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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528164/mri-derived-myocardial-strain-measures-in-normal-subjects
#1
Ha Q Vo, Thomas H Marwick, Kazuaki Negishi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the normal ranges of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based feature tracking (FT) and to identify sources of variations. Similar analyses were also performed for strain encoding, displacement encoding with stimulated echoes, and myocardial tagging. BACKGROUND: MRI-FT is a novel technique for quantification of myocardial deformation using MRI cine images. However, the reported 95% confidence intervals (CIs) from the 2 largest studies have no overlaps...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507825/spatiotemporal-strategies-for-joint-segmentation-and-motion-tracking-from-cardiac-image-sequences
#2
Huafeng Liu, Ting Wang, Lei Xu, Pengcheng Shi
Although accurate and robust estimations of the deforming cardiac geometry and kinematics from cine tomographic medical image sequences remain a technical challenge, they have significant clinical value. Traditionally, boundary or volumetric segmentation and motion estimation problems are considered as two sequential steps, even though the order of these processes can be different. In this paper, we present an integrated, spatiotemporal strategy for the simultaneous joint recovery of these two ill-posed problems...
2017: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460192/proton-density-fat-fraction-of-rotator-cuff-muscles-is-associated-with-isometric-strength-10-years-after-rotator-cuff-repair-a-quantitative-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-the-shoulder
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Dimitrios C Karampinos, Christian Holwein, Stefan Buchmann, Thomas Baum, Stefan Ruschke, Alexandra S Gersing, Reto Sutter, Andreas B Imhoff, Ernst J Rummeny, Pia M Jungmann
BACKGROUND: Quantitative muscle fat-fraction magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques correlate with semiquantitative Goutallier scores with failure after rotator cuff (RC) repair. PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship of proton density fat fraction (PDFF) of the RC muscles with semiquantitative MR scores, cartilage T2 relaxation times, and clinical isometric strength measurements in patients 10 years after unilateral RC repair. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study; Level of evidence, 3...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455943/achilles-tendon-adaptation-in-cross-country-runners-across-a-competitive-season
#4
Laura E Stanley, Angela Lucero, Timothy C Mauntel, Madison Kennedy, Nina Walker, Stephen W Marshall, Darin A Padua, David J Berkoff
PURPOSE: Ultrasound tissue characterization (UTC) is an imaging tool used to quantify tendon structural integrity. UTC has quantified Achilles tendon (AT) acute response to load in athletes; however, AT response to cumulative load over a season is unknown. The purpose of this study was to evaluate AT response across a 4-month competitive season in collegiate cross-country (XC) runners. METHODS: Participants (n=21; male=9, female=12; age=19.8±1.2yrs; height=171...
April 28, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438309/association-of-albuminuria-with-cardiac-dysfunction-in-us-hispanics-latinos
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David B Hanna, Shuo Xu, Michal L Melamed, Franklyn Gonzalez, Matthew A Allison, Martin S Bilsker, Barry E Hurwitz, Mayank M Kansal, Neil Schneiderman, Sanjiv J Shah, Robert C Kaplan, Carlos J Rodriguez, Jorge R Kizer
Higher urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) has been associated with cardiac dysfunction in the general population. We assessed the association of UACR with cardiac structure and function in the Echocardiographic Study of Latinos (Echo-SOL), an ancillary study of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos across 4 US sites. Echo-SOL participants underwent standard 2-dimensional echocardiography, including speckle-tracking strain analysis. UACR was categorized as normal and high-normal (based on the midpoint of values below microalbuminuria), microalbuminuria (≥17 mg/g for men; ≥25 mg/g for women), and macroalbuminuria (≥250 mg/g; ≥355 mg/g)...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423986/global-longitudinal-strain-from-resting-echocardiogram-is-associated-with-long-term-adverse-cardiac-outcomes-in-patients-with-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
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Ajay Yadlapati, Timothy R Maher, James D Thomas, Mark Gajjar, Kofo O Ogunyankin, Jyothy J Puthumana
PURPOSE: Measuring myocardial strain using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography has emerged as a new tool to identify subclinical ventricular dysfunction. Abnormal strain has been shown to have superior sensitivity compared with dobutamine stress echocardiography for viability assessment; however, there is a paucity of data regarding the prediction of long-term major adverse cardiac events. We compared the prognostic ability of both global longitudinal strain (GLS) from resting echocardiograms to regional wall motion score index (WMSI) from stress echocardiograms in their ability to predict long-term major adverse cardiac events...
March 1, 2017: Perfusion
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/28398018/cardiac-imaging-in-patients-with-arterial-hypertension
#8
Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Elisa Leiballi, Flavia Martinis, Daniela Pavan
Hypertension is considered the major modifiable risk factor for premature cardiovascular disease, being more common than other important risk factors as cigarette smoking, dyslipidemia, or diabetes [1]. In older patients, systolic pressure and pulse pressure are more powerful determinants of cardiovascular events than diastolic pressure [2]. Importantly, the cardiovascular risk associated with hypertension is significantly affected by the presence or absence of other major risk factors [3]. Among imaging features, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is the more common and early in patients with hypertension [4]...
April 10, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398013/magnetic-resonance-relaxation-induced-by-superparamagnetic-particles-used-as-contrast-agents-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-theoretical-review
#9
REVIEW
Quoc Lam Vuong, Pierre Gillis, Alain Roch, Yves Gossuin
Superparamagnetic nanoparticles are used as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging and allow, for example, the detection of tumors or the tracking of stem cells in vivo. By producing magnetic inhomogeneities, they influence the nuclear magnetic relaxation times, which results in a darkening, on the image, of the region containing these particles. A great number of studies have been devoted to their magnetic properties, to their synthesis and to their influence on nuclear magnetic relaxation. The theoretical and fundamental understanding of the behavior of these particles is a necessary step in predicting their efficiency as contrast agents, or to be able to experimentally obtain some of their properties from a nuclear magnetic resonance measurement...
April 11, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386043/nongated-cardiac-computed-tomographic-angiograms-for-detection-of-embolic-sources-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
#10
Leonard L L Yeo, Staffan Holmin, Tommy Andersson, Erik Lundström, Anil Gopinathan, Er Luen Lim, Benjamin S H Leong, Win Sen Kuan, Eric Ting, Benjamin Y Q Tan, Sterling Ellis Eide, Edgar L K Tay
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We assessed the feasibility of obtaining diagnostic quality images of the heart and thoracic aorta by extending the z axis coverage of a non-ECG-gated computed tomographic angiogram performed in the primary evaluation of acute stroke without increasing the contrast dose. METHODS: Twenty consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke within the 4.5 hours of symptom onset were prospectively recruited. We increased the longitudinal coverage to the domes of the diaphragm to include the heart...
April 6, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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/28370651/tracking-the-evolution-of-cerebral-gadolinium-enhancing-lesions-to-persistent-t1-black-holes-in-multiple-sclerosis-validation-of-a-semiautomated-pipeline
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Simon Andermatt, Athina Papadopoulou, Ernst-Wilhelm Radue, Till Sprenger, Philippe Cattin
BACKGROUND: Some gadolinium-enhancing multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions remain T1-hypointense over months ("persistent black holes, BHs") and represent areas of pronounced tissue loss. A reduced conversion of enhancing lesions to persistent BHs could suggest a favorable effect of a medication on tissue repair. However, the individual tracking of enhancing lesions can be very time-consuming in large clinical trials. PURPOSE: We created a semiautomated workflow for tracking the evolution of individual MS lesions, to calculate the proportion of enhancing lesions becoming persistent BHs at follow-up...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358485/the-primary-photochemistry-of-vision-occurs-at-the-molecular-speed-limit
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Philip J M Johnson, Marwa H Farag, Alexei Halpin, Takefumi Morizumi, Valentyn I Prokhorenko, Jasper Knoester, Thomas L C Jansen, Oliver P Ernst, R J Dwayne Miller
Ultrafast photochemical reactions are initiated by vibronic transitions from the reactant ground state to the excited potential energy surface, directly populating excited-state vibrational modes. The primary photochemical reaction of vision, the isomerization of retinal in the protein rhodopsin, is known to be a vibrationally coherent reaction, but the Franck-Condon factors responsible for initiating the process have been difficult to resolve with conventional time-resolved spectroscopies. Here we employ experimental and theoretical 2D photon echo spectroscopy to directly resolve for the first time the Franck-Condon factors that initiate isomerization on the excited potential energy surface and track the reaction dynamics...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335982/comparison-of-displacement-encoding-with-stimulated-echoes-to-magnetic-resonance-feature-tracking-for-the-assessment-of-myocardial-strain-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
#14
Yoshitaka Goto, Masaki Ishida, Shinichi Takase, Andreas Sigfridsson, Mio Uno, Motonori Nagata, Yasutaka Ichikawa, Kakuya Kitagawa, Hajime Sakuma
The aim of this study was to compare myocardial strain by cardiovascular magnetic resonance feature tracking (CMR-FT) to those derived from displacement encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Twenty patients (65 pa13 years) with AMI underwent cine, DENSE, black-blood T2-weighted and late gadolinium enhancement CMR at 1.5 T. Global and segmental strain was determined by CMR-FT analysis and DENSE on matched 3 short-axis planes. Global circumferential strain by CMR-FT showed a good agreement with that by DENSE (r = 0...
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323854/the-unfinished-health-agenda-neonatal-mortality-in-cambodia
#15
Rathmony Hong, Pauline Yongeun Ahn, Frank Wieringa, Tung Rathavy, Ludovic Gauthier, Rathavuth Hong, Arnaud Laillou, Judit Van Geystelen, Jacques Berger, Etienne Poirot
BACKGROUND: Reduction of neonatal and under-five mortality rates remains a primary target in the achievement of universal health goals, as evident in renewed investments of Sustainable Development Goals. Various studies attribute declines in mortality to the combined effects of improvements in health care practices and changes in socio-economic factors. Since the early nineties, Cambodia has managed to evolve from a country devastated by war to a nation soon to enter the group of middle income countries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319168/targeting-chronic-cardiac-remodeling-with-cardiac-progenitor-cells-in-a-murine-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#16
Janine C Deddens, Dries A Feyen, Peter-Paul Zwetsloot, Maike A Brans, Sailay Siddiqi, Linda W van Laake, Pieter A Doevendans, Joost P Sluijter
BACKGROUND: Translational failure for cardiovascular disease is a substantial problem involving both high research costs and an ongoing lack of novel treatment modalities. Despite the progress already made, cell therapy for chronic heart failure in the clinical setting is still hampered by poor translation. We used a murine model of chronic ischemia/reperfusion injury to examine the effect of minimally invasive application of cardiac progenitor cells (CPC) in cardiac remodeling and to improve clinical translation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295946/feasibility-and-interpretation-of-global-longitudinal-strain-imaging-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients
#17
Bethany L Wisotzkey, Neal W Jorgensen, Erin L Albers, Mariska S Kemna, Robert J Boucek, Richard A Kronmal, Yuk M Law, Aarti H Bhat
Evaluation of myocardial mechanics after heart transplant is important in monitoring allograft function and identifying rejection. Speckle tracking global longitudinal strain (GLS) may be more sensitive to early regional changes from rejection. This study aimed to determine feasibility of GLS in pediatric hearts during surveillance echocardiograms, compare their GLS to published norms (-18% to -22%), and assess association of GLS with other indices of graft function. Retrospective review of transplant echocardiograms from 2013 to 2014...
June 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285896/perinatal-changes-in-fetal-ventricular-geometry-myocardial-performance-and-cardiac-function-in-normal-term-pregnancies
#18
Olga Patey, Michael A Gatzoulis, Basky Thilaganathan, Julene S Carvalho
BACKGROUND: The fetal heart at term is exposed to an increase in hemodynamic work as a consequence of fetal growth, increased circulating volume, and alteration in loading patterns due to maturational changes in fetoplacental circulation. The extent to which these cardiovascular changes influence human fetal and neonatal cardiac adaptation has not been fully elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate perinatal cardiovascular changes in ventricular geometry and myocardial performance in normal term fetuses...
May 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275877/cardiovascular-autonomic-dysfunction-and-carotid-stiffness-in-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
#19
Marko Novaković, Katja Prokšelj, Vito Starc, Borut Jug
PURPOSE: Adults after surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) may have impaired vascular and cardiac autonomic function. Thus, we wanted to assess interrelations between heart rate variability (HRV) and heart rate recovery (HRR), as parameters of cardiac autonomic function, and arterial stiffness, as a parameter of vascular function, in adults with repaired ToF as compared to healthy controls. METHODS: In a case-control study of adults with repaired ToF and healthy age-matched controls we measured: 5-min HRV variability (with time and frequency domain data collected), carotid artery stiffness (through pulse-wave analysis using echo-tracking ultrasound) and post-exercise HRR (cycle ergometer exercise testing)...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274715/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-improves-pre-operative-risk-stratification-before-the-total-cavopulmonary-connection
#20
Patsy W Park, Andrew M Atz, Carolyn L Taylor, Shahryar M Chowdhury
INTRODUCTION: Single-ventricle patients with elevated pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) or end-diastolic pressure (EDP) are excluded from undergoing total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC). However, a subset of patients deemed to be at acceptable risk experience prolonged length of stay (LOS) after TCPC. Routine assessment of ventricular function has been inadequate in identifying these high-risk patients. Speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) is a novel method for assessment of myocardial deformation that may be useful in single-ventricle patients...
May 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
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