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Current events in cardiopulmonary radiology, updates about the journal’s web site features, and links to other web sites of interest to cardiopulmonary radiologists.
Monday, July 13, 2015

Published ahead of print in JTI are two new articles on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), both part of an upcoming JTI symposium.


Julian Wichmann and colleagues have published “Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Imaging Techniques for Aortic Root Sizing”, a review article. This article describes current prostheses, aortic root sizing algorithms including CT and cardiac MRI. The authors also describe methods for reducing iodinated contrast volume.


Gilat Grunau and colleagues have published the review article “Clinical Aspects and Current Evidence Base for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation”. This article reviews the clinical aspects of TAVR including how the procedure is performed, and published evidence on outcomes and complications is reviewed. Furthermore, the authors describe special clinical situations including diabetes and patients with previous coronary arterial bypass grafting.


Friday, June 12, 2015

The July 2015 issue of JTI has been published in print and on line.

The Expert Opinion feature asks whether or not there is still a role for filtered-back projection in cardiothoracic CT. Check out what our experts have to say!

Three new review articles are available to readers:

  1. “Diffuse parenchymal abnormalities in acutely dyspneic patients: a pattern-based approach” by Marie-Helene Levesque and colleagues

  2. “Acute thoracic findings in oncologic patients” by Brett Carter and Jeremy Erasmus

  3. Available for 1.5 hours of self-assessment – CME (SA-CME) credit is “Imaging evaluation of mediastinal masses in children and adults: practical diagnostic approach based on a new classification system” by Paul Thacker and colleagues.

Two original research articles are also available:

  1. “Prevalence of venoatrial compression by lymphadenopathy in sarcoidosis” by Matthieu Gomes and colleagues.

  2. “Enhancement characteristics of the computed tomography pulmonary angiography test bolus curve and its use in predicting right ventricular dysfunction and mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism” by Caiying Li and colleagues.

Web exclusive content includes:

  1. A pictorial essay entitled “Utility of low-dose high-pitch scanning for pediatric cardiac computed tomographic imaging” by Christopher Long and colleagues

  2. Abstracts from the joint meeting of the Fleischner Society and the European Society of Thoracic Imaging, which was held June 4-6. 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Published ahead-of-print in JTI is an original article by Dr. Sujay Sheth and colleagues comparing risk from core lung biopsy for biomarker analysis versus conventional biopsy. The study cohort comprised 200 patients, 23 of whom underwent core biopsy for biomarker analysis. Subjects in the biomarker biopsy arm had a mean of 5.1 core samples compared to 2.9 core samples for the control arm. The pneumothorax rates between the two arms were not statistically different with 30.4% in the biomarker group and 37.6% in the control group. Furthermore, rate of pleural drainage catheter placement were not significantly different between the groups at 16.8% for the control group and 8.7% for the biomarker group. The authors conclude that lung core needle biopsy for biomarker assessment, which typically requires more cores, is not associated with increased complication rate as compared to standard biopsy technique.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

The May 2015 issue of JTI has been published in print and on line. This issue includes a symposium on cardiothoracic emergency imaging, guest edited by Drs. Sanjeev Bhalla and Ioannis Vlahos. The symposium includes the following review articles:

  • “Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography for the Assessment of Acute Chest Pain in the Emergency Department: Evidence, Guidelines, and Tips for Implementation” by Dr. Alan Ropp and colleagues

  • “Diagnosing Acute Pulmonary Embolism With Computed Tomography: Imaging Update” by Dr. Anand Devarak and colleagues

  • “Acute Aortic Syndromes: Current Status” by Drs. Carole Ridge and Diana Litmanovich

  • “Acute Traumatic Aortic Injury: Practical Considerations for the Diagnostic Radiologist” by Dr. Constantine Raptis and colleagues.

This issue’s Expert Opinion question focuses on how and when to perform CT myocardial perfusion imaging.

Also included in this issue is an original article entitled “Left Atrial Transverse Diameter on Computed Tomography Angiography Can Accurately Diagnose Left Atrial Enlargement in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation” by Dr. Sahand Sohrabi and colleagues.

Web exclusive content in this issue includes the next installment in Signs in Cardiopulmonary Imaging on the luftsichel sign by Drs. Kevin Day and Isabel Oliva. Other web exclusive content includes the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Acute Respiratory Illness in Immunocompromised Patients by Dr. Darel Heitkamp and colleagues and the scientific and educational abstracts from the 2015 Society of Thoracic Radiology annual meeting and postgraduate course.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Published ahead-of-print in JTI are two new symposium review articles:

Drs. Brett Carter and Jeremy Erasmus from MD Anderson Cancer center have authored a review article entitled, “Acute Thoracic Findings in Oncologic Patients”. Their review article covers a variety of topics including drug toxicity, pulmonary infections, pulmonary embolism, superior vena cava syndrome, cardiac tamponade, massive hemoptysis, acute mediastinitis, and spinal cord compression.

Dr. Constantine Raptis and colleagues from Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis have written a review article entitled “Acute Traumatic Aortic Injury Practical Considerations for the Diagnostic Radiologist”. The authors review both chest radiographic and CT findings of traumatic aortic injury as well as discuss potential pitfalls encountered on CT as well as proper reporting of the injury, so as to best communicate the results with referring physicians.

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Current events in cardiopulmonary radiology, updates about the journal?s web site features, and links to other web sites of interest to cardiopulmonary radiologists.