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Ultrasound vessels

Meng-Tsan Tsai, Jia-Wei Zhang, Kuo-Chen Wei, Chih-Kuang Yeh, Hao-Li Liu
Focused ultrasound (FUS) in combination with microbubbles temporally and locally increases the permeability of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) for facilitating drug delivery. However, the temporary effects of FUS on the brain microstructure and microcirculation need to be addressed. We used label-free optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography (OCTA) to investigate the morphological and microcirculation changes in mouse brains due to FUS exposure at different power levels. Additionally, the recovery progress of the induced effects was studied...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
R Ruggiero, G Docimo, A Bosco, M Lanza Volpe, G Terracciano, A Gubitosi, L Docimo
INTRODUCTION: The Harmonic scalpel ("Focus" and the new version "Focus+") is one of the first devices for surgical simultaneous cutting and tissue coagulation which allows to obtain dissection and hemostasis by direct application of ultrasound and allows minimally invasive surgical procedures with minimal lateral thermal spread and, thus, minimal adjacent tissue destruction. The aim of the study is to complete the previous study that we made in 2014, based on the TT performed between January 2008 and December 2013, with new data about TT performed in our Surgical Division between January 2014 and December 2016 and compare the outcome using the Ultrasonic scalpel versus the device Ligasure in term of safety, operative time, overall drainage volume, complications, hospital stay...
January 2018: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
Xu Zhou, Yinlong Zhang, Hongfei Wang, Bin Zhao, Jinling Wang, Guoliang Yan, Shuangyue Xu, Yuanyuan Zhou, Hongyi Liu, Yifei Zheng, Wei Quan, Jianyin Zhou, Yun Liu, Maochuan Zhen, Xuan Zhu, Yilin Zhao
To develop tissue-engineered arteries (TEAs) with collateral arteries(CAs) in ischemic hind limb goat models(IHLMs). The IHLMs created by removing femoral arteries were divided into non-treated control group(NG); non-catheter group (NCG) in which TEA was anastomosed to external iliac artery(EIA), and surrounded with collagen sponge containing autologous MSCs and VEGF-gelatin microspheres, the distal end of TEA was ligated; catheter group(CG) which received the same procedure as NCG, also received heparin infusion through catheter in EIA...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Pei-An Hu, Zheng-Rong Zhou
PURPOSES: Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE) is a unique locally aggressive vascular tumor with poor prognosis. The aim of this study is to assess the clinical and imaging features of KHE, and to compare the differences between solitary and diffusive infiltrative subtype further. METHODS: The clinical and radiological findings of a cohort of 25 cases with histologically proven KHE, between June 2011 and June 2016, were reviewed retrospectively. Seven solitary and 18 diffusive infiltrative subtypes KHE were included...
March 14, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
Misun Hwang, Matthew A Thimm, Anthony L Guerrerio
PURPOSE: Cavernous transformation of the portal vein can be missed on color Doppler exam or arterial phase cross-sectional imaging due to their slow flow and delayed enhancement. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) offers many advantages over other imaging techniques and can be used to successfully detect cavernous transformations of the portal vein. METHODS: A 10-month-old female was followed for repeat episodes of hematemesis. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance arteriogram (MRA) and portal venography were performed...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Daniel Høyer Iversen, Lasse Løvstakken, Geirmund Unsgård, Ingerid Reinertsen
PURPOSE: In neurosurgery, reliable information about blood vessel anatomy and flow direction is important to identify, characterize, and avoid damage to the vasculature. Due to ultrasound Doppler angle dependencies and the complexity of the vascular architecture, clinically valuable 3-D flow direction information is currently not available. In this paper, we aim to clinically validate and demonstrate the intraoperative use of a fully automatic method for estimation of 3-D blood flow direction from freehand 2-D Doppler ultrasound...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Mert Ozan Bahtiyar, Emre Ekmekci, Emine Demirel, Roxanna A Irani, Joshua A Copel
Monochorionic twin pregnancies are at risk of unique complications due to placental sharing and vascular connections between placental territories assigned for each twin. Twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) is an infrequent but potentially dangerous complication of abnormal placental vascular connections. TAPS occurs due to very-small-caliber (< 1 mm) abnormal placental vascular connections which lead to chronic anemia in the donor twin and polycythemia in the recipient twin. TAPS may occur spontaneously or following fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of communicating placental vessels for twin-twin transfusion syndrome...
March 13, 2018: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Christina Duftner, Christian Dejaco, Alexandre Sepriano, Louise Falzon, Wolfgang Andreas Schmidt, Sofia Ramiro
Objectives: To perform a systematic literature review on imaging techniques for diagnosis, outcome prediction and disease monitoring in large vessel vasculitis (LVV) informing the European League Against Rheumatism recommendations for imaging in LVV. Methods: Systematic literature review (until 10 March 2017) of diagnostic and prognostic studies enrolling >20 patients and investigating ultrasound, MRI, CT or positron emission tomography (PET) in patients with suspected and/or established primary LVV...
2018: RMD Open
Keith S Boniface, Maxine A LeSaux, Sohaib Mandoorah, Amit Patel, Kai L Neander, Hamid Shokoohi
PURPOSE: We evaluated the performance of an encapsulated guidewire designed for single-handed use with ultrasound-guided vascular access (SonoStik) with Seldinger technique, as compared with conventional intravenous catheters placed under ultrasound guidance in healthy subjects. METHODS: This is a prospective cohort trial in healthy subjects in which each subject served as his/her own control by having a SonoStik ultrasound intravenous cannulation placed in one arm and a conventionally placed, standard ultrasound intravenous cannulation placed in the other arm...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Timothy E Murray, Damien C O'Neill, Michael J Lee
PURPOSE: To describe a single skin puncture technique combining subcutaneous injection of anesthetic to the depth of the vessel wall with venipuncture in the same movement. TECHNIQUE: Using ultrasound guidance, controlled anesthetic instillation along the needle tract and outer vessel wall with a 21-G vascular access needle can be combined with vessel puncture. This technique reduces the number of skin punctures and ensures accurate anesthetic instillation. The maximum inadvertent intravascular dose of commercial local anesthetic preparations that can be delivered with a small syringe is far below toxicity thresholds...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Himabindu Mikkilineni, Patricia B Delzell, Jack Andrish, Jennifer Bullen, Nancy A Obuchowski, Naveen Subhas, Joshua M Polster, Jean P Schils
BACKGROUND: We sought to determine whether there are ultrasound parameters that differ between knees with symptomatic fat pad synovial impingement and asymptomatic knees. METHODS: A prospective study was performed in patients with clinical signs and symptoms of fat pad synovial impingement and asymptomatic controls. Eleven symptomatic knees and 10 asymptomatic controls were evaluated. Ultrasound imaging was performed before and after exercise. Evaluated parameters included largest fat lobule compressibility, subjective assessment of vascularity, largest vessel diameter, and subjective assessment of dynamic fat pad motion during flexion and extension...
March 7, 2018: Knee
Keamogetswe Molokoane-Mokgoro, Lara Nicole Goldstein, Mike Wells
INTRODUCTION: Ultrasound assessment of the inferior vena cava (IVC) has gained favour in aiding fluid management decisions for controlled, mechanically ventilated patients as well as in non-mechanically ventilated, spontaneously breathing patients. Its utility in spontaneously breathing patients during positive pressure non-invasive ventilation has not yet been determined. The use of the axillary vein, as an alternative option to the IVC due to its ease of accessibility and independence from intra-abdominal pressure, has also not been evaluated...
March 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Dale G Wilson, Sheena K Harris, Chandler Barton, Jeffrey D Crawford, Amir F Azarbal, Enjae Jung, Erica L Mitchell, Gregory J Landry, Gregory L Moneta
OBJECTIVE: The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a well-established measure of distal perfusion in lower extremity ischemia; however, the ABI is of limited value in patients with noncompressible lower extremity arteries. We sought to demonstrate whether duplex ultrasound-determined tibial artery velocities can be used as an alternative to ABI as an objective performance measure after endovascular treatment of above-knee arterial stenosis. METHODS: Thirty-six patients undergoing above-knee endovascular intervention had preprocedure and postprocedure duplex ultrasound examination within 6 months of intervention...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
R A J Wain, D J Smith, D R Hammond, J P M Whitty
Arterial thrombus formation is directly related to the mechanical shear experienced by platelets within flow. High shear strain rates (SSRs) and large shear gradients cause platelet activation, aggregation and production of thrombus. This study, for the first time, investigates the influence of pulsatile flow on local haemodynamics within sutured microarterial anastomoses. We measured physiological arterial waveform velocities experimentally using Doppler ultrasound velocimetry, and a representative example was applied to a realistic sutured microarterial geometry...
March 6, 2018: Microvascular Research
Gentil Barreira, J Ribamar Costa, Ricardo Costa, Rodolfo Staico, Daniel Chamie, Juliano R Slhessarenko, Luiz Fernando Tanajura, Andrea Abizaid, Amanda Sousa, Alexandre Abizaid
INTRODUCTION: Bioresorbable coronary scaffolds (BRS) have been developed to increase the late safety of coronary angioplasty by providing transitory coronary support and then being fully incorporated to the vessel wall. In the present trial, we sought to evaluate the performance and changes over time in the DESolve™ novolimus-eluting BRS using serial intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in patients submitted to percutaneous coronary interventions. METHODS: Single-center, prospective, non-randomized study involving 17 consecutive patients submitted to implantation of the DESolve™ scaffold and serial evaluated with IVUS at different time points (post procedure, 6 and 18 months)...
March 9, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Matthew C Bunte, David J Cohen, Michael R Jaff, William A Gray, Elizabeth A Magnuson, Haiyan Li, Andrew Feiring, Marco Cioppi, Robert Hibbard, Bruce Gray, Yazan Khatib, David Jessup, Roberto Patarca, Jing Du, Hans-Peter Stoll, Joe Massaro, David M Safley
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical and health status outcomes of patients undergoing superficial femoral artery (SFA) revascularization using the Shape Memory Alloy Recoverable Technology (S.M.A.R.T.®) nitinol self-expanding stent through 3 years of follow-up. BACKGROUND: Limited long-term data are available describing the durability of benefits after femoropopliteal revascularization. METHODS: In a multicenter, prospective, core-lab adjudicated study, 250 subjects with de novo or restenotic femoropopliteal arterial lesions were treated with the S...
March 9, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Kapila S Benaragama, Jennifer Barwell, Chris Lord, Biku J John, Adarsh Babber, Shella Sandoval, Ben Lindsey, Bimbi Fernando
PURPOSE: Primary arteriovenous fistula arterio venous fistula (AVF) formation has proven to be the best and optimal vascular access for the majority of haemodialysis patients. At present there are limited data to suggest which haemodynamic parameters most correlate with the likelihood of early failure. The aim of this study is to identify the haemodynamic predictors of early failure, hence identify which fistulae may benefit from timely pre-emptive intervention. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of data was performed of 201 patients undergoing native AVF creation over a one year period...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Renal Care
Chee Hae Kim, Shuang Wang, Jun-Bean Park, Keun-Hwa Jung, Yeonyee E Yoon, Seung-Pyo Lee, Hyung-Kwan Kim, Yong-Jin Kim, Goo-Yeong Cho, Dae-Won Sohn
AIM: Speckle-tracking imaging has been introduced for the precise assessment of vessel mechanics. However, there are no data on the role of this imaging tool in assessing the changes in vasculature with statin therapy, which is known to enhance vascular elasticity. METHODS: This study was a prospective study including 48 statin-naïve patients (age, 58.2±8.4 years; 29.2% male) with hypercholesterolemia. Circumferential carotid artery strain (CAS) and stiffness index (β2 ) were measured using speckle-tracking imaging before and after 3 months of high-dose pitavastatin treatment (4 mg daily)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Mads Ammitzbøll Danielsen
Rheumatod arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease, characterized by inflammation in joints and tendon sheaths, which frequently leads to permanent and serious disability due to joint destruction, but also tendon and ligament ruptures. Clinical management of rheumatoid arthritis has traditionally been supported by biochemical and radiographic findings. However, imaging modalities like ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have improved the possibility for better management of rheumatoid arthritis patients, due to higher sensitivity and specificity for detecting ongoing inflammation, this thesis is focusing on tenosynovitis as recent studies have shown that inflammation in tendon sheaths, i...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
Andreas Hjelm Brandt
This PhD project is based on a longstanding collaboration between physicists and engineers from the Center of Fast Ultrasound Imaging (CFU) at the Technical University of Denmark and medical doctors from the department of Radiology at Rigshospitalet. The intent of this cooperation is to validate new ultrasonic methods for future clinical use. 
Study I compares two B-mode ultrasound methods: the new experimental technique Synthetic Aperture Sequential Beam-forming combined with Tissue Harmonic Imaging (SASB-THI), and a conventional technique combined with THI...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
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