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Hideaki Kaneko, Shuo Zhang, Miho Sekiguchi, Takuya Nikaido, Koshi Makita, Jiro Kurata, Shin-Ichi Konno
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate activity of the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in response to lumbar mechanical stimulation in patients with chronic low back pain (cLBP) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although a modified activity of the NAc was characterized in cLBP patients, its pathological significance has yet to be determined. We hypothesized that NAc activation in response to pain might differ depending on the extent of psychiatric problems, which might be associated with the affective/motivational background of chronic pain...
October 17, 2016: Spine
Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Claudia Agabiti Rosei, Deborah Stassaldi, Fabio Bertacchini, Giulia Rubagotti, Giulia Maruelli, Laura Verzeri, Carlotta Donini, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Enrico Agabiti Rosei
OBJECTIVE: The recent results of the SPRINT study suggest that "intensive" reduction of systolic blood pressure (BP) (to less than 120 mmHg) might provide greater cardiovascular protection as compared to less intensive (< 140 mmHg) reduction of BP, at least in some subsets of patients. Only few studies, have investigated the possible effect of tight blood pressure control on indices of left ventricular hypertrophy, and have been mainly based on electrocardiography. Aim of our study was to evaluate cardiac organ damage according to "on treatment" blood pressure values in a large cohort of hypertensive patients undergoing echocardiography (2D, M-mode with conventional and tissue Doppler analysis)at the echo-lab of an ESH Excellence Centre in Italy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kousaku Saotome, Akira Matsushita, Koji Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Kato, Kei Nakai, Koichi Murata, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Yoshiyuki Sankai, Akira Matsumura
PURPOSE: A fast spin-echo sequence based on the Periodically Rotated Overlapping Parallel Lines with Enhanced Reconstruction (PROPELLER) technique is a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data acquisition and reconstruction method for correcting motion during scans. Previous studies attempted to verify the in vivo capabilities of motion-corrected PROPELLER in real clinical situations. However, such experiments are limited by repeated, stray head motion by research participants during the prescribed and precise head motion protocol of a PROPELLER acquisition...
October 11, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Khadija Sheikh, Fumin Guo, Dante P I Capaldi, Alexei Ouriadov, Rachel L Eddy, Sarah Svenningsen, Grace Parraga
PURPOSE: To develop and assess ultrashort echo-time (UTE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers of lung function in asthma patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty participants including 13 healthy volunteers and 17 asthmatics provided written informed consent to UTE and pulmonary function tests in addition to hyperpolarized-noble-gas 3T MRI and computed tomography (CT) for asthmatics only. The difference in MRI signal-intensity (SI) across four lung volumes (full-expiration, functional-residual-capacity [FRC], FRC+1L, and full-inspiration) was determined on a voxel-by-voxel basis to generate dynamic proton-density (DPD) maps...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Brian Y Chan, Kara G Gill, Susan L Rebsamen, Jie C Nguyen
The bone marrow is one of the largest organs in the body and is visible in every magnetic resonance (MR) imaging study. It is composed of a combination of hematopoietic red marrow and fatty yellow marrow, and its composition changes throughout life in response to normal maturation (red to yellow conversion) and stress (yellow to red reconversion). MR imaging is highly sensitive for detection of altered marrow signal intensity, and the T1-weighted spin-echo sequence provides the most robust contrast between yellow marrow and disease...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Tyler R Fosnight, Fong Ming Hooi, Ryan D Keil, Alexander P Ross, Swetha Subramanian, Teckla G Akinyi, Jakob K Killin, Peter G Barthe, Steven M Rudich, Syed A Ahmad, Marepalli B Rao, T Douglas Mast
In open surgical procedures, image-ablate ultrasound arrays performed thermal ablation and imaging on rabbit liver lobes with implanted VX2 tumor. Treatments included unfocused (bulk ultrasound ablation, N = 10) and focused (high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation, N = 13) exposure conditions. Echo decorrelation and integrated backscatter images were formed from pulse-echo data recorded during rest periods after each therapy pulse. Echo decorrelation images were corrected for artifacts using decorrelation measured prior to ablation...
October 4, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Yuki Shinohara, Ayumi Kato, Eijiro Yamashita, Toshihide Ogawa
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the detectability of arterial acute thrombus on R2* map by iterative decomposition of water and fat with echo asymmetry and least-squares estimation (IDEAL) IQ compared with T2*-weighted imaging (T2*WI). METHODS: Twenty-six patients with acute cerebral infarction who underwent R2* map and T2*WI were reviewed. We performed visual assessment of each sequence regarding the visibility of susceptibility effect reflecting acute thrombus and quantitative evaluation of the thrombus on R2* map...
September 2016: Yonago Acta Medica
Nagihan Inan, Arzu Arslan, Muhammed Donmez, Hasan Tahsin Sarisoy
BACKGROUND: Imaging plays a critical role not only in the detection, but also in the characterization of lung masses as benign or malignant. OBJECTIVES: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant lung masses. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ninety-four masses were included in this prospective study. Five dynamic series of T1-weighted spoiled gradient echo (FFE) images were obtained, followed by a T1-weighted FFE sequence in the late phase (5th minutes)...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Libertario Demi, Ruud J G Van Sloun, Hessel Wijkstra, Massimo Mischi
We report on the first study demonstrating the ability of a recently-developed, contrast-enhanced, ultrasound imaging method, referred to as cumulative phase delay imaging (CPDI), to image and quantify ultrasound contrast agent (UCA) kinetics. Unlike standard ultrasound tomography, which exploits changes in speed of sound and attenuation, CPDI is based on a marker specific to UCAs, thus enabling dynamic contrast-specific ultrasound tomography (DCS-UST). For breast imaging, DCS-UST will lead to a more practical, faster, and less operator-dependent imaging procedure compared to standard echo-contrast, while preserving accurate imaging of contrast kinetics...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Carlos Cruz-Montecinos, Carlos Guajardo-Rojas, Eloísa Montt, Felipe Contreras-Briceño, Rodrigo Torres-Castro, Orlando Díaz, Antonio Cuesta-Vargas
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the association between functionality as assessed by the 6-minute walking test (6MWT), maximal voluntary contraction of the quadriceps (MVCQ), and quadriceps thickness and echo intensity as measured by sonography, in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: Maximal voluntary contraction of the quadriceps and the thickness and echo intensity of the rectus femoris and vastus intermedius were evaluated in 20 patients with COPD...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Puneet Mittal, Ranjana Gupta, Amit Mittal, Sandeep Joshi
INTRODUCTION: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the modality of the first choice for evaluation of vertebral compression/collapse. Many MRI qualitative features help to differentiate benign from malignant collapse. We conducted this study to look for a quantitative difference in chemical shift values in benign and malignant collapse using dual-echo gradient echo in-phase/out-phase imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MRI examinations of a total of 38 patients were retrospectively included in the study who had vertebral compression/collapse with marrow edema in which final diagnosis was available at the time of imaging/follow-up...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Eric D Ryan, Nicholas W Shea, Gena R Gerstner, Timothy J Barnette, Andrew J Tweedell, Craig R Kleinberg
Ultrasound echo intensity (EI) values are a popular assessment of muscle quality. The relationship between EI and total (%fat) and regional (%fatlimb) body composition was examined in 40 men, prior to and after accounting for subcutaneous fat thickness. Uncorrected EI values suggest that muscle quality improves (r = -0.329 to -0.224; P = 0.038-0.165) with greater %fat and %fatlimb. However, corrected EI values indicated that muscle quality decreases (r = 0.711 to 0.798; P < 0.001) with greater %fat and %fatlimb...
July 27, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Toshiro Kitagawa, Hisanori Kosuge, Masaki Uchida, Yasunori Iida, Ronald L Dalman, Trevor Douglas, Michael V McConnell
PURPOSE: To evaluate Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)-conjugated human ferritin (HFn) iron oxide nanoparticles for in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of vascular inflammation and angiogenesis in experimental carotid disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: HFn was genetically engineered to express the RGD peptide and Fe3 O4 nanoparticles were chemically synthesized inside the engineered HFn (RGD-HFn). Macrophage-rich left carotid lesions were induced by ligation in FVB mice made hyperlipidemic and diabetic (n = 14), with the contralateral right carotid serving as control...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Paul M Manning, Gavin Hamilton, Kang Wang, Chulhyun Park, Jonathan C Hooker, Tanya Wolfson, Anthony Gamst, William M Haufe, Alex N Schlein, Michael S Middleton, Claude B Sirlin
PURPOSE: To compare agreement between region-of-interest (ROI)- and parametric map-based methods of hepatic proton density fat fraction (PDFF) estimation in adults with known or suspected hepatic steatosis secondary to chronic liver disease over a range of imaging and analysis conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this IRB approved HIPAA compliant prospective single-site study, 31 adults with chronic liver disease undergoing clinical gadoxetic acid-enhanced liver magnetic resonance imaging at 3 T were recruited...
September 29, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Amilton Vieira, Angelina F Siqueira, João B Ferreira-Junior, Paulo Pereira, Dale Wagner, Martim Bottaro
Background: Different ultrasound parameters have been frequently used to assess changes associated with training, aging, immobilization, and neuromuscular diseases. However, an exploratory reliability analysis of the echo intensity (EI) and muscle thickness (MT) of the forearm flexors is scarce, especially in women. Objective: The purpose of the present study was to determine the intra-rater reliability of MT and EI assessed by ultrasound in young women. Method: Ultrasonographic MT and EI were acquired in the forearm flexors of 41 young women (22±2 yrs)...
September 15, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
D Lanssens, A Van Moerebeke, A van den Hoogen, N Geusens, L Grieten, W Gyselaers
BACKGROUND: Gestational hypertensive disorders (GHD) are major contributors to maternal mortality worldwide. In Ziekenhuis Oost- Limburg (Genk, Belgium), a remote monitoring (RM) program for pregnant women at risk for developing GHD was initiated in January 2015 to evaluate the relevance of a RM program. RM is a relatively new approach that broadly can be defined as the application of telecommunication technologies in interchanging medical data, information and services between healthcare providers and patients...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
M Shirin Shandiz, H Saligheh Rad, P Ghafarian, M Bakhshayesh Karam, Afshin Akbarzadeh, Mohammad Reza Ay
PURPOSE: Prostate imaging is one of the major application of hybrid PET/MRI systems. Inaccurate attenuation maps (µ-maps) derived by direct segmentation (SEG) in which the cortical bone is ignored and the volume of the air in cavities is underestimated is the main challenge of commercial PET/MRI systems for the quantitative analysis of the pelvic region. The present study considered the cortical bone and air cavity along with soft tissue, fat, and background air in the µ-map of the pelvic region using a method based on SEG...
September 28, 2016: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
T Bakaj, L Bakaj Zbrozkova, R Salzman, M Tedla, I Starek
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the correlation between preoperative non-echo planar diffusion-weighted (non-EPI DWI) MR imaging with surgical findings of recidivous middle ear cholesteatoma after canal wall up (CWU) and canal wall down (CWD) mastoidectomy. BACKGROUND: The detection of recidive cholesteatoma after CWU and after CWD procedures, when the trepanation cavity is spontaneously closed by soft tissue, is possible by second-look and revision surgery. However, many cases prove to be negative of the disease...
2016: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Hassan Kamran, Vijay Nambi, Smita Negi, Eric Y Yang, Changyi Chen, Salim S Virani, Panos Kougias, Alan B Lumsden, Joel D Morrisett, Christie M Ballantyne, Gerd Brunner
The relation between the arterial and venous systems in patients with impaired lower extremity blood flow remains poorly described. The objective of this secondary analysis of the Effectiveness of Intensive Lipid Modification Medication in Preventing the Progression on Peripheral Artery Disease Trial was to determine the association between femoral vein (FV) volumes and measurements of peripheral artery disease. FV wall, lumen, and total volumes were quantified with fast spin-echo proton density-weighted magnetic resonance imaging scans in 79 patients with peripheral artery disease over 2 years...
August 13, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Marta Tibiletti, Andrea Bianchi, Åsmund Kjørstad, Stefan Wundrak, Detlef Stiller, Volker Rasche
PURPOSE: To investigate retrospective respiratory gating of three-dimensional ultrashort echo time (3D UTE) lung acquisition in free-breathing rats using k-space center self gating signal (DC-SG) and 3D image-based SG (3D-Img-SG). METHODS: Seven rats were investigated with a quasi-random 3D UTE protocol. Low-resolution time-resolved sliding-window images were reconstructed with a 3D golden-angle radial sparse parallel (GRASP) reconstruction to extract a 3D-Img-SG signal, whereas DC-SG was extracted from the center of k-space...
September 23, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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