.”