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Shazia T Hussain, Geraint Morton, Kalpa De Silva, Roy Jogiya, Andreas Schuster, Matthias Paul, Divaka Perera, Eike Nagel
AIMS: This study assesses the relationship between classical anatomical jeopardy scores, functional jeopardy scores (combined anatomical and haemodynamic data), and the extent of ischaemia identified on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) perfusion imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 42 patients with stable angina and suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), CMR perfusion imaging was performed. Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) was measured in vessels with ≥50 % stenosis...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Patrick Krumm, Karin A L Mueller, Karin Klingel, Ulrich Kramer, Marius S Horger, Tanja Zitzelsberger, Reinhard Kandolf, Meinrad Gawaz, Konstantin Nikolaou, Bernhard D Klumpp, Joerg C Henes
BACKGROUND: To determine morphological and functional cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) patterns in histopathologically confirmed myocardial involvement in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Twenty patients (6 females; mean age 41 ± 11 years) with histopathologically proven cardiac involvement in SSc in the years 2008-2016 were retrospectively evaluated. Morphological, functional and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) images were acquired in standard angulations at 1...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Agne Ulyte, Nomeda Valeviciene, Darius Palionis, Simona Kundrotaite, Algirdas Tamosiunas
OBJECTIVE: In cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), incidental pathological findings are frequently found outside the investigated cardiovascular system. Some of these findings might have clinical implications. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of incidental extracardiac findings (ECF) in CMR and their clinical significance. METHODS: A total of 4165 CMR reports from 2009-2012 were retrospectively reviewed for ECF. Two hundred-twenty reports with ECF were found...
September 22, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
Kristin McLeod, Samuel Wall, Ida Skrinde Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Kristina Hermann Haugaa
BACKGROUND: Altered right ventricular structure is an important feature of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), but is challenging to quantify objectively. The aim of this study was to go beyond ventricular volumes and diameters and to explore if the shape of the right and left ventricles could be assessed and related to clinical measures. We used quantifiable computational methods to automatically identify and analyse malformations in ARVC patients from Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Robert R Edelman, Marcos Botelho, Amit Pursnani, Shivraman Giri, Ioannis Koktzoglou
BACKGROUND: Dark blood imaging of the heart is conventionally performed using a breath-hold, dual-inversion Cartesian fast spin-echo pulse sequence. Our aim was to develop a faster, more flexible approach that would be less motion-sensitive and provide better image quality. For this purpose, we implemented a prototype radial balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) pulse sequence. METHODS: The study was approved by the institutional review board. Six healthy volunteers and 27 subjects undergoing clinically-indicated cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) were imaged using dark blood Cartesian fast spin-echo and radial bSSFP...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Alessia Pepe, Fausto Pizzino, Paola Gargiulo, Pasquale Perrone-Filardi, Christian Cadeddu, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Concetta Zito, Gianluca Di Bella
Chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) is a determining factor for the quality of life and mortality of patients administered potentially cardiotoxic drugs and in long-term cancer survivors. Therefore, prevention and early detection of CTX are highly desirable, as is the exploration of alternative therapeutic strategies and/or the proposal of potentially cardioprotective treatments. In recent years, cardiovascular imaging has acquired a pivotal role in this setting. Although echocardiography remains the diagnostic method most used to monitor cancer patients, the need for more reliable, reproducible and accurate detection of early chemotherapy-induced CTX has encouraged the introduction of second-line advanced imaging modalities, such as cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and nuclear techniques, into the clinical setting...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Audrey Adji, Thomas Weber, Caroline O'Brien, Michael O'Rourke, Alberto Avolio
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have shown the reciprocal effects of wave reflection on aortic pressure and aortic flow waves. Invasive (Electro-Magnetic (EM)) and non-invasive (Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR)) studies of aortic blood flow have shown characteristic aging changes as reduction in late systolic flow, which corresponds in time to the late systolic boost of aortic pressure. These are not always apparent in Doppler flow tracings. DESIGN AND METHOD: This study aimed to better understand the mechanisms of aortic pressure and flow changes due to early wave reflection and stiffening of arteries...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Audrey Adji, Thomas Weber, Caroline O'Brien, Michael O'Rourke, Alberto Avolio
OBJECTIVE: Relative ease of estimating of Ascending Aortic (AA) pressure non-invasively enables interpretation of age-related pressure waveform changes due to altered pulse wave propagation. AA flow velocity waveforms, measured invasively by ElectroMagnetic (EM) cuff/ catheter, and non-invasively by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) also show characteristic aging changes attributable to aortic dilation and subtle impairment of Left Ventricular (LV) function. Conventional Doppler waveforms do not...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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
Ana Abreu, Helena Santa Clara
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe chronic heart failure (CHF) and intraventricular conduction delay, which is identified by a QRS interval of 120msec or more on a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). CRT improved functional capacity, reduced hospitalizations for worsening CHF and increased survival. However, about 30-40% of patients who underwent CRT were non-responders with no clinical or echocardiographic improvement. Imaging parameters for prediction of CRT response have been reviewed...
October 14, 2016: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Joshua T Chai, Luca Biasiolli, Linqing Li, Mohammad Alkhalil, Francesca Galassi, Chris Darby, Alison W Halliday, Linda Hands, Timothy Magee, Jeremy Perkins, Ed Sideso, Ashok Handa, Peter Jezzard, Matthew D Robson, Robin P Choudhury
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to: 1) provide tissue validation of quantitative T2 mapping to measure plaque lipid content; and 2) investigate whether this technique could discern differences in plaque characteristics between symptom-related and non-symptom-related carotid plaques. BACKGROUND: Noninvasive plaque lipid quantification is appealing both for stratification in treatment selection and as a possible predictor of future plaque rupture. However, current cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) methods are insensitive, require a coalesced mass of lipid core, and rely on multicontrast acquisition with contrast media and extensive post-processing...
October 6, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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
Nelson F Velasco, Andrea Rueda, Cristina Santa Marta, Eduardo Romero
High-quality Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images can be hardly obtained when intrinsic noise sources are present, namely heart and breathing movements. Yet heart images may be acquired in real time, the image quality is really limited and most sequences use ECG gating to capture images at each stage of the cardiac cycle during several heart beats. This paper presents a novel super-resolution algorithm that improves the cardiac image quality using a sparse Bayesian approach. The high-resolution version of the cardiac image is constructed by combining the information of the low-resolution series -observations from different non-orthogonal series composed of anisotropic voxels- with a prior distribution of the high-resolution local coefficients that enforces sparsity...
October 11, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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
Helen M Heneghan, Claire Donohoe, Jessie Elliot, Zuhair Ahmed, Vinod Malik, Narayamasamy Ravi, John V Reynolds
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to assess CT-PET and endoscopic assessment postneoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) in predicting complete pathologic response (pCR) in locally advanced esophageal cancer (LAEC). DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. BACKGROUND: nCRT is increasingly standard of care in LAEC, with pCR a surrogate for excellent outcome. Predicting pCR before surgery, with metabolic imaging and endoscopy, may spare patients' operative intervention...
November 2016: Annals of Surgery
Dominik Buckert, Sebastian Kelle, Sebastian Buss, Grigorios Korosoglou, Rolf Gebker, Ralf Birkemeyer, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Hugo Katus, Burkert Pieske, Peter Bernhardt
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has become a diagnostic modality that allows for prognostic risk stratification in various cardiac diseases. CMR derived detection of myocardial necrosis by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and assessment of left ventricular functional parameters such as left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) have been proven to be significantly associated with outcome and prognosis. Our study focusses on the validation of specific thresholds for these parameters in a multi-center daily all-comers cohort of stable coronary artery disease (CAD) patients...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Andrew Scarsbrook, Sriram Vaidyanathan, Fahmid Chowdhury, Sarah Swift, Rachel Cooper, Chirag Patel
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the utility of a standardized qualitative scoring system for treatment response assessment at 18F-FDG PET-CT in patients undergoing chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced cervical carcinoma and correlate this with subsequent patient outcome. METHODS: Ninety-six consecutive patients with locally advanced cervical carcinoma treated with radical chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in a single centre between 2011 and 2014 underwent 18F-FDG PET-CT approximately 3 months post-treatment...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Eric V Krieger, James Lee, Kelley R Branch, Christian Hamilton-Craig
In this review discuss the application of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) to the evaluation and quantification of mitral regurgitation and provide a systematic literature review for comparisons with echocardiography. Using the 2015 Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses methodology, we searched Medline and PubMed for original research articles published since 2000 that provided data on the quantification of mitral regurgitation by CMR. We identified 220 articles of which 33 were included...
October 12, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Agnes Mayr, Daniel Kitterer, Joerg Latus, Hannah Steubing, Joerg Henes, Francesco Vecchio, Philipp Kaesemann, Alexandru Patrascu, Andreas Greiser, Stefan Groeninger, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt, Simon Greulich
BACKGROUND: Severe arrhythmias or heart failure may be surrogates of myocardial involvement in patients with connective tissue disorders (CTD). However, most patients present with unspecific symptoms, normal ECG, and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LV-EF). Therefore, timely diagnosis by an accurate technique is crucial. Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has proven value for the detection of focal processes, but due to the often diffuse character of fibrosis/inflammation in CTD patients, CMR mapping techniques might be of incremental value for the assessment of myocardial involvement...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
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