Author: Caristo Diagnostics

University of Edinburgh: Congratulations to the SCOT-HEART investigators, who have been awarded a 2019 EuroMinnie Award for Scientific Paper of the Year. This is important recognition of the leading role CT angiography is poised to play in coming years as a front line diagnostic test...

MedScape: Rupture of unstable nonobstructive plaque is the underlying cause of most acute coronary syndromes.[1,2] However, imaging tests to identify high-risk plaque features such as thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) or spotty calcification are not practical for everyday use and have had mixed success for predicting future events. [...

JAMA: A new protocol to rule out myocardial infarctions (MIs), or heart attacks, in emergency departments using a recently approved high-sensitivity troponin t test was found to be safe and accurate in a study published in Circulation. Most US hospitals use an older troponin assay that’s less sensitive and precise than...

REUTERS: A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, researchers say. The technology, developed by teams at Oxford University and institutions in Germany and the United States, uses algorithms to...

NEJM: This study identified a potential novel measure of inflammation that can be derived from standard CTA imaging and correlated with cardiac-related and overall mortality. However, editorialists note the process currently is time consuming and requires specialized expertise, which limits its application. Moreover, although they note...

TOUCH CARDIO: Professor Charalambos Antoniades (Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK) discusses the imaging of perivascular fat and computed tomography (CT) technology, with particular emphasis on the results of the CRISP-CT study, presented at ESC...

THE LANCET: Coronary artery inflammation inhibits adipogenesis in adjacent perivascular fat. A novel imaging biomarker—the perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI)—captures coronary inflammation by mapping spatial changes of perivascular fat attenuation on coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). However, the ability of the perivascular FAI to predict...