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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637586/soluble-lr11-associates-with-aortic-root-calcification-in-asymptomatic-treated-male-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Ranitha Vongpromek, Sven Bos, Gert-Jan R Ten Kate, Hideaki Bujo, Meizi Jiang, Koen Nieman, Wolfgang Schneider, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep, Adrie J M Verhoeven, Eric J G Sijbrands, Monique T Mulder
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Despite statin treatment, a high prevalence of severe vascular calcification is found in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). We assessed the relation between the circulating soluble form of low-density lipoprotein receptor relative with 11 ligand-binding repeats (sLR11), a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and vascular calcification in asymptomatic statin-treated heterozygous FH patients. METHODS: In 123 asymptomatic heterozygous FH patients (age 40-69 years), aortic root (ARC), aortic valve (AVC) and coronary artery calcification (CAC) were determined with CT-based calcium scoring expressed in Agatston units...
June 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630603/elevated-il-37-levels-in-the-plasma-of-patients-with-severe-coronary-artery-calcification
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Meng Chai, Hai-Tao Zhang, Yu-Jie Zhou, Qing-Wei Ji, Qing Yang, Yu-Yang Liu, Ying-Xin Zhao, Dong-Mei Shi, Wei Liu, Li-Xia Yang, Lin-Lin Zhang, Jing Liang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a predictor of cardiovascular events and plaque burden and is closely associated with chronic inflammation. Interleukin (IL)-37 is a newly discovered member of the IL-1 family and is considered an anti-inflammatory cytokine. Our recent study on mice indicated that IL-37 could attenuate atherosclerosis and vascular calcification, which suggests that IL-37 could be associated with the development of atherosclerosis and related diseases...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629567/ct-coronary-calcium-scoring-with-tin-filtration-using-iterative-beam-hardening-calcium-correction-reconstruction
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Christian Tesche, Carlo N De Cecco, U Joseph Schoepf, Taylor M Duguay, Moritz H Albrecht, Domenico De Santis, Akos Varga-Szemes, Virginia W Lesslie, Ullrich Ebersberger, Richard R Bayer, Christian Canstein, Ellen Hoffmann, Thomas Allmendinger, John W Nance
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic accuracy of CT coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) with tin pre-filtration (Sn100kVp) using iterative beam-hardening correction (IBHC) calcium material reconstruction compared to the standard 120kVp acquisition. BACKGROUND: Third generation dual-source CT (DSCT) CACS with Sn100kVp acquisition allows significant dose reduction. However, the Sn100kVp spectrum is harder with lower contrast compared to 120kVp, resulting in lower calcium score values...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607763/in%C3%A2-vitro-evaluation-of-a-new-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-for-dose-reduction-in-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring
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Tobias Gassenmaier, Thomas Allmendinger, Andreas S Kunz, Maike Veyhl-Wichmann, Süleyman Ergün, Thorsten A Bley, Bernhard Petritsch
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring is a widespread tool for cardiac risk assessment in asymptomatic patients and accompanying possible adverse effects, i.e. radiation exposure, should be as low as reasonably achievable. PURPOSE: To evaluate a new iterative reconstruction (IR) algorithm for dose reduction of in vitro coronary artery calcium scoring at different tube currents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An anthropomorphic calcium scoring phantom was scanned in different configurations simulating slim, average-sized, and large patients...
May 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605936/vascular-disease-and-kidney-stones-abdominal-aortic-calcifications-are-associated-with-low-urine-ph-and-hypocitraturia
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Nishant D Patel, Ryan D Ward, Juan Camilo Calle, Eric Remer, Manoj Monga
OBJECTIVE: Vascular calcifications are associated with nephrolithiasis. While studies have demonstrated correlations with vascular disease and calcium stones in kidney stone formers (KSF), an etiologic link has remained elusive. As a non-contrast CT scan (NCCT) is typically part of a stone evaluation, our objective was to evaluate the association of NCCT-based assessment of abdominal aortic calcifications (AAC) with 24-hour urine parameters and stone composition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 97 KSF were included with CT imaging and 24-hour urine studies...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600674/-value-of-cardiac-ct-in-the-diagnostic-work-up-of-coronary-artery-disease-update-2017
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M Meyer, T Henzler
The quantification of coronary calcifications using noncontrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) as well as coronary CT angiography (cCTA) have rapidly evolved in the recent years. Nowadays, both techniques are increasingly clinically accepted regarding risk stratification and accurate exclusion of significant coronary artery disease (CAD). The higher acceptance of cCTA is mainly based on the higher robustness, lower radiation exposure through continuous technical innovations as well as by the growing scientific evidence...
June 9, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597124/relative-atherosclerotic-plaque-volume-by-ct-coronary-angiography-trumps-conventional-stenosis-assessment-for-identifying-flow-limiting-lesions
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Nahoko Kato, Satoru Kishi, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Frank J Rybicki, Shuzou Tanimoto, Jiro Aoki, Mika Watanabe, Yu Horiuchi, Koichi Furui, Kazuhiro Hara, Kenji Ibukuro, Joao A C Lima, Kengo Tanabe
The new methods for diagnosing the ischemia with coronary computed tomographic angiography (CTA) as a noninvasive test have been investigated. To compare the relative plaque volume to quantitative CTA and quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) for detecting flow-limiting coronary artery stenoses. We studied 49 patients with 55 intermediate lesions (30-69% diameter stenosis) who underwent CTA, coronary angiography (CAG), and FFR. CTA and QCA measures included lesion length, percent diameter stenosis (%DS), minimal lumen diameter (MLD), target main vessel percent plaque volume (%PV), lesion %PV, target main vessel percent lumen volume (%LV), and lesion %LV...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574346/generative-adversarial-networks-for-noise-reduction-in-low-dose-ct
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Jelmer M Wolterink, Tim Leiner, Max A Viergever, Ivana Isgum
Noise is inherent to low-dose CT acquisition. We propose to train a convolutional neural network (CNN) jointly with an adversarial CNN to estimate routine-dose CT images from low-dose CT images and hence reduce noise. A generator CNN was trained to transform low-dose CT images into routine-dose CT images using voxel-wise loss minimization. An adversarial discriminator CNN was simultaneously trained to distinguish the output of the generator from routinedose CT images. The performance of this discriminator was used as an adversarial loss for the generator...
May 26, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547671/is-coronary-calcium-scoring-too-late-total-body-arterial-calcium-burden-in-patients-without-known-cad-and-normal-mpi
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Adel H A Allam, Randall C Thompson, Michael A Eskander, Mohamed A Mandour Ali, Ayman Sadek, Chris J Rowan, M Linda Sutherland, James D Sutherland, Bruno Frohlich, David E Michalik, Caleb E Finch, Jagat Narula, Gregory S Thomas, L Samuel Wann
BACKGROUND: Patients with normal myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) have a good prognosis. However, pre-clinical coronary and extracoronary atherosclerosis may exist in the absence of myocardial ischemia. METHODS: 154 Egyptian patients (mean age 53 years) underwent whole-body non-contrast CT following normal MPI. RESULTS: Atherosclerosis in the form of calcification was observed in ≥1 vascular bed in 115 of 154 (75%) patients. This included the iliofemoral (62%), abdominal aorta (53%), thoracic aorta (47%), coronary (47%), and carotid (25%) vascular beds...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543093/relationship-between-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-coronary-artery-calcification-in-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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Anand Jeevarethinam, Shreenidhi Venuraju, Alain Dumo, Sherezade Ruano, Vishal S Mehta, Miranda Rosenthal, Devaki Nair, Mark Cohen, Daniel Darko, Avijit Lahiri, Roby Rakhit
BACKGROUND: The value of screening sub-clinical atherosclerosis in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remains controversial. HYPOTHESIS: An integrated model incorporating carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and carotid plaque with traditional risk factors can be used to predict prevalence and severity of coronary artery calcification in asymptomatic T2DM patients. METHODS: A cohort of 262 asymptomatic T2DM patients were prospectively studied with carotid ultrasound to evaluate CIMT and carotid plaque and also a computed tomography coronary artery calcium (CT-CAC) scan...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528743/-18-f-sodium-fluoride-positron-emission-tomography-for-molecular-imaging-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-based-on-computed-tomography-analysis
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Toshiro Kitagawa, Hideya Yamamoto, Shinya Toshimitsu, Ko Sasaki, Atsuhiro Senoo, Yumiko Kubo, Fuminari Tatsugami, Kazuo Awai, Yutaka Hirokawa, Yasuki Kihara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at evaluating the relation of (18)F-sodium fluoride ((18)F-NaF) uptake on positron emission tomography (PET) to coronary atherosclerosis detected and assessed by computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Thirty-two patients with one or more coronary atherosclerotic lesions detected on cardiac CT underwent (18)F-NaF PET/CT. Each coronary atherosclerotic lesion was evaluated on CT angiography for plaque types (calcified plaque [CP], non-calcified plaque [NCP], partially calcified plaque [PCP]), and the presence of CT-based high-risk features (minimum CT density <30 Hounsfield units and vascular remodeling index >1...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500370/long-term-prognostic-performance-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-with-prospective-electrocardiogram-triggering
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Olivier F Clerc, Basil P Kaufmann, Mathias Possner, Riccardo Liga, Jan Vontobel, Fran Mikulicic, Christoph Gräni, Dominik C Benz, Tobias A Fuchs, Julia Stehli, Aju P Pazhenkottil, Oliver Gaemperli, Philipp A Kaufmann, Ronny R Buechel
OBJECTIVES: To assess long-term prognosis after low-dose 64-slice coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) using prospective electrocardiogram-triggering. METHODS: We included 434 consecutive patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease referred for low-dose CCTA. Patients were classified as normal, with non-obstructive or obstructive lesions, or previously revascularized. Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) was assessed in 223 patients. Follow-up was obtained regarding major adverse cardiac events (MACE): cardiac death, myocardial infarction and elective revascularization...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493399/diagnosis-of-fatty-liver-by-computed-tomography-coronary-artery-calcium-score
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Sarah E Kerut, John T Balart, Edmund K Kerut, Michael R McMullan
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may range from simple steatosis to fibrosis and cirrhosis. It is associated with the development of coronary artery calcification and appears to be an independent predictor of future adverse cardiovascular events. As the presence of a fatty liver appears to portray an independent increased risk, it may be beneficial to note this on coronary artery calcium scoring reports. Determination of fatty liver is relatively easy to perform. We discuss the method used by the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) study for determination of fatty liver from CT coronary artery calcium scoring acquisitions, which may be implemented in clinical analysis...
May 11, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465287/prevalence-of-subclinical-coronary-artery-disease-in-masters-endurance-athletes-with-a-low-atherosclerotic-risk-profile
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Ahmed Merghani, Viviana Maestrini, Stefania Rosmini, Andrew T Cox, Harshil Dhutia, Rachel Bastiaenen, Sarojini David, Tee Joo Yeo, Rajay Narain, Aneil Malhotra, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Maite Tome, Khaled AlFakih, James C Moon, Sanjay Sharma
Background -Studies in middle aged and older (masters) athletes with atherosclerotic risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) report higher coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores compared with sedentary individuals. Few studies have assessed the prevalence of CAD in masters athletes with a low atherosclerotic risk profile. Methods -We assessed 152 masters athletes aged 54.4±8.5 years (70% male) and 92 controls of similar age, sex and low Framingham 10 year CAD risk scores with an echocardiogram, exercise stress test, CT coronary angiogram, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and a 24-hour Holter...
May 2, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457950/practical-determination-of-aortic-valve-calcium-volume-score-on-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-and-impact-on-paravalvular-regurgitation-elucidating-optimal-threshold-cutoffs
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Nicolas Bettinger, Omar K Khalique, Joseph M Krepp, Nadira B Hamid, David J Bae, Todd C Pulerwitz, Ming Liao, Rebecca T Hahn, Torsten P Vahl, Tamim M Nazif, Isaac George, Martin B Leon, Andrew J Einstein, Susheel K Kodali
BACKGROUND: The threshold for the optimal computed tomography (CT) number in Hounsfield Units (HU) to quantify aortic valvular calcium on contrast-enhanced scans has not been standardized. Our aim was to find the most accurate threshold to predict paravalvular regurgitation (PVR) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: 104 patients who underwent TAVR with the CoreValve prosthesis were studied retrospectively. Luminal attenuation (LA) in HU was measured at the level of the aortic annulus...
July 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453572/assessment-of-coronary-artery-calcium-by-chest-ct-compared-with-ekg-gated-cardiac-ct-in-the-multicenter-aids-cohort-study
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Divay Chandra, Aman Gupta, Joseph K Leader, Meghan Fitzpatrick, Lawrence A Kingsley, Eric Kleerup, Sabina A Haberlen, Matthew J Budoff, Mallory Witt, Wendy S Post, Frank C Sciurba, Alison Morris
RATIONALE: Individuals with HIV are at increased risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). Early detection of subclinical CAD by assessment of coronary artery calcium (CAC) may help risk stratify and prevent CAD events in these individuals. However, the current standard to quantify CAC i.e. Agatston scoring requires EKG-gated cardiac CT imaging. OBJECTIVE: To determine if the assessment of CAC using non-EKG-gated chest CT and the Weston scoring system is a useful surrogate for Agatston scores in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437443/relative-predictive-value-of-lung-cancer-screening-ct-versus-myocardial-perfusion-attenuation-correction-ct-in-the-evaluation-of-coronary-calcium
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Grant Bailey, Abigail Healy, Bryan D Young, Esseim Sharma, Judith Meadows, Hyung J Chun, Wen-Chih Wu, Gaurav Choudhary, Alan R Morrison
Coronary artery calcium scores (CACS) from lung cancer screening computed tomography (LCSCT) or myocardial perfusion attenuation correction computed tomography (ACCT) are not routinely performed or reported. CACS from LCSCT and ACCT have not been directly compared in the same patient population. We identified 66 patients who underwent both LCSCT (non-gated) and ECG-gated cardiac CT (CCT) within a 2-year span. Of this population, 40 subjects had also undergone ACCT. Using the Agatston method, CACS for 264 individual vessels from the LCSCT population and for 160 vessels from ACCT population were calculated and evaluated for agreement with ECG-gated CCT as the gold standard...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431628/clinical-and-quantitative-analysis-of-patients-with-crowned-dens-syndrome
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Teruyuki Takahashi, Masato Tamura, Toshiaki Takasu, Satoshi Kamei
BACKGROUND: Crowned dens syndrome (CDS) is a radioclinical entity defined by calcium deposition on the transverse ligament of atlas (TLA). In this study, the novel semi-quantitative diagnostic criteria for CDS to evaluate the degree of calcification on TLA by cervical CT are proposed. METHOD: From January 2010 to September 2014, 35 patients who were diagnosed with CDS by cervical CT were adopted as subjects in this study. Based on novel criteria, calcium deposition on TLA was classified into "Stage" and "Grade", to make a score, which was evaluated semi-quantitatively...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413071/performance-of-ultra-low-dose-ct-for-the-evaluation-of-coronary-calcification-a-direct-comparison-with-coronary-calcium-score
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V V Silveira de Souza, F Soares Torres, B Hochhegger, G Watte, G Sartori, F Lucchese, B Azambuja Gonçalves
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of ultra-low-dose computed tomography (ULDCT) in comparison to standard coronary calcium score (CCS) acquisition for the evaluation of coronary artery calcification (CAC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standard CCS acquisition and ULDCT were performed in patients referred for coronary CT angiography for the evaluation of coronary artery disease. CAC in ULDCT was graded subjectively using a four-point scale (from 0, no calcification, to 3, severe calcification) for the complete study and for each individual coronary segment...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411031/prognostic-value-of-visually-detected-coronary-artery-calcification-on-unenhanced-non-gated-thoracic-computed-tomography-for-prediction-of-non-fatal-myocardial-infarction-and-all-cause-mortality
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Lisa Shao, Andrew T Yan, Gerald Lebovic, Harvey H Wong, Anish Kirpalani, Djeven P Deva
PURPOSE: To determine the prognostic value of visually detected coronary artery calcification (CAC) on unenhanced non-gated thoracic computed tomography (CT) for non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI) and all-cause mortality. METHODS: This retrospective single-centre cohort study comprised of 410 consecutive patients aged 40-80 years without any known cardiovascular disease at baseline. CT images without electrocardiogram-gating were acquired for a variety of respiratory medicine indications...
May 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
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