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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109125/evaluation-of-left-atrial-function-via-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-ectasia
#1
Hasan Aghajani, Mohsen Faal, Ali Hosseinsabet, Reza Mohseni-Badalabadi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is a segmental dilation of an epicardial coronary artery. Our aim was to evaluate the left atrial (LA) function in patients with CAE. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients with CAE and 33 subjects without significant coronary artery disease were included in our study. LA function was evaluated with two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). RESULTS: The systolic, early diastolic and late diastolic strains and strain rates were not statistically significantly different between the two groups...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108477/quantitative-microscopy-uncovers-ploidy-changes-during-mitosis-in-live-drosophila-embryos-and-their-effect-on-nuclear-size
#2
Wee Choo Puah, Rambabu Chinta, Martin Wasser
Time-lapse microscopy is a powerful tool to investigate cellular and developmental dynamics. In Drosophila melanogaster, it can be used to study division cycles in embryogenesis. To obtain quantitative information from 3D time-lapse data and track proliferating nuclei from the syncytial stage until gastrulation, we developed an image analysis pipeline consisting of nuclear segmentation, tracking, annotation and quantification. Image analysis of maternal-haploid (mh) embryos revealed that a fraction of haploid syncytial nuclei fused to give rise to nuclei of higher ploidy (2n, 3n, 4n)...
January 20, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107368/multi-channel-optical-coherence-elastography-using-relative-and-absolute-shear-wave-time-of-flight
#3
Eli Elyas, Alex Grimwood, Janine T Erler, Simon P Robinson, Thomas R Cox, Daniel Woods, Peter Clowes, Ramona De Luca, Franco Marinozzi, Jérémie Fromageau, Jeffrey C Bamber
Elastography, the imaging of elastic properties of soft tissues, is well developed for macroscopic clinical imaging of soft tissues and can provide useful information about various pathological processes which is complementary to that provided by the original modality. Scaling down of this technique should ply the field of cellular biology with valuable information with regard to elastic properties of cells and their environment. This paper evaluates the potential to develop such a tool by modifying a commercial optical coherence tomography (OCT) device to measure the speed of shear waves propagating in a three-dimensional (3D) medium...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106129/retooling-laser-speckle-contrast-analysis-algorithm-to-enhance-non-invasive-high-resolution-laser-speckle-functional-imaging-of-cutaneous-microcirculation
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Surya C Gnyawali, Kevin Blum, Durba Pal, Subhadip Ghatak, Savita Khanna, Sashwati Roy, Chandan K Sen
Cutaneous microvasculopathy complicates wound healing. Functional assessment of gated individual dermal microvessels is therefore of outstanding interest. Functional performance of laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) systems is compromised by motion artefacts. To address such weakness, post-processing of stacked images is reported. We report the first post-processing of binary raw data from a high-resolution LSCI camera. Sharp images of low-flowing microvessels were enabled by introducing inverse variance in conjunction with speckle contrast in Matlab-based program code...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103890/the-association-between-diabetes-and-dermal-microvascular-dysfunction-non-invasively-assessed-by-laser-doppler-with-local-thermal-hyperemia-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Dagmar Fuchs, Pepijn P Dupon, Laura A Schaap, Richard Draijer
BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION: Diabetes and cardiovascular disease develop in concert with metabolic abnormalities mirroring and causing changes in the vasculature, particularly the microcirculation. The microcirculation can be affected in different parts of the body of which the skin is the most easily accessible tissue. PURPOSE: The association between diabetes and dermal microvascular dysfunction has been investigated in observational studies. However, the strength of the association is unknown...
January 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102955/compound-speckle-model-detects-anti-angiogenic-tumor-response-in-preclinical-nonlinear-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography
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Matthew R Lowerison, Justin J Tse, M Nicole Hague, Ann F Chambers, David W Holdsworth, James C Lacefield
PURPOSE: This paper proposes a method for analyzing the first-order speckle statistics of nonlinear contrast-enhanced ultrasound images from tumors. METHODS: Contrast signal intensity is modeled as a compound distribution of exponential probability density functions with a gamma weighting function. The gamma probability weighting function serves as an approximation for log-normally distributed flow velocities in a vascular network. The model was applied to sub-harmonic bolus-injection images acquired from a mouse breast cancer xenograft model treated with murine version bevacizumab...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101429/chronic-wide-field-imaging-of-brain-hemodynamics-in-behaving-animals
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Peng Miao, Lingke Zhang, Miao Li, Yiguang Zhang, Shihan Feng, Qihong Wang, Nitish V Thakor
Chronically monitoring cerebral activities in awake and freely moving status is very important in physiological and pathological studies. We present a novel standalone micro-imager for monitoring the cerebral blood flow (CBF) and total hemoglobin (HbT) activities in freely moving animals using the laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) and optical intrinsic signal (OIS) methods. A new cranial window method, using contact lens and wide field optics, is also proposed to achieve the chronic and wide-field imaging of rat's cerebral cortex...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101411/simultaneous-multimodal-ophthalmic-imaging-using-swept-source-spectrally-encoded-scanning-laser-ophthalmoscopy-and-optical-coherence-tomography
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Joseph D Malone, Mohamed T El-Haddad, Ivan Bozic, Logan A Tye, Lucas Majeau, Nicolas Godbout, Andrew M Rollins, Caroline Boudoux, Karen M Joos, Shriji N Patel, Yuankai K Tao
Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) benefits diagnostic imaging and therapeutic guidance by allowing for high-speed en face imaging of retinal structures. When combined with optical coherence tomography (OCT), SLO enables real-time aiming and retinal tracking and provides complementary information for post-acquisition volumetric co-registration, bulk motion compensation, and averaging. However, multimodality SLO-OCT systems generally require dedicated light sources, scanners, relay optics, detectors, and additional digitization and synchronization electronics, which increase system complexity...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101409/assessment-of-corneal-properties-based-on-statistical-modeling-of-oct-speckle
#9
Danilo A Jesus, D Robert Iskander
A new approach to assess the properties of the corneal micro-structure in vivo based on the statistical modeling of speckle obtained from Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is presented. A number of statistical models were proposed to fit the corneal speckle data obtained from OCT raw image. Short-term changes in corneal properties were studied by inducing corneal swelling whereas age-related changes were observed analyzing data of sixty-five subjects aged between twenty-four and seventy-three years. Generalized Gamma distribution has shown to be the best model, in terms of the Akaike's Information Criterion, to fit the OCT corneal speckle...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101407/intraluminal-laser-speckle-rheology-using-an-omni-directional-viewing-catheter
#10
Jing Wang, Masaki Hosoda, Diane M Tshikudi, Zeinab Hajjarian, Seemantini K Nadkarni
A number of disease conditions in luminal organs are associated with alterations in tissue mechanical properties. Here, we report a new omni-directional viewing Laser Speckle Rheology (LSR) catheter for mapping the mechanical properties of luminal organs without the need for rotational motion. The LSR catheter incorporates multiple illumination fibers, an optical fiber bundle and a multi-faceted mirror to permit omni-directional viewing of the luminal wall. By retracting the catheter using a motor-drive assembly, cylindrical maps of tissue mechanical properties are reconstructed...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100875/the-role-of-thiol-disulphide-homeostasis-in-anthracycline-associated-cardiac-toxicity
#11
Mustafa Topuz, Omer Şen, Mehmet Kaplan, Oguz Akkus, Ozcan Erel, Mustafa Gur
The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the baseline thiol/disulfide state can predict the occurrence of anthracycline induced cardiac toxicity. A total of 186 cancer patients receiving anthracycline (doxorubicin)-based chemotherapy were enrolled. All patients underwent 2-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) to determine their left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and blood samples for measuring thiol forms were obtained before treatment and 4 weeks after completion of the chemotherapy...
January 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100819/vertically-transmitted-rhabdoviruses-are-found-across-three-insect-families-and-have-dynamic-interactions-with-their-hosts
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Ben Longdon, Jonathan P Day, Nora Schulz, Philip T Leftwich, Maaike A de Jong, Casper J Breuker, Melanie Gibbs, Darren J Obbard, Lena Wilfert, Sophia C L Smith, John E McGonigle, Thomas M Houslay, Lucy I Wright, Luca Livraghi, Luke C Evans, Lucy A Friend, Tracey Chapman, John Vontas, Natasa Kambouraki, Francis M Jiggins
A small number of free-living viruses have been found to be obligately vertically transmitted, but it remains uncertain how widespread vertically transmitted viruses are and how quickly they can spread through host populations. Recent metagenomic studies have found several insects to be infected with sigma viruses (Rhabdoviridae). Here, we report that sigma viruses that infect Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata), Drosophila immigrans, and speckled wood butterflies (Pararge aegeria) are all vertically transmitted...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096045/early-detection-of-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-first-degree-relatives-of-diabetic-patients-by-myocardial-deformation-imaging-the-role-of-endothelial-glycocalyx-damage
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Ignatios Ikonomidis, George Pavlidis, Vaia Lambadiari, Fotini Kousathana, Maria Varoudi, Filio Spanoudi, Eirini Maratou, John Parissis, Helen Triantafyllidi, George Dimitriadis, John Lekakis
BACKGROUND: First-degree relatives of type-2 diabetes patients (FDR) present insulin resistance. We investigated whether FDR and dysglycaemic subjects demonstrate abnormal endothelial glycocalyx and LV deformation during postprandial hyperglycemia. METHODS: We studied 40 FDR with normal oral glucose test (OGTT), 40 subjects with abnormal OGTT (dysglycaemic) and 20 subjects with normal OGTT without parental history of diabetes (normoglycaemic). At 0 and 120min of OGTT we measured: a) LV longitudinal strain (LS) of subendocardial, mid-myocardial and subepicardial layers, global LS (GLS), peak twisting (pTw), untwisting velocity (pUtwVel), by speckle tracking echocardiography b) perfused boundary region (PBR) of the sublingual arterial microvessels; high PBR values represent reduced glycocalyx thickness...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095866/improvement-of-displacement-estimation-of-breast-tissue-in-ultrasound-elastography-using-the-monogenic-signal
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Taher Slimi, Ines Marzouk Moussa, Tarek Kraiem, Halima Mahjoubi
BACKGROUND: In breast ultrasound elastography, tissues displacements estimation is obtained through a technique that follows the evolution of tissues under stress. However, during the acquisition of B-mode images, tissue displacements are often contaminated with multiplicative noise caused by changes in the speckle pattern in the tissue. Thus, the application of monogenic signal technique on the B-mode image in order to estimate displacement tissue, result in a presence of amplified noise in the deformation tissue image, which severely obscures the useful information...
January 17, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095413/one-month-global-longitudinal-strain-identifies-patients-who-will-develop-pacing-induced-left-ventricular-dysfunction-over-time-the-pacing-and-ventricular-dysfunction-pavd-study
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Fozia Zahir Ahmed, Manish Motwani, Colin Cunnington, Chun Shing Kwok, Catherine Fullwood, Delvac Oceandy, Alan Fitchet, Grahame Kevin Goode, Matthew Luckie, Amir Masood Zaidi, Rajdeep Khattar, Mamas Andreas Mamas
BACKGROUND: Predicting which individuals will have a decline in left ventricular (LV) function after pacemaker implantation remains an important challenge. We investigated whether LV global longitudinal strain (GLS), measured by 2D speckle tracking strain echocardiography, can identify patients at risk of pacing-induced left ventricular dysfunction (PIVD) or pacing-induced cardiomyopathy (PICMP). METHODS: Fifty-five patients with atrioventricular block and preserved LV function underwent dual-chamber pacemaker implantation and were followed with serial transthoracic echocardiography for 12 months for the development of PIVD (defined as a reduction in LV ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥5 percentage points at 12 months) or PICMP (reduction in LVEF to <45%)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094132/cardiovascular-maladaptation-to-exercise-in-young-hypertensive-patients
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Maurizio Cusmà Piccione, Concetta Zito, Bijoy Khandheria, Antonio Madaffari, Alessandra Oteri, Gabriella Falanga, Domenica Donato, Myriam D'Angelo, Maria Ludovica Carerj, Gianluca Di Bella, Egidio Imbalzano, Pietro Pugliatti, Scipione Carerj
BACKGROUND: Impairment of the adaptive mechanisms that increase cardiac output during exercise can translate to a reduced functional capacity. We investigated cardiovascular adaptation to exertion in asymptomatic hypertensive patients, aiming to identify the early signs of cardiac and vascular dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 54 subjects: 30 patients (45.1±11.9years, 19 males) and 24 age-matched healthy controls (44.4±9.6years, 14 males). Speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) and echo-tracking were performed at rest and during exertion to assess myocardial deformation and arterial stiffness...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094007/obtaining-the-biomechanical-behavior-of-ascending-aortic-aneurysm-via-the-use-of-novel-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
#17
Mohammed Alreshidan, Nastaran Shahmansouri, Jennifer Chung, Vynka Lash, Alexander Emmott, Richard L Leask, Kevin Lachapelle
INTRODUCTION: Ex vivo measurement of ascending aortic biomechanical properties may help understand the risk for rupture or dissection of dilated ascending aortas. A validated in vivo method that can predict aortic biomechanics does not exist. Speckle tracking transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been used to measure ventricular stiffness; we sought to determine whether speckle TEE could be adapted to estimate aortic stiffness in vivo and compare these findings with those obtained by ex vivo tissue measurements...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092533/linear-system-models-for-ultrasonic-imaging-intensity-signal-statistics
#18
Craig Abbey, Yang Zhu, Sara Bahramian, Michael Insana
Despite a great deal of work characterizing the statistical properties of radio-frequency backscattered ultrasound signals, less is known about the statistical properties of demodulated intensity signals. Analysis of intensity is made more difficult by a strong nonlinearity that arises in the process of demodulation. This limits our ability to characterize the spatial resolution and noise properties of B-mode ultrasound images. In this work, we generalize earlier results on two-point intensity covariance using a multivariate systems approach...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091872/impact-of-revascularization-of-coronary-chronic-total-occlusion-on-left-ventricular-function-and-electrical-stability-analysis-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-signal-averaged-electrocardiogram
#19
Yohei Sotomi, Atsunori Okamura, Katsuomi Iwakura, Motoo Date, Hiroyuki Nagai, Tomohiro Yamasaki, Yasushi Koyama, Koichi Inoue, Yasushi Sakata, Kenshi Fujii
The present study aimed to assess the mechanisms of effects of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusion (CTO) from two different aspects: left ventricular (LV) systolic function assessed by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) and electrical stability evaluated by late potential on signal-averaged electrocardiogram (SAECG). We conducted a prospective observational study with consecutive CTO-PCI patients. 2D-STE and SAECG were performed before PCI, and after 1-day and 3-months of procedure...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091404/left-atrial-mechanical-function-and-aortic-stiffness-in-middle-aged-patients-with-the-first-episode-of-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Alev Kilicgedik, Suleyman Ç Efe, Ahmet S Gürbüz, Emrah Acar, Mehmet F Yılmaz, Aslan Erdoğan, Gökhan Kahveci, Ibrahim A Izgi, Cevat Kirma
BACKGROUND: In the early stages of atrial remodeling, aortic stiffness might be an indication of an atrial myopathy, in particular, atrial fibrosis. This study aimed to investigate the association between left atrial (LA) mechanical function, assessed by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, and aortic stiffness in middle-aged patients with the first episode of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: This prospective study included 34 consecutive patients with the first episode of AF, who were admitted to Kartal Koşuyolu Research and Training Hospital between May 2013 and October 2015, and 31 age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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