Cardiac & Pulmonary Imaging

New Study Points to Promising Prognostication for Assessing Diffused Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy

UCSF Imaging’s Miguel Hernandez Pampaloni, MD, recently authored a study on PET imaging using regadenoson as a stressor to measure reduced myocardal and coronary blood flow for patients after orthotopic heart transplants.

US Preventative Services Task Force Supports Annual CT Scans for Heavy Smokers!

The US Preventative Services Task Force has released new recommendations in favor of annual CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. The decision is yet another step forward for screening advocates and the change in policy has the potential to save 20,000 lives each year, experts say.

Study: CT Scans Better Predictor of Heart Disease

A study published in Radiology and highlighted on TIME’s Healthland finds that coronary CT angiography may be a better predictor of heart attack risk than cholesterol tests and blood pressure readings.

Women vs. Men: Female Smokers Now Face Increased Lung- Cancer Mortality Risk

When it comes to men versus women, women are now in the lead… But this isn’t a race that either gender wants to win. For the first time, women who smoke are more likely to die of lung cancer than male smokers.

Principal Investigator Discusses New Coronary CT Angiography Research at UCSF

In a recent blog, I reported that two current studies support the belief that coronary CT angiography is as good as or better than the current clinical standard practice performed to exclude coronary disease in the emergency room. Read about the second study.

Recent Studies Show Advantages of Coronary CT Angiography in the Emergency Room

Recent evidence supports the belief that coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) is as good as or better than the current clinical standard practice performed to exclude coronary disease in the emergency room.

Further Validation: NCCN Recommends Lung Cancer Screening

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recently updated their recommendations in favor of lung cancer screening. This is the first professional group to come out in favor of lung cancer screening.

Lung Cancer Screening: Excellent for Lung Cancer Detection, Still Questionable for Incidental Malignancies

While the results of the NLST are encouraging for early lung cancer detection, additional unexpected benefits require supplementary research.

UCSF Radiology Encourages Low- dose CT with Lung Cancer Screening Program

UCSF has launched the Lung Cancer Screening Program, an initiative designed for early cancer detection through low- dose CT.

Cardiac Imaging and Chest Pain: Questions for Patients

I came across this article and thought it would make a good basis for a blog post about what to ask your doctor if you are experiencing intermittent chest pain. Some questions that came to mind include, “When should I worry about chest pain?” and “How can my doctor use medical tests to come to a final answer about my actual condition?”

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