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Cardiac radiation

S Ipsen, O Blanck, N J Lowther, G P Liney, R Rai, F Bode, J Dunst, A Schweikard, P J Keall
Radiosurgery to the pulmonary vein antrum in the left atrium (LA) has recently been proposed for non-invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Precise real-time target localization during treatment is necessary due to complex respiratory and cardiac motion and high radiation doses. To determine the 3D position of the LA for motion compensation during radiosurgery, a tracking method based on orthogonal real-time MRI planes was developed for AF treatments with an MRI-guided radiotherapy system. Four healthy volunteers underwent cardiac MRI of the LA...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Konstantinos V Voudris, Martha Habibi, Panagiotis Karyofillis, Mladen I Vidovich
The volume of cardiac diagnostic procedures involving the use of ionizing radiation has increased rapidly in recent years, and the radiation exposure experienced by patients undergoing any medical imaging procedure has recently obtained a growing attention. Transradial (TR) access is being increasingly used worldwide for diagnostic coronary angiography (CA), and percutaneous coronary interventions, since it offers several benefits as compared to transfemoral (TF) access, such as by reducing hemostasis time and vascular complications, increased patient comfort, reduced hospital stay, and lower cost...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Marc Dewey, Matthias Rief, Peter Martus, Benjamin Kendziora, Sarah Feger, Henryk Dreger, Sascha Priem, Fabian Knebel, Marko Böhm, Peter Schlattmann, Bernd Hamm, Eva Schönenberger, Michael Laule, Elke Zimmermann
OBJECTIVE:  To evaluate whether invasive coronary angiography or computed tomography (CT) should be performed in patients clinically referred for coronary angiography with an intermediate probability of coronary artery disease. DESIGN:  Prospective randomised single centre trial. SETTING:  University hospital in Germany. PARTICIPANTS:  340 patients with suspected coronary artery disease and a clinical indication for coronary angiography on the basis of atypical angina or chest pain...
October 24, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Annemarie M den Harder, Jelmer M Wolterink, Martin J Willemink, Arnold M R Schilham, Pim A de Jong, Ricardo P J Budde, Hendrik M Nathoe, Ivana Išgum, Tim Leiner
PURPOSE: To determine the effect of model-based iterative reconstruction (IR) on coronary calcium quantification using different submillisievert CT acquisition protocols. METHODS: Twenty-eight patients received a clinically indicated non contrast-enhanced cardiac CT. After the routine dose acquisition, low-dose acquisitions were performed with 60%, 40% and 20% of the routine dose mAs. Images were reconstructed with filtered back projection (FBP), hybrid IR (HIR) and model-based IR (MIR) and Agatston scores, calcium volumes and calcium mass scores were determined...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Debabrata Dash
Despite the continuing developments of improved medical devices and increasing operator expertize, coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) remains as one of the most challenging lesion subsets in interventional cardiology. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of CTO is a complex procedure carrying the risk of complications that are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. The complications can be classified as coronary (such as coronary occlusion, perforation, device embolization, or entrapment); cardiac non-coronary (such as periprocedural myocardial infarction); extra cardiac (such as vascular access complications, systemic embolization, contrast-induced nephropathy, and radiation-induced injury)...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Kai-Che Wei, Kuo-Chung Yang, Lee-Wei Chen, Wen-Chung Liu, Wen-Chieh Chen, Wen-Yen Chiou, Ping-Chin Lai
With increasing use of cardiac fluoroscopic intervention, the incidence of fluoroscopy-induced radiation ulcer is increasing. Radiation ulcer is difficult to manage and currently there are no treatment guidelines. To identify the optimal treatment approaches for managing cardiac fluoroscopy-induced radiation ulcers, we retrospectively reviewed medical records of 13 patients with fluoroscopy-induced radiation ulcers receiving surgical interventions and following up in our hospital from 2012 to 2015. Conventional wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy were of little therapeutic benefit...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yoriaki Matsumoto, Takanori Masuda, Yukari Yamashita, Takayuki Oku, Hirofumi Uyama, Tomoyasu Sato, Naoyuki Imada
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association of vessel visibility and radiation dose using contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) method with low tube voltage in coronary computed tomography angiography (c-CTA). METHODS: We performed electrocardiogram-gated scan of 2.0-mm diameter simulated vessel in the center of the cardiac phantom by the use of a 64-detector CT scanner. Reference CNR was calculated from the target coronary CT number (CTnumberA; 350 Hounsfield units [HU]), epicardial fat CT number (CTnumberB; -100 HU), and target epicardial fat standard deviation (SD) number (SDB; 25 HU) at the 120 kV...
2016: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
Sang-Chol Lee
Chronic hypertension can result in deleterious effects on various vascular organs including the heart and vessels. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has the unique advantage of the ability to assess ventricular volumes and function, valvular abnormalities, vascular pathology, myocardial perfusion and tissue characterization with high accuracy and reproducibility and also avoid the risk of radiation. As this is the case, CMR seems to be an ideal method for comprehensive assessment of patients with systemic hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Satish C Uniyal, Vineet Chaturvedi, Sunil D Sharma, Anurag Rawat
Cardiac interventions often result in high radiation dose to patient's skin, so a reliable indicator in terms of a commonly used dose descriptor is required to monitor skin exposures. In the present study, Gafchromic XR-RV3 film was used to measure the peak skin dose (PSD) during 40 coronary angiography (CA) and 50 percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedures. Corresponding values of kerma-area product (PKA), fluoroscopy time (FT) and reference air-kerma (Ka,r) were recorded and correlated with PSD...
October 15, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Christina K Speirs, Todd A DeWees, Sana Rehman, Alerson Molotievschi, Maria A Velez, Daniel Mullen, Sandra Fergus, Marco Trovo, Jeffrey D Bradley, Cliff G Robinson
INTRODUCTION: In the randomized trial of standard vs high dose chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (LA-NSCLC) (RTOG 0617), overall survival (OS) was worse in the high dose arm. While heart dose was suggested as a contributing factor, actionable parameters have not been established. We present an analysis of clinical and dosimetric parameters impacting OS in this patient population, focusing on heart dose. METHODS: Clinical data was collected on 416 patients with LA-NSLC treated at a single institution, with a subset of 333 available treatment plans re-contoured using RTOG normal tissue guidelines...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Xin Ming, Yuanming Feng, Chengwen Yang, Wei Wang, Ping Wang, Jun Deng
BACKGROUND: Radiation-induced heart disease (RIHD), which affects the patients' prognosis with both acute and late side effects, has been published extensively in the radiotherapy of breast cancer, lymphoma and other benign diseases. Studies on RIHD in lung cancer radiotherapy, however, are less extensive and clear even though the patients with lung cancer are delivered with higher doses to the heart during radiation treatment. METHODS: In this article, after extensive literature search and analysis, we reviewed the current evidence on RIHD in lung cancer patients after their radiation treatments and investigated the potential risk factors for RIHD as compared to other types of cancers...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Balraj Singh, Jennifer M Treece, Ghulam Murtaza, Samit Bhatheja, Steven J Lavine, Timir K Paul
A young otherwise healthy 27-year-old male who has been using anabolic steroids for a long time developed Type I aortic dissection associated with heavy weightlifting. The patient did not have a recent history of trauma to the chest, no history of hypertension, and no illicit drug use. He presented with severe chest pain radiating to back and syncopal event with exertion. Initial vitals were significant for blood pressure of 80/50 mmHg, pulse of 80 beats per minute, respirations of 24 per minute, and oxygen saturation of 92% on room air...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Roshanak R Markley, Asghar Ali, Jonathan Potfay, Walter Paulsen, Ion S Jovin
The appropriate use of echocardiography may reduce the need for invasive diagnostic cardiac procedures. The right side of the heart has recently gained interest among cardiologists as it became clear that abnormalities of the right heart morphology and function are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Echocardiography is easy to perform, relatively cheap, readily available and do not pose the risk of ionizing radiation. Conventional 2D and, more recently, 3D echocardiography provides pertinent anatomic and physiologic information about the right side of the heart...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Katarzyna Rygiel
Advances in oncologic therapies have allowed many patients with breast cancer to achieve better outcomes and longer survival. However, this progress has been tempered by cardiotoxicity, associated with anticancer therapies, ranging from subclinical abnormalities to irreversible life-threatening complications, such as congestive heart failure or cardiomyopathy. In particular, exposure to chemotherapy (CHT), including anthracyclines and trastuzumab, can lead to cardiac dysfunction with short- or long-term consequences, among patients with breast cancer...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Romain Didier, Marco A Magalhaes, Edward Koifman, Florent Leven, Philippe Castellant, Jacques Boschat, Yannic Jobic, Sarkis Kiramijyan, Pierre-Philippe Nicol, Martine Gilard
AIMS: The radiation exposure resulting from cardiovascular procedures may increase the risk of cancer, and/or cause skin injury. Whether the novel cardiovascular automated radiation reduction X-ray system (CARS) can help reduce the patient radiation dose in daily clinical practice remains unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reduction in patient radiation dose with the use of CARS in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory (CCL). METHODS AND RESULTS: This study retrospectively analysed 1,403 consecutives patients who underwent a cardiac catheterisation with coronary angiography (CA) and/or a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Brest University Hospital over the course of one year...
October 10, 2016: EuroIntervention
Aris Karatasakis, Barbara A Danek, Dimitri Karmpaliotis, Khaldoon Alaswad, Farouc A Jaffer, Robert W Yeh, Mitul P Patel, John N Bahadorani, R Michael Wyman, William L Lombardi, J Aaron Grantham, David E Kandzari, Nicholas J Lembo, Anthony H Doing, Jeffrey W Moses, Ajay J Kirtane, Santiago Garcia, Manish A Parikh, Ziad A Ali, Judit Karacsonyi, Sanjog Kalra, Bavana V Rangan, Pratik Kalsaria, Craig A Thompson, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S Brilakis
OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the impact of proximal cap ambiguity on procedural techniques and outcomes for coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: We examined the clinical and angiographic characteristics and outcomes of 1021 CTO-PCIs performed between 2012 and 2015 at 11 United States centers. RESULTS: Proximal cap ambiguity was present in 31% of target lesions and was associated with increased clinical and angiographic complexity (prior coronary artery bypass graft surgery: 43% vs 33%; P=...
October 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Philipp Attanasio, Melika Mirdamadi, Jean-Yves Wielandts, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Pierre Jais, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Martin Huemer
AIMS: For cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantations, visualization of lead placement is necessary and fluoroscopy remains by far the most commonly used technique. With simple changes in the X-ray system settings, total radiation dose can be reduced significantly. The purpose of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of various CIED implantations performed after implementation of a new dose reduction protocol (DRP). METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 584 patients undergoing CIED implantation or revision in our hospital...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
P Laborda-Vidal, B Pedro, M Baker, A R Gelzer, J Dukes-McEwan, T W Maddox
Pulmonic stenosis (PS) is the most common congenital cardiac disease in dogs. Boxers and English bulldogs are among the most commonly affected breeds and also commonly associated with an aberrant coronary artery (CA). If an aberrant CA is suspected and balloon valvuloplasty indicated, an intra-operative angiography is recommended prior to the procedure. ECG-gated computed tomography (CT) can be used to screen for CA anomalies in a quick and minimally-invasive way (preventing side effects associated with selective catheter angiography) and allowing early planning of the procedure...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
Franck Levy, Laura Iacuzio, Filippo Civaia, Stephane Rusek, Carine Dommerc, Nicolas Hugues, Clara Alexandrescu, Vincent Dor, Christophe Tribouilloy, Gilles Dreyfus
BACKGROUND: Recently, 1.5-Tesla cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) was reported to provide a reliable alternative to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for the quantification of aortic stenosis (AS) severity. Few data are available using higher magnetic field strength MRI systems in this context. AIMS: To evaluate the feasibility and reproducibility of the assessment of aortic valve area (AVA) using 3-Tesla CMR in routine clinical practice, and to assess concordance between TTE and CMR for the estimation of AS severity...
September 28, 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
Takayuki Yabe, Mikihoto Toda, Rine Nakanishi, Daiga Saito, Ippei Watanabe, Ryo Okubo, Hideo Amano, Takanori Ikeda
BACKGROUND: The treatment strategy for in-stent restenosis (ISR) with bifurcation lesions has not been well explored. We examined the clinical outcomes between final kissing balloon technique (FKBT) after stent implantation and single-stent implantation without FKBT for bifurcation ISR lesions. METHODS: We identified 115 consecutive ISR with bifurcation lesions among 108 patients who underwent drug-eluting stent implantation. The patients were divided into the FKBT group (34 patients, 35 lesions) and the non-FKBT group (74 patients, 80 lesions)...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
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