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#1
A Colclough, P Nihoyannopoulos
BACKGROUND: Acute breathlessness accounts for 8% of accident and emergency attendances. Point-of-care cardiac ultrasound (US) effectively reduces time to diagnosis. Fast and practical information via pocket-sized cardiac US devices may better the diagnosis in this complex patient group. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 40 consecutive patients presenting with shortness of breath at the emergency department (ED). Divided into two groups were all adult patients over 18 with acute breathing difficulties (triage category 1-3): 21 patients received a short focused cardiac US scan using a pocket-sized Vscan and 19 patients received no scan...
March 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331629/congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-a-review
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REVIEW
Praveen Kumar Chandrasekharan, Munmun Rawat, Rajeshwari Madappa, David H Rothstein, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
Congenital Diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a condition characterized by a defect in the diaphragm leading to protrusion of abdominal contents into the thoracic cavity interfering with normal development of the lungs. The defect may range from a small aperture in the posterior muscle rim to complete absence of diaphragm. The pathophysiology of CDH is a combination of lung hypoplasia and immaturity associated with persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn (PPHN) and cardiac dysfunction. Prenatal assessment of lung to head ratio (LHR) and position of the liver by ultrasound are used to diagnose and predict outcomes...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331374/clinical-experience-and-skills-of-physicians-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest-teams-in-denmark-a-nationwide-study
#3
Kasper G Lauridsen, Anders S Schmidt, Philip Caap, Rasmus Aagaard, Bo Løfgren
BACKGROUND: The quality of in-hospital resuscitation is poor and may be affected by the clinical experience and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. This study aimed to investigate the clinical experience, self-perceived skills, CPR training and knowledge of the guidelines on when to abandon resuscitation among physicians of cardiac arrest teams. METHODS: We performed a nationwide cross-sectional study in Denmark. Telephone interviews were conducted with physicians in the cardiac arrest teams in public somatic hospitals using a structured questionnaire...
2017: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296143/targeting-the-safe-zone
#4
Andrea Mignatti, Patricia Friedmann, David Paul Slovut
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a quality improvement (QI) program in reducing vascular complications during cardiac catheterization. BACKGROUND: Vascular access complications during cardiac catheterization are associated with higher morbidity and mortality. We implemented a QI program focused on using micropuncture techniques and targeting the "safe zone," an area below the inferior border of the inferior epigastric artery and above the inferior border of the femoral head, for femoral artery puncture...
March 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279544/inferior-vena-cava-filter-limb-fracture-with-embolization-to-the-right-ventricle
#5
Bradley S Jackson, Mykel Sepula, Jared T Marx, Chad M Cannon
BACKGROUND: Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter and filter limb embolization is a known phenomenon, with a prevalence of up to 25% for certain filter types. Most commonly, the site of embolization is to the heart. Point-of-care ultrasound is an easily accessible imaging modality that should be utilized when considering IVC filter complications. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman with a history of metastatic sarcoma and IVC filter placement for deep venous thrombosis presented to the Emergency Department (ED) for chest pain...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268994/ultrasound-plane-wave-imaging-with-delay-multiply-and-sum-beamforming-and-coherent-compounding
#6
Giulia Matrone, Alessandro S Savoia, Giosue Caliano, Giovanni Magenes
Improving the frame rate is an important aspect in medical ultrasound imaging, particularly in 3D/4D cardiac applications. However, an accurate trade-off between the higher frame rate and image contrast and resolution should be performed. Plane-Wave Imaging (PWI) can potentially achieve frame rates in the order of 10 kHz, as it uses a single unfocused plane wave (and thus a single transmit event) to acquire the image of the entire region of interest. The lack of transmit focusing however causes a significant drop of image quality, which can be restored by coherently compounding several tilted plane-wave frames, at the expense of the frame rate...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268118/the-role-of-early-focused-cardiac-ultrasound-in-a-not-so-typical-presentation-of-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
#7
Jithin G Varghese, Qurat-Ul-Ain Jelani, Stuart Zarich, Brooks Walsh
BACKGROUND: Focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) can be extremely helpful in identifying unexpected diagnoses that can significantly alter treatment options. The diagnosis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) may be difficult to identify. CASE REPORT: We describe a 47-year-old woman who presented to the emergency department (ED) with atypical features of TCM. Her clinical features included being a premenopausal woman with mild chest pain with a lack of identifiable emotional or physical stressors or significant electrocardiographic changes...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261499/focused-real-time-ultrasonography-for-nephrologists
#8
REVIEW
Matthew J Kaptein, Elaine M Kaptein
We propose that renal consults are enhanced by incorporating a nephrology-focused ultrasound protocol including ultrasound evaluation of cardiac contractility, the presence or absence of pericardial effusion, inferior vena cava size and collapsibility to guide volume management, bladder volume to assess for obstruction or retention, and kidney size and structure to potentially gauge chronicity of renal disease or identify other structural abnormalities. The benefits of immediate and ongoing assessment of cardiac function and intravascular volume status (prerenal), possible urinary obstruction or retention (postrenal), and potential etiologies of acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease far outweigh the limitations of bedside ultrasonography performed by nephrologists...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259149/focused-cardiac-ultrasound-by-unselected-residents-the-challenges
#9
Vidar Ruddox, Ingvild Billehaug Norum, Thomas Muri Stokke, Thor Edvardsen, Jan Erik Otterstad
BACKGROUND: Focus Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) performed by internal medicine residents on call with 2 h of training can provide a means for ruling out cardiac disease, but with poor sensitivity. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate diagnostic usefulness as well as diagnostic accuracy of FoCUS following 4 h of training. METHODS: All residents on call were given a 4-h training course with an additional one-hour training course after 6 months. They were asked to provide a pre- and post-FoCUS diagnosis, with the final diagnosis at discharge as reference...
March 4, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227204/ultrasound-plane-wave-imaging-with-delay-multiply-and-sum-beamforming-and-coherent-compounding
#10
Giulia Matrone, Alessandro S Savoia, Giosue Caliano, Giovanni Magenes, Giulia Matrone, Alessandro S Savoia, Giosue Caliano, Giovanni Magenes, Giulia Matrone, Giovanni Magenes, Alessandro S Savoia, Giosue Caliano
Improving the frame rate is an important aspect in medical ultrasound imaging, particularly in 3D/4D cardiac applications. However, an accurate trade-off between the higher frame rate and image contrast and resolution should be performed. Plane-Wave Imaging (PWI) can potentially achieve frame rates in the order of 10 kHz, as it uses a single unfocused plane wave (and thus a single transmit event) to acquire the image of the entire region of interest. The lack of transmit focusing however causes a significant drop of image quality, which can be restored by coherently compounding several tilted plane-wave frames, at the expense of the frame rate...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207948/right-sided-aortic-arch-in-the-age-of-microarray
#11
Edward F O'Mahony, Darren P Hutchinson, George McGillivray, Debbie L Nisbet, Ricardo Palma-Dias
OBJECTIVE: For fetuses with a diagnosis of right aortic arch and normal cardiac anatomy, we aimed to establish the frequency of chromosomal anomaly diagnosed with single nucleotide polymorphism microarray analysis, particularly focusing on microduplications or microdeletions which would have gone undetected by conventional karyotyping and six-probe fish (13,18,21, X,Y, TUPLE). METHOD: Retrospective study of fetal ultrasounds between 2011 and 2016 in an Australian tertiary referral centre...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207446/why-anesthesiologists-must-incorporate-focused-cardiac-ultrasound-into-daily-practice
#12
Bradley J Coker, Josh M Zimmerman
The size, availability, cost, and quality of modern ultrasound devices have, for the first time in modern medicine, enabled point-of-care ultrasound by the noncardiologist physician. The appropriate application of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) by anesthesiologists has the potential to alter management and affect outcomes for a wide range of patients. In this article, the indications, benefits, and limitations of FoCUS are described. The training and equipment required to perform FoCUS are also discussed...
March 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168038/echocardiography-for-patients-undergoing-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-primer-for-intensive-care-physicians
#13
REVIEW
Zhongheng Zhang
Echocardiography is an invaluable tool in the management of patients with extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) and subsequent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support and weaning. At the very beginning, echocardiography can identify the etiology of cardiac arrest, such as massive pulmonary embolism and cardiac tamponade. Eliminating these culprits saves life and may avoid the initiation of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation. If the underlying causes are not identified or intrinsic to the heart (e...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167318/temperature-monitoring-by-channel-data-delays-feasibility-based-on-estimated-delays-magnitude-for-cardiac-ablation
#14
Margot Pasternak, Eigil Samset, Jan D'hooge, Geir U Haugen
Ultrasound thermometry is based on measuring tissue temperature by its impact on ultrasound wave propagation. This study focuses on the use of transducer array channel data (not beamformed) and examines how a layer of increased velocity (heat induced) affects the travel-times of the ultrasound backscatter signal. Based on geometric considerations, a new equation was derived for the change in time delay as a function of temperature change. The resulting expression provides insight into the key factors that link change in temperature to change in travel time...
January 16, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150328/use-of-emergency-ultrasound-in-arizona-community-emergency-departments
#15
Richard Amini, Michael T Wyman, Nicholas C Hernandez, John A Guisto, Srikar Adhikari
OBJECTIVES: Despite the increased educational exposure to point-of-care ultrasound (US) at all levels of medical training, there are utilization gaps between academic and nonacademic emergency department (ED) settings. The purpose of this study was to assess the current practices and potential barriers to the use of point-of-care US in nonacademic EDs throughout the state of Arizona. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study. An online questionnaire was electronically sent to all nonacademic EDs in Arizona...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149575/veno-venous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-cannulation-techniques
#16
REVIEW
Carlo Banfi, Matteo Pozzi, Nils Siegenthaler, Marie-Eve Brunner, Didier Tassaux, Jean-Francois Obadia, Karim Bendjelid, Raphaël Giraud
The development of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technology allows a new approach for the intensive care management of acute cardiac and/or respiratory failure in adult patients who are not responsive to conventional treatment. Current ECMO therapies provide a variety of options for the multidisciplinary teams who are involved in the management of these critically ill patients. In this regard, veno-venous ECMO (VV-ECMO) can provide quite complete respiratory support, even if this highly complex technique presents substantial risks, such as bleeding, thromboembolic events and infection...
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144779/focused-cardiac-ultrasound-in-the-early-resuscitation-of-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock-a-prospective-pilot-study
#17
Hiroshi Sekiguchi, Yohei Harada, Hector R Villarraga, Sunil V Mankad, Ognjen Gajic
PURPOSE: Point-of-care ultrasonography has been increasingly used in the care of critically ill patients; however, reports on its use during active resuscitation are limited. The aim of this study was to investigate the true impact of focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU) during the management of sepsis with early (6-h) resuscitation. METHODS: A prospective pilot observational study was conducted at an academic medical center from March 2011 through July 2012. Patients undergoing resuscitation for severe sepsis or septic shock were prospectively enrolled at medical and combined medical-surgical intensive care units...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117110/hemorrhagic-pericardial-cyst-diagnosis-accelerated-by-emergency-physician-echocardiography-a-case-report
#18
Michael F Yip, Brooks M Walsh
BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis for chest pain in the emergency department is broad and includes both benign and life-threatening conditions-with pericardial cyst as a rare example. Emergency physician-performed point-of-care focused cardiac ultrasound (FOCUS) is increasingly recognized as a useful modality in the evaluation of patients with chest pain. CASE REPORT: We report a case of hemorrhagic pericardial cyst in a young woman presenting with chest pain in which findings on FOCUS contradicted findings on chest x-ray study and thus, accelerated diagnosis and definitive treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
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
#19
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/28076337/coded-excitation-for-diverging-wave-cardiac-imaging-a-feasibility-study
#20
Feifei Zhao, Ling Tong, Qiong He, Jianwen Luo
Diverging wave (DW) based cardiac imaging has gained increasing interest in recent years given its capacity to achieve ultrahigh frame rate. However, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast, and penetration depth of the resulting B-mode images are typically low as DWs spread energy over a large region. Coded excitation is known to be capable of increasing the SNR and penetration for ultrasound imaging. The aim of this study was therefore to test the feasibility of applying coded excitation in DW imaging to improve the corresponding SNR, contrast and penetration depth...
February 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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