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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
March 10, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285896/perinatal-changes-in-fetal-ventricular-geometry-myocardial-performance-and-cardiac-function-in-normal-term-pregnancies
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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...
March 9, 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
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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
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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...
March 5, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270208/aortic-length-measurements-for-pulse-wave-velocity-calculation-manual-2d-vs-automated-3d-centreline-extraction
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Arna van Engelen, Miguel Silva Vieira, Isma Rafiq, Marina Cecelja, Torben Schneider, Hubrecht de Bliek, C Alberto Figueroa, Tarique Hussain, Rene M Botnar, Jordi Alastruey
BACKGROUND: Pulse wave velocity (PWV) is a biomarker for the intrinsic stiffness of the aortic wall, and has been shown to be predictive for cardiovascular events. It can be assessed using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) from the delay between phase-contrast flow waveforms at two or more locations in the aorta, and the distance on CMR images between those locations. This study aimed to investigate the impact of different distance measurement methods on PWV. We present and evaluate an algorithm for automated centreline tracking in 3D images, and compare PWV calculations using distances derived from 3D images to those obtained from a conventional 2D oblique-sagittal image of the aorta...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269437/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
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/28261872/tracking-discrete-off-resonance-markers-with-three-spokes-trackdots-for-compensation-of-head-motion-and-b0-perturbations-accuracy-and-performance-in-anatomical-imaging
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João Jorge, Frédéric Gretsch, Daniel Gallichan, José P Marques
PURPOSE: To develop a novel approach for head motion and B0 field monitoring based on tracking discrete off-resonance markers with three spokes (trackDOTS). METHODS: Small markers filled with acetic acid were built and attached to a head cap. Marker positions and phase were tracked with fast MR navigators (DotNavs) consisting of three off-resonance, double-echo, orthogonal one-dimensional projections. Individual marker signals were extracted using optimized coil combinations, and used to estimate head motion and field perturbations...
March 5, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250412/reference-values-of-one-point-carotid-stiffness-parameters-determined-by-carotid-echo-tracking-and-brachial-pulse-pressure-in-a-large-population-of-healthy-subjects
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Olga Vriz, Victor Aboyans, Rosalba Minisini, Julien Magne, Nicole Bertin, Mario Pirisi, Eduardo Bossone
Arterial stiffness can predict cardiovascular events, and the aim of this study was to produce age- and sex-specific reference values for echo-tracking carotid stiffness in healthy subjects. A total of 900 subjects (500 males, mean age 45.8±19 years) were enrolled. Common carotid artery stiffness and compliance, using a high-definition echo-tracking ultrasound system, were evaluated. To compare stiffness parameters across the different age groups, individual scores were transformed into T-scores, indicating how many standard deviation (s...
March 2, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240621/weighted-mean-of-signal-intensity-for-unbiased-fiber-tracking-of-skeletal-muscles-development-of-a-new-method-and-comparison-with-other-correction-techniques
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Chiara Giraudo, Stanislav Motyka, Michael Weber, Christoph Resinger, Feiweier Thorsten, Hannes Traxler, Siegfried Trattnig, Wolfgang Bogner
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the origin of random image artifacts in stimulated echo acquisition mode diffusion tensor imaging (STEAM-DTI), assess the role of averaging, develop an automated artifact postprocessing correction method using weighted mean of signal intensities (WMSIs), and compare it with other correction techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval and written informed consent were obtained. The right calf and thigh of 10 volunteers were scanned on a 3 T magnetic resonance imaging scanner using a STEAM-DTI sequence...
February 25, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235414/behaviour-of-adipose-derived-canine-mesenchymal-stem-cells-after-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-labelling-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Malgorzata Anna Kolecka, Stefan Arnhold, Martin Schmidt, Christine Reich, Martin Kramer, Klaus Failing, Kerstin von Pückler
BACKGROUND: Therapy with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has been reported to provide beneficial effects in the treatment of neurological and orthopaedic disorders in dogs. The exact mechanism of action is poorly understood. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) gives the opportunity to observe MSCs after clinical administration. To visualise MSCs with the help of MRI, labelling with an MRI contrast agent is necessary. However, it must be clarified whether there is any negative influence on cell function and viability after labelling prior to clinical administration...
February 24, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
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
#17
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
#18
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
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