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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914617/distribution-patterns-of-the-vulnerable-vessels-around-cervical-nerve-roots-a-computed-tomography-based-study
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Donghwi Park
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of vulnerable vessels around the target of cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injection at the C3-C7 cervical nerve root levels in a clinical setting. DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional study was conducted. PARTICIPANTS: Patients complaining of neck or arm pain with no previous surgical history and who had undergone both precontrast and contrast-enhanced neck computed tomography were included retrospectively...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910912/-percutaneous-catheterization-for-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-a-retrospective-case-series
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X Y Li, H Y He, X Tang, R Wang, C Y Zhang, S Q Wang, B Sun, Z H Tong
Objective: To review the experience of percutaneous catheterization for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) by respiratory intensivists at a single institution. Methods: A retrospective review of 87 patients undergoing percutaneous catheterization for ECMO in Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital from November 2009 to January 2017. Subject demographics, type of support, cannulation configuration, types of cannulas, use of imaging modalities, and complications were recorded and summarized...
September 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910212/feasibility-of-paramedic-performed-prehospital-lung-ultrasound-in-medical-patients-with-respiratory-distress
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Torben K Becker, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton W Callaway, Francis X Guyette, Christopher Schott
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital ultrasound is not yet widely implemented. Most studies report on convenience samples and trauma patients, often by prehospital physicians or critical care clinicians. We assessed the feasibility of paramedic performed prehospital lung ultrasound in medical patients with respiratory distress. METHODS: Paramedics at 2 ambulance stations in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA underwent a 2-hour training session in prehospital lung ultrasound using the SonoSite iViz, a handheld ultrasound device...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903756/could-the-use-of-bedside-lung-ultrasound-reduce-the-number-of-chest-x-rays-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Etrusca Brogi, Elena Bignami, Anna Sidoti, Mohammed Shawar, Luna Gargani, Luigi Vetrugno, Giovanni Volpicelli, Francesco Forfori
BACKGROUND: Lung ultrasound can be used as an alternative to chest radiography (CXR) for the diagnosis and follow-up of various lung diseases in the intensive care unit (ICU). Our aim was to evaluate the influence that introducing a routine daily use of lung ultrasound in critically ill patients may have on the number of CXRs and as a consequence, on medical costs and radiation exposure. METHODS: Data were collected by conducting a retrospective evaluation of the medical records of adult patients who needed thoracic imaging and were admitted to our academic polyvalent ICU...
September 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901850/point-of-care-lung-ultrasound-in-critically-ill-patients
#5
Gentle S Shrestha, Dameera Weeratunga, Kylie Baker
Lung ultrasound is increasingly being used by the bedside physicians to complement the findings of physical examination. Lung ultrasound is non-invasive, devoid of radiation exposure and can be performed rapidly and repeatedly as needed at bedside. The diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasound for common conditions like pleural effusion, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema and pneumonia is superior to chest radiograph and is comparable to chest CT scan. Lung ultrasound is helpful to evaluate the progress of lung pathology and response to treatment, over time...
September 11, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901055/phantom-based-image-quality-test-methods-for-photoacoustic-imaging-systems
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William C Vogt, Congxian Jia, Keith A Wear, Brian S Garra, T Joshua Pfefer
As photoacoustic imaging (PAI) technologies advance and applications arise, there is increasing need for standardized approaches to provide objective, quantitative performance assessment at various stages of the product development and clinical translation process. We have developed a set of performance test methods for PAI systems based on breast-mimicking tissue phantoms containing embedded inclusions. Performance standards for mature imaging modalities [magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound] were used to guide selection of critical PAI image quality characteristics and experimental methods...
September 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900890/high-level-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-critically-ill-trauma-patients-despite-early-and-well-driven-thromboprophylaxis-protocol
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S R Hamada, C Espina, T Guedj, R Buaron, A Harrois, S Figueiredo, J Duranteau
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is one of the most common preventable causes of in-hospital death in trauma patients surviving their injuries. We assessed the prevalence, incidence and risk factors for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in critically ill trauma patients, in the setting of a mature and early mechanical and pharmacological thromboprophylaxis protocol. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study on a cohort of patients from a surgical intensive care unit of a university level 1 trauma centre...
September 12, 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900519/point-of-care-ultrasound-in-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-concise-review
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REVIEW
Pablo Blanco, Carmen Martínez Buendía
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a widely used tool in critical care areas, allowing for the performance of accurate diagnoses and thus enhancing the decision-making process. Every major organ or system can be safely evaluated with POCUS. In that respect, the utility of POCUS in cardiac arrest is gaining interest. In this article, we will review the actual role of ultrasound in cardiac arrest and the main POCUS protocols focused to this scenario as well as discuss the potential role of POCUS in monitoring the efficacy of the chest compressions...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893830/assessment-of-paravalvular-leakage-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-add-clinical-signs-to-echocardiographic-data
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Corstiaan A den Uil, Mihai Strachinaru, Ben van der Hoven, J Han J Meeder
A 62-year old male with pulmonary fibrosis and aortic valve stenosis underwent TAVI (Corevalve Evolut XL 34 mm) in the build-up for lung transplantation (LuTx). Following post-dilation for a large annular perimeter, moderate paravalvular aortic regurgitation (AR) was observed. After 6 weeks, he was admitted to the ICU with respiratory failure(A). TTE demonstrated residual mild AR (based on a small excentric paravalvular AR jet, <10% circumferential extent, pressure half-time was not reliably measured) and together with borderline elevated NT-pro-BNP, the consultant cardiologist authorized LuTx listing...
September 11, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891535/doppler-sonographic-evaluation-of-venogenic-extremity-swellings-analysis-of-170-patients-from-kano-nigeria
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A Ismail, A M Tabari, K Isyaku
INTRODUCTION: Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a serious problem that can potentially lead to many complications including life-threatening pulmonary arterial thrombosis. Screening and confirmation of the diagnosis are critical in the care of this condition. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of Doppler sonography in diagnosing DVT and to illustrate the pattern in 170 suspected cases from our local environment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted at our department over 18 months...
August 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885211/postoperative-control-of-functional-muscle-flaps-for-facial-palsy-reconstruction-ultrasound-guided-tissue-monitoring-using-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-ceus-and-ultrasound-elastography
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A Kehrer, V Mandlik, C Taeger, S Geis, L Prantl, E M Jung
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Facial paralysis causes excruciating impairments including facial asymmetry, limited eye closure, oral incontinence and social dysfunction. Modern plastic surgical reconstructions render favorable results with well-perfused dynamic muscle flaps. Post-operative tissue monitoring is a critical determinant for success. Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) and elastography have proven superior properties to evaluate tissue perfusion in various organs. We evaluated their role for functional muscle flaps positioned at the sub-skin level in facial palsy patients...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879657/an-exploratory-investigation-of-echocardiographic-parameters-and-the-effects-of-posture-on-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-the-livingstone-s-fruit-bat-pteropus-livingstonii
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Aimee L Drane, Robert Shave, Andrew Routh, Alberto Barbon
There is growing evidence that dilated cardiomyopathy may be a major cause of death in captive Livingstone's fruit bats (Pteropus livingstonii). Therefore, the primary aim of this prospective, exploratory study was to examine whether a systematic cardiac ultrasound protocol is feasible in this critically endangered species and to report basic measures of cardiac structure and function from a cohort of apparently healthy bats. A secondary aim was to test the effect posture (dorsal recumbency vs. roosting) has upon cardiac function in this species...
September 6, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875864/pulmonary-embolism-with-cardiac-arrest-a-stemi-patient-s-unexpected-course
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Zoë Piggott, Tomislav Jelic
We describe the successful use and complications of bolus-dose alteplase to treat strongly suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) with cardiac arrest in a patient initially presenting as ST-elevation myocardial infarcation (MI). Case description is followed by a review of the indications, safety, and dosing of systemic thrombolytic therapy for high-risk PE in the emergency department (ED). Diagnostic and therapeutic approach to PE in critically ill patients is also considered, including the potential utility of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) in the ED...
September 6, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875125/ultrasound-diagnosis-of-fractures-in-mass-casualty-incidents
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EDITORIAL
Fikri M Abu-Zidan
The role of point-of-care ultrasound in mass casualty incidents (MCIs) is still evolving. Occasionally, hospitals can be destroyed by disasters resulting in large number of trauma patients. CAVEAT and FASTER ultrasound protocols, which are used in MCIs, included extremity ultrasound examination as part of them. The literature supports the use of ultrasound in diagnosing extremity fractures both in hospitals and MCIs. The most recent systematic review which was reported by Douma-den Hamer et al in 2016 showed that the pooled ultrasound sensitivity and specificity for detecting distal forearm fractures was 97% and 95% respectively...
August 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868311/occlusive-shrinkage-of-ovation-endograft-presenting-as-acute-lower-limb-ischemia-effective-endovascular-management
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Paolo Bianchi, Filippo Scalise, Andrea Mortara, Guido Lanzillo, Giuseppe Scardina, Santi Trimarchi, Gianfranco Parati, Valerio Tolva
The aim of this report is to describe the imaging and successful treatment of an acute shrinkage of the Ovation Abdominal Stent Graft System. The Ovation Prime system utilizes a polymer-filled sealing ring that is cast in situ at the margin of the aneurysm; however, the residual endograft inner volume after ring filling may reduce volume and graft flow. Nevertheless, there are no reports about severe complications using the Ovation Prime system. A 75-year-old male presented to our hospital for acute lower limb ischemia...
February 2017: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866972/comparison-of-continous-wave-doppler-ultrasound-monitor-and-echocardiography-to-assess-cardiac-output-in-intensive-care-patients
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Ahmad Elgendy, Ian M Seppelt, Andrew S Lane
BACKGROUND: Continuous-wave Doppler (CWD) ultrasound through the left ventricular outflow tract is one modality used for non-invasive cardiac output measurement. The ultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM) is a relatively new monitor which uses a small, transcutaneous ultrasound probe to measure cardiac output with CWD via the suprasternal window. It is faster and less complex to train new users than conventional echocardiography. In addition to stroke volume (SV), the USCOM can calculate stroke volume variation (SVV) and the Smith-Madigan inotropy index (SMII), which is an estimate of the pre-load independent contractility of the myocardium...
September 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866449/fractional-flow-reserve-in-below-the-knee-arteries-with-critical-limb-ischemia-and-validation-against-gold-standard-morphologic-functional-measures-and-long-term-clinical-outcomes
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Zoltán Ruzsa, Szilárd Róna, Gábor G Tóth, Péter Sótonyi, Olivier F Bertrand, Balázs Nemes, Béla Merkely, Kálmán Hüttl
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess the applicability of fractional flow reserve measurement (FFR) in below-the-knee (BTK) arteries and to evaluate its correlation with non-invasive functional parameters before and after angioplasty. METHODS: We enrolled 39 patients with severe BTK arterial lesions. Inclusion criteria were critical limb ischemia (Rutherford 4-6) and angiographically proven arterial stenosis of the distal lower limb (percent diameter stenosis ≥70%)...
July 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864053/diaphragm-and-lung-ultrasound-to-predict-weaning-outcome-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ana M Llamas-Álvarez, Eva M Tenza-Lozano, Jaime Latour-Pérez
BACKGROUND: Deciding the optimal timing for extubation in mechanically ventilated patients can be challenging, and traditional weaning predictor tools are not very accurate. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to assess the accuracy of lung and diaphragm ultrasound for predicting weaning outcomes in critically ill adults. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Scopus, LILACS, Teseo, Tesis Doctorales en Red, and OpenGrey, and we reviewed the bibliographies of relevant studies...
August 29, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862111/how-can-we-improve-education-of-breast-surgeons-across-europe
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Agnieszka Kolacinska
The proposed global curriculum developed by the American Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) and the textbook: provides a state-of- the- art of breast cancer surgery, complements the syllabus and curriculum of the Union Europeenne des Medecins Specialistes (UEMS) examination in breast surgery/ European Board of Surgery Qualification in Breast Surgery (EBSQinBS) administered by ESSO (1) Knowledge and understanding of the principles of breast cancer incidence, aetiology, risk factors, genetics, premalignant and high-risk lesions, pathology, prognostic and predictive factors, risk prediction models, screening, diagnosis and imaging, breast cancer, oncoplastic, reconstructive breast surgery, axillary surgery and future perspective for this, radiation therapy, neoadjuvant and adjuvant systemic treatment- endocrine-, immuno- and chemotherapy, side effects and toxicities of treatment, locoregional recurrence, follow-up, locally advanced breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, breast cancer in young and elderly patients, survivor issues, lymphedema, palliative care, chroni pain, body image and sexuality, fertility issues, cognitive functions, etc...
July 2017: Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861693/mixed-reality-ultrasound-guidance-system-a-case-study-in-system-development-and-a-cautionary-tale
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Golafsoun Ameri, John S H Baxter, Daniel Bainbridge, Terry M Peters, Elvis C S Chen
PURPOSE: Real-time ultrasound has become a crucial aspect of several image-guided interventions. One of the main constraints of such an approach is the difficulty in interpretability of the limited field of view of the image, a problem that has recently been addressed using mixed reality, such as augmented reality and augmented virtuality. The growing popularity and maturity of mixed reality has led to a series of informal guidelines to direct development of new systems and to facilitate regulatory approval...
August 31, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
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