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Myocardial perfusion imaging

Sang-Chol Lee
Chronic hypertension can result in deleterious effects on various vascular organs including the heart and vessels. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has the unique advantage of the ability to assess ventricular volumes and function, valvular abnormalities, vascular pathology, myocardial perfusion and tissue characterization with high accuracy and reproducibility and also avoid the risk of radiation. As this is the case, CMR seems to be an ideal method for comprehensive assessment of patients with systemic hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tien Wong
The vasculature in the retina can be viewed directly and non-invasively in vivo, offers a unique perspective of the human microvasculature, and therefore the ability to understand early changes, processes, pathways and consequences of hypertension. In the past 15 years, advances in high resolution digital retinal photography and automated or semi-automated computer image software have been applied to measure and quantify a variety of retinal microvascular parameter, including retinal arteriolar and venular caliber, tortuosity, branching patterns and fractal dimensions...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sang-Geon Cho, Zeenat Jabin, Ki Seong Park, Jahae Kim, Sae-Ryung Kang, Seong Young Kwon, Geum-Cheol Jeong, Minchul Song, Jong Sang Kim, Jae Yeong Cho, Hyun Kuk Kim, Ho-Chun Song, Jung-Joon Min, Hee-Seung Bom
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of additional evaluation of left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony (LVMD) by gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (GMPS) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) and multivessel disease. METHODS: One hundred and nine acute MI patients with >50 % stenosis in at least one non-culprit artery who underwent GMPS within 2 weeks were enrolled. All patients underwent successful revascularization of the culprit arteries...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Babak Fallahi, Davood Beiki, Yalda Salehi, Alireza Emami-Ardekani, Armaghan Fard-Esfahani, Farahnaz Aghahosseini, Mahdi Haghighatafshar, Mohammad Eftekhari
OBJECTIVE: With respect to the equivocal value of the reverse perfusion pattern (RPP) in technetium-99m (Tc)-sestamibi myocardial perfusion imaging, a study was carried out to evaluate this pattern in association with the presence or absence of coronary artery disease (CAD) and other underlying factors, mainly the time of acquisition and the presence of intense visceral uptake. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively studied 102 patients with a moderate risk of CAD (41 men and 61 women, mean age: 56...
October 4, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Philippa L Bresser, Mike M Sathekge, Chandra R Makanjee, Delene Van Wyk, Mariza Vorster
INTRODUCTION: Various techniques have been used in an attempt to reduce interfering extracardiac activity in myocardial perfusion imaging with inconsistent results. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a combined intervention on the frequency and intensity of interfering extracardiac activity. METHODS: Patients (n=230) routinely referred for a 2-day stress-rest myocardial perfusion examination were assigned randomly to one of two groups. Group A (n=114) received a single intervention (diluted lemon juice) before stress imaging and a combined intervention (diluted lemon juice and soda water) before rest imaging...
October 4, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Mark Doyle, Gerald M Pohost, C Noel Bairey Merz, Leslee J Shaw, George Sopko, William J Rogers, Barry L Sharaf, Carl J Pepine, Diane V Thompson, Geetha Rayarao, Lindsey Tauxe, Sheryl F Kelsey, Robert W W Biederman
BACKGROUND: We introduce an algorithmic approach to optimize diagnostic and prognostic value of gated cardiac single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and magnetic resonance (MR) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) modalities in women with suspected myocardial ischemia. The novel approach: bio-informatics assessment schema (BIAS) forms a mathematical model utilizing MPI data and cardiac metrics generated by one modality to predict the MPI status of another modality. The model identifies cardiac features that either enhance or mask the image-based evidence of ischemia...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Rafel Ramos, Xavier Albert, Joan Sala, Maria Garcia-Gil, Roberto Elosua, Jaume Marrugat, Anna Ponjoan, María Grau, Manel Morales, Antoni Rubió, Pedro Ortuño, Lia Alves-Cabratosa, Ruth Martí-Lluch
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of unrecognized myocardial infarction (UMI) remains an open question in epidemiological and clinical studies, inhibiting effective secondary prevention of myocardial infarction. We aimed to determine the prevalence and incidence of Q-wave UMI in asymptomatic individuals aged 35 to 74years, and to ascertain the positive predictive value (PPV) of asymptomatic Q-wave to diagnose UMI. METHODS: Two population-based cross-sectional studies were conducted, in 2000 (with 10-year follow-up) and in 2005...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Adam Ali Ghotbi, Andreas Kjaer, Lars Nepper-Christensen, Kiril Aleksov Ahtarovski, Jacob Thomsen Lønborg, Niels Vejlstrup, Kasper Kyhl, Thomas Emil Christensen, Thomas Engstrøm, Henning Kelbæk, Lene Holmvang, Lia E Bang, Rasmus Sejersten Ripa, Philip Hasbak
BACKGROUND: Determining infarct size and myocardial salvage in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is important when assessing the efficacy of new reperfusion strategies. We investigated whether rest (82)Rb-PET myocardial perfusion imaging can estimate area at risk, final infarct size, and myocardial salvage index when compared to cardiac SPECT and magnetic resonance (CMR). METHODS: Twelve STEMI patients were injected with (99m)Tc-Sestamibi intravenously immediate prior to reperfusion...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Guido Germano, Paul B Kavanagh, Terrence D Ruddy, R Glenn Wells, Yuan Xu, Daniel S Berman, Piotr J Slomka
OBJECTIVES: This paper investigates the ability of grouped quantification (an expression of the same-patient processing approach, or SPP) to improve repeatability of measurements in patients with multiple SPECT studies, and evaluates its performance compared to standard quantification in a population of 100 patients undergoing rest, stress, gated rest, and gated stress SPECT MPI. All acquisitions were performed twice, back-to-back, for a total of 800 image datasets (8 per patient). METHODS: Each dataset was automatically processed (a) independently, using standard quantitative software, and (b) as a group, together with the other 7 datasets belonging to the same patient, using an SPP-modified version of the software that registered the images to one another using a downhill simplex algorithm for the search of optimal translation, rotation, and scaling parameters...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Kady Fischer, Dominik P Guensch, Nancy Shie, Julie Lebel, Matthias G Friedrich
BACKGROUND: Breathing maneuvers can elicit a similar vascular response as vasodilatory agents like adenosine; yet, their potential diagnostic utility in the presence of coronary artery stenosis is unknown. The objective of the study is to investigate if breathing maneuvers can non-invasively detect inducible ischemia in an experimental animal model when the myocardium is imaged with oxygenation-sensitive cardiovascular magnetic resonance (OS-CMR). METHODS AND FINDINGS: In 11 anesthetised swine with experimentally induced significant stenosis (fractional flow reserve <0...
2016: PloS One
Min Liu, Wei Fang, Shuang Liu
In this study, we evaluated seven new 99mTc(III) complexes [99mTcCl(CDO)(CDOH)2B-R] (99mTc-2Fboroxime: R = 2-formylfuran-3-yl (2F); 99mTc-3Fboroxime: R = furan-3-yl (3F); 99mTc-5Fboroxime: R = 5-formyfuran-2-yl (5F); 99mTc-HPboroxime: R = 6-hydroxylpyridin-2-yl (HP); 99mTc-MPYboroxime: R = 5-methoxypyridin-3-yl (MPY); 99mTc-PMboroxime: R = 1,5-pyrimidin-3-yl (PM), and 99mTc-4PYboroxime: R = pyridin-4-yl (4PY)) for their potential as heart imaging agents. All new 99mTc(III) radiotracers except 99mTc-2Fboroxime were prepared with high radiochemical purity (RCP > 95%)...
October 13, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Pelbreton C Balfour, Jorge A Gonzalez, Christopher M Kramer
Coronary artery disease (CAD) remains a significant global public health burden despite advancements in prevention and therapeutic strategies. Common non-invasive imaging modalities, anatomic and functional, are available for the assessment of patients with stable chest pain. Exercise electrocardiography is a long-standing method for evaluation for CAD and remains the initial test for the majority of patients who can exercise adequately with a baseline interpretable electrocardiogram. The addition of cardiac imaging to exercise testing provides incremental benefit for accurate diagnosis for CAD and is particularly useful in patients who are unable to exercise adequately and/or have uninterpretable electrocardiograms...
September 12, 2016: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Elsemiek M Engbers, Jorik R Timmer, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Mohamed Mouden, Siert Knollema, Pieter L Jager
The coronary artery calcium (CAC) score provides independent prognostic value on top of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). We sought to determine whether the prognostic value of the CAC score in patients with normal SPECT MPI is gender specific. We studied 3,705 consecutive symptomatic patients without a history of coronary artery disease with normal SPECT MPI. All patients underwent concomitant CAC scoring, which was categorized as CAC score 0, 1 to 99, 100 to 399, 400 to 999, or ≥1,000...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Asim Rizvi, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Paul Knaapen, Jonathon Leipsic, Leslee J Shaw, Daniele Andreini, Gianluca Pontone, Subha Raman, Muhammad Akram Khan, Michael Ridner, Faisal Nabi, Alessia Gimelli, James Jang, Jason Cole, Ryo Nakazato, Christopher Zarins, Donghee Han, Ji Hyun Lee, Jackie Szymonifika, Millie J Gomez, Quynh A Truong, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Fay Y Lin, James K Min
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) allows for non-invasive assessment of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) beyond measures of stenosis severity alone. This assessment includes atherosclerotic plaque characteristics (APCs) and calculation of fractional flow reserve (FFR) from CCTA (FFRCT). Similarly, stress imaging by myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) provides vital information. To date, the diagnostic performance of integrated CCTA assessment versus integrated MPS assessment for diagnosis of vessel-specific ischemia remains underexplored...
October 6, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Gabriella Captur, Audrey L Karperien, Alun D Hughes, Darrel P Francis, James C Moon
For clinicians grappling with quantifying the complex spatial and temporal patterns of cardiac structure and function (such as myocardial trabeculae, coronary microvascular anatomy, tissue perfusion, myocyte histology, electrical conduction, heart rate, and blood-pressure variability), fractal analysis is a powerful, but still underused, mathematical tool. In this Perspectives article, we explain some fundamental principles of fractal geometry and place it in a familiar medical setting. We summarize studies in the cardiovascular sciences in which fractal methods have successfully been used to investigate disease mechanisms, and suggest potential future clinical roles in cardiac imaging and time series measurements...
October 6, 2016: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
Adriaan Coenen, Marisa M Lubbers, Akira Kurata, Atsushi Kono, Admir Dedic, Raluca G Chelu, Marcel L Dijkshoorn, Alexia Rossi, Robert-Jan M van Geuns, Koen Nieman
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the additional value of transmural perfusion ratio (TPR) in dynamic CT myocardial perfusion imaging for detection of haemodynamically significant coronary artery disease compared with fractional flow reserve (FFR). METHODS: Subjects with suspected or known coronary artery disease were prospectively included and underwent a CT-MPI examination. From the CT-MPI time-point data absolute myocardial blood flow (MBF) values were temporally resolved using a hybrid deconvolution model...
October 4, 2016: European Radiology
Ursula Reiter, Gert Reiter, Martin Manninger, Gabriel Adelsmayr, Julia Schipke, Alessio Alogna, Alexandra Rajces, Aurelien F Stalder, Andreas Greiser, Christian Mühlfeld, Daniel Scherr, Heiner Post, Burkert Pieske, Michael Fuchsjäger
BACKGROUND: The hypertensive deoxy-corticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt-treated pig (hereafter, DOCA pig) was recently introduced as large animal model for early-stage heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The aim of the present study was to evaluate cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) of DOCA pigs and weight-matched control pigs to characterize ventricular, atrial and myocardial structure and function of this phenotype model. METHODS: Five anesthetized DOCA and seven control pigs underwent 3 T CMR at rest and during dobutamine stress...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
S Mavrogeni, L Koutsogeorgopoulou, T Dimitroulas, G Markousis-Mavrogenis, G Kolovou
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been documented in >50% of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, due to a complex interplay between traditional risk factors and SLE-related factors. Various processes, such as coronary artery disease, myocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, vasculitis, valvular heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and heart failure, account for CVD complications in SLE. METHODS: Electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiography (echo), nuclear techniques, cardiac computed tomography (CT), cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiac catheterization (CCa) can detect CVD in SLE at an early stage...
September 29, 2016: Lupus
Marine Claudin, Laetitia Imbert, Wassila Djaballah, Nicolas Veran, Sylvain Poussier, Véronique Roch, Mathieu Perrin, Antoine Verger, Henri Boutley, Gilles Karcher, Pierre-Yves Marie
PURPOSE: Gamma-cameras, with Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride (CZT) detectors, allow to perform myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with limited injected activities and recorded times. This study aimed at determining whether the routine assessment of left ventricular (LV) function with such limited counts protocols compares well with reference values from cardiac MRI. METHODS: The study included patients who have undergone cardiac MRI and an MPI routinely planned on a CZT camera with a low-dose protocol (120 MBq of Sestamibi for stress and 360 MBq at rest for 75 kg body weight), while targeting the recording of only 500 myocardial kcounts in order to limit the recording times (<10 minutes for stress, <4 minutes for rest)...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Ariel Gutstein, Tamir Bental, Ajejandro Solodky, Israel Mats, Nili Zafrir
BACKGROUND: Stress-only single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SO SPECT MPI) is associated with similarly benign prognosis as stress-rest SPECT MPI. However, previous studies have used attenuation correction rather than prone imaging to increase the rate of SO studies. OBJECTIVES: To assess the prognosis of SO SPECT MPI performed with prone imaging. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of all patients who underwent a Tc-99m gated SPECT MPI over a 58-month period...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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