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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341511/age-adjusted-d-dimer-for-exclusion-of-pulmonary-embolism-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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D Monks, A Neill, D Barton, A Moughty, A McFeely, A Timmons, S Hatton, D McMorrow
D-Dimer (DD) will increase with age and recent studies have shown the upper limit of normal can be raised in those who are low risk and over 50. We studied age adjusted D-dimer (AADD) levels to assess whether pulmonary embolism (PE) could be safely excluded. This study analysed the Emergency Department (ED) Computed Tomographic Pulmonary Angiography (CTPA) requests. There were 756 requests. The parameters studied were; age, DD value, calculated AADD, CT result and Simplified Geneva Score (SGS). The primary outcome was the diagnostic performance of AADD...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338826/application-of-the-dual-layer-spectral-detector-ct-in-the-ct-angiography-of-superior-vena-cava
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Guo Rong Wang, Zhi Wei Wang, Yi Ning Wang, Zheng Yu Jin
Objective To evaluate the application of the dual-layer spectral detector CT in the CT angiography of superior vena cava (SVC). Methods Totally 30 consecutive patients who underwent chest enhanced CT in our center were enrolled in this study. Eight series of images were reconstructed,including the conventional images at 120 kVp and seven series of virtual monoenergetic spectral images at 40,50,60,70,80,90,and 100 keV. The regions of interest (ROIs) were placed at the level of the proximal end,middle part,and distal end in the SVC vessel...
December 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338437/elderly-population-have-a-decreased-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-incidence-rate-than-middle-aged-population-a-descriptive-analysis-of-8-144-cases-in-mainland-china
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Yì Xiáng J Wáng, Lihong Zhang, Lin Zhao, Jian He, Xian-Jun Zeng, Heng Liu, Yun-Jun Yang, Shang-Wei Ding, Zhong-Fei Xu, Yong-Ming He, Lin Yang, Lan Sun, Ke-Jie Mu, Bai-Song Wang, Xiao-Hong Xu, Zhong-You Ji, Jian-Hua Liu, Jin-Zhou Fang, Rui Hou, Feng Fan, Guang-Ming Peng, Yue-Qi Zhu, Sheng-Hong Ju, Wai S Poon
PURPOSE: Rupture of an intracranial aneurysm is a life-threatening acute cerebrovascular event. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) incidence rate is higher or lower in elderly population than in middle aged population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Aneurysmal SAH cases were collected retrospectively from the archives of 21 hospitals in Mainland China. All the cases were collected from September 2016 and backward consecutively for a period of time up to 8 years...
January 17, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334259/development-of-three-dimensional-brain-arteriovenous-malformation-model-for-patient-communication-and-young-neurosurgeon-education
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Mengqi Dong, Guangzhong Chen, Kun Qin, Xiaowen Ding, Dong Zhou, Chao Peng, Shaojian Zeng, Xianming Deng
PURPOSE: Rapid prototyping technology is used to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) models and facilitate presurgical patient communication and medical education for young surgeons. METHODS: Two intracranial AVM cases were selected for this study. Using 3D CT angiography or 3D rotational angiography images, the brain AVM models were reconstructed on personal computer and the rapid prototyping process was completed using a 3D printer...
January 15, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332925/pulmonary-artery-pseudoaneurysm-secondary-to-lung-inf-lammation
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Shinichirou Ishimoto, Hiroyuki Sakurai, Ryouta Higure, Riken Kawachi, Mie Shimamura
Pulmonary artery aneurysms (PAA) and pseudoaneurysms (PAP) are caused by infections, vasculitis, trauma, pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, and connective tissue disease. Most cases of such aneurysm occur in the trunk or major branches of the pulmonary artery, while the peripheral type is less common. The treatment modalities are medical therapy, surgery, and percutaneous catheter embolization. The mortality rate associated with rupture is approximately 50%. We encountered a case of a 53-year-old man with a pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm secondary to pneumonia and cavity formation during chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML)...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332922/role-of-gene-polymorphisms-haplotypes-and-plasma-level-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-in-susceptibility-to-in-stent-restenosis-following-coronary-implantation-of-bare-metal-stent-in-chinese-han-patients
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Hai-Jian Chen, Ni Mo, Yan-Feng Zhang, Guo-Zhu Su, Han-Dong Wu, Fang Pei
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 has been implicated in the pathogenesis of restenosis. However, the role of TGF-β1 polymorphisms in development of in-stent restenosis (ISR) after coronary bare metal stent (BMS) implantation in Chinese Han population has not been reported to date. The aim of this study was to explore the association between TGF-β1 gene polymorphisms (-509C/T and 869T/C) and its plasma level in Chinese Han patients with BMS-ISR.We investigated 419 patients after successful coronary stent placement...
January 15, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331986/sex-differences-in-impact-of-coronary-artery-calcification-to-predict-coronary-artery-disease
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Yoko M Nakao, Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Masahiro Higashi, Teruo Noguchi, Mitsuru Ohishi, Isao Kubota, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Tomohiro Kawasaki, Yutaka Furukawa, Michihiro Yoshimura, Hideaki Morita, Kunihiro Nishimura, Akiko Kada, Yoichi Goto, Tomonori Okamura, Chuwa Tei, Hitonobu Tomoike, Hiroaki Naito, Satoshi Yasuda
OBJECTIVE: To assess sex-specific differences regarding use of conventional risks and coronary artery calcification (CAC) to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary CT angiography (CCTA). METHODS: The Nationwide Gender-specific Atherosclerosis Determinants Estimation and Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease Prospective Cohort study is a prospective, multicentre, nationwide cohort study. Candidates with suspected CAD aged 50-74 years enrolled from 2008 to 2012...
January 13, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330042/differences-in-the-ct-findings-between-vulnerable-plaque-and-culprit-lesions-in-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Eun Ju Chun, Jin Hee Han, Seung Min Yoo, Hwa Yeon Lee, In Sup Song, Charles S White
BACKGROUND: The CT finding of "vulnerable plaque" is widely regarded as similar to that of a culprit lesion in an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, this hypothesis may not be accurate, since "vulnerable plaques" may substantially change their morphology when they rupture to cause an ACS. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated coronary CT angiography data sets of 25 patients with ACS who had vulnerable (n = 10) or culprit plaques (n = 15). We analyzed CT features including positive remodeling (PR), low attenuation plaque (LAP), the napkin ring sign (NRS), degree of stenosis (normal, <50%, 50-99%, 100%), and myocardial hypoperfusion in the left ventricle...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327076/arms-down-cone-beam-ct-hepatic-angiography-performance-assessment-vascular-imaging-quality-and-imaging-artifacts
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Adrian J Gonzalez-Aguirre, Elena N Petre, Meier Hsu, Chaya S Moskowitz, Stephen B Solomon, Jeremy C Durack
INTRODUCTION: The practice of positioning patients' arms above the head during catheter-injected hepatic arterial phase cone beam CT (A-CBCT) imaging has been inherited from standard CT imaging due to image quality concerns, but interrupts workflow and extends procedure time. We sought to assess A-CBCT image quality and artifacts with arms extended above the head versus down by the side. METHODS: We performed an IRB approved retrospective evaluation of reformatted and 3D-volume rendered images from 91 consecutive A-CBCTs (43 arms up, 48 arms down) acquired during hepatic tumor arterial embolization procedures...
January 11, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326139/carotid-artery-wall-imaging-perspective-and-guidelines-from-the-asnr-vessel-wall-imaging-study-group-and-expert-consensus-recommendations-of-the-american-society-of-neuroradiology
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L Saba, C Yuan, T S Hatsukami, N Balu, Y Qiao, J K DeMarco, T Saam, A R Moody, D Li, C C Matouk, M H Johnson, H R Jäger, M Mossa-Basha, M E Kooi, Z Fan, D Saloner, M Wintermark, D J Mikulis, B A Wasserman
Identification of carotid artery atherosclerosis is conventionally based on measurements of luminal stenosis and surface irregularities using in vivo imaging techniques including sonography, CT and MR angiography, and digital subtraction angiography. However, histopathologic studies demonstrate considerable differences between plaques with identical degrees of stenosis and indicate that certain plaque features are associated with increased risk for ischemic events. The ability to look beyond the lumen using highly developed vessel wall imaging methods to identify plaque vulnerable to disruption has prompted an active debate as to whether a paradigm shift is needed to move away from relying on measurements of luminal stenosis for gauging the risk of ischemic injury...
January 11, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324489/comparing-methods-for-cardiac-output-intraoperatively-doppler-derived-cardiac-output-measured-with-3-dimensional-echocardiography-is-not-interchangeable-with-cardiac-output-by-pulmonary-catheter-thermodilution
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Karin Graeser, Mikhail Zemtsovski, Klaus F Kofoed, Matilde Winther-Jensen, Jens C Nilsson, Jesper Kjaergaard, Hasse Møller-Sørensen
BACKGROUND: Estimation of cardiac output (CO) is essential in the treatment of circulatory unstable patients. CO measured by pulmonary artery catheter thermodilution is considered the gold standard but carries a small risk of severe complications. Stroke volume and CO can be measured by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), which is widely used during cardiac surgery. We hypothesized that Doppler-derived CO by 3-dimensional (3D) TEE would agree well with CO measured with pulmonary artery catheter thermodilution as a reference method based on accurate measurements of the cross-sectional area of the left ventricular outflow tract...
January 9, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320864/diagnostic-performance-of-static-single-scan-stress-perfusion-cardiac-computed-tomography-in-detecting-hemodynamically-significant-coronary-artery-stenosis-a-comparison-with-combined-invasive-coronary-angiography-and-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-myocardial
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Inyoung Song, Jeong Geun Yi, Jeong Hee Park, Mi Young Kim, Je Kyoun Shin, Sung Min Ko
Background Non-invasive anatomical and physiological evaluations of coronary artery disease (CAD) may be obtained with static single-scan stress perfusion cardiac computed tomography (SSPCT). Purpose To determine the diagnostic performance of static SSPCT for identifying hemodynamically significant CAD. Material and Methods This prospective study included 29 patients with suspected or known CAD who underwent static SSPCT, cardiovascular magnetic resonance myocardial perfusion imaging (CMR-MPI), and invasive coronary angiography (ICA)...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320330/cardiovascular-manifestations-and-complications-of-loeys-dietz-syndrome-ct-and-mr-imaging-findings
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William W Loughborough, Kishore S Minhas, Jonathan C L Rodrigues, Stephen M Lyen, Helen E Burt, Nathan E Manghat, Marcus J Brooks, Graham Stuart, Mark C K Hamilton
Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is a recently described genetic connective tissue disorder with a wide spectrum of multisystem involvement. LDS is characterized by rapidly progressive aortic and peripheral arterial aneurysmal disease. LDS and the other inherited aortopathies such as Marfan syndrome have overlapping phenotypic features. However, LDS is characterized by a more aggressive vascular course; patient morbidity and mortality occur at an early age, with complications developing at relatively smaller aortic dimensions...
January 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313878/postpartum-ct-angiography-of-the-fetoplacental-macrovasculature-in-normal-pregnancies-and-in-those-complicated-by-fetal-growth-restriction
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Mette Østergaard Thunbo, Marianne Sinding, Anne Sofie Korsager, Jens Brøndum Frøkjaer, Lasse Riis Østergaard, Astrid Petersen, Charlotte Overgaard, Anne Sørensen
INTRODUCTION: Current knowledge of the fetoplacental vasculature in fetal growth restriction (FGR) due to placental dysfunction focuses on the microvasculature rather than the macrovasculature. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of computed topography angiography to analyze the fetoplacental macrovasculature in normal and FGR pregnancies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included 29 placentas (22-42 weeks' gestation) from normal birthweight pregnancies and 8 placentas (26-37 weeks' gestation) from FGR pregnancies (birthweight < -15% and abnormal umbilical Doppler flow)...
January 4, 2018: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313183/predictors-of-unknown-cancer-in-patients-with-ischemic-stroke
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Sonia Quintas, Jacobo Rogado, Pedro Gullón, Vilma Pacheco-Barcia, Julio Dotor García-Soto, Gemma Reig-Roselló, Rebeca Mondéjar, Ramón Colomer, Jose Vivancos
Stroke is the second most frequent neurologic finding in postmortem studies of cancer patients. It has also been described as the first expression of an occult cancer. We have studied patients diagnosed with cancer after an ischemic stroke (IS) and we analyze differences with non-tumor patients. Single cohort longitudinal retrospective study of patients admitted to our center with IS diagnosis from 1 January 2012 to 12 December 2014. All patients were followed for 18 months. Patients with transient ischemic infarction or cerebral hemorrhage, active cancer or in the last 5 years, inability to follow-up or absence of complete complementary study (holter-EKG, echocardiogram, and dupplex/angiography-CT) were excluded...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312774/marfan-syndrome-with-pneumothorax-case-report-and-review-of-literatures
#16
Weiming Hao, Yong Fang, Hao Lai, Yaxing Shen, Hao Wang, Miao Lin, Lijie Tan
Marfan syndrome is a multisystem connective tissue disorder of autosomal dominant inheritance, which typically involves manifestations of the cardiovascular, skeletal, and ocular systems. Pulmonary involvement occurs less frequently. We report a case of a 28-year-old woman suffering from hours of sudden onset, progressive shortness of breath and right-sided chest pain. On physical examination, she presented decreased breath sound on the right side of chest, together with severe scoliosis and marfanoid habitus...
December 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312721/retrospective-review-of-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-pulmonary-sequestration-in-28-patients-surgery-or-endovascular-techniques
#17
Shi-Xin Zhang, Hai-Dong Wang, Kang Yang, Wei Cheng, Wei Wu
Background: Pulmonary sequestration (PS) is a rare congenital pulmonary malformation. In this study, we aimed to retrospect and evaluate the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of PS in 28 patients at our institute. Methods: The files of 28 patients with PS who were treated with surgery (21 cases) or endovascular intervention (7 cases) between May 2005 and June 2016 from a single institute were retrospectively reviewed. The following data of all patients were analyzed: age, sex, clinical symptoms, diagnostic methods, operative techniques, and treatment outcomes...
December 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311033/lesion-specific-and-vessel-related-determinants-of-fractional-flow-reserve-beyond-coronary-artery-stenosis
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Amir Ahmadi, Jonathon Leipsic, Kristian A Øvrehus, Sara Gaur, Emilia Bagiella, Brian Ko, Damini Dey, Gina LaRocca, Jesper M Jensen, Hans Erik Bøtker, Stephan Achenbach, Bernard De Bruyne, Bjarne L Nørgaard, Jagat Narula
OBJECTIVES: The aims of the present study were: 1) to investigate the contribution of the extent of luminal stenosis and other lesion composition-related factors in predicting invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR); and 2) to explore the distribution of various combinations of morphological characteristics and the severity of stenosis among lesions demonstrating normal and abnormal FFR. BACKGROUND: In patients with stable ischemic heart disease, FFR-guided revascularization, as compared with medical therapy alone, is reported to improve outcomes...
January 2, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310329/impact-of-iterative-reconstruction-vs-filtered-back-projection-on-image-quality-in-320-slice-ct-coronary-angiography-insights-from-the-core320-multicenter-study
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Ahmed Fareed, Andrea L Vavere, Elke Zimmermann, Yutaka Tanami, Chloe Steveson, Matthew Matheson, Narinder Paul, Melvin Clouse, Christopher Cox, João A C Lima, Armin Arbab-Zadeh
Iterative reconstruction has been shown to reduce image noise compared with traditional filtered back projection with quantum denoising software (FBP/QDS+) in CT imaging but few comparisons have been made in the same patients without the influence of interindividual factors. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of adaptive iterative dose reduction in 3-dimensional (AIDR 3D) and FBP/QDS+-based image reconstruction on image quality in the same patients.We randomly selected 100 patients enrolled in the coronary evaluation using 320-slice CT study who underwent CT coronary angiography using prospectively electrocardiogram triggered image acquisition with a 320-detector scanner...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310150/noninvasive-vascular-assessment-of-lower-extremity-wounds-in-diabetics-are-we-able-to-predict-perfusion-deficits
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Iram Naz, Elliot Walters, Cameron M Akbari, Christopher E Attinger, Paul J Kim
Vascular assessment of the lower extremity is a critical step in any patient presenting with lower extremity chronic wounds to predict the likelihood of healing and risk of amputation. This concept is vital in patients with diabetes due to their complex vascular anatomy and disease distribution. Three arteries supply the six angiosomes of the lower extremity (i.e., three-dimensional blocks of tissue fed by a "source" artery in the foot and ankle). In diabetic patients, assessment of adequate blood flow to the lower extremities is complicated by the presence of arterial calcification, associated neuropathy, and inflammation...
October 12, 2017: Surgical Technology International
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