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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220640/multidimensional-contractile-reserve-predicts-adverse-outcome-in-patients-with-severe-systolic-heart-failure-a-4-year-follow-up-study
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Ioannis A Paraskevaidis, Ignatios Ikonomidis, Panagiotis Simitsis, John Parissis, Vasilios Stasinos, George Makavos, John Lekakis
AIMS: Left ventricular contractile reserve is a prognostic indicator for adverse outcome in patients with severe chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). We investigated the dobutamine-induced changes of LV multidimensional deformation and their predictive value for cardiac mortality of patients with severe chronic HFrEF. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this prospective study, out of 130 patients with severe HFrEF who underwent a low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography (LDSE) study using speckle tracking imaging, 100 patients were followed up for the occurrence of cardiac death over a period of 4 years...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220508/quantitative-long-term-measurements-of-burns-in-a-rat-model-using-spatial-frequency-domain-imaging-sfdi-and-laser-speckle-imaging-lsi
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Adrien Ponticorvo, David M Burmeister, Rebecca Rowland, Melissa Baldado, Gordon T Kennedy, Rolf Saager, Nicole Bernal, Bernard Choi, Anthony J Durkin
BACKGROUND AND OJECTIVES: The current standard for diagnosis of burn severity and subsequent wound healing is through clinical examination, which is highly subjective. Several new technologies are shifting focus to burn care in an attempt to help quantify not only burn depth but also the progress of healing. While accurate early assessment of partial thickness burns is critical for dictating the course of treatment, the ability to quantitatively monitor wound status over time is critical for understanding treatment efficacy...
February 21, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
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Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210715/feasibility-and-reproducibility-of-two-dimensional-wall-motion-tracking-wmt-in-fetal-echocardiography
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Christian Enzensberger, Friederike Achterberg, Jan Degenhardt, Aline Wolter, Oliver Graupner, Johannes Herrmann, Roland Axt-Fliedner
Objective The primary objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and reproducibility of 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging based on the wall motion tracking (WMT) technique in fetal echocardiography. The secondary objective was to compare left and right ventricular global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values. Methods A prospective cross-sectional study was performed. Global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values of the left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) were assessed prospectively...
February 2017: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199991/left-ventricular-longitudinal-strain-in-soccer-referees
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Luigi Gianturco, Bruno Bodini, Vincenzo Gianturco, Giuseppina Lippo, Agnese Solbiati, Maurizio Turiel
Along the years, the analysis of soccer referees perfomance has interested the experts and we can find several types of studies in literature using in particular cardiac imaging. The aim of this retrospective study was to observe relationship between VO2max uptake and some conventional and not-conventional echocardiographic parameters. In order to perform this evaluation, we have enrolled 20 referees, belonging to Italian Soccer Referees' Association and we have investigated cardiovascular profile of them. We found a strong direct relationship between VO2max and global longitudinal strain of left ventricle assessed by means of speckle tracking echocardiographic analysis (R2=0...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185312/reproducibility-and-experience-dependence-of-echocardiographic-indices-of-left-ventricular-function-side-by-side-comparison-of-global-longitudinal-strain-and-ejection-fraction
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Diego Medvedofsky, Kalie Kebed, Luke Laffin, Jeremy Stone, Karima Addetia, Roberto M Lang, Victor Mor-Avi
BACKGROUND: Although left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) and global longitudinal strain (GLS) are recommended by the current echocardiographic chamber quantification guidelines, these measurements are not performed routinely. Because EF measurements rely on manual tracing of LV boundaries, and are subject to inter-reader variability and experience dependence, we hypothesized that semiautomated GLS measurements using speckle tracking would be more reproducible and less experience-dependent...
February 9, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180206/multiple-cardiac-complications-after-adjuvant-therapy-for-breast-cancer-the-importance-of-echocardiography-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Adriana Luminita Gurghean, Ilinca Savulescu-Fiedler, Anca Mihailescu
Cardiovascular complications induced by adjuvant cancer therapies may become symptomatic after many years, being responsible for increased morbidity and mortality in long-term survivors. We report a case of a 54-year old female admitted for severe heart failure induced by myocardial and valvular damage after postoperative adjuvant therapy for left breast cancer 6 years ago. Her recent history revealed nonST elevation myocardial infarction in the absence of significant cardiovascular risk factors. Transthoracic echocardiography, tissue Doppler imaging and speckle-tracking imaging revealed severe biventricular systolic dysfunction, severe mitral and tricuspid regurgitation and severe pulmonary hypertension...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168822/circumferential-strain-by-velocity-vector-imaging-and-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-validation-against-sonomicrometry-in-an-aortic-phantom
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Johan Petrini, Maria J Eriksson, Kenneth Caidahl, Matilda Larsson
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of arterial deformation and mechanics using strain analysis on ultrasound greyscale images has gained increasing scientific interest. The aim of this study was to validate in vitro measurements of circumferential strain by velocity vector imaging (VVI) and speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) against sonomicrometry as a reference method. METHOD: Two polyvinyl alcohol phantoms sized to mimic the descending aorta were constructed and connected to a pulsatile flow pump to obtain high-resistance flow profiles...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168740/decreased-biventricular-longitudinal-strain-shortly-after-congenital-heart-defect-surgery
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Jonne M de Boer, Irene M Kuipers, Liselotte M Klitsie, Nico A Blom, Arend D J Ten Harkel
OBJECTIVE: Impaired ventricular performance in patients who underwent surgery for congenital heart defect (CHD) may ultimately result in clinical heart failure. It is therefore important to regularly evaluate the left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) performance. We evaluated tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) before and after surgical correction of a CHD. STUDY DESIGN: Patients with CHD undergoing biventricular corrective surgery were included in this retrospective study...
February 6, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166493/a-gpu-accelerated-3d-coupled-sub-sample-estimation-algorithm-for-volumetric-breast-strain-elastography
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Bo Peng, Yuqi Wang, Timothy J Hall, Jingfeng Jiang
Our primary objective of this work was to extend a previously published 2D coupled sub-sample tracking algorithm for 3D speckle tracking in the framework of ultrasound breast strain elastography. In order to overcome heavy computational cost, we investigated the use of a graphic processing unit (GPU) to accelerate the 3D coupled sub-sample speckle tracking method. The performance of the proposed GPU implementation was tested using a tissue-mimicking (TM) phantom and in vivo breast ultrasound data. The performance of this 3D sub-sample tracking algorithm was compared with the conventional 3D quadratic subsample estimation algorithm...
January 31, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154276/the-imaging-diagnosis-of-less-advanced-cases-of-cardiac-amyloidosis-the-relative-apical-sparing-pattern
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Koya Ono, Go Ishimaru, Miho Hayashi, Yuan Bae, Takashi Ito, Toshiyuki Izumo, Ken Murata
An early diagnosis is important for improving the prognosis of cardiac amyloidosis (CA). We herein describe the utility of two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2-D STE) in diagnosing CA at a less advanced stage. A 63-year-old woman with exertional dyspnea was suspected of having CA based on her echocardiographic and electrocardiographic findings. A myocardial biopsy was negative for amyloid deposits, while the relative apical sparing pattern was detected on 2-D STE, which was highly suggestive of CA...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151401/left-ventricular-structure-and-function-in-relation-to-environmental-exposure-to-lead-and-cadmium
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Wen-Yi Yang, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Lutgarde Thijs, Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Fang-Fei Wei, Lotte Jacobs, Aernout Luttun, Peter Verhamme, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Tim S Nawrot, Jan A Staessen
BACKGROUND: Experimental studies have demonstrated that lead and cadmium have direct toxic effects on the myocardium, but the few human studies are limited by design, assessment of exposure, and use of heart failure as a late-stage endpoint. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a prospective population study, we studied the association of left ventricular (LV) function with blood lead (BPb) and 24-hour urinary cadmium (UCd). In 179 participants randomly recruited from a Flemish population (50...
February 1, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139073/assessment-of-left-ventricular-functions-and-myocardial-iron-load-with-tissue-doppler-and-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-t2-mri-in-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major
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Mehmet Emre Ari, Filiz Ekici, İbrahim İlker Çetin, Emine Betül Tavil, Neşe Yaralı, Pamir Işık, Tuncay Hazırolan, Bahattin Tunç
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to determine early myocardial dysfunction in β-thalassemia major (BTM) patients. Where the myocardial dysfunction cannot be detected by conventional echocardiography, it could be detected by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) or speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). METHODS: In this study, we analyzed 60 individuals, 30 of whom were BTM patients and the other 30 of whom were the control group. T2* magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to measure cardiac iron deposition...
January 31, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126497/acute-effects-of-multisite-biventricular-pacing-on-dyssynchrony-and-hemodynamics-in-canines-with-heart-failure
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Qiong Qiu, Li Yang, Jing-Ting Mai, Ying Yang, Yong Xie, Yang-Xin Chen, Jing-Feng Wang
BACKGROUND: Multisite biventricular pacing(MSP) has been proposed as an alternative strategy to improve the efficiency of conventional biventricular pacing(BVP), but its utility remains unclear. This study sought to investigate whether MSP induced better synchrony and hemodynamic effects in canines with heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: After 3 weeks' rapid right ventricular pacing(RVP), 7 canines were sutured with 4 left ventricular(LV) leads on anterior, lateral, posterior and apical wall, and followed by MSP and BVP...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121047/assessment-of-left-and-right-ventricular-rotational-interdependence-a-speckle-tracking-echocardiographic-study
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Azin Alizadehasl, Anita Sadeghpour, Reza Hali, Hooman Bakhshandeh Abkenar, Luigi Badano
OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate the possible interdependence of the left (LV) and right ventricular (RV) rotational mechanics. BACKGROUND: Although myocardial fiber architecture and the effect of various pathologic conditions on LV torsional mechanics have already been investigated through multiple studies using different methods, there is still a significant debate about the actual presence and functional significance of RV rotational mechanics. METHODS: We perform a cross-sectional prospective study of 118 subjects, including 19 normal subjects (NS, 35±7 years), 34 patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS, 44±16 years), 26 patients with nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathies (HCM, 46±18), and 39 patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathies (DCM, 39±13 years)...
January 25, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115028/post-transitional-adaptation-of-the-left-heart-in-uncomplicated-very-preterm-infants
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Koert De Waal, Nilkant Phad, Anil Lakkundi, Peter Tan
BACKGROUND: The postnatal period in preterm infants involves multiple physiological changes occurring immediately after birth and continuing for days or weeks. To recognise and treat compromise, it is important to measure cardiovascular function. The aim of this study was to describe longitudinal left ventricular function using conventional and novel echocardiography techniques in preterm infants who did not experience significant antenatal or postnatal complications and treatments. METHODS: We prospectively obtained cardiac ultrasound images at days 3, 7, 14, 21, and 28 in 25 uncomplicated, preterm infants <30 weeks of gestation...
January 24, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113368/a-comparison-between-compounding-techniques-using-large-beam-steered-plane-wave-imaging-for-blood-vector-velocity-imaging-in-a-carotid-artery-model
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Anne Saris, Hendrik Hansen, Stein Fekkes, Maartje Nillesen, Marcel Rutten, Chris de Korte
Conventional color Doppler imaging is limited, since it only provides velocity estimates along the ultrasound beam direction for a restricted field of view at a limited frame rate. High frame rate speckle tracking, using plane wave transmits, has shown potential for 2D blood velocity estimation. However, due to the lack of focusing in transmit, image quality gets reduced, which hampers speckle tracking. Although ultrafast imaging facilitates improved clutter filtering, it still remains a major challenge in blood velocity estimation...
September 7, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109936/precision-phenotyping-in-heart-failure-and-pattern-clustering-of-ultrasound-data-for-the-assessment-of-diastolic-dysfunction
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Alaa Mabrouk Salem Omar, Sukrit Narula, Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Gianni Pedrizzetti, Hala Raslan, Osama Rifaie, Jagat Narula, Partho P Sengupta
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether cluster analysis of left atrial and left ventricular (LV) mechanical deformation parameters provide sufficient information for Doppler-independent assessment of LV diastolic function. BACKGROUND: Medical imaging produces substantial phenotyping data, and superior computational analyses could allow automated classification of repetitive patterns into patient groups with similar behavior. METHODS: The authors performed a cluster analysis and developed a model of LV diastolic function from an initial exploratory cohort of 130 patients that was subsequently tested in a prospective cohort of 44 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization...
January 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108477/quantitative-microscopy-uncovers-ploidy-changes-during-mitosis-in-live-drosophila-embryos-and-their-effect-on-nuclear-size
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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
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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
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