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Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Duygu Kocyigit, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Kadri Murat Gurses, Selin Ardali, Gamze Turk, Ugur Canpolat, Banu Evranos, Hikmet Yorgun, Tuncay Hazirolan, Kudret Aytemir
AIMS: Several studies have investigated the influence of pulmonary vein(PV) anatomy on outcomes of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. We aimed to evaluate the relationship between PV orientation and AF-free survival following cryoablation. METHODS: 160 patients scheduled for cryoablation between September 2012-March 2014 were included. Patients underwent a pre-procedural cardiac CT scan with retrospective ECG gating. PV orientation was assessed according to the position of the PV orifice relative to the sagittal plane with reference to coronal and horizontal planes...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
V Tuncay, R Vliegenthart, M A M den Dekker, G J de Jonge, J K van Zandwijk, P van der Harst, M Oudkerk, P M A van Ooijen
AIM: To assess the association of coronary artery geometry with the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: 73 asymptomatic individuals at increased risk of CAD due to peripheral vascular disease (18 women, mean age 63.5 ± 8.2 years) underwent coronary computed tomography angiography (coronary CTA) using first generation dual-source CT. Curvature and tortuosity of the coronary arteries were quantified using semi-automatically generated centerlines...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Nicolaj C Hansson, Jonathon Leipsic, Francesca Pugliese, Henning R Andersen, Alexia Rossi, Matheus Simonato, Kaare T Jensen, Evald H Christiansen, Christian J Terkelsen, Philipp Blanke, Mariann Tang, Lars R Krusell, Kaj-Erik Klaaborg, Kim Terp, Simon Kennon, Danny Dvir, Hans Erik Bøtker, John Webb, Bjarne L Nørgaard
OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the impact of aortic root calcium on the risk of significant paravalvular regurgitation (sPAR) in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: In 302 consecutive patients from 3 centers, aortic root calcium was quantified volumetrically on pre-TAVR multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in three regions: 1) the aortic valve region, 2) the overall left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) and 3) the upper LVOT. Transcathether heart valve (THV) oversizing was calculated as (THV nominal area/MDCT annular area-1) × 100...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Todd C Villines
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
M Marwan, F Ammon, D Bittner, J Röther, N Mekkhala, M Hell, A Schuhbaeck, G Gitsioudis, R Feyrer, C Schlundt, S Achenbach, M Arnold
INTRODUCTION: We assessed the potential of CT strain to detect changes in myocardial function in patients referred for TAVI pre and post intervention. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 25 consecutive patients with symptomatic aortic valve stenosis in whom TAVI had been performed were included in this analysis. Functional CT data sets acquired before and 3 to 6 months after TAVI were available. Multiphase reconstructions in increments of 10% of the cardiac cycle were rendered and transferred to a dedicated workstation (Ziostation2, Ziosoft Inc...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Hironori Kitabata, Jonathon Leipsic, Manesh R Patel, Koen Nieman, Bernard De Bruyne, Campbell Rogers, Gianluca Pontone, Bjarne L Nørgaard, Jeroen J Bax, Gilbert Raff, Kavitha M Chinnaiyan, Mark Rabbat, Niels Peter Rønnow Sand, Philipp Blanke, Timothy A Fairbairn, Hitoshi Matsuo, Tetsuya Amano, Tomohiro Kawasaki, Yoshihiro Morino, Takashi Akasaka
BACKGROUND: To date, the clinical utility of coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA)-derived fractional flow reserve (FFRCT) has been limited to trials and single center experiences. We herein report the incidence of abnormal FFRCT (≤0.80) and the relationship of lesion-specific ischemia to subject demographics, symptoms, and degree of stenosis in the multicenter, prospective ADVANCE registry. METHODS: One thousand patients with suspected angina having documented coronary artery disease on coronary CTA and clinically referred for FFRCT were prospectively enrolled in the registry...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Vikas Gupta, Jonas Lantz, Lilian Henriksson, Jan Engvall, Matts Karlsson, Anders Persson, Tino Ebbers
BACKGROUND: Assessment of myocardial deformation from time-resolved cardiac computed tomography (4D CT) would augment the already available functional information from such an examination without incurring any additional costs. A deformable image registration (DIR) based approach is proposed to allow fast and automatic myocardial tracking in clinical 4D CT images. METHODS: Left ventricular myocardial tissue displacement through a cardiac cycle was tracked using a B-spline transformation based DIR...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Sonia Esseghaier, Imen Megdiche, Rim Aouini, Asma Zidi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Rolf Symons, Younhee Choi, Tyler E Cork, Mark A Ahlman, Marissa Mallek, David A Bluemke, Veit Sandfort
BACKGROUND: To optimize spectral coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) for quantification of coronary artery plaque components. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-one subjects were prospectively enrolled (88.2% male) (NCT02740699). Dual energy coronary CTA was performed at 90/Sn150 kVp using a 3rd generation dual-source CT scanner (SOMATOM Force, Siemens Healthcare). Dual energy images were reconstructed with a) linear mixed blending of 90 and Sn150 kVp data, b) virtual monoenergetic algorithm from 40 to 150 keV (at 10- keV intervals), and c) noise-optimized virtual monoenergetic algorithm from 40 to 150 keV...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Jens Röther, Maximilian Moshage, Damini Dey, Chris Schwemmer, Monique Tröbs, Florian Blachutzik, Stephan Achenbach, Christian Schlundt, Mohamed Marwan
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of a novel prototype for on-site determination of CT-based FFR (cFFR) on a standard personal computer (PC) compared to invasively measured FFR in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. METHODS: A total of 91 vessels in 71 patients (mean age 65 ± 9 years) in whom coronary CT angiography had been performed due to suspicion of coronary artery disease, and who subsequently underwent invasive coronary angiography with FFR measurement were analyzed...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Martin Tibuakuu, Di Zhao, Ankita Saxena, Todd T Brown, Lisa P Jacobson, Frank J Palella, Mallory D Witt, Susan L Koletar, Joseph B Margolick, Eliseo Guallar, Sai Krishna C Korada, Matthew J Budoff, Wendy S Post, Erin D Michos
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected individuals are at increased risk for both sarcopenia and cardiovascular disease. Whether an association between low muscle mass and subclinical coronary artery disease (CAD) exists, and if it is modified by HIV serostatus, are unknown. METHODS: We performed cross-sectional analysis of 513 male MACS participants (72% HIV-infected) who underwent mid-thigh computed tomography (CT) and non-contrast cardiac CT for coronary artery calcium (CAC) during 2010-2013...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Hampton A Crimm, Justin R Taylor, Brian T Fogarty, Todd C Villines
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 27, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Christopher M Ferguson, Alfonso Eirin, Gregory J Michalak, Ahmad F Hedayat, Abdelrhman Abumoawad, Ahmed Saad, Xiangyang Zhu, Stephen C Textor, Cynthia H McCollough, Lilach O Lerman
BACKGROUND: Altered vascular structure or function in several diseases may impair renal perfusion. Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) is a non-invasive tool to assess single-kidney perfusion and function based on dynamic changes in tissue attenuation during contrast media transit. However, changes in basal tissue attenuation might hamper these assessments, despite background subtraction. Evaluation of iodine concentration using the dual-energy (DECT) MDCT mode allows excluding effects of basal values on dynamic changes in tissue attenuation...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
S Deseive, R Straub, M Kupke, A Broersen, P H Kitslaar, S Massberg, M Hadamitzky, J Hausleiter
BACKGROUND: To investigate the incremental prognostic value of low-attenuation plaque volume (LAPV) from coronary CT angiography datasets. METHODS: Quantification of LAPV was performed using dedicated software equipped with an adaptive plaque tissue algorithm in 1577 patients with suspected CAD. A combination of death and acute coronary syndrome was defined as primary endpoint. To assess the incremental prognostic value of LAPV, parameters were added to a baseline model including clinical risk and obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), a baseline model including clinical risk and calcium scoring (CACS) and a baseline model including clinical risk and segment involvement score (SIS)...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Eun Ju Chun, Jin Hee Han, Seung Min Yoo, Hwa Yeon Lee, In Sup Song, Charles S White
BACKGROUND: The CT finding of "vulnerable plaque" is widely regarded as similar to that of a culprit lesion in an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, this hypothesis may not be accurate, since "vulnerable plaques" may substantially change their morphology when they rupture to cause an ACS. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated coronary CT angiography data sets of 25 patients with ACS who had vulnerable (n = 10) or culprit plaques (n = 15)...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Júlia Karády, Ioannis Ntalas, Bernard Prendergast, Christopher Blauth, Steven Niederer, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, Ronak Rajani
There is considerable interest in transcatheter prosthetic valve treatment for mitral valve disease in high-risk individuals. Although the presence of mitral annular calcium (MAC) may provide an anchoring zone for such devices, results to date have been modest with reported technical failure rates approaching 30% in specialist centers. This in part relates to the risk of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction and device dislodgment but also to the lack of specific imaging guidelines to plan for such procedures...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Amar Krishnaswamy, Samir R Kapadia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Thomas J Stocker, Simon Deseive, Marcus Chen, Jonathon Leipsic, Martin Hadamitzky, Ronen Rubinshtein, Erik L Grove, Xiang-Ming Fang, John Lesser, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, Hugo Marques, Daniele Andreini, Ramzi Tabbalat, Joon-Won Kang, Joachim Eckert, Patricia Dickson, Signe H Forsdahl, Jess Lambrechtsen, Roberto C Cury, Jörg Hausleiter
BACKGROUND: Cardiac computed tomography angiography (cardiac CTA) is an increasingly used versatile imaging method to evaluate coronary and cardiac morphology. Owing to improvements in technology, image quality has continuously improved over the last 10-20 years. At the same time, numerous non-randomized and randomized studies have been performed to reduce the associated radiation exposure. Currently, it is unclear if the advances in technology and knowledge about radiation reduction translated into reduced levels of cardiac CTA radiation dose in daily clinical practice as well as a wide utilization of dose-saving strategies...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Bo Xu, Jorge Betancor, Kimi Sato, Serge Harb, Karim Abdur Rehman, Kunal Patel, Arnav Kumar, Paul C Cremer, Wael Jaber, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Paul Schoenhagen, Oussama Wazni
INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion is an emerging treatment option for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who cannot tolerate oral anticoagulation. The Watchman device (Boston Scientific Corporation, Natick, MA, USA) is deployed at the ostium of the LAA, and an appropriately sized device is critical for successful occlusion. However, standardized imaging protocols for device sizing have not been established. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the clinical utility of a standardized imaging protocol, with pre-procedural multi-detector cardiac computed tomography (MDCT), and intra-procedural transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), for Watchman device sizing...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Steven P Rowe, Pamela T Johnson, Elliot K Fishman
BACKGROUND: Cinematic rendering (CR) a new method of 3D computed tomography (CT) volumetric visualization that produces photorealistic images. As with traditional 3D visualization methods, CR may prove to be of value in providing important information when evaluating regions of complex anatomy such as the heart. METHODS: The gated, IV contrast-enhanced chest CT angiogram data from three recent patients were evaluated with CR. Image comparision demonstrates the difference between CR and traditional volume rendering (VR), owing to a more complex lighting model that enhances surface detail and produces realistic shadows to add depth to 3D visualizations...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
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