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Zebin Wang, Yueqiang Wen, Jianbo Liang, Xinling Liang, Wei Shi
Left ventricular (LV) diastolic function was found to be a significant predictor of cardiovascular events and general mortality in dialysis. Studies have indicated that dialysate calcium concentrations were significantly associated with cardiac function. However, the relationship between low calcium dialysate and LV diastolic function has not been clear. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of low calcium dialysate on cardiac function in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. A total of 60 PD patients were enrolled in this study, with a calcium content of the PD solution of 1...
October 19, 2016: Renal Failure
Joseph Cadman, Chester Sutterlin, Danè Dabirrahmani, Richard Appleyard
BACKGROUND: Commercial fusion cages typically provide support in the central region of the endplate, failing to utilize the increased compressive strength around the periphery. This study demonstrates the increase in compressive strength that can be achieved if the bony periphery of the endplate is loaded. METHODS: Sixteen cadaveric lumbar vertebrae (L1-L5) were randomly divided into two even groups. A different commercial mass produced implant (MPI) was allocated to each group: (I) a Polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK) anterior lumber inter-body fusion (ALIF) MPI; and (II) a titanium ALIF MPI...
September 2016: J Spine Surg
Kyoung Im Cho, Min Gu Chon
OBJECTIVE: Inhaled ilroprost can improve clinical status and symptoms in Eisenmenger syndrome (ES). Right ventricular (RV) function is important prognostic factor of pulmonary arterial hypertension. But there has been insufficient data in echocardiographic parameters related to RV function after long term iloprost therapy. So we evaluated effect of long term iloprost treatment on RV function and other parameters measured by echocardiography in this study. DESIGN AND METHOD: Eleven consecutive patients with ES associated with congenital heart disease underwent echocardiographic measurements at baseline and 48 weeks after iloprost therapy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mark Doyle, Gerald M Pohost, C Noel Bairey Merz, Leslee J Shaw, George Sopko, William J Rogers, Barry L Sharaf, Carl J Pepine, Diane V Thompson, Geetha Rayarao, Lindsey Tauxe, Sheryl F Kelsey, Robert W W Biederman
BACKGROUND: We introduce an algorithmic approach to optimize diagnostic and prognostic value of gated cardiac single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and magnetic resonance (MR) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) modalities in women with suspected myocardial ischemia. The novel approach: bio-informatics assessment schema (BIAS) forms a mathematical model utilizing MPI data and cardiac metrics generated by one modality to predict the MPI status of another modality. The model identifies cardiac features that either enhance or mask the image-based evidence of ischemia...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Guido Germano, Paul B Kavanagh, Terrence D Ruddy, R Glenn Wells, Yuan Xu, Daniel S Berman, Piotr J Slomka
OBJECTIVES: This paper investigates the ability of grouped quantification (an expression of the same-patient processing approach, or SPP) to improve repeatability of measurements in patients with multiple SPECT studies, and evaluates its performance compared to standard quantification in a population of 100 patients undergoing rest, stress, gated rest, and gated stress SPECT MPI. All acquisitions were performed twice, back-to-back, for a total of 800 image datasets (8 per patient). METHODS: Each dataset was automatically processed (a) independently, using standard quantitative software, and (b) as a group, together with the other 7 datasets belonging to the same patient, using an SPP-modified version of the software that registered the images to one another using a downhill simplex algorithm for the search of optimal translation, rotation, and scaling parameters...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Guido Germano, Paul B Kavanagh, Mathews B Fish, Mark H Lemley, Yuan Xu, Daniel S Berman, Piotr J Slomka
OBJECTIVES: This paper describes a novel approach (same-patient processing, or SPP) aimed at improving left ventricular segmentation accuracy in patients with multiple SPECT studies, and evaluates its performance compared to conventional processing in a large population of 962 patients undergoing rest and stress electrocardiography-gated SPECT MPI, for a total of 5,772 image datasets (6 per patient). METHODS: Each dataset was independently processed using a standard algorithm, and a shape quality control score (SQC) was produced for every segmentation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
V Giantin, C Falci, E De Luca, E Valentini, M Iasevoli, P Siviero, S Maggi, B Martella, G Crepaldi, S Monfardini, E Manzato
: The Multidimensional Geriatric Assessment (MGA) is currently used for assessing geriatric oncological patients, but a new prognostic index - the Multidimensional Prognostic Index (MPI) - has a demonstrated prognostic value in cancer patients too. The present work was designed to compare the MPI and MGA as predictors of 12-month mortality. 160 patients ≥70 years old with locally-advanced or metastatic solid cancers consecutively joining our Geriatric Oncology Program were administered a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment to calculate their MGA and MPI scores...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Daniel Jin Keat Lee, MaDong Ye, Keith Haozhe Sun, Vishalkumar G Shelat, Aaryan Koura
Introduction. The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes between laparoscopic and open omental patch repair (LOPR versus OR) in patients with similar presentation of perforated peptic ulcer (PPU). The secondary aim was to evaluate the outcomes according to the severity of peritonitis. Methods. All patients who underwent omental patch repair at two university-affiliated institutes between January 2010 and December 2014 were reviewed. Matched cohort between LOPR and OR groups was achieved by only including patients that had ulcer perforation <2 cm in size and symptoms occurring <48 hours...
2016: Surgery Research and Practice
Elsemiek M Engbers, Jorik R Timmer, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Mohamed Mouden, Siert Knollema, Pieter L Jager
The coronary artery calcium (CAC) score provides independent prognostic value on top of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). We sought to determine whether the prognostic value of the CAC score in patients with normal SPECT MPI is gender specific. We studied 3,705 consecutive symptomatic patients without a history of coronary artery disease with normal SPECT MPI. All patients underwent concomitant CAC scoring, which was categorized as CAC score 0, 1 to 99, 100 to 399, 400 to 999, or ≥1,000...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Adriaan Coenen, Marisa M Lubbers, Akira Kurata, Atsushi Kono, Admir Dedic, Raluca G Chelu, Marcel L Dijkshoorn, Alexia Rossi, Robert-Jan M van Geuns, Koen Nieman
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the additional value of transmural perfusion ratio (TPR) in dynamic CT myocardial perfusion imaging for detection of haemodynamically significant coronary artery disease compared with fractional flow reserve (FFR). METHODS: Subjects with suspected or known coronary artery disease were prospectively included and underwent a CT-MPI examination. From the CT-MPI time-point data absolute myocardial blood flow (MBF) values were temporally resolved using a hybrid deconvolution model...
October 4, 2016: European Radiology
Adan Li, Totaro Imasaka
To decrease health-risks to humans, non-toxic compounds were evaluated for use as internal standards for calibrating data obtained by gas chromatography/multiphoton ionization mass spectrometry (GC-MPI-MS) using an ultraviolet femtosecond laser as the ionization source. The retention time in the mass chromatogram was calibrated using a retention index, in which a series of n-alkanes was employed as internal standards for evaluating the retention times for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Zhi Wei Tay, Patrick W Goodwill, Daniel W Hensley, Laura A Taylor, Bo Zheng, Steven M Conolly
Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is a promising new tracer modality with zero attenuation deep in tissue, high contrast and sensitivity, and an excellent safety profile. However, the spatial resolution of MPI is limited to around 1 mm currently and urgently needs to be improved for clinical applications such as angiography and brain perfusion. Although MPI resolution is highly dependent on tracer characteristics and the drive waveforms, optimization is limited to a small subset of possible excitation strategies by current MPI hardware that only does sinusoidal drive waveforms at very few frequencies...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Marine Claudin, Laetitia Imbert, Wassila Djaballah, Nicolas Veran, Sylvain Poussier, Véronique Roch, Mathieu Perrin, Antoine Verger, Henri Boutley, Gilles Karcher, Pierre-Yves Marie
PURPOSE: Gamma-cameras, with Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride (CZT) detectors, allow to perform myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with limited injected activities and recorded times. This study aimed at determining whether the routine assessment of left ventricular (LV) function with such limited counts protocols compares well with reference values from cardiac MRI. METHODS: The study included patients who have undergone cardiac MRI and an MPI routinely planned on a CZT camera with a low-dose protocol (120 MBq of Sestamibi for stress and 360 MBq at rest for 75 kg body weight), while targeting the recording of only 500 myocardial kcounts in order to limit the recording times (<10 minutes for stress, <4 minutes for rest)...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Carmen C van der Pol, Miangela M Lacle, Arjen J Witkamp, Robert Kornegoor, Hui Miao, Christine Bouchardy, Inne Borel Rinkes, Elsken van der Wall, Helena M Verkooijen, Paul J van Diest
PURPOSE: Breast cancer in men is uncommon; it accounts for 1 % of all patients with primary breast cancer. Its treatment is mostly extrapolated from its female counterpart. Accurate predictions are essential for adjuvant systemic treatment decision-making and informing patients. Several predictive models are available for female breast cancer (FBC) including the Morphometric Prognostic Index (MPI), Nottingham Prognostic Index (NPI), Adjuvant! Online and Predict. The aim of this study was to examine and compare the prognostic performance of these models for male breast cancer (MBC)...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Ariel Gutstein, Tamir Bental, Ajejandro Solodky, Israel Mats, Nili Zafrir
BACKGROUND: Stress-only single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SO SPECT MPI) is associated with similarly benign prognosis as stress-rest SPECT MPI. However, previous studies have used attenuation correction rather than prone imaging to increase the rate of SO studies. OBJECTIVES: To assess the prognosis of SO SPECT MPI performed with prone imaging. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of all patients who underwent a Tc-99m gated SPECT MPI over a 58-month period...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Alberto Pilotto, Pietro Gallina, Francesco Panza, Massimiliano Copetti, Alberto Cella, Alfonso Cruz-Jentoft, Julia Daragjati, Luigi Ferrucci, Stefania Maggi, Francesco Mattace-Raso, Marc Paccalin, Maria Cristina Polidori, Eva Topinkova, Gianluca Trifirò, Anna-Karin Welmer, Timo Strandberg, Niccolò Marchionni
Clinical decision-making for statin treatment in older patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) is under debate, particularly in community-dwelling frail patients at high risk of death. In this retrospective observational study on 2,597 community-dwelling patients aged ≥65 years with a previous hospitalization for CAD, we estimated mortality risk assessed with the Multidimensional Prognostic Index (MPI), based on the Standardized Multidimensional Assessment Schedule for Adults and Aged Persons (SVaMA), used to determine accessibility to homecare services/nursing home admission in 2005 to 2013 in the Padua Health District, Veneto, Italy...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Zheng Xu, Yuanyuan Sha, Chao Liu, Sha Li, Jinfeng Liang, Jiahai Zhou, Hong Xu
L-Ribose is a synthetic L-form monosaccharide. It is a building block of many novel nucleotide analog anti-viral drugs. Bio-production of L-ribose relies on a two-step reaction: (i) conversion of L-arabinose to L-ribulose by the catalytic action of L-arabinose isomerase (L-AI) and (ii) conversion of L-ribulose to L-ribose by the catalytic action of L-ribose isomerase (L-RI, EC 5.3.1.B3) or mannose-6-phosphate isomerase (MPI, EC, alternately named as phosphomannose isomerase). Between the two enzymes, L-RI is a rare enzyme that was discovered in 1996 by Professor Izumori's group, whereas MPI is an essential enzyme in metabolic pathways in humans and microorganisms...
November 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Wael Abuzeid, Robert M Iwanochko, Xuesong Wang, S Joseph Kim, Mansoor Husain, Douglas S Lee
BACKGROUND: While renal transplantation is increasingly performed for end-stage renal disease, there is a paucity of data on cardiac screening and prognostication post-transplant. We determined the prognostic value of SPECT-MPI in a cohort who underwent renal transplantation. METHODS: Among 4933 renal transplant recipients identified from the Canadian Organ Replacement Register, we examined outcomes of patients who underwent SPECT-MPI in Ontario, Canada. We determined morbidity and mortality using hospitalization and vital statistics registries, according to SPECT-MPI findings...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Salih Sinan Gultekin, Murat Sadic, Murat Bilgin, Gökhan Koca, Sadik Acikel, Ekrem Yeter, Meliha Korkmaz
AIM: Transient ischemic dilation (TID) is a marker of severe coronary artery disease (CAD). We aimed to assess the incremental value of TID in a cohort of patients with known significant CAD who had recurrence of symptoms after revascularization. METHODS: We identified in our databases 104 patients who had recent coronary revascularization and recurrence of symptoms. 62 patients had PCI (75 arteries) and 42 patients had CABG (104 arteries). All had follow-up stress SPECT MPI and repeat coronary angiography...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Bradley Witbrodt, Abhinav Goyal, Anita A Kelkar, Sharmila Dorbala, Benjamin J W Chow, Marcelo F Di Carli, Brent A Williams, Michael E Merhige, Daniel S Berman, Guido Germano, Robert S Beanlands, James K Min, Punitha Arasaratnam, Masoud Sadreddini, Marjolein Lidwine van Velthuijsen, Leslee J Shaw
BACKGROUND: A drop in blood pressure (BP) or blunted BP response is an established high-risk marker during exercise myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI); however, data are sparse regarding the prognostic value of BP response in patients undergoing vasodilator stress rubidium-82 (Rb-82) Positron Emission Tomography (PET) MPI. METHODS AND RESULTS: From the PET Prognosis Multicenter Registry, a cohort of 3413 patients underwent vasodilator stress Rb-82 PET MPI with dipyridamole or adenosine...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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