InformAI secures $2.2M NIH grant
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded InformAI a $2.2 million grant to further the company's development of its CT-based TransplantAI software for organ donor-recipient pairing. InformAI plans to use the small business innovation research (SBIR) grant for continued research and development work that will include building predictive models for heart and lung transplant outcomes and creating a clinical decision support informatics platform to assist organ transplant surgeons in matching donor organs with patient recipients, according to InformAI. “There is an urgent need for improved and integrated predicti...
Source: Headlines - February 19, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: staff writers Tags: Industry News Cardiovascular Radiology Chest Radiology Source Type: news

Coding changes that will impact radiology practices in 2024
Erin Stephens.The annual update to the Current Procedural Terminology1 (CPT) for 2024 has 230 new codes, 70 revised codes, and 49 deleted codes. In addition, there are 395 new diagnosis codes contained in the ICD-10-CM2 update, about one-third of them describing new ways to capture accidents and injuries. Although relatively few of these changes will impact radiology practices, it’s essential to know what they are and adjust your practice systems accordingly. Diagnostic radiology Coronary Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) with CT: New Category I code 75580 will replace Category III codes 0501T, 0502T, 0503T, and 0504T to ...
Source: Headlines - February 12, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Erin Stephens Tags: Practice Management Source Type: news

Rapid Weight Loss a Diabetic Retinopathy Risk?
(MedPage Today) -- While rapid weight-loss with bariatric surgery or drugs might temporarily worsen diabetic retinopathy as blood sugar levels are rapidly corrected, the low overall risk likely doesn't outweigh the benefits of weight loss, according... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - February 12, 2024 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

TriHealth unveils 33,000-square-foot eighth floor addition at Bethesda North
Located on the Bethesda North's recently built eighth floor, the new hospital wing will provide enhanced care for patients undergoing treatments including surgical oncology and cardio-thoracic surgery. (Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 9, 2024 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Christian LeDuc Source Type: news

Bariatric Surgery & BP Control; PFA Vasospasm Aftermath; Texas Cardiologist Arrested
(MedPage Today) -- Even with controlled blood pressure (BP), visit-to-visit systolic BP variability predicts cardiovascular events and may be traced partly to choice of medication. (European Heart Journal) Bariatric surgery proved more effective... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - February 6, 2024 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Pushback on Rule for Surgical Lymph Node Sampling During Lung Resection
(MedPage Today) -- SAN ANTONIO -- Thoracic surgeons were fired up about minimum expectations for surgical lymph node assessment in conjunction with lung cancer resection during a debate at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) annual meeting... (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - January 31, 2024 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

CABG Surgeons Link Multi-Arterial Grafts to Patient Longevity
(MedPage Today) -- SAN ANTONIO -- Researchers made a case for superior long-term survival with multi-arterial grafts (MAGs) during multivessel coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, with some arguing that this should be more widely adopted... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - January 31, 2024 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Drug-Related Endocarditis: A First Stab at Recommendations for Surgeons
(MedPage Today) -- SAN ANTONIO -- In response to the opioid epidemic, a primer to treating infective endocarditis (IE) specifically related to drug use was released by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). A workforce on the surgical management... (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - January 30, 2024 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

EVT appears underused in certain stroke patients
In this study, patients hospitalized with ischemic stroke and cardiac intervention may be less than half as likely to receive EVT as those without cardiac intervention,” the group wrote. Ultimately, the lower rates of EVT after cardiac intervention seen in the study could be explained by multiple factors: delays in diagnosis, clinician reluctance due to perceived higher procedural risk, or patients being ineligible, the researchers suggested. They noted that additional studies are needed to explore these issues. “Given the known benefit of EVT, there is a need to better understand the reasons for lower rates of EVT ...
Source: Headlines - January 30, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Will Morton Tags: Subspecialties Cardiovascular Radiology Neuroradiology Source Type: news

Cooling Technique Frowned Upon in Aortic Arch Surgery
(MedPage Today) -- SAN ANTONIO -- During aortic arch surgery, even short bouts of hypothermic circulatory arrest (HCA) were associated with neurocognitive and neuroimaging deficits after surgery regardless of the level of hypothermia applied... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - January 29, 2024 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Surgical LAA Closure Rises to the Top in STS Guideline for Afib
(MedPage Today) -- SAN ANTONIO -- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) made a big push for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion in updated guidelines for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (Afib). In this document, concomitant... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - January 28, 2024 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

AI may help plan new treatment in scoliosis patients
An AI model for x-ray imaging could help clinicians plan treatment other than spinal fusions in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, according to research published January 14 in PLOS One. The study proposes a machine learning-based tool for planning anterior vertebral body tethering (AVBT), an emerging minimally invasive surgical treatment, noted first author Ausilah Alfraihat, a PhD student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and colleagues. “The current model has potential to serve as a valuable clinical tool, providing insight into the optimal timing of intervention and surgical planning parameters,...
Source: Headlines - January 17, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Will Morton Tags: Subspecialties Digital X-Ray Musculoskeletal Radiology Source Type: news

Royal Philips lauds joint expert statement on IVUS use
Royal Philips is lauding a joint expert opinion statement that highlights the advantages of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) use in peripheral arterial and deep venous interventions. The opinion was authored by a group of multidisciplinary cardiovascular specialists from medical societies. It was published simultaneously in the Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and the Journal of Vascular Surgery-Vascular Insights. In the document, a panel consisting of 15 physicians from six cardiovascular specialty societies reviewed current evid...
Source: Headlines - January 12, 2024 Category: Radiology Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

U.S. societies publish proceedings on IVUS procedures
Proceedings from an expert roundtable held to discuss the benefits of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) have been published jointly by leading specialty journals.The roundtable focused on current challenges in diagnosing and treating lower extremity revascularization, knowledge and data gaps, and the potential role of IVUS in addressing these challenges, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) said, in a statement.Experts shared their insights and experiences from the fields of interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, and vascular surgery. Participants highlighted the potential of IVUS...
Source: Headlines - January 9, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: staff writers Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

CardioMech secures $13 million for clinical trial of heart valve device
CardioMech is developing a heart valve repair device that treats degenerative mitral regurgitation, a cardiovascular ailment usually treated by open-heart surgery. It plans to open a clinical trial early next year. (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 2, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alyxandra Sego Source Type: news