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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718774/effects-of-microchannel-confinement-on-acoustic-vaporisation-of-ultrasound-phase-change-contrast-agents
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Shengtao Lin, Ge Zhang, Chee Hau Leow, Meng-Xing Tang
The sub-micron phase change contrast agent (PCCA) composed of a perfluorocarbon liquid core can be activated into gaseous state and form stable echogenic microbubbles for contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging. It has shown great promises in imaging microvasculature, tumour microenvironment, and cancer cells. Although PCCAs have been extensively studied for different diagnostic and therapeutic applications, the effect of biologically geometrical confinement on the acoustic vaporisation of PCCAs is still not clear...
July 18, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717580/photoacoustic-ultrasound-dual-imaging-of-human-thyroid-cancers-an-initial-clinical-study
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Meng Yang, Lingyi Zhao, Xujin He, Na Su, ChenYang Zhao, Hewen Tang, Tao Hong, Wenbo Li, Fang Yang, Lin Lin, Bing Zhang, Rui Zhang, Yuxin Jiang, Changhui Li
We reported an initial clinical study of in vivo human thyroid by a photoacoustic/ultrasound handheld probe. Our dual-modality system is based on a high-end clinical ultrasound machine. Both healthy and cancerous thyroids were imaged non-invasively, and we compared the photoacoustic imaging with color Doppler ultrasound. The results of photoacoustic thyroid imaging could reveal many blood vessels that were not sensitive for Doppler ultrasound. Our study demonstrated that photoacoustic imaging could provide important complementary information for traditional ultrasound thyroid examination, which has a great potential for clinical diagnosis...
July 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715144/international-endometrial-tumor-analysis-ieta-terminology-in-women-with-postmenopausal-bleeding-and-sonographic-endometrial-thickness-%C3%A2-4-5%C3%A2-mm-an-agreement-and-reliability-study
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Povilas Sladkevicius, Arnaud Installé, Thierry Van den Bosch, Dirk Timmerman, Beryl Benacerraf, Ligita Jokubkiene, Alessia di Legge, Angelo Votino, Letizia Zannoni, Bart De Moor, Bavo De Cock, Ben Van Calster, Lil Valentin
OBJECTIVES: To estimate intra- and inter-rater agreement and reliability with regard to describing ultrasound images of the endometrium using the International Endometrial Tumor Analysis (IETA) terminology. METHODS: Four expert and four non-expert raters assessed video clips of transvaginal ultrasound examinations of the endometrium from 99 women with postmenopausal bleeding and sonographic endometrial thickness ≥4.5 mm and no fluid in the uterine cavity. The following features were rated: endometrial echogenicity (nine categories), endometrial midline (four categories), bright edge (yes, no), endometrial-myometrial junction (four categories), color score (1 to 4), vascular pattern (seven categories), irregularly branching vessels (yes, no), color splashes (yes, no)...
July 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713006/ultrasonographic-findings-in-the-epididymis-of-pediatric-patients-with-testicular-torsion
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C E Afsarlar, R Elizondo, E Yilmaz, E Cakmakci, D J Ballow, E Demir, G Guney, C J Koh
INTRODUCTION: Although grayscale ultrasound and color Doppler ultrasound characteristics of the torsed testis are well established in the literature, less is known about its anatomic partner: the epididymis. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe the ultrasound characteristics of the epididymis in pediatric patients with testicular torsion, and to describe their potential role as prognostic criteria for testicular salvage outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: During a retrospective review of 217 pediatric patients with acute testicular torsion during 2009-2016, morphological features of the epididymis from scrotal ultrasounds (size, parenchymal characteristics, and vascular flow of both epididymis heads), as well as patient demographics, time duration, surgical outcomes, histopathology results, and follow-up periods were analyzed...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710605/current-clinical-applications-of-coronary-optical-coherence-tomography
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REVIEW
Teruyoshi Kume, Shiro Uemura
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an intra-coronary diagnostic technique that provides detailed imagings of blood vessels in the current cardiac catheterization laboratory. The higher resolution of OCT often provides superior delineation of each structure compared with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and it can reliably visualize the microstructure of normal and diseased arteries. The capabilities of OCT are well suited for the identification of calcified plaque and neointima formation after stent implantation...
July 14, 2017: Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710091/intimal-hyperplasia-stenosis-and-arteriovenous-fistula-maturation-failure-in-the-hemodialysis-fistula-maturation-study
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Alfred K Cheung, Peter B Imrey, Charles E Alpers, Michelle L Robbin, Milena Radeva, Brett Larive, Yan-Ting Shiu, Michael Allon, Laura M Dember, Tom Greene, Jonathan Himmelfarb, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, Christi M Terry, Miguel A Vazquez, John W Kusek, Harold I Feldman
Intimal hyperplasia and stenosis are often cited as causes of arteriovenous fistula maturation failure, but definitive evidence is lacking. We examined the associations among preexisting venous intimal hyperplasia, fistula venous stenosis after creation, and clinical maturation failure. The Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Study prospectively observed 602 men and women through arteriovenous fistula creation surgery and their postoperative course. A segment of the vein used to create the fistula was collected intraoperatively for histomorphometric examination...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708548/predicting-locations-of-high-risk-plaques-in-coronary-arteries-in-patients-receiving-statin-therapy
#7
Ling Zhang, Andreas Wahle, Zhi Chen, John J Lopez, Tomas Kovarnik, Milan Sonka
Features of high-risk coronary artery plaques prone to major adverse cardiac events (MACE) were identified by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) virtual histology (VH). These plaque features are: Thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), plaque burden PB≥70%, or minimal luminal area MLA≤4mm². Identification of arterial locations likely to later develop such high-risk plaques may help prevent MACE. We report a machine learning method for prediction of future high-risk coronary plaque locations and types in patients under statin therapy...
July 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707135/secondary-stroke-prevention-in-cryptogenic-stroke-and-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source-esus
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REVIEW
Hans-Christoph Diener, Richard Bernstein, Robert Hart
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to review the literature on cryptogenic stroke and embolic stroke of undetermined stroke (ESUS). Cryptogenic stroke according to TOAST criteria is a stroke which is not due to cardiogenic embolism, small vessel disease with lacunes or large vessel disease of brain supplying arteries. In the context of secondary stroke prevention studies, cryptogenic stroke is not operationally defined. RECENT FINDINGS: The new concept of "embolic stroke of undetermined source" (ESUS) provides an operational definition...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706152/the-role-of-endobronchial-ultrasound-elastography-in-the-diagnosis-of-mediastinal-and-hilar-lymph-nodes
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Ye Gu, Hong Shi, Chunxia Su, Xiaoxia Chen, Shijia Zhang, Wei Li, Fengying Wu, Guanghui Gao, Hao Wang, Haiqing Chu, Caicun Zhou, Fei Zhou, Shengxiang Ren
Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) has been widely used for diagnosis and mediastinal lymph nodes staging in patients with suspicious lung cancer. Ultrasound elastography is a novel sonographical technique that can evaluate tissue compressibility. The aim of the present study was to investigate the diagnostic yield of elastography for differentiating malignant and benign mediastinal lymph nodes. Conventional EBUS B-mode features, including size, shape, border distinction, echogenicity, central hilar structure with central blood vessel and coagulation necrosis were also evaluated...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705072/short-and-long-term-results-after-endovascular-management-of-vascular-complications-during-transfemoral-aortic-valve-implantation
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Thomas Heger, Stefanie Strauß, Erwin Blessing, Martin Andrassy, Christian Erbel, Oliver J Müller, Emmanuel Chorianopoulos, Sven Pleger, Florian Leuschner, Grigorios Korosoglou, Raffi Bekeredjian, Hugo A Katus, Britta Vogel
Background Vascular injury and access site complications in the contemporary setting of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) are known to be associated with increased mortality and morbidity. The aim of our study was to analyse the feasibility and safety of percutaneous treatment of such vascular complications using a stent graft. Methods Between January 2010 and April 2013, 36 TAVI patients developed severe access site complications and underwent subsequent interventional treatment with a covered stent...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704875/sonographic-and-doppler-sonographic-diagnosis-of%C3%A2-neonatal-ischemic-stroke
#11
Karl-Heinz Deeg
Children are particularly at risk for stroke in the neonatal period. 1/3 of all strokes in children occur during the perinatal period. The incidence of perinatal stroke is 1:4000. A differentiation is made between ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic strokes are caused by arterial occlusion due to thrombosis or embolism. As a result of the nonspecific clinical symptoms in this age group, diagnosis is usually made too late. The only relatively specific symptom is focal cerebral seizure during the first week of life...
July 13, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701604/major-vessel-venous-thrombosis-in-patients-of-posttubercular-chronic-constrictive-pericarditis-undergoing-pericardectomy-a-rare-scenario
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Akhilesh Pahade, Prabhat Tewari
We are reporting two cases of neck and arm major venous thrombosis in patients of posttubercular chronic constrictive pericarditis posted for pericardectomy. There was unanticipated difficulty in placement of Internal Jugular vein catheter and subsequent ultrasound revealed thrombosis in the major veins. It was not diagnosed in the preoperative period. This report raises this major complication and highlights the use of ultrasound in such scenarios.
July 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700325/precise-intraoperative-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsies-guided-by-lymphatic-drainage-in-breast-cancer
#13
Xiaoyan Li, Sisi Chen, Liyu Jiang, Xiaoli Kong, Tingting Ma, Hong Xu, Qifeng Yang
The purpose of this study was to present a novel surgical method for intraoperative precise sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and to determine its clinical efficacy and sensitivity in breast cancer patients. The sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) were preoperatively evaluated by axillary ultrasound. The intraoperative detection of SLNs was guided by lymphatic drainage pathway. The lymphatic vessels and SLNs were visualized. During operation, we searched for all the true SLNs (trSLNs), para-SLNs (paSLNs) and post-SLNs (poSLNs) followed lymphatic drainage ducts...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699518/nano-sized-ultrasound-contrast-agents-for-cancer-therapy-and-theranostics
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Hao Li, Shenglong Gan, Shi-Ting Feng, Guofu Zhou, Zhi Dong, Rongqin Zheng, Zi-Ping Li
Ultrasound contrast agents (UCA) represented by gas-filled microbubble, can provide simultaneous and co-localized enhancement on image contrast to help disease diagnosis by highlighting tissue borders. Nowadays, Some UCAs (e.g. Levovist®, Optison®, Definity®, and Sonovue®) are commercially available, and have been clinically utilized for enhanced ultrasonography in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and so on. However, their large diameters (1~10 μm) mainly hinder more precise and deeper applications in the imaging of capillary-abundant organs or tissues (e...
July 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697937/complications-after-endovascular-treatment-of-hepatic-artery-stenosis-after-liver-transplantation
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Leighton E Goldsmith, Kristy Wiebke, John Seal, Clayton Brinster, Taylor A Smith, Hernan A Bazan, W Charles Sternbergh
BACKGROUND: Hepatic artery stenosis (HAS) after liver transplantation can progress to hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT) and a subsequent 30% to 50% risk of graft loss. Although endovascular treatment of severe HAS after liver transplantation has emerged as the dominant method of treatment, the potential risks of these interventions are poorly described. METHODS: A retrospective review of all endovascular interventions for HAS after liver transplantation between August 2009 and March 2016 was performed at a single institution, which has the largest volume of liver transplants in the United States...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692968/intravascular-ultrasound-imaging-with-virtual-source-synthetic-aperture-vssa-focusing-and-coherence-factor-weighting-cfw
#16
Mingyue Yu, Yang Li, Teng Ma, K Kirk Shung, Qifa Zhou
Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has been frequently used for coronary artery imaging clinically. More importantly, IVUS is the fundamental image modality for most advanced multimodality intravascular imaging techniques since it provides a more comprehensive picture of vessel anatomy on which other imaging data can be superimposed. However, image quality in the deeper region is poor because of the downgraded lateral resolution and contrast-to-noise ratio. In this study, we report on the application of an ultrasound beamforming method that combines virtual source synthetic aperture (VSSA) focusing and coherence factor weighting (CFW) to improve the IVUS image quality...
July 4, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692857/modelling-and-extraction-of-pulsatile-radial-distension-and-compression-motion-for-automatic-vessel-segmentation-from-video
#17
Alborz Amir-Khalili, Ghassan Hamarneh, Rafeef Abugharbieh
Identification of vascular structures from medical images is integral to many clinical procedures. Most vessel segmentation techniques ignore the characteristic pulsatile motion of vessels in their formulation. In a recent effort to automatically segment vessels that are hidden under fat, we motivated the use of the magnitude of local pulsatile motion extracted from surgical endoscopic video. In this article we propose a new approach that leverages the local orientation, in addition to magnitude of motion, and demonstrate that the extended computation and utilization of motion vectors can improve the segmentation of vascular structures...
June 29, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690297/successful-complete-revascularization-with-pci-using-super-low-volume-of-contrast-medium-in-a-patient-with-three-vessel-disease-including-2-chronic-total-occlusions-with-severe-renal-dysfunction
#18
Masahiro Koide, Masayuki Kato, Kimihito Usui, Kayoko Mera, Yoshinori Tsubakimoto, Koji Isodono, Tomohiko Sakatani, Akiko Matsuo, Keiji Inoue, Hiroshi Fujita
The most important factor for preventing contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with severe renal dysfunction is to minimize the contrast volume. Herein, we report a successful case of complete revascularization after 3 separate PCI procedures using a super-low volume of contrast medium in a patient with 3-vessel disease, including two chronic total occlusions (CTOs). A 70-year-old man having exertional angina despite maximal medical therapy was referred to our hospital...
July 10, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689953/the-significance-of-the-angle-between-superior-mesenteric-artery-and-aorta-in-spontaneous-isolated-superior-mesenteric-artery-dissection
#19
Zhongyin Wu, Jie Yi, Huanming Xu, Wei Guo, Lijun Wang, Duanduan Chen, Jiang Xiong
OBJECTIVE: To assess the significance of the angle between superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and distal aorta in spontaneous isolated superior mesenteric artery dissection (SISMAD) by clinical and biomechanical analyses. METHODS: 37 patients with SISMAD (one asymptomatic) and 148 controls (1:4 matched for age [mean, 50.2 years], gender [92% male], and body mass index; and being ruled out for arterial disease) underwent aortic computed tomography angiography. SMA-distal aorta angle, measured on sagittal plane, was compared along with baseline characteristics (body mass index, smoking history and comorbidities) between groups; and assessed as tool to evaluate SISMAD risk after stratification into four angle-interval categories...
July 6, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689200/optimal-medical-management-reduces-risk-of-disease-progression-and-ischemic-events-in-asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis-patients-a-long-term-follow-up-study
#20
Zubair Shah, Reza Masoomi, Rashmi Thapa, Mashhood Wani, John Chen, Buddhadeb Dawn, Marilyn Rymer, Kamal Gupta
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To assess the effect of optimal medical management including atherosclerotic risk factor control on ischemic stroke (IS), transient ischemic attack (TIA), carotid revascularization (CRV), and progression of severity of carotid stenosis (PSCS) in patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (ACAS). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients with ACAS (who had at least 3 serial carotid duplex ultrasounds) for incidence of IS, TIA, and PSCS...
July 8, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
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