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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229822/myocardial-performance-index-in-active-and-inactive-paediatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Anant Khositseth, Wasana Prangwatanagul, Kanchana Tangnararatchakit, Soamarat Vilaiyuk, Nantawan Su-Angka
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate cardiac structure and function in paediatric SLE patients without clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease in active and inactive diseases. METHODS: Patients aged ≤20 years who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of active SLE underwent transthoracic echocardiography to evaluate cardiac structure and function, and were then followed up echocardiographically every 3-4 months until SLE disease was inactive. Patients with heart failure, myocarditis, pericarditis, endocarditis, coronary artery disease, or abnormal structural heart disease were excluded...
February 3, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229420/noninvasive-assessment-of-cell-fate-and-biology-in-transplanted-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Federico Franchi, Martin Rodriguez-Porcel
Recently, molecular imaging has become a conditio sine qua non for cell-based regenerative medicine. Developments in molecular imaging techniques, such as reporter gene technology, have increasingly enabled the noninvasive assessment of the fate and biology of cells after cardiovascular applications. In this context, bioluminescence imaging is the most commonly used imaging modality in small animal models of preclinical studies. Here, we present a detailed protocol of a reporter gene imaging approach for monitoring the viability and biology of Mesenchymal Stem Cells transplanted in a mouse model of myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228873/prostate-brachytherapy-seed-migration-to-the-heart-seen-on-cardiovascular-computed-tomographic-angiography
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Shilpa Sachdeva, Nneka S Udechukwu, Hossam Elbelasi, Kevin P Landwehr, William H St Clair, Michael A Winkler
Brachytherapy consists of placing radioactive sources into or adjacent to tumors, to deliver conformal radiation treatment. The technique is used for treatment of primary malignancies and for salvage in recurrent disease. Permanent prostate brachytherapy seeds are small metal implants containing radioactive sources of I-125, Pd-103, or Cs-131 encased in a titanium shell. They can embolize through the venous system to the lungs or heart and subsequently be detected by cardiovascular computed tomography. Cardiovascular imagers should be aware of the appearance of migrated seeds, as their presence in the chest is generally benign, so that unnecessary worry and testing are avoided...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228870/isolated-unilateral-proximal-interruption-of-the-pulmonary-artery-findings-of-high-resolution-computed-tomography-and-three-dimensional-volume-rendering-imaging-of-the-pleura
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Mitsuko Tsubamoto, Makoto Fujita, Atsuya Okada, Takashi Niju, Toshiyuki Ikeda, Takahiro Nishida, Tatsuhito Takeshima, Kenji Nishibayashi
A unilateral proximal interruption of the pulmonary artery is a rare entity that is commonly associated with other congenital cardiovascular anomalies. However, less frequently, this condition may occur as an isolated finding, and some patients are completely asymptomatic. We report 2 cases of asymptomatic patients who had an isolated unilateral proximal interruption of the pulmonary artery. Herein, the radiological imaging findings are described with an emphasis on interlobular septal thickening of the affected lung demonstrated with high-resolution computed tomography...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228584/high-cardiorespiratory-fitness-in-early-to-late-middle-age-preserves-the-cortical-circuitry-associated-with-brain-heart-integration-during-volitional-exercise
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Katelyn N Wood, Torri A Luchyshyn, J Kevin Shoemaker
This study tested the hypothesis that high cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max) preserves the cortical circuitry associated with cardiac arousal during exercise in middle to older-aged individuals. Observations of changes in heart rate (HR) and in cortical blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) images were made in 52 healthy, active individuals (45-73 years; 16 female) across a range of fitness (26-66mL/kg/min). Seven repeated bouts of isometric handgrip (IHG) at 40% MVC force were performed using functional magnetic resonance imaging at 3-Tesla, with each contraction lasting 20 sec and separated by 40 sec of rest...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228308/systematic-review-of-non-invasive-cardiovascular-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-constrictive-pericarditis
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Sivakumar Ardhanari, Bharath Yarlagadda, Vishal Parikh, Kevin C Dellsperger, Anand Chockalingam, Sudarshan Balla, Senthil Kumar
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis (CP) can be challenging. It can be nearly impossible to distinguish CP from other causes of right heart failure. Although various imaging modalities help in the diagnosis, no test is definitive. Several reviews have addressed the role of various imaging techniques in the diagnosis of CP but a systematic review has not yet been published. OBJECTIVE: Our intention was to study the ability of various non-invasive imaging modalities to diagnose CP in patients with surgically confirmed disease and to apply our findings to develop a clinically useful diagnostic algorithm...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227762/single-shot-turbo-spin-echo-acquisition-for-in-vivo-cardiac-diffusion-mri
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Masoud Edalati, Gregory R Lee, Hui Wang, Michael D Taylor, Yu Y Li, Masoud Edalati, Gregory R Lee, Hui Wang, Michael D Taylor, Yu Y Li, Masoud Edalati, Gregory R Lee, Michael D Taylor, Hui Wang, Yu Y Li
Diffusion MRI offers the ability to noninvasively characterize the microstructure of myocardium tissue and detect disease related pathology in cardiovascular examination. This study investigates the feasibility of in vivo cardiac diffusion MRI under free-breathing condition. A high-speed imaging technique, correlation imaging, is used to enable single-shot turbo spin echo for free-breathing cardiac data acquisition. The obtained in vivo cardiac diffusion-weighted images illustrate robust image quality and minor geometry distortions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227424/atrioventricular-junction-avj-motion-tracking-a-software-tool-with-itk-vtk-qt
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Pengdong Xiao, Shuang Leng, Xiaodan Zhao, Hua Zou, Ru San Tan, Philip Wong, Liang Zhong, Pengdong Xiao, Shuang Leng, Xiaodan Zhao, Hua Zou, Ru San Tan, Philip Wong, Liang Zhong, Ru San Tan, Pengdong Xiao, Philip Wong, Hua Zou, Shuang Leng, Liang Zhong, Xiaodan Zhao
The quantitative measurement of the Atrioventricular Junction (AVJ) motion is an important index for ventricular functions of one cardiac cycle including systole and diastole. In this paper, a software tool that can conduct AVJ motion tracking from cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) images is presented by using Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), The Visualization Toolkit (VTK) and Qt. The software tool is written in C++ by using Visual Studio Community 2013 integrated development environment (IDE) containing both an editor and a Microsoft complier...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227423/dynamic-mapping-of-ventricular-function-from-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Maria Panayiotou, Peter Mountney, Alexander Brost, Daniel Toth, Tom Jackson, Jonathan M Behar, Christopher A Rinaldi, R James Housden, Kawal S Rhode, Maria Panayiotou, Peter Mountney, Alexander Brost, Daniel Toth, Tom Jackson, Jonathan M Behar, Christopher A Rinaldi, R James Housden, Kawal S Rhode, Alexander Brost, Tom Jackson, Maria Panayiotou, Christopher A Rinaldi, Jonathan M Behar, R James Housden, Kawal S Rhode, Daniel Toth, Peter Mountney
Heart failure is associated with substantial mortality and morbidity and remains the most common diagnosis in older patients. Based on experimental electrophysiologic studies, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for heart failure results in a maximum resynchronization effect when applied to the most delayed left ventricular (LV) site. Current clinical practice is to identify the optimal site using separate visualisation of scar and activation information. These must be mentally mapped into 3D, which is challenging and time-consuming for the electrophysiologist...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227374/measuring-pulse-rate-variability-using-long-range-non-contact-imaging-photoplethysmography
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Ethan B Blackford, Alyssa M Piasecki, Justin R Estepp, Ethan B Blackford, Alyssa M Piasecki, Justin R Estepp, Ethan B Blackford, Alyssa M Piasecki, Justin R Estepp
Camera-based measurement of the blood volume pulse via non-contact, imaging photoplethysmography is a very popular approach for measuring pulse rate using a remote imaging sensor. Comparatively less attention has been paid to the usefulness of the method for measuring features of pulse rate variability, and even less focus has been put on the accuracy of any cardiac activity feature that can be achieved at long imager-to-subject distances. In this study, video was recorded from 19 participants, while at rest, at a distance of 25 meters from the imaging sensor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227067/computational-estimation-of-the-severity-of-coronary-lesions-with-intravascular-ultrasound-images-a-pilot-study
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Panagiotis K Siogkas, Michail I Papafaklis, Bill D Gogas, Habib Samady, Lampros K Michalis, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Panagiotis K Siogkas, Michail I Papafaklis, Bill D Gogas, Habib Samady, Lampros K Michalis, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Bill D Gogas, Habib Samady, Michail I Papafaklis, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Panagiotis K Siogkas, Lampros K Michalis
The fast and accurate hemodynamic functional assessment of the coronary vasculature is of utmost importance in clinical practice due to the fact that Cardiovascular Diseases have become the leading cause of death globally. In this work we propose a novel method that combines two of the most efficient methods of hemodynamic status assessment of coronary arteries, Intravascular UtraSound and virtual Functional Assessment Index, an index that correlates well to the measured Fractional Flow Reserve. One Left Anterior Descending segment was reconstructed both in a straight manner (using only IVUS images) as well as using the actual 3D geometry of the vessel (using IvUS images combined with the respective coronary angiographic images [2])...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226751/deep-neural-ensemble-for-retinal-vessel-segmentation-in-fundus-images-towards-achieving-label-free-angiography
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A Lahiri, Abhijit Guha Roy, Debdoot Sheet, Prabir Kumar Biswas, A Lahiri, Abhijit Guha Roy, Debdoot Sheet, Prabir Kumar Biswas, Debdoot Sheet, Prabir Kumar Biswas, A Lahiri
Automated segmentation of retinal blood vessels in label-free fundus images entails a pivotal role in computed aided diagnosis of ophthalmic pathologies, viz., diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive disorders and cardiovascular diseases. The challenge remains active in medical image analysis research due to varied distribution of blood vessels, which manifest variations in their dimensions of physical appearance against a noisy background. In this paper we formulate the segmentation challenge as a classification task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226746/artery-vein-classification-of-retinal-blood-vessels-using-feature-selection
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Vishal Vijayakumar, Dara D Koozekanani, Robert White, James Kohler, Sohini Roychowdhury, Keshab K Parhi, Vishal Vijayakumar, Dara D Koozekanani, Robert White, James Kohler, Sohini Roychowdhury, Keshab K Parhi, James Kohler, Keshab K Parhi, Vishal Vijayakumar, Sohini Roychowdhury, Robert White, Dara D Koozekanani
Automated classification of retinal vessels in fundus images is the first step towards measurement of retinal characteristics that can be used to screen and diagnose vessel abnormalities for cardiovascular and retinal disorders. This paper presents a novel approach to vessel classification to compute the artery/vein ratio (AVR) for all blood vessel segments in the fundus image. The features extracted are then subjected to a selection procedure using Random Forests (RF) where the features that contribute most to classification accuracy are chosen as input to a polynomial kernel Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226451/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
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Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He, Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He, Bin He, Steven Pogwizd, Long Yu
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225684/assessing-the-risks-associated-with-mri-in-patients-with-a-pacemaker-or-defibrillator
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Robert J Russo, Heather S Costa, Patricia D Silva, Jeffrey L Anderson, Aysha Arshad, Robert W W Biederman, Noel G Boyle, Jennifer V Frabizzio, Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, Steven L Higgins, Rachel Lampert, Christian E Machado, Edward T Martin, Andrew L Rivard, Jason C Rubenstein, Raymond H M Schaerf, Jennifer D Schwartz, Dipan J Shah, Gery F Tomassoni, Gail T Tominaga, Allison E Tonkin, Seth Uretsky, Steven D Wolff
Background The presence of a cardiovascular implantable electronic device has long been a contraindication for the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We established a prospective registry to determine the risks associated with MRI at a magnetic field strength of 1.5 tesla for patients who had a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) that was "non-MRI-conditional" (i.e., not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for MRI scanning). Methods Patients in the registry were referred for clinically indicated nonthoracic MRI at a field strength of 1...
23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225202/cardiac-remodeling-in-preterm-infants-with-prolonged-exposure-to-a-patent-ductus-arteriosus
#16
Koert de Waal, Nilkant Phad, Nick Collins, Andrew Boyle
BACKGROUND: Sustained volume load due to a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) leads to cardiac remodeling. Remodeling changes can become pathological and are associated with cardiovascular disease progression. Data on remodeling changes in preterm infants is not available. METHODS: Clinical and echocardiography data were collected in preterm infants <30 weeks gestation on postnatal day 3 and then every 7-14 days until closure of the ductus arteriosus. Images were analyzed using conventional techniques and speckle tracking...
February 22, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224726/a%C3%A4-rway-and-sleep-d%C3%A4-sorders-%C3%A4-n-pat%C3%A4-ents-w%C3%A4-th-acromegaly
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Onur Turan, Barış Akıncı, Ahmet Omer Ikız, Oya Itıl, Ibrahim Oztura, Emel Ada, Bahri Akdenız, Serkan Yener, Murat Kaya, Arzu Gedık, Abdurrahman Comlekcı
INTRODUCTION-OBJECTIVE: Acromegaly is a multisystemic disorder caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone (GH). Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) such as sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) may occur in acromegaly. The aim of study was to assess the presence of sleep disorders and evaluate the systemic complications on respiratory, cardiovascular and upper airway systems in acromegalic patients. METHODS: The study group consisted of 30 acromegaly outpatients. GH and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) measurements were obtained; body pletysmography, arterial blood gas analysis,tissue-doppler imaging,echocardiography,polysomnography,otorhinolaryngologic examination and head-neck computed tomography were performed...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224450/artificial-neural-network-based-model-enhances-risk-stratification-and-reduces-non-invasive-cardiac-stress-imaging-compared-to-diamond-forrester-and-morise-risk-assessment-models-a-prospective-study
#18
Hussain A Isma'eel, George E Sakr, Mustapha Serhan, Nader Lamaa, Ayman Hakim, Paul C Cremer, Wael A Jaber, Torkom Garabedian, Imad Elhajj, Antoine B Abchee
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) accounts for more than half of all cardiovascular events. Stress testing remains the cornerstone for non-invasive assessment of patients with possible or known CAD. Clinical utilization reviews show that most patients presenting for evaluation of stable CAD by stress testing are categorized as low risk prior to the test. Attempts to enhance risk stratification of individuals who are sent for stress testing seem to be more in need today. The present study compares artificial neural networks (ANN)-based prediction models to the other risk models being used in practice (the Diamond-Forrester and the Morise models)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224448/comparison-of-esc-and-acc-aha-guidelines-for-myocardial-revascularization
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Jim Stirrup, Alejandro Velasco, Fadi G Hage, Eliana Reyes
In 2014, the Task Force on Myocardial Revascularization of the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery with the special contribution of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions published a comprehensive set of recommendations on myocardial revascularization in patients presenting with acute or chronic coronary artery disease. In the United States, pertinent guidance on this topic has been published by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and other relevant societies in multiple guideline documents that have been published in recent years...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222778/sample-size-considerations-for-trials-using-cerebral-white-matter-hyperintensity-progression-as-an-intermediate-outcome-at-1%C3%A2-year-after-mild-stroke-results-of-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Francesca M Chappell, Maria Del Carmen Valdés Hernández, Stephen D Makin, Kirsten Shuler, Eleni Sakka, Martin S Dennis, Paul A Armitage, Susana Muñoz Maniega, Joanna M Wardlaw
BACKGROUND: White matter hyperintensities (WMHs) are commonly seen on in brain imaging and are associated with stroke and cognitive decline. Therefore, they may provide a relevant intermediate outcome in clinical trials. WMH can be measured as a volume or visually on the Fazekas scale. We investigated predictors of WMH progression and design of efficient studies using WMH volume and Fazekas score as an intermediate outcome. METHODS: We prospectively recruited 264 patients with mild ischaemic stroke and measured WMH volume, Fazekas score, age and cardiovascular risk factors at baseline and 1 year...
February 21, 2017: Trials
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