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J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) ; 23(5): 290-303, 2022 05 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1883852

ABSTRACT

In the past 20 years, cardiac computed tomography (CCT) has become a pivotal technique for the noninvasive diagnostic workup of coronary and cardiac diseases. Continuous technical and methodological improvements, combined with fast growing scientific evidence, have progressively expanded the clinical role of CCT. Randomized clinical trials documented the value of CCT in increasing the cost-effectiveness of the management of patients with acute chest pain presenting in the emergency department, also during the pandemic. Beyond the evaluation of stents and surgical graft patency, the anatomical and functional coronary imaging have the potential to guide treatment decision-making and planning for complex left main and three-vessel coronary disease. Furthermore, there has been an increasing demand to use CCT for preinterventional planning in minimally invasive procedures, such as transcatheter valve implantation and mitral valve repair. Yet, the use of CCT as a roadmap for tailored electrophysiological procedures has gained increasing importance to assure maximum success. In the meantime, innovations and advanced postprocessing tools have generated new potential applications of CCT from the simple coronary anatomy to the complete assessment of structural, functional and pathophysiological biomarkers of cardiac disease. In this complex and revolutionary scenario, it is urgently needed to provide an updated guide for the appropriate use of CCT in different clinical settings. This manuscript, endorsed by the Italian Society of Cardiology (SIC) and the Italian Society of Medical and Interventional Radiology (SIRM), represents the second of two consensus documents collecting the expert opinion of cardiologists and radiologists about current appropriate use of CCT.


Subject(s)
Cardiology , Cardiomyopathies , Heart Diseases , Neoplasms , Chest Pain , Coronary Artery Bypass , Humans , Radiology, Interventional , Stents , Tomography, X-Ray Computed/methods
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Eur Radiol ; 32(7): 4352-4360, 2022 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1712233

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVES: To assess clinical and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging features of patients with peri-myocarditis following Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination. METHODS: We retrospectively collected a case series of 27 patients who underwent CMR in the clinical suspect of heart inflammation following COVID-19 vaccination, from 16 large tertiary centers. Our patient's cohort was relatively young (36.6 ± 16.8 years), predominately included males (n = 25/27) with few comorbidities and covered a catchment area of approximately 8 million vaccinated patients. RESULTS: CMR revealed typical mid-subepicardial non-ischemic late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in 23 cases and matched positively with CMR T2 criteria of myocarditis. In 7 cases, typical hallmarks of acute pericarditis were present. Short-term follow-up (median = 20 days) from presentation was uneventful for 25/27 patients and unavailable in two cases. CONCLUSIONS: While establishing a causal relationship between peri-myocardial inflammation and vaccine administration can be challenging, our clinical experience suggests that CMR should be performed for diagnosis confirmation and to drive clinical decision-making and follow-up. KEY POINTS: • Acute onset of dyspnea, palpitations, or acute and persisting chest pain after COVID-19 vaccination should raise the suspicion of possible myocarditis or pericarditis, and patients should seek immediate medical attention and treatment to help recovery and avoid complications. • In case of elevated troponin levels and/or relevant ECG changes, cardiac magnetic resonance should be considered as the best non-invasive diagnostic option to confirm the diagnosis of myocarditis or pericarditis and to drive clinical decision-making and follow-up.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Myocarditis , Pericarditis , Arrhythmias, Cardiac , COVID-19 Vaccines/adverse effects , Contrast Media/pharmacology , Gadolinium/pharmacology , Humans , Inflammation , Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Male , Myocarditis/diagnostic imaging , Myocarditis/etiology , Pericarditis/diagnostic imaging , Pericarditis/etiology , Retrospective Studies , Vaccination
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Radiol Med ; 125(11): 1124-1134, 2020 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-911932

ABSTRACT

Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the heart muscle, diagnosed by histological, immunological, and immunohistochemical criteria. Endomyocardial biopsy represents the diagnostic gold standard for its diagnosis but is infrequently used. Due to its noninvasive ability to detect the presence of myocardial edema, hyperemia and necrosis/fibrosis, Cardiac MR imaging is routinely used in the clinical practice for the diagnosis of acute myocarditis. Recently pixel-wise mapping of T1 and T2 relaxation time have been introduced into the clinical Cardiac MR protocol increasing its accuracy. Our paper will review the role of MR imaging in the diagnosis of acute myocarditis.


Subject(s)
Cardiac Imaging Techniques/methods , Endocardium/pathology , Magnetic Resonance Imaging/methods , Myocarditis/diagnostic imaging , Acute Disease , Adult , Asymptomatic Diseases , Betacoronavirus , Bioprospecting , COVID-19 , Chronic Disease , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Female , Humans , Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cine , Male , Middle Aged , Multidetector Computed Tomography , Myocarditis/etiology , Myocarditis/pathology , Pandemics , Pericarditis/diagnostic imaging , Pericarditis/etiology , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Prognosis , SARS-CoV-2
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Eur Radiol ; 30(12): 6635-6644, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-652558

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVES: To perform an online survey aimed at evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on Italian radiology departments. METHODS: We launched a survey composed of 25 questions about how COVID-19 has changed the safety and organization of daily activity in Italian radiology units. RESULTS: A total of 2136/10,564 (20.2%) radiologists of the Italian Society of Medical and Interventional Radiology participated. Two-thirds performed at least one diagnostic/interventional procedure on COVID-19 patients. The 88.1% reported a reduction in the elective imaging volumes, with US, mammography, and MRI having shown the greater decrease (41.1%, 23.9%, and 21.1%, respectively). In 69.6% of cases, institutions had trouble getting personal protective equipment (PPE), especially public hospitals and southern institutions. Less than 30% of participants were subjected to RT-PCR swab test, although 81.5% believed that it should be done on all health workers and 70% suggested it as the most important measure to improve safety at work. Slightly more than half of participants declared to work safely and felt to be adequately protected by their institutions. Up to 20% of northern participants were redeployed to clinical services. The first imaging examination performed by admitted COVID-19 patients was chest radiography in 76.3% of cases. Almost half of participants reported that less than 30% of health workers were infected in their radiology department, with higher rates in northern regions and public institutions. CONCLUSIONS: This snapshot of the current situation in Italian radiology departments could be used to harmonize the organization of working activity in order to safely and effectively face this pandemic. KEY POINTS: • More than two-thirds of institutions had trouble getting PPE for health workers, with public hospitals and southern institutions that presented more procurement problems • A substantial drop of imaging volumes was observed in the vast majority of Italian radiology departments, mostly due to the decrease of ultrasound, mammography, and MRI, especially in private practice were working activity was stopped in 13.3% of institutions • RT-PCR swab to health workers was reported as the most suggested measure by Italian radiologists to improve safety at work, as more than 80% of them believed that it should be performed to all health workers, although less than 30% were subjected to this test.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Emergencies , Emergency Service, Hospital/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Radiologists/statistics & numerical data , Adult , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Female , Humans , Italy/epidemiology , Male , Middle Aged , Personal Protective Equipment , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , SARS-CoV-2 , Surveys and Questionnaires
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