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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227683/artsens-%C3%A2-mobile-a-portable-image-free-platform-for-automated-evaluation-of-vascular-stiffness
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Malay Ilesh Shah, Jayaraj Joseph, T Aryasree, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Malay Ilesh Shah, Jayaraj Joseph, T Aryasree, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, T Aryasree, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Jayaraj Joseph, Malay Ilesh Shah
Vascular stiffness is a key physiological marker significant in screening and early diagnosis of vascular disease. However, state of art techniques for vascular stiffness evaluation are not suited for field deployment. We present ARTSENS(®) Mobile, a portable, image-free ultrasound technology platform for automated evaluation of carotid artery stiffness, amenable for field deployment. The technology utilises a single element ultrasound transducer operated in pulse echo modality to investigate arterial wall dynamics, assisted by intelligent algorithms for wall identification and motion tracking to completely automate the measurement...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210715/feasibility-and-reproducibility-of-two-dimensional-wall-motion-tracking-wmt-in-fetal-echocardiography
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Christian Enzensberger, Friederike Achterberg, Jan Degenhardt, Aline Wolter, Oliver Graupner, Johannes Herrmann, Roland Axt-Fliedner
Objective The primary objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and reproducibility of 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging based on the wall motion tracking (WMT) technique in fetal echocardiography. The secondary objective was to compare left and right ventricular global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values. Methods A prospective cross-sectional study was performed. Global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values of the left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) were assessed prospectively...
February 2017: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202059/cardiosphere-derived-cells-do-not-improve-cardiac-function-in-rats-with-cardiac-failure
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Taís Hanae Kasai-Brunswick, Andréa Rodrigues da Costa, Raiana Andrade Quintanilha Barbosa, Bruna Farjun, Fernanda Cristina Paccola Mesquita, Danúbia Silva Dos Santos, Isalira Peroba Ramos, Grazielle Suhett, Guilherme Visconde Brasil, Sandro Torrentes da Cunha, José Oscar R Brito, Juliana do Amaral Passipieri, Adriana Bastos Carvalho, Antonio Carlos Campos de Carvalho
BACKGROUND: Heart failure represents an important public health issue due to its high costs and growing incidence worldwide. Evidence showing the regenerative potential of postmitotic heart tissue has suggested the existence of endogenous cardiac stem cells in adult hearts. Cardiosphere-derived cells (CDC) constitute a candidate pool of such cardiac stem cells. Previous studies using acute myocardial infarction (MI) models in rodents demonstrated an improvement in cardiac function after cell therapy with CDC...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166493/a-gpu-accelerated-3d-coupled-sub-sample-estimation-algorithm-for-volumetric-breast-strain-elastography
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Bo Peng, Yuqi Wang, Timothy J Hall, Jingfeng Jiang
Our primary objective of this work was to extend a previously published 2D coupled sub-sample tracking algorithm for 3D speckle tracking in the framework of ultrasound breast strain elastography. In order to overcome heavy computational cost, we investigated the use of a graphic processing unit (GPU) to accelerate the 3D coupled sub-sample speckle tracking method. The performance of the proposed GPU implementation was tested using a tissue-mimicking (TM) phantom and in vivo breast ultrasound data. The performance of this 3D sub-sample tracking algorithm was compared with the conventional 3D quadratic subsample estimation algorithm...
January 31, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161809/alteration-of-cardiac-deformation-in-acute-rejection-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients
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Nitin Chanana, Charlotte S Van Dorn, Melanie D Everitt, Hsin Yi Weng, Dylan V Miller, Shaji C Menon
The objective of this study is to assess changes in cardiac deformation during acute cellular- and antibody-mediated rejection in pediatric HT recipients. Pediatric HT recipients aged ≤18 years with at least one episode of biopsy-diagnosed rejection from 2006 to 2013 were included. Left ventricular systolic S (SS) and SR (SSr) data were acquired using 2D speckle tracking on echocardiograms obtained within 12 h of right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy. A mixed effect model was used to compare cardiac deformation during CR (Grade ≥ 1R), AMR (pAMR ≥ 2), and mixed rejection (CR and AMR positive) versus no rejection (Grade 0R and pAMR 0 or 1)...
February 4, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152240/spatiotemporal-alignment-of-in-utero-bold-mri-series
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Esra Abaci Turk, Jie Luo, Borjan Gagoski, Javier Pascau, Carolina Bibbo, Julian N Robinson, P Ellen Grant, Elfar Adalsteinsson, Polina Golland, Norberto Malpica
PURPOSE: To present a method for spatiotemporal alignment of in-utero magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) time series acquired during maternal hyperoxia for enabling improved quantitative tracking of blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal changes that characterize oxygen transport through the placenta to fetal organs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The proposed pipeline for spatiotemporal alignment of images acquired with a single-shot gradient echo echo-planar imaging includes 1) signal nonuniformity correction, 2) intravolume motion correction based on nonrigid registration, 3) correction of motion and nonrigid deformations across volumes, and 4) detection of the outlier volumes to be discarded from subsequent analysis...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144259/variability-of-longitudinal-strain-in-left-ventricular-segments-supplied-by-non-stenosed-coronary-artery-insights-from-speckle-tracking-analysis-of-dobutamine-stress-echocardiograms-in-patients-with-high-coronary-risk-profile
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Karina Wierzbowska-Drabik, Michał Plewka, Jarosław D Kasprzak
INTRODUCTION: Although global deformation parameters have been increasingly used for myocardial function analysis, there are sparse data concerning segmental deformation of the left ventricle (LV). Moreover, some studies suggest heterogeneity of strain among LV segments, which may be especially significant during stress echocardiography. We assessed quantitatively regional LV function in the setting of dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE), to examine differences of longitudinal strain between basal, mid and apical LV segments and to compare variability of regional deformation between rest and the peak stage of DSE...
February 1, 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127590/motion-robust-reconstruction-based-on-simultaneous-multi-slice-registration-for-diffusion-weighted-mri-of-moving-subjects
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Bahram Marami, Benoit Scherrer, Onur Afacan, Simon K Warfield, Ali Gholipour
Simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) echo-planar imaging has had a huge impact on the acceleration and routine use of diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) in neuroimaging studies in particular the human connectome project; but also holds the potential to facilitate DWI of moving subjects, as proposed by the new technique developed in this paper. We present a novel registration-based motion tracking technique that takes advantage of the multi-plane coverage of the anatomy by simultaneously acquired slices to enable robust reconstruction of neural microstructure from SMS DWI of moving subjects...
October 2016: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094132/cardiovascular-maladaptation-to-exercise-in-young-hypertensive-patients
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Maurizio Cusmà Piccione, Concetta Zito, Bijoy Khandheria, Antonio Madaffari, Alessandra Oteri, Gabriella Falanga, Domenica Donato, Myriam D'Angelo, Maria Ludovica Carerj, Gianluca Di Bella, Egidio Imbalzano, Pietro Pugliatti, Scipione Carerj
BACKGROUND: Impairment of the adaptive mechanisms that increase cardiac output during exercise can translate to a reduced functional capacity. We investigated cardiovascular adaptation to exertion in asymptomatic hypertensive patients, aiming to identify the early signs of cardiac and vascular dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 54 subjects: 30 patients (45.1±11.9years, 19 males) and 24 age-matched healthy controls (44.4±9.6years, 14 males). Speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) and echo-tracking were performed at rest and during exertion to assess myocardial deformation and arterial stiffness...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070903/myocardial-deformation-in-pediatric-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidoses-a-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Francesco Borgia, Enrica Pezzullo, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Francesco Lo Iudice, Sara Cocozza, Roberto Della Casa, Giancarlo Parenti, Pietro Strisciuglio, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are inherited lysosomal storage disorders caused by deficiency of required glycosaminoglycans breakdown enzymes, inducing cardiac involvement. Little is known about myocardial deformation involvement in MPS. Our aim was to assess biventricular structure and function in asymptomatic children with MPS using standard echo Doppler and 2D speckle tracking (STE). METHODS: Fifteen MPS children (one type I, six type II, three type III A, one III B, three IV A, one VI), asymptomatic for cardiac symptoms, and 15 age and sex-matched healthy controls underwent echo Doppler and STE...
January 10, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065433/ascending-thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-usefulness-of-the-speckle-tracking-transesophageal-echocardiogram
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Cipriano Abad
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December 13, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054208/is-2d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-useful-for-detecting-and-monitoring-myocardial-dysfunction-in-adult-m-3243a-g-carriers-a-retrospective-pilot-study
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S Koene, J Timmermans, G Weijers, P de Laat, C L de Korte, J A M Smeitink, M C H Janssen, L Kapusta
OBJECTIVES: Cardiomyopathy is a common complication of mitochondrial disorders, associated with increased mortality. Two dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE) can be used to quantify myocardial deformation. Here, we aimed to determine the usefulness of 2DSTE in detecting and monitoring subtle changes in myocardial dysfunction in carriers of the 3243A>G mutation in mitochondrial DNA. METHODS: In this retrospective pilot study, 30 symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers of the mitochondrial 3243A>G mutation of whom two subsequent echocardiograms were available were included...
March 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048129/su-f-i-15-evaluation-of-a-new-mr-compatible-respiratory-motion-device-at-3t
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A Soliman, B Chugh, B Keller, A Sahgal, W Song
PURPOSE: Recent advances in MRI-guided radiotherapy has inspired the development of MRI-compatible motion devices that simulate patient periodic motion in the scanner, particularly respiratory motion. Most commercial devices rely on non MR-safe ferromagnetic stepper motors which are not practical for regular QA testing. This work evaluates the motion performance of a new fully MRI compatible respiratory motion device at 3T. METHODS: The QUASAR™ MRI-compatible respiratory motion phantom has been recently developed by Modus QA Inc...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047200/tu-h-206-07-assessment-of-geometric-distortion-in-epi-with-a-spamm-tagged-acquisition
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K Hwang, J Meier, J Yung, R Stafford
PURPOSE: Echo planar imaging (EPI) is known to exhibit gross geometric distortion caused by multiple factors, including B0 inhomgeneity and transient eddy currents. However, diffusion weighted (DW) EPI has become indispensable for diagnosis and therapy assessment. We propose a methodology for quantifying distortion in EPI sequences that does not require the use of dedicated spatial accuracy phantoms, enabling flexibility in phantom design for QA of distortion effects in EPI protocols...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031640/rheumatic-heart-disease-predisposing-to-embolic-myocardial-infarction-a-multimodality-imaging-approach
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Emanuele Canali, Giuseppe Cannavale, Giulia Conti, Simona Mariani, Fabrizio Proietti
We report a clinical case of a 45-year-old male with a diagnosis of inferior myocardial infarction and previous history of rheumatic fever during his childhood. Coronary angiography demonstrated normal coronary arteries. Transthoracic echocardiogram showed hypokinetic left ventricular inferolateral wall and mitral stenosis; furthermore, speckle tracking analysis revealed reduction of global longitudinal strain involving the inferior wall. A three-dimensional transesophaegeal echocardiography, performed to better characterize the anatomy of the valve and to find possible source of embolic infarct in an enlarged left atrium, showed rheumatic valvular involvement...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030875/altered-regional-myocardial-mechanics-in-transplanted-hearts-influence-of-time-and-transplantation
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Tobias Wengenmayer, Anna Stephan, Sebastian Grundmann, Daniela Föll, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Christoph Bode, Annette Geibel
Background Global longitudinal strain is reduced in heart transplant recipients, but little is known about regional contractility of the transplanted heart. Moreover, it is unclear if factors such as time after transplant and ischemic time have an influence on regional contractility. To test for regional changes in myocardial deformation, we assessed regional myocardial deformation using three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography in heart transplant recipients and controls. Methods Global and regional longitudinal, circumferential, and radial strain was assessed in 51 heart transplant recipients and a control group of healthy individuals (n = 26)...
December 28, 2016: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013417/left-atrial-mechanics-strongly-predict-functional-capacity-assessed-by-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-in-subjects-without-structural-heart-disease
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Luís Leite, Sofia Lázaro Mendes, Rui Baptista, Rogério Teixeira, Manuel Oliveira-Santos, Nelson Ribeiro, Rosa Coutinho, Victor Monteiro, Rui Martins, Graça Castro, Maria João Ferreira, Mariano Pego
Left atrium function is essential for cardiovascular performance and is evaluable by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE). Our aim was to determine how echocardiographic parameters interrelate with exercise capacity and ventilatory efficiency in subjects with no structural heart disease. Asymptomatic volunteers, in sinus rhythm and with normal biventricular size and function, were recruited from a community-based population. Individuals with moderate-to-severe valvular disease, pulmonary hypertension, and history of cardiac disease were excluded...
December 24, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990597/ultrasound-guided-core-needle-biopsy-in-the-diagnosis-of-neuroblastic-tumors-in-children-a-retrospective-study-on-83-cases
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Lihui Zhao, Jie Mu, Ping Du, Hailing Wang, Yiran Mao, Yong Xu, Xiaojie Xin, Fenglin Zang
AIM: Ultrasound-guided biopsy technique with the large-core needle has widely been applied in the diagnosis of adult abdominopelvic cavity, thyroid, and neck tumors. There are few reports on ultrasound-guided biopsy using large-core needle in pediatric abdominopelvic cavity tumors. This study was to evaluate the ultrasound features and the diagnostic value of ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy for pediatric neuroblastic tumors. METHODS: The pediatric patients with neuroblastic tumor that underwent ultrasound examination and ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy from January 2009 to November 2015 were reviewed...
December 18, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943379/speckle-tracking-imaging-in-normal-stress-echocardiography
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Marina Leitman, Vladimir Tyomkin, Eli Peleg, Izhak Zyssman, Simcha Rosenblatt, Edgar Sucher, Vered Gercenshtein, Zvi Vered
OBJECTIVES: Exercise stress echocardiography is a widely used modality for the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with coronary artery disease. During the last decade, speckle tracking imaging has been used increasingly for accurate evaluation of cardiac function. This work aimed to assess speckle-tracking imaging parameters during nonischemic exercise stress echocardiography. METHODS: During 2011 to 2014 we studied 46 patients without history of coronary artery disease, who completed exercise stress echocardiography protocol, had normal left ventricular function, a nonischemic response, and satisfactory image quality...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941903/a-novel-method-for-estimating-myocardial-strain-assessment-of-deformation-tracking-against-reference-magnetic-resonance-methods-in-healthy-volunteers
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Kenneth Mangion, Hao Gao, Christie McComb, David Carrick, Guillaume Clerfond, Xiaodong Zhong, Xiaoyu Luo, Caroline E Haig, Colin Berry
We developed a novel method for tracking myocardial deformation using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) cine imaging. We hypothesised that circumferential strain using deformation-tracking has comparable diagnostic performance to a validated method (Displacement Encoding with Stimulated Echoes- DENSE) and potentially diagnostically superior to an established cine-strain method (feature-tracking). 81 healthy adults (44.6 ± 17.7 years old, 47% male), without any history of cardiovascular disease, underwent CMR at 1...
December 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
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