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Lidia Capotosto, Francesco Massoni, Simone De Sio, Serafino Ricci, Antonio Vitarelli
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) still remains the main cause of morbidity and mortality and consequently early diagnosis is of paramount importance. Working conditions can be regarded as an additional risk factor for CVD. Since different aspects of the job may affect vascular health differently, it is important to consider occupation from multiple perspectives to better assess occupational impacts on health. Standard echocardiography has several targets in the cardiac population, as the assessment of myocardial performance, valvular and/or congenital heart disease, and hemodynamics...
2018: BioMed Research International
Nils Gessert, Matthias Schlüter, Alexander Schlaefer
Tracking the pose of instruments is a central problem in image-guided surgery. For microscopic scenarios, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is increasingly used as an imaging modality. OCT is suitable for accurate pose estimation due to its micrometer range resolution and volumetric field of view. However, OCT image processing is challenging due to speckle noise and reflection artifacts in addition to the images' 3D nature. We address pose estimation from OCT volume data with a new deep learning-based tracking framework...
March 10, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
Denisa Muraru, Alice Niero, Hugo Rodriguez-Zanella, Diana Cherata, Luigi Badano
Three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) is an advanced imaging technique designed for left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation analysis based on 3D data sets. 3DSTE has the potential to overcome some of the intrinsic limitations of two-dimensional STE (2DSTE) in the assessment of complex LV myocardial mechanics, offering additional deformation parameters (such as area strain) and a comprehensive quantitation of LV geometry and function from a single 3D acquisition. Albeit being a relatively young technique still undergoing technological developments, several experimental studies and clinical investigations have already demonstrated the reliability and feasibility of 3DSTE, as well as several advantages of 3DSTE over 2DSTE...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Piotr Dobrowolski, Magdalena Januszewicz, Anna Klisiewicz, Aleksander Prejbisz, Ewa Warchoł-Celińska, Ilona Michałowska, Elżbieta Florczak, Katarzyna Kożuch, Katarzyna Hanus, Anna Aniszczuk-Hybiak, Helena Witowicz, Adam Witkowski, Jacek Kądziela, Marek Kabat, Krzysztof Madej, Sławomir Nazarewski, Andrzej Tykarski, Łukasz Stryczyński, Małgorzata Szczerbo-Trojanowska, Łukasz Światłowski, Przemysław Kosiński, Krystyna Widecka, Andrzej Januszewicz, Piotr Hoffman
OBJECTIVE: To provide a comprehensive assessment of left ventricle (LV) structure, and function and to detect alterations in cardiac properties in relationship to presence, subtypes and extent of fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD). METHODS: We studied 144 patients with FMD. The control group consisted of 50 matched individuals. Office and ambulatory blood pressure levels were evaluated. Echocardiography was employed to assess: left ventricular mass index (LVMI), systolic function including speckle tracking echocardiography and diastolic function assessed by mitral flow and tissue Doppler imaging...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Clothilde Philouze, Philippe Obert, Stéphane Nottin, Asma Benamor, Olivier Barthez, Falah Aboukhoudir
BACKGROUND: Discrepancies are present in the literature on resting myocardial mechanics in patients with uncomplicated type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Data are noticeably sparse regarding circumferential function and torsional mechanics. Resting deformation imaging may not be sensitive enough to detect subtle dysfunctions. The aim of this study was thus to comprehensively evaluate myocardial mechanics in patients with T2DM at rest and to investigate whether dobutamine stress echocardiography could unmask functional alterations that would remain otherwise subtle at rest...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Gabriel Altit, Shazia Bhombal, Krisa Van Meurs, Theresa A Tacy
INTRODUCTION: Newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) have varying degrees of pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension (PH), and there is limited evidence that cardiac dysfunction is present. We sought to study early neonatal biventricular function and performance in these patients by reviewing early post-natal echocardiography (ECHO) measurements and comparing them to normal term newborns. METHODS: Retrospective case-control study reviewing clinical and ECHO data on term newborns with CDH and normal controls born between 2009 and 2016...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Chee Hae Kim, Shuang Wang, Jun-Bean Park, Keun-Hwa Jung, Yeonyee E Yoon, Seung-Pyo Lee, Hyung-Kwan Kim, Yong-Jin Kim, Goo-Yeong Cho, Dae-Won Sohn
AIM: Speckle-tracking imaging has been introduced for the precise assessment of vessel mechanics. However, there are no data on the role of this imaging tool in assessing the changes in vasculature with statin therapy, which is known to enhance vascular elasticity. METHODS: This study was a prospective study including 48 statin-naïve patients (age, 58.2±8.4 years; 29.2% male) with hypercholesterolemia. Circumferential carotid artery strain (CAS) and stiffness index (β2 ) were measured using speckle-tracking imaging before and after 3 months of high-dose pitavastatin treatment (4 mg daily)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Shuang Liu, Zhengyu Guan, Xianfeng Zheng, Pingping Meng, Yonghuai Wang, Yang Li, Yan Zhang, Jun Yang, Dalin Jia, Chunyan Ma
AIMS: To assess LA diastolic and systolic function and atrial dyssynchrony in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and to examine whether LA dysfunction and dyssynchrony account for the patients' symptoms of HFpEF. METHODS: Fifty-five patients with HFpEF, 31 asymptomatic patients with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and 33 healthy individuals were enrolled in the study. The LA active ejection fraction (LAAEF) was calculated...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Martino Alessandrini, Bidisha Chakraborty, Brecht Heyde, Olivier Bernard, Mathieu De Craene, Maxime Sermesant, Jan D'Hooge
Two-dimensional (2-D) echocardiography is the modality of choice in the clinic for the diagnosis of cardiac disease. Hereto, speckle tracking (ST) packages complement visual assessment by the cardiologist by providing quantitative diagnostic markers of global and regional cardiac function (e.g., displacement, strain, and strain-rate). Yet, the reported high vendor-dependence between the outputs of different ST packages raises clinical concern and hampers the widespread dissemination of the ST technology. In part, this is due to the lack of a solid commonly accepted quality assurance pipeline for ST packages...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Fabiola Atzeni, Marco Corda, Luigi Gianturco, Maurizio Porcu, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Maurizio Turiel
The risk of cardiovascular (CV) events and mortality is significantly higher in patients with systemic rheumatic diseases than in the general population. Although CV involvement in such patients is highly heterogeneous and may affect various structures of the heart, it can now be diagnosed earlier and promptly treated. Various types of assessments are employed for the evaluation of CV risk such as transthoracic or transesophageal echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) to investigate valve abnormalities, pericardial disease, and ventricular wall motion defects...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Yingchao Zhou, Hong Xiao, Jianfei Wu, Lingfeng Zha, Mengchen Zhou, Qianqian Li, Mengru Wang, Shumei Shi, Yanze Li, Liangkun Lyu, Qing Wang, Xin Tu, Qiulun Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetes mellitus (DM) has been demonstrated to have a strong association with heart failure. Conventional echocardiographic analysis cannot sensitively monitor cardiac dysfunction in type I diabetic Akita hearts, but the phenotype of heart failure is observed in molecular levels during the early stages. METHODS: Male Akita (Ins2WT/C96Y) mice were monitored with echocardiographic imaging at various ages, and then with conventional echocardiographic analysis and speckle-tracking based strain analyses...
February 21, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Lucia Venneri, Giacomo Zoppellaro, Rajdeep S Khattar
Cardio-oncology is a rapidly growing field aimed at improving the quality of care of cancer patients by preventing and monitoring cardiovascular complications resulting from cancer treatment. Cardiac imaging, and in particular, transthoracic echocardiography, plays an essential
role in the baseline assessment and serial follow-up of cardio-oncology patients. Areas covered: This review article discusses the role of cardiac imaging with a focus on advanced echocardiography for the detection and management of cancer therapy related cardiovascular complications, in particular, left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure...
February 22, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
M Wesley Milks, Michael R Velez, Nishaki Mehta, Abiodun Ishola, Thomas Van Houten, Vedat O Yildiz, Raquel Reinbolt, Maryam Lustberg, Sakima A Smith, David A Orsinelli
The prediction of cancer therapeutics-related cardiac dysfunction (CTRCD) is an essential aspect of care for individuals who receive potentially cardiotoxic oncologic treatments. Certain clinical risk factors have been described for incident CTRCD, and measurement of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal strain by speckle tracking 2-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) is the best-validated myocardial mechanical imaging assessment to detect subtle changes in LV function during cancer treatment. However, the direct integration of clinical and imaging risk factors to predict CTRCD has not yet been extensively examined...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Hyeong Park, Su-Jin Yoo, Yunseon Park, Yeon Ju Kim, In Suk Lee, Jinhyun Kim, In Seol Yoo, Seung Cheol Shim, Seong Wook Kang, Jun-Hyung Kim, Jae-Hwan Lee, Si Wan Choi, Jin-Ok Jeong, In-Whan Seong
PURPOSE: Although cardiac manifestation of Behçet disease (BD) has been described in sporadic reports, its timely diagnosis remains difficult. The objective of this study was to describe early cardiac manifestations of BD. We also performed a comprehensive classification of systemic BD activity and compared their cardiac manifestations. METHODS: A prospective screening using speckle tracking echocardiography was performed in 85 patients with BD who had no history of heart disease...
February 16, 2018: Echocardiography
Belen Ferrer, David Mas
Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is a common tool for assessing the movement of objects in a scene. Among others, one of the most popular techniques consists of tracking a dotted texture imitating speckle patterns. In this work, we analyzed the individual dots that form this pattern in order to propose an optimum size, shape, and dynamic range that allows minimizing the tracking error. Tracking was accomplished by using normalized cross-correlation with peak interpolation in order to obtain subpixel accuracy...
February 9, 2018: Sensors
Kristen Sgambat, Sarah Clauss, Asha Moudgil
Children are at increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MS) after kidney transplantation, which contributes to long-term cardiovascular (CV) morbidities and decline in allograft function. While MS in the general population occurs due to excess caloric intake and physical inactivity, additional chronic kidney disease and transplant-related factors contribute to the development of MS in transplant recipients. Despite its significant health consequences, the interplay of the individual components in CV morbidity in pediatric transplant recipients is not well understood...
February 2018: Clinical Kidney Journal
Elias Pavlatos, Hong Chen, Keyton Clayson, Xueliang Pan, Jun Liu
Imaging corneal biomechanical changes or abnormalities is important for better clinical diagnosis and treatment of corneal diseases. We propose a novel ultrasound-based method, called ocular pulse elastography (OPE), to image corneal deformation during the naturally occurring ocular pulse. Experiments on animal and human donor eyes, as well as synthetic radiofrequency (RF) data, were used to evaluate the efficacy of the OPE method. Using very high-frequency ultrasound (center frequency = 55 MHz), correlation-based speckle tracking yielded an accuracy of less than 10% error for axial tissue displacements of or above...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Chengfei Guo, Jietao Liu, Tengfei Wu, Lei Zhu, Xiaopeng Shao
Tracking moving targets behind a scattering medium is a challenge, and it has many important applications in various fields. Owing to the multiple scattering, instead of the object image, only a random speckle pattern can be received on the camera when light is passing through highly scattering layers. Significantly, an important feature of a speckle pattern has been found, and it showed the target information can be derived from the speckle correlation. In this work, inspired by the notions used in computer vision and deformation detection, by specific simulations and experiments, we demonstrate a simple object tracking method, in which by using the speckle correlation, the movement of a hidden object can be tracked in the lateral direction and axial direction...
February 1, 2018: Applied Optics
Mozhgan Parsaee, Nehzat Akiash, Azita Azarkeivan, Zahra Alizadeh Sani, Ahmad Amin, Mahboubeh Pazoki, Niloufar Samiei, Mohammad Ali Jalili, Mohammad Hassan Adel, Nahid Rezaian
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is the biggest cause of mortality and morbidity in people with thalassemia, and iron deposition in cardiac tissue impairs cardiovascular function. Therefore, early detection of cardiac involvement is important to improve the prognosis in these individuals. METHOD: Two- and three-dimensional echocardiography was performed to evaluate left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular volumes and diameters, and global longitudinal strain (GLS) in 130 individuals with β-thalassemia using the speckle tracking method...
February 4, 2018: Echocardiography
Jing Gao, Johnson Chen, Michael O'Dell, Pai-Chi Li, Wen He, Li-Juan Du, Jonathan M Rubin, William Weitzel, Robert Min
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the feasibility of ultrasound strain imaging in characterizing the biceps brachii muscle in chronic poststroke spasticity. METHODS: We prospectively analyzed strain imaging data from bilateral biceps brachii muscles in 8 healthy volunteers and 7 patients with poststroke chronic spasticity. Axial deformations of the biceps brachii muscle and overlying subcutaneous tissue were produced by external compression using a sandbag (1...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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