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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433557/early-changes-of-left-ventricular-filling-pattern-after-reperfused-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-doxycycline-therapy-insights-from-the-tiptop-trial
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Giampaolo Cerisano, Piergiovanni Buonamici, Guido Parodi, Alberto Santini, Guia Moschi, Renato Valenti, Angela Migliorini, Paolo Colonna, Benedetta Bellandi, Anna Maria Gori, David Antoniucci
AIM: Metalloproteinases inhibition by doxycycline reduces cardiac protein degradation at extracellular and intracellular level in the experimental model ischemia/reperfusion injury. Since both extracellular cardiac matrix and titin filaments inside the cardiomyocyte are responsible for the myocardial stiffness, we hypothesized that doxycycline could favorably act on left ventricular (LV) filling pressures in patients after reperfused acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-three of 110 patients of the TIPTOP trial underwent a 2D-Echo-Doppler on admission, and at pre-discharge and at 6-month after a primary PCI for STEMI and LV dysfunction...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424572/functional-sensitivity-of-2d-simultaneous-multi-slice-echo-planar-imaging-effects-of-acceleration-on-g-factor-and-physiological-noise
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Nick Todd, Oliver Josephs, Peter Zeidman, Guillaume Flandin, Steen Moeller, Nikolaus Weiskopf
Accelerated data acquisition with simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) imaging for functional MRI studies leads to interacting and opposing effects that influence the sensitivity to blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal changes. Image signal to noise ratio (SNR) is decreased with higher SMS acceleration factors and shorter repetition times (TR) due to g-factor noise penalties and saturation of longitudinal magnetization. However, the lower image SNR is counteracted by greater statistical power from more samples per unit time and a higher temporal Nyquist frequency that allows for better removal of spurious non-BOLD high frequency signal content...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415115/p981lvot-area-measurement-using-gated-ct-data-reclassifies-aortic-stenosis-severity-as-graded-by-echocardiography
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L Moderato, A Palumbo, S Coli, D Orlandini, G Russo, N Gaibazzi
Background: Measurement of left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) diameter and area for estimation of aortic valve area (AVA) using transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and the continuity equation assumes circular LVOT. The use of direct planimetric measurement of LVOT area by gated-CT can theoretically improve accuracy of AVA calculation. Purpose: We aim to assess reproducibility of LVOT echo measurement and its correlation and agreement with Gated CT measurements...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415084/p260right-cardiac-chambers-remodeling-in-marathon-and-ultra-trail-athletes-detected-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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K Ujka, R M Bruno, B Catuzzo, L Bastiani, A Tonacci, G D'angelo, S Mrakic-Sposta, A Vezzoli, G Giardini, L Pratali
Background: Strenuous and chronic exercise training can have detrimental effects on cardiac morphology and function. Our aim was to evaluate the cardiac adaptation between 2 different specialties' endurance athletes: marathon runners (M) and ultra-trailers (UT). Methods: 47 M (age 45±7, men 32; training: 18 (9-53) years*days/week), 41 UT (age 42±9, men 38, training: 30 (15-66) years*days/week) were submitted in rest condition to conventional 2D echocardiography and Speckle-Tracking echo (STE) (Beyond Diogenes 2...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414682/a-left-main-coronary-artery-thrombus-presenting-as-a-non-st-elevation-mi
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U Ezema, D Daberkow, T Delord, L Guidry, N R Sells
INTRODUCTION: Left main coronary artery (LMCA); thrombus with an acute myocardial infarction identified with coronary angiography is a clinically rare condition with an extremely high mortality rate. We present a case of LMCA thrombus that presented as a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI);. CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a history of tobacco use and hyperlipidemia presented with a complaint of 10/10 "hard pain" across her chest radiating to her left shoulder and breast which woke her from sleep...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414664/gonococcal-endocarditis-the-gift-that-stops-giving-an-uncommon-presentation-of-a-common-disease
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G Olayemi, M Oferczak, A Elagizi, I El-Abbassi, M Eschete, J Crowe
INTRODUCTION: Gonorrhea is the 2nd most common sexually transmitted disease in the US with 800,000 cases of gonorrhea each year. Disseminated gonorrhea infection occurs in 0.5 percent - 3 percent of these patients and is more frequent in woman younger than 40 years of age. CASE: A 36 year old woman with a history of polysubstance abuse presented with 10 day history of feeling generally unwell. At presentation, vitals were remarkable for tachycardia and hypotension...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392024/proton-detection-of-mas-solid-state-nmr-spectra-of-half-integer-quadrupolar-nuclei
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Amrit Venkatesh, Michael P Hanrahan, Aaron J Rossini
Fast magic angle spinning (MAS) and proton detection has found widespread application to enhance the sensitivity of solid-state NMR experiments with spin-1/2 nuclei such as (13)C, (15)N and (29)Si, however, this approach is not yet routinely applied to half-integer quadrupolar nuclei. Here we have investigated the feasibility of using fast MAS and proton detection to enhance the sensitivity of solid-state NMR experiments with half-integer quadrupolar nuclei. The previously described dipolar hetero-nuclear multiple quantum correlation (D-HMQC) and dipolar refocused insensitive nuclei enhanced by polarization transfer (D-RINEPT) pulse sequences were used for proton detection of half-integer quadrupolar nuclei...
March 30, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390339/perspective-echoes-in-2d-raman-thz-spectroscopy
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Peter Hamm, Andrey Shalit
Recently, various spectroscopic techniques have been developed, which can measure the 2D response of the inter-molecular degrees of freedom of liquids in the THz regime. By employing hybrid Raman-THz pulse sequences, the inherent experimental problems of 2D-Raman spectroscopy are circumvented completely, culminating in the recent measurement of the 2D-Raman-THz responses of water and aqueous salt solutions. This review article focuses on the possibility to observe echoes in such experiments, which would directly reveal the inhomogeneity of the typically extremely blurred THz bands of liquids, and hence the heterogeneity of local structures that are transiently formed, in particular, in a hydrogen-bonding liquid such as water...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388155/direct-observation-of-dynamic-crossover-in-fragile-molecular-glass-formers-with-2d-ir-vibrational-echo-spectroscopy
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David J Hoffman, Kathleen P Sokolowsky, Michael D Fayer
The dynamics of supercooled liquids of the molecular glass formers benzophenone and ortho-terphenyl were investigated with 2D IR spectroscopy using long-lived vibrational probes. The long lifetimes of the probes enabled structural dynamics of the liquids to be studied from a few hundred femtoseconds to a nanosecond. 2D IR experiments measured spectraldiffusion of a vibrational probe, which reports on structural fluctuations of the liquid. Analysis of the 2D IR data provides the frequency-frequency correlation function (FFCF)...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379383/2d-and-3d-strain-for-detection-of-subclinical-anthracycline-cardiotoxicity-in-breast-cancer-patients-a-balance-with-feasibility
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Ciro Santoro, Grazia Arpino, Roberta Esposito, Maria Lembo, Immacolata Paciolla, Cinzia Cardalesi, Giovanni de Simone, Bruno Trimarco, Sabino De Placido, Maurizio Galderisi
Aims: 2D echocardiography is limited for identifying chemotherapy-related cardiotoxicity. This study compared standard echo, 2D, and 3D speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) for detection of subclinical anthracycline (ANT) cardiotoxicity in breast cancer patients. Methods and results: One-hundred consecutive breast cancer patients free of cardiac symptoms were treated by multiple protocols including ANT and cyclophosphamide and/or 5-fluorouracil for 3-4 cycles...
March 31, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376710/electrocardiographic-changes-mimicking-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-a-large-intracranial-tumour-a-diagnostic-dilemma
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Nilukshana Yogendranathan, H M M T B Herath, S P Pahalagamage, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: ST elevation Myocardial infarction is a medical emergency. A variety of noncardiac conditions had been known to mimic the ECG changes that are seen in acute coronary syndrome. Although the common ECG changes that are documented with raised intracranial pressure are T inversions, prolongation of QT interval and sinus bradycardia, ST elevation or depression, arrhythmias and prominent U waves have also been recognized. However, ST elevations in association with primary intracranial tumours are rarely reported...
April 4, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373123/sensitivity-and-specificity-considerations-for-fmri-encoding-decoding-and-mapping-of-auditory-cortex-at-ultra-high-field
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Michelle Moerel, Federico De Martino, Valentin G Kemper, Sebastian Schmitter, An T Vu, Kâmil Uğurbil, Elia Formisano, Essa Yacoub
Following rapid technological advances, ultra-high field functional MRI (fMRI) enables exploring correlates of neuronal population activity at an increasing spatial resolution. However, as the fMRI blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) contrast is a vascular signal, the spatial specificity of fMRI data is ultimately determined by the characteristics of the underlying vasculature. At 7T, fMRI measurement parameters determine the relative contribution of the macro- and microvasculature to the acquired signal...
March 31, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372458/hepatocellular-carcinoma-presenting-with-budd-chiari-syndrome-right-atrial-thrombus-and-pulmonary-emboli
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Luís C Lourenço, David V Horta, Sara F Alberto, Jorge Reis
A 47-year-old patient presented with a two-week history of right upper quadrant pain, abdominal distention and new onset of shortness of breath. He had a history of intravenous drug abuse, no alcohol consumption and denied any known liver disease. On physical examination, he was tachypneic and had dullness in the flanks. His blood analysis at admission was as follows: hemoglobin, 12.9 g/dL; leukocyte count, 6,800/uL; platelet count, 63,000/uL; INR, 2.1; serum creatinine, 1.27 mg/dL; liver biochemistry tests were notable for marginal derangement, HBsAg was negative, anti-HCV was positive, HCV RNA was 367,498 IU/ml and alpha-fetoprotein was 992 mg/dL...
April 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370298/accelerated-radial-diffusion-spectrum-imaging-using-a-multi-echo-stimulated-echo-diffusion-sequence
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Steven H Baete, Fernando E Boada
PURPOSE: Diffusion spectrum imaging (DSI) provides us non-invasively and robustly with anatomical details of brain microstructure. To achieve sufficient angular resolution, DSI requires a large number of q-space samples, leading to long acquisition times. This need is mitigated here by combining the beneficial properties of Radial q-space sampling for DSI with a Multi-Echo Stimulated Echo Sequence (MESTIM). METHODS: Full 2D k-spaces for each of several q-space samples, along the same radially outward line in q-space, are acquired in one readout train with one spin and three stimulated echoes...
March 31, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348578/contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-cholangiography-practical-tips-and-clinical-indications-for-biliary-disease-management
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Stefano Palmucci, Federica Roccasalva, Marina Piccoli, Giovanni Fuccio Sanzà, Pietro Valerio Foti, Alfonso Ragozzino, Pietro Milone, Giovanni Carlo Ettorre
Since its introduction, MRCP has been improved over the years due to the introduction of several technical advances and innovations. It consists of a noninvasive method for biliary tree representation, based on heavily T2-weighted images. Conventionally, its protocol includes two-dimensional single-shot fast spin-echo images, acquired with thin sections or with multiple thick slabs. In recent years, three-dimensional T2-weighted fast-recovery fast spin-echo images have been added to the conventional protocol, increasing the possibility of biliary anatomy demonstration and leading to a significant benefit over conventional 2D imaging...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332315/significant-increase-of-flow-kinetic-energy-in-nonresponders-patients-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Sara Cimino, Dino Palombizio, Francesco Cicogna, Donatella Cantisani, Manuela Reali, Domenico Filomena, Valentina Petronilli, Carlo Iacoboni, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUNDS: It's still unclear if different patterns of intraventricular flow dynamics may be detected in patients nonresponders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) as compared to responders ones. Aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of left ventricular (LV) flow dynamics 6-months after CRT to identify Echo-particle imaging velocity (PIV) patterns were more frequently detected in nonresponders patients. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, undergoing CRT, were enrolled in this study...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324775/investigation-of-the-ultrasonic-attenuation-in-anisotropic-weld-materials-with-finite-element-modeling-and-grain-scale-material-description
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P E Lhuillier, B Chassignole, M Oudaa, S O Kerhervé, F Rupin, T Fouquet
A finite element modeling approach of ultrasonic propagation combined with a description of the microstructure at the scale of the grains has been implemented. The simulations seek to determine the contribution of scattering to the ultrasonic attenuation in polycrystalline materials. The approach is applied to anisotropic microstructures exhibiting both elongated grains and transversely isotropic crystallographic texture which can be found in multipass welds. The ultrasonic propagation is computed with the 2D finite element code ATHENA 2D...
March 8, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320412/high-resolution-hemodynamic-profiling-of-murine-arteriovenous-fistula-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-computational-fluid-dynamics
#18
Daniel Pike, Yan-Ting Shiu, Maheshika Somarathna, Lingling Guo, Tatyana Isayeva, John Totenhagen, Timmy Lee
BACKGROUND: Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) maturation failure remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. The two major etiologies of AVF maturation failure are early neointimal hyperplasia development and persistent inadequate outward remodeling. Although hemodynamic changes following AVF creation may impact AVF remodeling and contribute to neointimal hyperplasia development and impaired outward remodeling, detailed AVF hemodynamics are not yet fully known...
March 20, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318066/three-dimensional-ultrashort-echo-time-cones-t1%C3%AF-3d-ute-cones-t1%C3%AF-imaging
#19
Ya-Jun Ma, Michael Carl, Hongda Shao, Anthony S Tadros, Eric Y Chang, Jiang Du
We report a novel three-dimensional (3D) ultrashort echo time (UTE) sequence employing Cones trajectory and T1ρ preparation (UTE-Cones-T1ρ ) for quantitative T1ρ assessment of short T2 tissues in the musculoskeletal system. A basic 3D UTE-Cones sequence was combined with a spin-locking preparation pulse for T1ρ contrast. A relatively short TR was used to decrease the scan time, which required T1 measurement and compensation using 3D UTE-Cones data acquisitions with variable TRs. Another strategy to reduce the total scan time was to acquire multiple Cones spokes (Nsp ) after each T1ρ preparation and fat saturation...
March 20, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299710/high-resolution-microultrasound-%C3%AE-us-investigation-of-the-gastrointestinal-gi-tract
#20
Thineskrishna Anbarasan, Christine E M Démoré, Holly Lay, Mohammed R S Sunoqrot, Romans Poltarjonoks, Sandy Cochran, Benjamin F Cox
High resolution, microultrasound (μUS) scanning of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract has potential as an important transmural imaging modality to aid in diagnosis. Operating at higher frequencies than conventional clinical ultrasound instruments, μUS is capable of providing scanned images of the GI tract with higher resolution. To investigate the use of μUS for this application, a phantom which is cost effective, within ethical guidelines and, most importantly, similar in histology to the human GI tract is necessary...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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