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Friday, February 21, 2014

March 2014 issue of JTI is published
The March 2014 issue of Journal of Thoracic Imaging has been published on-line and in print. The current issues features a symposium on imaging the heart-lung axis guest edited by Dr. Edwin van Beek. The three review articles focus on imaging the close relationship between the lungs and the cardiovascular system. Dr. Andrew Swift and colleagues have authored a review entitled “Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Pulmonary Hypertension: A Practical Approach to the Current State of the Art”. Various techniques are described, and new developments in pulmonary MR angiography are highlighted. Dr. Farbod Rahaghi and colleagues present a review article entitled “Cardiopulmonary Coupling in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The Role of Imaging” that discusses and illustrates recent advancements in vascular and cardiac imaging in patients with COPD. In their paper entitled “Cross-sectional Cardiac Imaging: Prevalence and Significance of Extracardiac Findings”, Dr. Saeed Mirsadraee and colleagues highlight the prevalence and significance of noncardiac findings encountered in cross-sectional cardiac imaging. The authors advocate that the entire anatomy included in the image data set be evaluated for unsuspected, significant findings. Also included in the March 2014 issue of JTI are five original articles. Seyed Ameli-Renani et al. have published “Dual-energy Computed Tomography in the Assessment of Vascular and Parenchymal Enhancement in Suspected Pulmonary Hypertension”. The authors conclude that there is increased pulmonary artery enhancement in patients with pulmonary hypertension with a reciprocal reduction and greater variation in parenchymal enhancement. Furthermore, the authors show that the dual energy CT ratio of central to parenchymal enhancement correlates with pulmonary vascular resistance and may help identify patients with pulmonary hypertension. Web-only content in this issue includes a report entitled “Disseminated Pulmonary Penicilliosis in a Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient” by Dr. Kentarou Akata and is part of the series of reports from the Japanese Society of Thoracic Radiology.