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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339663/cardiac-involvement-in-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-a-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-31-consecutive-patients
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Grégory Pugnet, Hervé Gouya, Xavier Puéchal, Benjamin Terrier, André Kahan, Paul Legmann, Loïc Guillevin, Olivier Vignaux
Objectives.: Specific cardiac involvement in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is probably underestimated since many of these conditions are subclinical. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and patterns of cardiac abnormalities detected by cardiac MRI (CMRI) in patients with GPA. Methods.: Thirty-one consecutive patients with newly diagnosed or relapsing GPA underwent CMRI to assess morphological, functional, perfusion at rest and delayed enhancement abnormalities...
February 16, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329138/small-intestinal-submucosa-tricuspid-valve-tube-graft-shows-growth-potential-remodelling-and-physiological-valve-function-in-a-porcine-model%C3%A2
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Diana M Ropcke, Christine Ilkjaer, Marcell J Tjornild, Soren N Skov, Steffen Ringgaard, Vibeke E Hjortdal, Sten L Nielsen
OBJECTIVES: Tricuspid valve reconstruction using small intestinal submucosal extracellular matrix (ECM) designed as a tube graft is possible in severe valve pathology. Using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital photograph imaging, valves were evaluated after 6 months in a porcine model. METHODS: Ten 60 kg pigs received a tricuspid valve tube graft. A baseline MRI was performed after 2 weeks ( n  = 8). A follow-up MRI was performed in three of five 6 months' survivors to assess function and haemodynamics of the tricuspid tube graft...
February 27, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328501/monte-carlo-simulations-of-diffusion-weighted-mri-in-myocardium-validation-and-sensitivity-analysis
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Joanne Bates, Darryl McClymont, Irvin Teh, Peter Kohl, Jurgen Schneider, Vicente Grau
A model of cardiac microstructure and diffusion MRI is presented, and compared with experimental data from ex vivo rat hearts. The model includes a simplified representation of individual cells, with physiologically correct cell size and orientation, as well as intra- to extracellular volume ratio. Diffusion MRI is simulated using a Monte Carlo model and realistic MRI sequences. The results show good correspondence between the simulated and experimental MRI signals. Similar patterns are observed in the eigenvalues of the diffusion tensor, the mean diffusivity (MD) and the fractional anisotropy (FA)...
March 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324965/high-dielectric-material-in-mri-numerical-assessment-of-the-reduction-of-the-induced-local-power-on-implanted-cardiac-leads
#4
Eugenio Mattei, Elena Lucano, Federica Censi, Leonardo M Angelone, Giovanni Calcagnini
High dielectric materials (HDM) have been proposed in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the images acquired while reducing the radiofrequency (RF) absorption in tissue. The aim of this study is to assess the potential merit of using HDM to reduce power induced at the tip of an endocardial lead in patients undergoing MRI. Numerical simulations were performed using a commercial finite-differences time-domain (FDTD) software to model the RF field generated by a birdcage body coil at 64 MHz on a human body model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323379/effects-of-short-term-levothyroxine-therapy-on-myocardial-injuries-in-patients-with-severe-overt-hypothyroidism-evidence-from-a-cardiac-mri-study
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Xia Gao, Zhe Chen, Min Liu, Yu-Mei Jia, Ning Yang, Zhi Yao, Xiao-Meng Feng, Yuan Xu, Guang Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) myocardial injuries and cardiac function in patients with newly diagnosed severe primary overt hypothyroidism (HT) before and after achieving euthyroidism by short-term levothyroxine treatment. Levothyroxine treatment improves cardiovascular performance and ventricular remodeling in patients with HT, but diffuse myocardial injuries induced by HT are difficult to detect clinically. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Myocardial longitudinal relaxation time (T1 ) mapping using the modified Look-Locker inversion-recovery (MOLLI) sequences at 3...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321681/machine-learning-of-the-spatio-temporal-characteristics-of-echocardiographic-deformation-curves-for-infarct-classification
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Mahdi Tabassian, Martino Alessandrini, Lieven Herbots, Oana Mirea, Efstathios D Pagourelias, Ruta Jasaityte, Jan Engvall, Luca De Marchi, Guido Masetti, Jan D'hooge
The aim of this study was to analyze the whole temporal profiles of the segmental deformation curves of the left ventricle (LV) and describe their interrelations to obtain more detailed information concerning global LV function in order to be able to identify abnormal changes in LV mechanics. The temporal characteristics of the segmental LV deformation curves were compactly described using an efficient decomposition into major patterns of variation through a statistical method, called Principal Component Analysis (PCA)...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321415/assessment-of-longitudinal-reproducibility-of-mice-lv-function-parameters-at-11-7%C3%A2-t-derived-from-self-gated-cine-mri
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Zhi Zuo, Anne Subgang, Alireza Abaei, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Detlef Stiller, Genshan Ma, Volker Rasche
The objective of this work was the assessment of the reproducibility of self-gated cardiac MRI in mice at ultra-high-field strength. A group of adult mice (n = 5) was followed over 360 days with a standardized MR protocol including reproducible animal position and standardized planning of the scan planes. From the resulting CINE MRI data, global left ventricular (LV) function parameters including end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), stroke volume (SV), ejection fraction (EF), and left ventricular mass (LVM) were quantified...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320041/prevention-of-iron-overload-and-long-term-maintenance-of-normal-iron-stores-in-thalassaemia-major-patients-using-deferiprone-or-deferiprone-deferoxamine-combination
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Annita Kolnagou, Christina N Kontoghiorghe, George J Kontoghiorghes
Decrease in mortality and morbidity is observed in thalassaemia major patients with reduced iron load in comparison to heavy iron loaded patients. Effective and complete treatment of transfusional iron overload can be achieved by chelation protocols that can eliminate excess iron and maintain normal iron stores (NIS). The maintenance of NIS, i. e., serum ferritin (350 μg/L >), MRI T2* cardiac (>20 ms) and liver (>6.3 ms) relaxation time levels was monitored in 16 thalassaemia major patients (32-53 years, 12 splenectomized, 10 male, erythrocyte transfusions 120-323 ml/kg/year) for about 90 patient years...
March 20, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317067/pet-cmr-in-heart-failure-synergistic-or-redundant-imaging
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Michael A Quail, Albert J Sinusas
Imaging in heart failure (HF) provides data for diagnosis, prognosis and disease monitoring. Both MRI and nuclear imaging techniques have been successfully used for this purpose in HF. Positron Emission Tomography-Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (PET-CMR) is an example of a new multimodality diagnostic imaging technique with potential applications in HF. The threshold for adopting a new diagnostic tool to clinical practice must necessarily be high, lest they exacerbate costs without improving care. New modalities must demonstrate clinical superiority, or at least equivalence, combined with another important advantage, such as lower cost or improved patient safety...
March 20, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316992/a-combined-random-forests-and-active-contour-model-approach-for-fully-automatic-segmentation-of-the-left-atrium-in-volumetric-mri
#10
Chao Ma, Gongning Luo, Kuanquan Wang
Segmentation of the left atrium (LA) from cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) datasets is of great importance for image guided atrial fibrillation ablation, LA fibrosis quantification, and cardiac biophysical modelling. However, automated LA segmentation from cardiac MRI is challenging due to limited image resolution, considerable variability in anatomical structures across subjects, and dynamic motion of the heart. In this work, we propose a combined random forests (RFs) and active contour model (ACM) approach for fully automatic segmentation of the LA from cardiac volumetric MRI...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303611/improving-left-ventricular-segmentation-in-four-dimensional-flow-mri-using-intramodality-image-registration-for-cardiac-blood-flow-analysis
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Vikas Gupta, Mariana Bustamante, Alexandru Fredriksson, Carl-Johan Carlhäll, Tino Ebbers
PURPOSE: Assessment of blood flow in the left ventricle using four-dimensional flow MRI requires accurate left ventricle segmentation that is often hampered by the low contrast between blood and the myocardium. The purpose of this work is to improve left-ventricular segmentation in four-dimensional flow MRI for reliable blood flow analysis. METHOD: The left ventricle segmentations are first obtained using morphological cine-MRI with better in-plane resolution and contrast, and then aligned to four-dimensional flow MRI data...
March 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302243/coexistent-mitral-stenosis-and-multiple-sclerosis-an-unprecedented-case
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Ali Zohair Nomani, Irfan Ullah Khatak, Mansoor Iqbal, Haris Majid Rajput, Sumaira Nabi
Mitral stenosis is a valvular heart disease characterised by narrowing of mitral orifice. It can lead to a dilated left atrium with atrial fibrillation culminating into thrombus formation. Patients with mitral stenosis, presenting with stroke-like episodes, most likely experience cardio-embolic phenomenon; but unusual and unprecedented associations do occur. Reported association of cardiac MS with demyelinating CNS MS has never been proven; but authors have speculated theories based on case reports and series...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302228/anaesthetic-management-in-a-child-with-goldenhar-syndrome
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Waqas Ahmed Khan, Bushra Salim, Ausaf Ahmed Khan, Shakaib Chughtai
Goldenhar syndrome is a congenital disorder involving deformities of the face. It usually affects one side of the face only and poses significant challenges in the airway management. We herein, report an 8-year boy, known case of Goldenhar syndrome, who presented to our radiology suite for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain, followed by a computed tomography (CT) scan brain. The boy had various features of Goldenhar syndrome, e.g. cleft palate, absent right eye and ear, right mandibular hypoplasia, micrognathia, and preauricular tags...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300009/prenatal-diagnosis-of-aortopulmonary-window-associated-with-aberrant-subclavian-artery
#14
Adetola F Louis-Jacques, Sarah Obican, Thieu Nguyen, Anthony Odibo
Aortopulmonary window is a rare cardiac developmental anomaly characterised by a communication between the ascending aorta and the pulmonary artery. Aortopulmonary window may be isolated or associated with cardiac defects such as ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, interrupted aortic arch, and tetralogy of Fallot. We report a case of aortopulmonary window associated with aberrant subclavian artery based on fetal two-dimensional echocardiogram. The mother was referred for fetal echocardiography because of multiple fetal anomalies...
March 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299607/comprehensive-4-stage-categorization-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-leaflet-morphology-by-cardiac-mri-in-386-patients
#15
I G Murphy, J Collins, A Powell, M Markl, P McCarthy, S C Malaisrie, J C Carr, A J Barker
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is heterogeneous and related to valve dysfunction and aortopathy. Appropriate follow up and surveillance of patients with BAV may depend on correct phenotypic categorization. There are multiple classification schemes, however a need exists to comprehensively capture commissure fusion, leaflet asymmetry, and valve orifice orientation. Our aim was to develop a BAV classification scheme for use at MRI to ascertain the frequency of different phenotypes and the consistency of BAV classification...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295788/creating-hemodynamic-atlases-of-cardiac-4d-flow-mri
#16
Merih Cibis, Mariana Bustamante, Jonatan Eriksson, Carl-Johan Carlhäll, Tino Ebbers
PURPOSE: Hemodynamic atlases can add to the pathophysiological understanding of cardiac diseases. This study proposes a method to create hemodynamic atlases using 4D Flow magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The method is demonstrated for kinetic energy (KE) and helicity density (Hd ). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirteen healthy subjects underwent 4D Flow MRI at 3T. Phase-contrast magnetic resonance cardioangiographies (PC-MRCAs) and an average heart were created and segmented...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295547/practitioner-perceptions-of-the-anesthetic-needs-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-pediatric-patients
#17
Glenn E Mann, Adam Canter, Singh Nair, Donna LaMonica, Madelyn Kahana, Jennifer Yoo, Ellise Delphin
There is currently an increasing use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a diagnostic tool in the pediatric population(1). MRI is often viewed as an ideal diagnostic modality because it does not require exposure to ionizing radiation, provides superior soft tissue image quality compared with computed tomography (CT) and is thus well-suited for neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiac, thoracic, and abdominal studies(2). However, MRIs require patient cooperation and extended time periods of immobility, as the studies are often long, loud, and may induce claustrophobia (2-7)...
March 12, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289991/quantitative-analysis-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-comparison-of-diagnostic-performance-in-myocardial-fibrosis-between-gadobutrol-and-gadopentetate-dimeglumine
#18
Dongting Liu, Xiaohai Ma, Jiayi Liu, Lei Zhao, Hui Chen, Lei Xu, Zhonghua Sun, Zhanming Fan
The purpose of this study was to compare different semi-automated late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) quantification techniques using gadobutrol and gadopentetate dimeglumine contrast agents with regard to the diagnosis of fibrotic myocardium in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Thirty patients with HCM underwent two cardiac MRI protocols with use of gadobutrol and gadopentetate dimeglumine. Contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) between LGE area and remote myocardium (CNRremote), between LGE area and left ventricular blood pool (CNRpool), and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in LGE were compared...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289990/dual-contrast-agent-photon-counting-computed-tomography-of-the-heart-initial-experience
#19
Rolf Symons, Tyler E Cork, Manu N Lakshmanan, Robert Evers, Cynthia Davies-Venn, Kelly A Rice, Marvin L Thomas, Chia-Ying Liu, Steffen Kappler, Stefan Ulzheimer, Veit Sandfort, David A Bluemke, Amir Pourmorteza
To determine the feasibility of dual-contrast agent imaging of the heart using photon-counting detector (PCD) computed tomography (CT) to simultaneously assess both first-pass and late enhancement of the myocardium. An occlusion-reperfusion canine model of myocardial infarction was used. Gadolinium-based contrast was injected 10 min prior to PCD CT. Iodinated contrast was infused immediately prior to PCD CT, thus capturing late gadolinium enhancement as well as first-pass iodine enhancement. Gadolinium and iodine maps were calculated using a linear material decomposition technique and compared to single-energy (conventional) images...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283244/left-atrial-mechanics-in-patients-with-acute-stemi-and-secondary-mitral-regurgitation-a-prospective-pilot-cmr-feature-tracking-study
#20
Tomas Lapinskas, Paulius Bučius, Laura Urbonaitė, Agnieta Stabinskaitė, Živilė Valuckienė, Lina Jankauskaitė, Rimantas Benetis, Remigijus Žaliūnas
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Left atrium (LA) is an important biomarker of adverse cardiovascular outcomes and cerebrovascular events. This study aimed to evaluate LA myocardial deformation using cardiac magnetic resonance feature tracking (CMR-FT) in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and secondary mitral regurgitation (MR). Additionally, to assess interobserver and intraobserver variability of the technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty patients with STEMI underwent CMR with a 1...
March 1, 2017: Medicina
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