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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913325/increasing-axial-resolution-of-ultrasonic-imaging-with-a-joint-sparse-representation-model
#1
Junbo Duan, Hui Zhong, Bowen Jing, Siyuan Zhang, Mingxi Wan
The axial resolution of ultrasonic imaging is confined by the temporal width of acoustic pulse generated by the transducer, which has a limited bandwidth. Deconvolution can eliminate this effect and, therefore, improve the resolution. However, most ultrasonic imaging methods perform deconvolution scan line by scan line, and therefore the information embedded within the neighbor scan lines is unexplored, especially for those materials with layered structures such as blood vessels. In this paper, a joint sparse representation model is proposed to increase the axial resolution of ultrasonic imaging...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910005/doppler-images-of-intra-pulmonary-shunt-within-atelectasis-in-anesthetized-children
#2
Cecilia M Acosta, Gerardo Tusman, Mauro Costantini, Camila Echevarría, Sergio Pollioto, Diego Abrego, Fernando Suarez-Sipmann, Stephan H Böhm
BACKGROUND: Doppler images of pulmonary vessels in pulmonary diseases associated with subpleural consolidations have been described. Color Doppler easily identifies such vessels within consolidations while spectral Doppler analysis allows the differentiation between pulmonary and bronchial arteries. Thus, Doppler helps in diagnosing the nature of consolidations. To our knowledge, Doppler analysis of pulmonary vessels within anesthesia-induced atelectasis has never been described before...
December 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908160/correspondence-optimization-in-2d-standardized-carotid-wall-thickness-map-by-description-length-minimization-a-tool-for-increasing-reproducibility-of-3d-ultrasound-based-measurements
#3
Yimin Chen, Bernard Chiu
PURPOSE: The previously described 2D standardized vessel-wall-plus-plaque thickness (VWT) maps constructed from 3D ultrasound vessel wall measurements using an arc-length (AL) scaling approach adjusted the geometric variability of carotid arteries and has allowed for the comparisons of VWT distributions in longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. However, this mapping technique did not optimize point correspondence of the carotid arteries investigated. The potential misalignment may lead to errors in point-wise VWT comparisons...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907041/carotid-atherosclerosis-cerebrospinal-fluid-pressure-and-retinal-vessel-diameters-the-asymptomatic-polyvascular-abnormalities-in-community-study
#4
Jing Yan Yang, Xuan Yang, Yang Li, Jie Xu, Yong Zhou, An Xin Wang, Xiang Gao, Liang Xu, Shou Ling Wu, Wen Bin Wei, Xing Quan Zhao, Jost B Jonas
PURPOSE: To assess relationships between carotid artery atherosclerosis and retinal arteriolar and venular diameters. METHODS: The community-based longitudinal Asymptomatic Polyvascular Abnormalities Community Study (APAC) included a sub-population of the Kailuan study which consisted of 101,510 employees and retirees of a coal mining industry. Based on the Chinese National Census 2010 and excluding individuals with history of cerebrovascular ischemic events, 4004 individuals were included into the APAC...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906702/diagnostic-accuracy-of-intraluminal-blood-speckle-intensity-on-intravascular-ultrasound-for-physiological-assessment-of-coronary-artery-stenosis
#5
Yuichi Saito, Hideki Kitahara, Takashi Nakayama, Yoshihide Fujimoto, Yoshio Kobayashi
OBJECTIVES: The difference in intraluminal intensity of blood speckle (IBS) on integrated backscatter intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) across the coronary stenosis was reportedly correlated with fractional flow reserve (FFR) in the left descending coronary artery. The aim of this study was to investigate the novel physiological assessment using IVUS in all coronary arteries. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-four patients with 57 coronary lesions underwent both FFR and IVUS...
November 30, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904846/complete-congenital-heart-block-in-a-neonate-with-a-complex-congenital-heart-defect-in-africa
#6
Clovis Nkoke, Edvine Yonta Wawo, Liliane Kuate Mfeukeu, Larissa Makamte, Sandrine Dikosso Edie, Flore Esiene Balana
Congenital heart block (CHB) is rare disorder that has a higher mortality when associated with structural congenital heart defects. Very few cases have been reported in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We present a case of complete CHB associated with a complex congenital heart defect in a neonate in Cameroon. A 1-month-old neonate in Cameroon was referred for the evaluation of bradycardia. The obstetrical ultrasound done during pregnancy revealed fetal bradycardia without further evaluation. Clinical examination showed well a developed neonate with bradycardia at 62 beats/minute, and mild cyanosis with oxygen saturation at 93% at room air...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903485/endovascular-repair-of-thoraco-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-in-high-surgical-risk-patients-fenestrated-and-branched-endografts
#7
E Gallitto, M Gargiulo, A Freyrie, C Bianchini Massoni, R Pini, C Mascoli, G L Faggioli, S Ancetti, A Stella
AIM: To report early and mid-term results of endovascular repair of thoraco-abdominal aneurysms (TAAA) by using of Cook-Zenith fenestrated/branched endografts (FB-EVAR) in high-surgical risk patients unfit for open repair (OR). METHODS: Between January 2012 and April 2015, all the patients with TAAA, considered at high-surgical risk for OR and treated by Cook-Zenith FB-EVAR, were prospectively enrolled. Patients were studied using a thoraco-abdominal computer tomography angiography (CTA) and dedicated software for advanced vessels analysis...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895986/combined-frequency-domain-photoacoustic-and-ultrasound-imaging-for-intravascular-applications
#8
Robin F Castelino, Michael Hynes, Chelsea E Munding, Sergey Telenkov, F Stuart Foster
Intravascular photoacoustic (IVPA) imaging has the potential to characterize lipid-rich structures based on the optical absorption contrast of tissues. In this study, we explore frequency domain photoacoustics (FDPA) for intravascular applications. The system employed an intensity-modulated continuous wave (CW) laser diode, delivering 1W over an intensity modulated chirp frequency of 4-12MHz. We demonstrated the feasibility of this approach on an agar vessel phantom with graphite and lipid targets, imaged using a planar acoustic transducer co-aligned with an optical fibre, allowing for the co-registration of IVUS and FDPA images...
November 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894887/ultrasound-tissue-pulsatility-imaging-suggests-impairment-in-global-brain-pulsatility-and-small-vessels-in-elderly-patients-with-orthostatic-hypotension
#9
Julie Biogeau, Thomas Desmidt, Paul-Armand Dujardin, Redouane Ternifi, Charlotte Eudo, Emilie Vierron, Jean-Pierre Remenieras, Frédéric Patat, Vincent Camus, Thierry Constans
BACKGROUND: Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is highly prevalent in the elderly, and this population can be exposed to serious complications, including falls and cognitive disorders, as well as overall mortality. However, the pathophysiology of OH is still poorly understood, and innovative methods of cerebral blood flow (CBF) assessment have been required to accurately investigate cerebrovascular reactivity in OH. OBJECTIVES: We want to compare brain tissue pulsatility (BTP) changes during an orthostatic challenge in elderly patients over 80 with and without OH...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893376/a-modulated-excitation-imaging-system-for-intravascular-ultrasound
#10
Weibao Qiu, Xingying Wang, Yan Chen, Qiang Fu, Min Su, Lining Zhang, Jingjing Xia, Jiyan Dai, Yaonan Zhang, Hairong Zheng
Advances in methodologies and tools often lead to new insights into cardiovascular diseases. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is a well-established diagnostic method that provides high-resolution images of the vessel wall and atherosclerotic plaques. High-frequency (>50 MHz) ultrasound enables the spatial resolution of IVUS to approach that of optical imaging methods. However, the penetration depth decreases when using higher imaging frequencies due to the greater acoustic attenuation. An imaging method that improves the penetration depth of high-resolution IVUS would therefore be of major clinical importance...
November 22, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893049/a-novel-approach-to-assess-the-in-situ-versus-ex-vivo-mechanical-behaviors-of-the-coronary-artery
#11
Ruoya Wang, Julia Raykin, Luke P Brewster, Rudolph L Gleason
Ex vivo mechanical testing has provided tremendous insight toward prediction of the in vivo mechanical behavior and local mechanical environment of the arterial wall; however, the role of perivascular support on the local mechanical behavior of arteries is not well understood. Here, we present a novel approach for quantifying the impact of the perivascular support on arterial mechanics using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) on cadaveric porcine hearts. We performed pressure-diameter tests (n = 5) on the left anterior descending coronary arteries (LADCAs) in situ while embedded in their native perivascular environment using IVUS imaging and after removal of the perivascular support of the artery...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882136/accuracy-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-compared-with-conventional-ultrasound-in-acute-pancreatitis-diagnosis-and-complication-monitoring
#12
Diming Cai, Shyam Sundar Parajuly, Huiyao Wang, Xiaoling Wang, Wenwu Ling, Bin Song, Yongzhong Li, Yan Luo
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) has been used for diagnosing acute pancreatitis (AP), particularly severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). However, the diagnostic difference between CEUS and conventional ultrasonography (CUS) for AP and SAP has not been reported. The aim of the present study was to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of CUS and CEUS for AP. A total of 196 patients clinically diagnosed with AP were selected. All patients underwent CUS, CEUS and contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) within 72 h...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876181/analysis-of-suboptimal-stent-deployment-using-intravascular-ultrasound-and-coronary-pressure-pullback-measurement
#13
Nobuhiro Tanaka, Nico H J Pijls, Jun Yamashita, Yo Kimura, Masashi Ogawa, Naotaka Murata, Kunihiro Sakoda, Kou Hoshino, Youhei Hokama, Akira Yamashina
BACKGROUND: There are some cases in whom a sufficient improvement in fractional flow reserve (FFR) could not be achieved even if anatomical results indicated satisfactory stent deployment. We investigated the relation of abnormal findings between intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and coronary pressure pullback measurement (CP-PB). METHODS: IVUS and CP-PB were investigated after stent deployment in 60 vessels in 53 patients. CP-PB criterion for adequate stent deployment was defined as a ratio of coronary pressure at the stent distal edge to the proximal edge (Psd/Psp) that is greater than 0...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875796/development-of-extensive-inferior-vena-cava-thrombosis-due-to-the-ligation-of-a-large-mesenteric-caval-shunt-during-liver-transplantation-a-case-report
#14
Hideya Kamei, Yasuharu Onishi, Masatoshi Ishigami, Yoji Ishizu, Kojiro Suzuki, Yasuhiro Ogura
INSTRUCTION: Inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis can be a life-threatening complication after liver transplantation (LT). Although this complication is usually related to technical problems associated with vascular anastomosis, we report a case of IVC thrombosis which developed from a ligated large mesenteric-caval shunt. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 35-year-old man underwent LT from a brain-dead donor for primary sclerosing cholangitis. Enhanced computed tomography (CT) before LT showed a huge collateral vessel of the inferior mesenteric vein (IMV) draining into the infra-renal IVC directly...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875385/effects-of-linagliptin-on-vessel-wall-healing-in-the-rat-model-of-arterial-injury-under-normal-and-diabetic-conditions
#15
Linnea Eriksson, Samuel Röhl, Robert Saxelin, Mariette Lengquist, Malin Kronqvist, Kenneth Caidahl, Claes-Göran Östenson, Anton Razuvaev
Diabetic patients suffer an increased risk of restenosis and late stent thrombosis after angioplasty, complications that are related to a defective re-endothelialization. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors have been suggested to exert direct effect on endothelial and smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Therefore the objective was to study if the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor linagliptin could influence vascular repair and accelerate re-endothelialization after arterial injury in healthy and diabetic animals. Diabetic Goto-Kakizaki and healthy Wistar rats were subjected to arterial injury and treated with linagliptin or vehicle...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872758/thrombosis-of-iliac-vessels-a-rare-complication-of-endometriosis-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#16
Rita Chiaramonte, Salvatore Castorina, Emilio Giovanni Castorina, Alessandra Panarello, Salvatore Alessandro Maria Antoci
A young women presented with iliac vein thrombosis, as extrapelvic endometriosis complication. Endometriosis mass had a subfascial position at the level of external oblique muscle and extended to the iliac vein. This paper reviewed the literature on endometriosis cases localized into striated muscles and cases of deep vein thrombosis due to this disease. There are not similar cases in the literature. The diagnostic role of ultrasound, in obtaining the definitive histological diagnosis, may be further enhanced through Elasticity Imaging Techniques and ultrasound-guided biopsy...
January 2017: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872616/novel-approach-for-evaluation-of-bacteroides-fragilis-protective-role-against-bartonella-henselae-liver-damage-in-immunocompromised-murine-model
#17
Chiara Pagliuca, Annunziata G Cicatiello, Roberta Colicchio, Adelaide Greco, Raimondo Cerciello, Luigi Auletta, Sandra Albanese, Elena Scaglione, Caterina Pagliarulo, Gabiria Pastore, Gelsomina Mansueto, Arturo Brunetti, Bice Avallone, Paola Salvatore
Bartonella henselae is a gram-negative facultative intracellular bacterium and is the causative agent of cat-scratch disease. Our previous data have established that Bacteroides fragilis colonization is able to prevent B. henselae damages through the polysaccharide A (PSA) in an experimental murine model. In order to determine whether the PSA is essential for the protection against pathogenic effects of B. henselae in immunocompromised hosts, SCID mice were co-infected with B. fragilis wild type or its mutant B...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872317/first-in-human-experience-with-the-gore-balloon-expandable-covered-endoprosthesis-in-iliac-artery-occlusive-disease
#18
Andrew Holden, Stephen Merrilees, Brendan Buckley, Brigid Connor, Frances Colgan, Andrew Hill
PURPOSE: To report the first-in-human iliac artery experience of a new balloon-expandable covered endoprosthesis. METHODS: A prospective, single-center pilot study recruited 30 symptomatic patients (mean age 64 years; 18 men) to evaluate the safety and early efficacy of the new Gore balloon-expandable covered endoprosthesis for the treatment of de novo or restenotic common and/or external iliac artery lesions. According to protocol, up to 2 discrete lesions could be treated with a maximum total treated length ≤110 mm...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869217/magnesium-alloy-covered-stent-for-treatment-of-a-lateral-aneurysm-model-in-rabbit-common-carotid-artery-an-in-vivo-study
#19
Wu Wang, Yong-Li Wang, Mo Chen, Liang Chen, Jian Zhang, Yong-Dong Li, Ming-Hua Li, Guang-Yin Yuan
Magnesium alloy covered stents have rarely been used in the common carotid artery (CCA). We evaluated the long-term efficacy of magnesium alloy covered stents in a lateral aneurysm model in rabbit CCA. Magnesium alloy covered stents (group A, n = 7) or Willis covered stents (group B, n = 5) were inserted in 12 New Zealand White rabbits and they were followed up for 12 months. The long-term feasibility for aneurysm occlusion was studied through angiograms; the changes in vessel area and lumen area were assessed with IVUS...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867849/laparoscopic-transposition-of-lower-pole-crossing-vessels-vascular-hitch-in-children-with-pelviureteric-junction-obstruction
#20
Ciro Esposito, Cosimo Bleve, Maria Escolino, Paolo Caione, Simona Gerocarni Nappo, Alessandra Farina, Maria Grazia Caprio, Mariapina Cerulo, Angela La Manna, Salvatore Fabio Chiarenza
BACKGROUND: Congenital hydronephrosis due to intrinsic or extrinsic uretero-pelvic-junction (UPJ) obstruction (UPJO) is a common problem in childhood UPJO may be caused by intrinsic disorganization or by extrinsic compression from crossing vessels (CV); extrinsic causes usually present symptomatically in older children. This report the large Italian experience in the treatment of children with extrinsic-UPJO by CV. METHODS: We analyzed the data of 51 children (17 girls and 34 boys, median age 10, 7 years) affected by extrinsic-UPJO were treated in three Italian institutions with laparoscopic transposition of CV (Hellström Vascular Hitch modified by Chapman)...
October 2016: Translational pediatrics
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