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noninvasive vascular imaging

Yan Zhang, Hong Li, Yingqin Jia, Pengfei Yang, Feng Zhao, Wei Wang, Wenqing Liu, Guisheng Chen, Xiaoqing Zhuang, Juan Li
BACKGROUD: Vascular calcification is currently recognized as an important pathobiological process in atherosclerosis, but the mechanism remains elusive. Given the similarities in vascular calcification and bone formation,18 F-sodium fluoride (18 F-NaF) is now considered a novel marker of vascular calcification. This study aimed to correlate18 F-NaF accumulation with the histological characterization of vascular calcification in carotid plaques. METHODS: A total of 8 patients who were undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for carotid artery stenosis were recruited...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Anna Dastiridou, Vikas Chopra
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a novel, noninvasive imaging modality that allows assessment of the retinal and choroidal vasculature. The scope of this review is to summarize recent studies using OCTA in glaucoma and highlight potential applications of this new technology in the field of glaucoma. RECENT FINDINGS: OCTA studies have shown that retinal vascular changes may not develop solely as a result of advanced glaucoma damage...
March 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Jun Yang, Chengde Liao, Yifan Liu, Guangjun Yang, Tengfei Ke, Yingying Ding, Qinqing Li
The beginning and the end of the vascular normalization window are not clear in response to anti-angiogenic therapies. We used dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) and intravoxel incoherent motion MRI (IVIM-MRI) to noninvasively evaluate the vascular normalization window. MRI was performed five times: before treatment and on the second, fourth, sixth and eighth days of treatment. Quantitative perfusion parameters were calculated at each time point, including the volume transfer coefficient (Ktrans), reverse transfer constant (Kep), pseudodiffusion coefficient (D* ) and perfusion fraction (f)...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Charalambos Vlachopoulos, Christos Georgakopoulos, Iosif Koutagiar, Dimitrios Tousoulis
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects approximately one in five persons older than 70 years of age and it is often present in patients with concomitant vascular disease in different body territories (e.g. coronary artery disease). Diagnosis at an early stage is important in order to achieve improvement in patient's symptoms and prognosis. Remarkable improvements in the field of noninvasive and invasive imaging techniques have led to an advanced level the management of patients with PAD. Throughout this review article, the clinically available diagnostic modalities in PAD are presented...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Ivan Bozic, Xiaoyue Li, Yuankai Tao
The zebrafish is a robust model for studying human ophthalmic function and disease because of its fecundity, life-cycle, and similarities between its retinal structure and the human retina. Here, we demonstrate longitudinal in vivo imaging of retinal structure using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and noninvasive retinal vascular perfusion imaging using OCT angiography (OCT-A) in zebrafish. In addition, we present methods for retinal vascular segmentation and biometry to quantify vessel branch length, curvature, and angle...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Jaepyeong Cha, Aline Broch, Scott Mudge, Kihoon Kim, Jung-Man Namgoong, Eugene Oh, Peter Kim
Accurate, real-time identification and display of critical anatomic structures, such as the nerve and vasculature structures, are critical for reducing complications and improving surgical outcomes. Human vision is frequently limited in clearly distinguishing and contrasting these structures. We present a novel imaging system, which enables noninvasive visualization of critical anatomic structures during surgical dissection. Peripheral nerves are visualized by a snapshot polarimetry that calculates the anisotropic optical properties...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Benjamin J Zimmerman, Austin T Mudd, Joanne E Fil, Ryan N Dilger, Bradley P Sutton
Accurate quantitative non-invasive assessments of arterial cerebral blood volume (aCBV) can greatly benefit the study of cerebral vascular health in both humans and in animal models. In recent years, progress has been made in the techniques available to quantify CBV with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, we compared a non-invasive technique, measuring inflowing vascular space occupancy with dynamic subtraction (iVASO-ds) with a contrast-based vascular space occupancy measurement in piglets. In addition, we measured how the iVASO-ds derived aCBV changed with piglet development from 4 weeks to 8 weeks...
March 11, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Eric W Schneider, Samuel C Fowler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) provides rapid, flow-based imaging of the retinal and choroidal vasculature in a noninvasive manner. This review contrasts this novel technique with conventional angiography and discusses its current uses and limitations in the management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). RECENT FINDINGS: Initial work with OCT-A has focused on its ability to identify choriocapillaris flow alterations in dry AMD and to sensitively detect choroidal neovascular membranes (CNVs) in neovascular AMD...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Nupoor Narula, Daniella Kadian-Dodov, Jeffrey W Olin
Fibromuscular dyplasia (FMD) is an under-recognized non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory arteriopathy that occurs most commonly in middle-aged women, but may affect individuals of all age groups. FMD may result in stenosis, aneurysm, dissection, occlusion, or arterial tortuosity. Recently published data demonstrated a genetic association of FMD with a variant in the phosphatase and actin regulator 1 gene (PHACTR1), substantiating that the pathogenesis of this condition has genetic contribution. The renal and extracranial carotid and vertebral arteries are most often involved, although any arterial bed may be affected...
March 10, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Saima Rathore, Hamed Akbari, Jimit Doshi, Gaurav Shukla, Martin Rozycki, Michel Bilello, Robert Lustig, Christos Davatzikos
Standard surgical resection of glioblastoma, mainly guided by the enhancement on postcontrast T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), disregards infiltrating tumor within the peritumoral edema region (ED). Subsequent radiotherapy typically delivers uniform radiation to peritumoral FLAIR-hyperintense regions, without attempting to target areas likely to be infiltrated more heavily. Noninvasive in vivo delineation of the areas of tumor infiltration and prediction of early recurrence in peritumoral ED could assist in targeted intensification of local therapies, thereby potentially delaying recurrence and prolonging survival...
April 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
Deana Haralampieva, Souzan Salemi, Thomas Betzel, Ivana Dinulovic, Stefanie D Krämer, Roger Schibli, Tullio Sulser, Christoph Handschin, Simon M Ametamey, Daniel Eberli
While many groups demonstrated new muscle tissue formation after muscle precursor cell (MPC) injection, the capacity of these cells to heal muscle damage, for example, sphincter in stress urinary incontinence, in long-term is still limited. Therefore, the first goal of our project was to optimize the functional regenerative potential of hMPC by genetic modification to overexpress human peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (hPGC-1 α ), key regulator of exercise-mediated adaptation...
2018: Stem Cells International
Katsuya Komatsu, Masahiko Wanibuchi, Takeshi Mikami, Yukinori Akiyama, Satoshi Iihoshi, Kei Miyata, Toshiya Sugino, Kengo Suzuki, Aya Kanno, Shouhei Noshiro, Shunya Ohtaki, Nobuhiro Mikuni
BACKGROUND: Preoperative evaluation of malignancy in gliomas is important for surgical planning, particularly to determine if a 1,3-bis-2-chloroethyl-1-nitrosourea wafer should be placed into the tumor cavity. In some cases, the intraoperative pathological diagnosis of World Health Organization grade differs from the final diagnosis. Supplemental methods in addition to the routine contrast tomography or magnetic resonance imaging sequences may provide a more accurate preoperative diagnosis...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Francesco Macrì, Simona Di Pietro, Cyndi Mangano, Michela Pugliese, Giuseppe Mazzullo, Nicola M Iannelli, Vito Angileri, Simona Morabito, Massimo De Majo
BACKGROUND: In veterinary medicine, contrast-enhanced ultrasonography allowed the accurate quantification of liver, splenic and kidney vascularization in healthy dogs and the differentiation between malignant and benign hepatic, renal, and splenic nodules in dogs and cats based on perfusion patterns. The utility of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in other applications is still under study. The aim of this study was to develop diagnostic criteria by contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in 8 client-owned adult dogs affected by urinary bladder transitional cell carcinoma with definitive diagnosis made by cytopathologic evaluation after suction biopsy...
March 12, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Eric J Monroe, David B Pierce, Christopher R Ingraham, Guy E Johnson, Giridhar M Shivaram, Karim Valji
Massive hemoptysis occurs in a minority of patients with cystic fibrosis, with an annual incidence of 1%. Although rare, massive hemoptysis can be a severe and potentially fatal complication of this disease. Beyond the acute life-threatening event, hemoptysis in patients with cystic fibrosis has been associated with faster decline in lung function, accelerated need for lung transplant, and increased mortality. The bronchial arteries are the culprit vessels in over 90% of cases of hemoptysis. This normally quiescent vascular system undergoes remarkable hypertrophy, collateralization, and angiogenesis before the onset of hemoptysis, introducing numerous pitfalls for the interventionalist...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Jennifer M Watchmaker, Blaise deB Frederick, Matthew R Fusco, Larry T Davis, Meher R Juttukonda, Sarah K Lants, Howard S Kirshner, Manus J Donahue
BACKGROUND: Surgical revascularization is often performed in patients with moyamoya, however routine tools for efficacy evaluation are underdeveloped. The gold standard is digital subtraction angiography (DSA); however, DSA requires ionizing radiation and procedural risk, and therefore is suboptimal for routine surveillance of parenchymal health. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether parenchymal vascular compliance measures, obtained noninvasively using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provide surrogates to revascularization success by comparing measures with DSA before and after surgical revascularization...
March 8, 2018: Neurosurgery
Sunghwa Hong, Seungjo Park, Dahae Lee, Ahyoung Cha, Dongeun Kim, Jihye Choi
OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to evaluate ocular structures using contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) in dogs to assess the feasibility of CEUS for investigating the blood perfusion of canine eyes. ANIMAL STUDIED: Eight purpose-bred beagles were used. PROCEDURES: Blood perfusion and vascularity of the right eye were evaluated using color Doppler, power Doppler, and CEUS with Sonazoid® . Vascular changes were quantitatively evaluated by measuring peak intensity, time to initial upslope, and time to peak from the ciliary body, iris, choroid, retina, and the retrobulbar region by CEUS...
March 9, 2018: Veterinary Ophthalmology
Hyungwoo Ahn, Eun Ju Chun, Hak Jong Lee, Sung Il Hwang, Dong-Ju Choi, In-Ho Chae, Kyung Won Lee
Although the causes of hypertension are usually unknown, about 10% of the cases occur secondary to specific etiologies, which are often treatable. Common categories of secondary hypertension include renal parenchymal disease, renovascular stenosis, vascular and endocrinologic disorders. For diseases involving the renal parenchyma and adrenal glands, ultrasonography (US), computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is recommended. For renovascular stenosis and vascular disorders, Doppler US, conventional or noninvasive (CT or MR) angiography is an appropriate modality...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
Chee Hae Kim, Shuang Wang, Jun-Bean Park, Keun-Hwa Jung, Yeonyee E Yoon, Seung-Pyo Lee, Hyung-Kwan Kim, Yong-Jin Kim, Goo-Yeong Cho, Dae-Won Sohn
AIM: Speckle-tracking imaging has been introduced for the precise assessment of vessel mechanics. However, there are no data on the role of this imaging tool in assessing the changes in vasculature with statin therapy, which is known to enhance vascular elasticity. METHODS: This study was a prospective study including 48 statin-naïve patients (age, 58.2±8.4 years; 29.2% male) with hypercholesterolemia. Circumferential carotid artery strain (CAS) and stiffness index (β2 ) were measured using speckle-tracking imaging before and after 3 months of high-dose pitavastatin treatment (4 mg daily)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Emilia Sbardella, Marianna Minnetti, Denise D'Aluisio, Laura Rizza, Maria Rosaria Di Giorgio, Fabio Vinci, Riccardo Pofi, Elisa Giannetta, Mary Anna Venneri, Annarita Vestri, Sergio Morelli, Andrea Lenzi, Andrea M Isidori
BACKGROUND: Low-grade incomplete post-dexamethasone cortisol suppression in patients with adrenal incidentalomas -recently defined as possible autonomous cortisol secretion (pACS)- has been associated with increased cardiovascular events and mortality. However, prospective studies documenting cardiac abnormalities in these patients are lacking. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Between July 2016 and September 2017, 71 consecutive patients with adrenal lesions were prospectively screened for hypercortisolism by dexamethasone suppression test (NCT02611258)...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Ruimeng Yang, Chong Duan, Liya Yuan, John A Engelbach, Christina I Tsien, Scott C Beeman, Carlos J Perez-Torres, Xia Ge, Keith M Rich, Joseph J H Ackerman, Joel R Garbow
PURPOSE: There is mounting evidence that, in addition to angiogenesis, hypoxia-induced inflammation via the hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α)-CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) pathway may contribute to the pathogenesis of late-onset, irradiation-induced necrosis. This study investigates the mitigative efficacy of an HIF-1α inhibitor, topotecan, and a CXCR4 antagonist, AMD3100, on the development of radiation necrosis (RN) in an intracranial mouse model. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Mice received a single-fraction, 50-Gy dose of hemispheric irradiation from the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion and were then treated with either topotecan, an HIF-1α inhibitor, from 1 to 12 weeks after irradiation, or AMD3100, a CXCR4 antagonist, from 4 to 12 weeks after irradiation...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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