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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 143-144
Web-review: Cardiac Imaging


Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Army Hospital (Research and Referral), Delhi Cantt - 110 010, India

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Indrajit I K. Web-review: Cardiac Imaging. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2007;17:143-4

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Indrajit I K. Web-review: Cardiac Imaging. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Aug 15];17:143-4. Available from: http://www.ijri.org/text.asp?2007/17/2/143/33627
  1. Interactive  Atlas More Details of Whole Body Cross-Sectional Imaging Anatomy. Few useful websites dealing with Cardiac Imaging and related topics, that are available at the moment on the Internet are reviewed below: at http://www.e-anatomy.org/ is an e-Learning website. It deals with "sectional anatomy of human body, with interactive self-study and assessment tools, based on more than 1500 MR and CT slices". A featured section on Heart and Coronary arteries (CT) authored by Micheau A Hoa D, Montpellier University Hospital, France, is available at http://www.e-anatomy.org/anatomy/body/heart.html, which allows cine runs through multi-slice image series combined with interactive textual information, 3D models and anatomy drawings.
  2. Cardiac MRI Anatomical Atlas is a basic anatomical primer available at http://www.scmr.org/education/atlas/intro/mrilinks.htm. The atlas authored by Steven Thrupp et al from Auckland Cardiac MRI Research Group and co workers, contains illustrative description on the five different views of the heart: sagittal, coronal, axial, long axis and short axis. The cross-sectional cardiac anatomy view sets, taken at end-diastole comprises of nearly 100 anatomical images with over 750 labels. Enabled by Java applets, one can conveniently manipulate the zoom, pan, labels, brightness and contrast of individual images.
  3. A Guide to Cardiac Imaging at http://www.simplyphysics.com/Cardiac_1.html describes the standardized cardiac imaging planes used in a typical MRI examination. To determine the correct orientation of the imaging planes, diagrammatical descriptions of vertical long axis (VLA) or 2 chamber view (2C), horizontal long axis (HLA or 4 chamber view (4C) and multiple, contiguous short axis views are available.
  4. Cardiac CT and Coronary CTA at http://www.ctisus.com/rsna_2006/cardiac_cta/index.html focuses on Cardiac Applications in MDCT as well as Dual Source CT. This outstanding educative portal administered by EK Fishman, MD, is sourced from the Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University. The site makes learning Cardiac CT meaningful by a series of lectures, case studies, teaching files and academic pearls. Sponsored symposium on Cardiac CT by GE Healthcare Technologies and Siemens, are available at http://www.ctisus.org/lectures/lecturecontent.html. Cardiac CT Vodcasts are also available, here . Vodcasts or Video podcast is a term denoting online delivery of genuine video clip content.
  5. The Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Unit of the Royal Brompton Hospital and National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College established in 1984, has its official website at http://www.rbh-cmr.org/. An offshoot of its research in CMRI is a dedicated software called CMR Tools. For more information on CMR Tools, one can browse http://www.rbh-cmr.org/tocCMRTools.htm.
  6. Cardiovascular MRI Teaching File is available at http://www.cardiac-mri.com/. This educational web site offers clinical information about cardiovascular imaging. The Teaching File is compiled by Andrι J. Duerinckx, MD-PhD, Professor of Radiology and Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
  7. Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at http://www.scct.org/ is a recently formed body focusing on cardiovascular computed tomography and "committed to the further development of cardiovascular computed tomography through education, training, accreditation, quality control and research". A set of SCCT Newsletter is archived from July 2005 to August 2006.
  8. PASA or the "Centre for Purchasing and Supplying Agency" available at http://www.pasa.doh.gov.uk/evaluation/ is a premier website for comparing and evaluating Cardiac MDCT and MRI equipment . Created for Evidence-based Purchasing for NHS in Sep 2005, PASA offers a variety of in-depth evaluation reports and comparison reports on various types of MDCT scanners at http://www.pasa.doh.gov.uk/evaluation/publications/dier/computed_tomography.asp and MRI Scanners at http://www.pasa.doh.gov.uk/evaluation/publications/dier/magnetic_resonance.asp.
  9. MRI Safety, a premier information resource for magnetic resonance safety, is available at http://www.mrisafety.com/. This site developed and maintained by Dr F.G. Shellock provides up-to-date information on MRI safety-related topics. Impressively, latest information is provided for MR scanning of patients with Cardiac pacemakers, Coronary stents and other medical devices. A key feature of the site is the List, which is a searchable database that contains information on 1500 objects tested at various field strengths.
  10. Criteria, Guidelines, Statements: A few of the salient Cardiac CT/MRI related criteria, guidelines, statements available at the moment, are given below:

    a. Clinical indications for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR): Consensus Panel Report authored by Pennell DJ et al is sourced from European Heart Journal. It is available at http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/25/21/1940.

    b. ACCF/AHA Clinical Competence Statement on Cardiac imaging with Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance is available from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology at http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/full/46/2/383.

    c. American College of Radiology Clinical Statement on Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging is available from the journal Radiology at http://radiology.rsnajnls.org/cgi/content/full/235/3/723

    d. The 2006 Appropriateness Criteria for Cardiac Computed Tomography and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging is available from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology at http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/full/48/7/1475, featuring 39 Cardiac CT and 33 Cardiac MR clinical indications.

    e. The 2006 AHA Scientific Statement on Assessment of Coronary Artery Disease by Cardiac Computed Tomography is available from the journal Circulation at http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/114/16/1761.

    f. The ACCF/AHA 2007 Clinical Expert Consensus Document on coronary artery calcium scoring by Computed Tomography in global cardiovascular risk assessment and in evaluation of patients with chest pain is available from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology at http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/full/49/3/378.



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Learning Radiology at http://www.learningradiology.com/ is an "award-winning educational site aimed primarily at medical students and radiology residents. It contains "lectures, handouts, images, cases of the week, archives of case quizzes, flashcards of differential diagnoses and "most commons" lists, primarily in chest, GI, cardiac and bone radiology". LearningRadiology.com is administered by William Herring, MD, at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Moving to Radiology Search Engines, GoldMiner™ at http://goldminer.arrs.org, is an "image-centric" service of the American Roentgen Ray Society. Created by Dr. Charles Kahn of the Medical College of Wisconsin, with help from Cheng Thao, MS, GoldMiner TM rummages images from a large collection of open-access respected, peer-reviewed journal articles. For the techno geeks, GoldMiner™ uses an user interface, a web robot "scanner" that reads figure captions, a "parser" that automatically indexes text of figure legends integrating it with a versatile vocabulary searching.

Similarly, Yottalook at http://www.yottalook.com/ is a free radiology-centric search engine that seeks out images from various online peer-reviewed radiology sources. Incidentally, Yotta is a SI (system of units) prefix denoting 10 to the power of 24. This Radiology Search Engine searches a) Article references refined further by differentials and/or PDF and b) Peer-reviewed images refined further by excluding charts and graphs. The above searches can be fine tuned further by choosing modality or scholarly databases or by specific sections .

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