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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908177/automatic-segmentation-of-right-ventricle-in-cardiac-cine-mr-images-using-a-saliency-analysis
#1
Angélica Atehortúa, Maria A Zuluaga, Juan D García, Eduardo Romero
PURPOSE: Accurate measurement of the right ventricle (RV) volume is important for the assessment of the ventricular function and a biomarker of the progression of any cardiovascular disease. However, the high RV variability makes difficult a proper delineation of the myocardium wall. This paper introduces a new automatic method for segmenting the RV volume from short axis cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) images by a salient analysis of temporal and spatial observations. METHODS: The RV volume estimation starts by localizing the heart as the region with the most coherent motion during the cardiac cycle...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908173/pacemaker-and-icd-oversensing-induced-by-movements-near-the-mri-scanner-bore
#2
E Mattei, F Censi, G Calcagnini, R Falsaperla, E Genovese, A Napolitano, V Cannatà
PURPOSE: The effect of the movement near the MRI scanner bore for people with a pacemaker (PM) or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is experimentally evaluated and discussed. METHODS: The authors performed in vitro measurements on a saline-filled human-shaped phantom (male, 170 cm height), equipped first with an MR-conditional PM (bicameral configuration, DDD programming), then with an MR-conditional ICD (biventricular configuration, detection algorithms enable but shock delivery disable)...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907007/exploring-regulatory-mechanisms-of-atrial-myocyte-hypertrophy-of-mitral-regurgitation-through-gene-expression-profiling-analysis-role-of-nfat-in-cardiac-hypertrophy
#3
Tzu-Hao Chang, Mien-Cheng Chen, Jen-Ping Chang, Hsien-Da Huang, Wan-Chun Ho, Yu-Sheng Lin, Kuo-Li Pan, Yao-Kuang Huang, Wen-Hao Liu, Chia-Chen Wu
BACKGROUND: Left atrial enlargement in mitral regurgitation (MR) predicts a poor prognosis. The regulatory mechanisms of atrial myocyte hypertrophy of MR patients remain unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study comprised 14 patients with MR, 7 patients with aortic valve disease (AVD), and 6 purchased samples from normal subjects (NC). We used microarrays, enrichment analysis and quantitative RT-PCR to study the gene expression profiles in the left atria. Microarray results showed that 112 genes were differentially up-regulated and 132 genes were differentially down-regulated in the left atria between MR patients and NC...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906653/longer-left-ventricular-electric-delay-reduces-mitral-regurgitation-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-mechanistic-insights-from-the-smart-av-study-smartdelay-determined-av-optimization-a-comparison-to-other-av-delay-methods-used-in-cardiac-resynchronization
#4
Neal A Chatterjee, Michael R Gold, Alan D Waggoner, Michael H Picard, Kenneth M Stein, Yinghong Yu, Timothy E Meyer, Nicholas Wold, Kenneth A Ellenbogen, Jagmeet P Singh
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation (MR) is associated with worse survival in those undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Left ventricular (LV) lead position in CRT may ameliorate mechanisms of MR. We examine the association between a longer LV electric delay (QLV) at the LV stimulation site and MR reduction after CRT. METHODS AND RESULTS: QLV was assessed retrospectively in 426 patients enrolled in the SMART-AV study (SmartDelay Determined AV Optimization: A Comparison to Other AV Delay Methods Used in CRT)...
November 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906525/the-clinical-utility-of-qsm-disease-diagnosis-medical-management-and-surgical-planning
#5
REVIEW
Sarah Eskreis-Winkler, Yan Zhang, Jingwei Zhang, Zhe Liu, Alexey Dimov, Ajay Gupta, Yi Wang
Quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) is an MR technique that depicts and quantifies magnetic susceptibility sources. Mapping iron, the dominant susceptibility source in the brain, has many important clinical applications. Herein, we review QSM applications in the diagnosis, medical management, and surgical treatment of disease. To assist in early disease diagnosis, QSM can identify elevated iron levels in the motor cortex of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients, in the substantia nigra of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, in the globus pallidus, putamen, and caudate of Huntington's disease patients, and in the basal ganglia of Wilson's disease patients...
December 1, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905543/rapid-functional-cardiac-imaging-after-gadolinium-injection-evaluation-of-a-highly-accelerated-sequence-with-sparse-data-sampling-and-iterative-reconstruction
#6
Johannes Budjan, Holger Haubenreisser, Thomas Henzler, Sonja Sudarski, Michaela Schmidt, Christina Doesch, Ibrahim Akin, Martin Borggrefe, Nadja M Meßner, Stefan O Schoenberg, Ulrike I Attenberger, Theano Papavassiliu
To generate a patient-friendly, time-efficient cardiac MRI examination protocol, a highly accelerated real-time CINE MR sequence (SSIR) was acquired in the idle time in between contrast injection and late gadolinium enhancement phase. 20 consecutive patients underwent a cardiac MRI examination including a multi-breath-hold sequence as gold standard (Ref) as well as SSIR sequences with (SSIR-BH) and without breath-hold (SSIR-nonBH). SSIR sequences were acquired 4 minutes after gadolinium injection. Right- (RV) and left-ventricular (LV) volumetric functional parameters were evaluated and compared between Ref and SSIR sequences...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900641/cardiovascular-pet-mr-we-need-evidence-not-hype
#7
EDITORIAL
Afshin Farzaneh-Far, Raymond Y Kwong
Recent introduction of hybrid positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) scanners has created excitement regarding potential applications in cardiovascular medicine. This has led to a number of optimistic assessments of its potential value in the nuclear cardiology literature, although most published data are still at the feasibility or pre-clinical level. Such excitement is understandable and provides "fuel" for generation of the necessary clinical validation studies, which will be required. Given the current scrutiny from payers and government agencies to reduce the costs of cardiac imaging, the responsibility for showing additive benefit lies on the shoulders of those advocating for new, more expensive technologies...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900508/temperature-dependence-of-viscosity-relaxation-times-t1-t2-and-simulated-contrast-for-potential-perfusates-in-post-mortem-mr-angiography-pmmra
#8
Bridgette Webb, Thomas Widek, Bernhard Neumayer, Christine Bruguier, Sylvia Scheicher, Hanna Sprenger, Silke Grabherr, Thorsten Schwark, Rudolf Stollberger
Developments in post-mortem imaging increasingly focus on addressing recognised diagnostic weaknesses, especially with regard to suspected natural deaths. Post-mortem MR angiography (PMMRA) may offer additional diagnostic information to help address such weaknesses, specifically in the context of sudden cardiac death. Complete filling of the coronary arteries and acceptable contrast with surrounding tissue are essential for a successful approach to PMMRA. In this work, the suitability of different liquids for inclusion in a targeted PMMRA protocol was evaluated...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899435/imaging-oxygen-metabolism-with-hyperpolarized-magnetic-resonance-a-novel-approach-for-cardiac-and-renal-function%C3%A2-assessement
#9
Marie Schroeder, Christoffer Lausten
Every tissue in the body critically depends on meeting its energetic demands with sufficient oxygen supply. Oxygen supply/demand imbalances underlie the diseases that inflict the greatest socioeconomic burden globally. The purpose of this review is to examine how hyperpolarized contrast media, used in combination with MR data acquisition methods, may advance our ability to assess oxygen metabolism non-invasively and thus improve management of clinical disease. We first introduce the concept of hyperpolarization and how hyperpolarized contrast media have been practically implemented to achieve translational and clinical research...
November 29, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875721/percutaneous-mitral-valve-repair-the-last-chance-for-symptoms-improvement-in-advanced-refractory-chronic-heart-failure
#10
Alessandra Berardini, Elena Biagini, Francesco Saia, Davide Stolfo, Mario Previtali, Francesco Grigioni, Bruno Pinamonti, Gabriele Crimi, Alessandro Salvi, Maurizio Ferrario, Antonio De Luca, Fabrizio Gazzoli, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Claudia Raineri, Gianfranco Sinagra, Claudio Rapezzi
BACKGROUND: The role of percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) in patients with end-stage heart failure (HF) and functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) is unclear. METHODS: Seventy-five consecutive patients with FMR grade≥3+ and severe HF symptoms despite optimal medical therapy and resynchronization therapy underwent PMVR with the MitraClip system (Abbott, Abbott Park, IL, USA) at 3 centers. Clinical evaluation, echocardiography and pro-BNP measurement were performed at baseline and at 6-month...
November 12, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866381/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-patent-ductus-arteriosus-in-three-dogs
#11
Youngjae Lee, Jaihyun Jung, Junyong Park, Jiyoon Jeong, Seokho Jeon, Sunyoung Park, Jinhwa Chang, Ji-Houn Kang, Chulhyun Lee, Dongwoo Chang
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is the most common congenital cardiovascular disorder in dogs and requires an accurate diagnosis for an appropriate treatment. Cardiac MRI (cMRI) has been reported as a method for characterization of canine thoracic vasculature. However, to the authors' knowledge, no published studies describe evaluation of canine PDA through cMRI. Three dogs were selected for this exploratory study. Electrocardiogram gating and breath-hold techniques were performed using a 3T MR scanner. Both black blood imaging and bright blood cine acquisitions were performed...
November 20, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865200/a-review-of-comparative-studies-of-mitraclip-versus-surgical-repair-for-mitral-regurgitation
#12
Hisato Takagi, Tomo Ando, Takuya Umemoto
OBJECTIVES: We summarized comparative studies of MitraClip versus surgical repair for mitral regurgitation (MR) with a systematic literature search and meta-analytic estimates. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched through June 2016. Eligible studies were randomized controlled or observational comparative studies of MitraClip versus surgical repair enrolling patients with MR and reporting early (30-day or in-hospital) or late (≥6-month including early) all-cause mortality...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863908/role-of-echocardiography-for-catheter-based-management-of-valvular-heart-disease
#13
REVIEW
Takahiro Shiota
Catheter-based treatment of valvular heart disease, such as transvalvular aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or mitral clip procedure, has been increasingly accepted as a treatment choice for the past several years. Such new treatment options have been changing the management of patients with valvular heart disease drastically while socio-economic factors regarding their application need to be taken into consideration. The use of echocardiography, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), for such catheter-based treatments is essential for the success of the procedures...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863743/in-vitro-and-in-silico-approaches-to-quantify-the-effects-of-the-mitraclip-%C3%A2-system-on-mitral-valve-function
#14
Francesco Sturla, Riccardo Vismara, Michal Jaworek, Emiliano Votta, Paolo Romitelli, Omar A Pappalardo, Federico Lucherini, Carlo Antona, Gianfranco B Fiore, Alberto Redaelli
Mitraclip(®) implantation is widely used as a valid alternative to conventional open-chest surgery in high-risk patients with severe mitral valve (MV) regurgitation. Although effective in reducing mitral regurgitation (MR) in the majority of cases, the clip implantation produces a double-orifice area that can result in altered MV biomechanics, particularly in term of hemodynamics and mechanical stress distribution on the leaflets. In this scenario, we combined the consistency of in vitro experimental platforms with the versatility of numerical simulations to investigate clip impact on MV functioning...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862027/surgical-transapical-approach-for-prosthetic-mitral-paravalvular-leak-closure-early-results
#15
Unal Aydin, Onur Sen, Ersin Kadirogullari, Burak Onan, Aydin Yildirim, Ihsan Bakir
The objective is to demonstrate safety and early clinical results of surgical transapical closure of paravalvular leaks (PVLs) following mitral valve replacement in significant regurgitation. Between March 2014 and February 2015, 12 patients (mean age 52.1 ± 6.0 years, 66.6% male) with severe symptomatic mitral PVLs (n = 13) underwent surgical transapical closure procedure through left mini-thoracotomy. All patients were in NYHA functional class III-IV and median logistic EuroSCORE was 24.2 ± 6...
November 8, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855288/should-pre-operative-left-atrial-volume-receive-more-consideration-in-patients-with-degenerative-mitral-valve-disease-undergoing-mitral-valve-surgery
#16
Giuseppe Di Gioia, Simona Mega, Antonio Nenna, Cosimo Marco Campanale, Iginio Colaiori, Domenico Scordino, Laura Ragni, Marco Miglionico, Germano Di Sciascio
BACKGROUND: Severe primary mitral regurgitation (MR) carries a significant incidence of mortality and morbidity. Though a number of prognostic factors have been identified, the best timing for mitral valve repair is still debated. We assessed the role of Left Atrial Volume Indexed (LAVI) as predictor of adverse events after mitral valve surgery. METHODS: 134 patients with severe MR were studied with a follow-up of 42±16months. Endpoints were Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation (POAF), atrial and ventricular remodeling (LARR/LVRR) and correlation with outcome...
November 8, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836412/detection-and-differentiation-of-early-acute-and-following-age-stages-of-myocardial-infarction-with-quantitative-post-mortem-cardiac-1-5t-mr
#17
Nicole Schwendener, Christian Jackowski, Anders Persson, Marcel J Warntjes, Frederick Schuster, Fabiano Riva, Wolf-Dieter Zech
Recently, quantitative MR sequences have started being used in post-mortem imaging. The goal of the present study was to evaluate if early acute and following age stages of myocardial infarction can be detected and discerned by quantitative 1.5T post-mortem cardiac magnetic resonance (PMCMR) based on quantitative T1, T2 and PD values. In 80 deceased individuals (25 female, 55 male), a cardiac MR quantification sequence was performed prior to cardiac dissection at autopsy in a prospective study. Focal myocardial signal alterations detected in synthetically generated MR images were MR quantified for their T1, T2 and PD values...
October 24, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827415/non-invasive-cardiac-pacing-with-image-guided-focused-ultrasound
#18
Fabrice Marquet, Pierre Bour, Fanny Vaillant, Sana Amraoui, Rémi Dubois, Philippe Ritter, Michel Haïssaguerre, Mélèze Hocini, Olivier Bernus, Bruno Quesson
Currently, no non-invasive cardiac pacing device acceptable for prolonged use in conscious patients exists. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) can be used to perform remote pacing using reversibility of electromechanical coupling of cardiomyocytes. Here we described an extracorporeal cardiac stimulation device and study its efficacy and safety. We conducted experiments ex vivo and in vivo in a large animal model (pig) to evaluate clinical potential of such a technique. The stimulation threshold was determined in 10 different ex vivo hearts and different clinically relevant electrical effects such as consecutive stimulations of different heart chambers with a single ultrasonic probe, continuous pacing or the inducibility of ventricular tachycardia were shown...
November 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822449/similar-efficacy-from-specific-and-non-specific-mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonist-treatment-of-muscular-dystrophy-mice
#19
Jeovanna Lowe, Kyle T Floyd, Neha Rastogi, Eric J Schultz, Jessica A Chadwick, Sarah A Swager, Jonathan G Zins, Feni K Kadakia, Suzanne Smart, Elise P Gomez-Sanchez, Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Subha V Raman, Paul M L Janssen, Jill A Rafael-Fortney
BACKGROUND: Combined treatment with an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and a mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonist improved cardiac and skeletal muscle function and pathology in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. MR is present in limb and respiratory skeletal muscles and functions as a steroid hormone receptor. OBJECTIVE: The goals of the current study were to compare the efficacy of the specific MR antagonist eplerenone with the non-specific MR antagonist spironolactone, both in combination with the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor lisinopril...
2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815796/accessory-pathway-location-affects-brain-natriuretic-peptide-level-in-patients-with-wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome
#20
Yosuke Nakatani, Koji Kumagai, Shigeto Naito, Kohki Nakamura, Kentaro Minami, Masahiro Nakano, Takehito Sasaki, Koichiro Kinugawa, Shigeru Oshima
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the accessory pathway location and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) level in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. METHODS: We divided 102 WPW syndrome patients with normal left ventricular systolic function into four groups: those with manifest right (MR, n = 14), manifest septal (MS, n = 11), manifest left (ML, n = 30), and concealed (C, n = 47) accessory pathways...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
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