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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240557/impact-of-motion-compensation-and-partial-volume-correction-for-18f-naf-pet-ct-imaging-of-coronary-plaque
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J Cal-González, C Tsoumpas, M L Lassen, S Rasul, L Koller, M Hacker, K Schäfers, T Beyer
Recent studies have suggested that 18F-NaF-PET enables visualization and quantification of plaque micro-calcification in the coronary tree. However, PET imaging of plaque calcification in the coronary arteries is challenging because of the respiratory and cardiac motion as well as partial volume effects. The objective of this work is to implement an image reconstruction framework, which incorporates compensation for respiratory as well as cardiac motion (MoCo) and partial volume correction (PVC), for cardiac 18F-NaF PET imaging in PET/CT...
December 14, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239297/dynamic-flow-imaging-using-320-detector-row-ct-and-motion-coherence-analysis-in-coronary-aneurysms-associated-with-kawasaki-disease
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Yamato Shimomiya, Michinobu Nagao, Yuzo Yamasaki, Takashi Shirasaka, Masatoshi Kondo, Tsukasa Kojima, Akihiro Nishie, Kenichiro Yamamura, Hiroshi Honda
Introduction We propose a new dynamic flow imaging using 320-detector row CT, and investigate the assessment of coronary flow in aneurysms of Kawasaki disease in adulthood. METHODS: Six patients with Kawasaki disease and coronary aneurysms associated (26.7 years old) and six controls were enrolled. Dynamic coronary CT angiography with 320-row CT was continuously performed at mid-diastole throughout 15-25 cardiac cycles with prospective Electrocardiogram gating after injection of contrast media...
December 14, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239051/coronary-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-asymptomatic-male-marathon-runners
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Christof Burgstahler, Hans Cipowicz, Christoph Thomas, Christoph Schabel, Stefanie Mangold, Dominik Ketelsen, Claus D Claussen, Andreas M Niess, Ilias Tsiflikas
The aim of the study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of carotid ultrasound (CU) to predict coronary atherosclerosis in asymptomatic male marathon runners. A total of 49 male marathon runners older than 45 years(mean age 53.3±7.2 years, range 45-74 years) received CU and cardiac CT angiography(CTA) including calcium scoring(CS). Results of CU and CTA were classified binary: 1. Absence of atherosclerosis and 2. presence of atherosclerosis. The extend of atherosclerosis was not primary end-point of the study...
December 14, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238430/safety-of-landiolol-hydrochloride-as-a-premedication-for-producing-an-appropriate-heart-rate-for-multidetector-row-computed-tomography-coronary-angiography
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Rie Koyoshi, Yuhei Shiga, Yoshiaki Idemoto, Yoko Ueda, Kohei Tashiro, Takashi Kuwano, Ken Kitajima, Kanta Fujimi, Akira Kawamura, Masahiro Ogawa, Shin-Ichiro Miura
Background: We evaluated the safety of a bolus injection of landiolol hydrochloride, an ultrashort-acting β1-selective antagonist, as a premedication prior to multidetector-row computed tomography coronary angiography (CTA). Methods: The subjects consisted of 176 patients (M/F = 64:112, 67 ± 11 years) who had heart rate (HR) at rest ≥ 70 beats/min (bpm) and underwent CTA. Systolic/diastolic blood pressure (SBP/DBP) and HR were measured before and after the administration of landiolol...
January 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237450/adding-chinese-herbal-medicine-to-conventional-therapy-brings-cognitive-benefits-to-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-a-retrospective-analysis
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Jing Shi, Jingnian Ni, Tao Lu, Xuekai Zhang, Mingqing Wei, Ting Li, Weiwei Liu, Yongyan Wang, Yuanyuan Shi, Jinzhou Tian
BACKGROUND: Conventional therapy (CT) such as donepezil and memantine are well-known short-term treatments for the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The efficacy of them, however, drops below baseline level after 9 months. In China, herbal therapy as a complementary therapy is very popular. Should conventional therapy combined with herbal therapy (CT + H) make add-on benefit? METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, 344 outpatients diagnosed as probable dementia due to AD were collected, with the treatment of either CT + H or CT alone in clinical settings...
December 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236953/applications-of-cardiac-computed-tomography-in-electrophysiology-intervention
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S Liddy, U Buckley, H K Kok, B Loo, B Glover, G R Dhillon, O Buckley
Cardiac electrophysiology is an evolving specialty that has seen rapid advances in recent years. Concurrently, there has been much progress in the field of cardiac imaging. Electrophysiologists are increasingly requesting cross-sectional imaging in advance of many procedures. Pulmonary vein isolation and left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion are now an established treatment options for atrial fibrillation. In patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation, applications of computed tomography (CT) include evaluating the left atrial and pulmonary venous anatomy, excluding LAA thrombus and assessing for pulmonary vein stenosis...
December 9, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236951/epicardial-adipose-tissue-volume-assessed-by-computed-tomography-and-coronary-artery-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jennifer Mancio, Diana Azevedo, Francisca Saraiva, Ana Isabel Azevedo, Gustavo Pires-Morais, Adelino Leite-Moreira, Ines Falcao-Pires, Nuno Lunet, Nuno Bettencourt
To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis on the crude and adjusted associations between epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume determined by computed tomography (CT) and coronary artery disease (CAD). MEDLINE, Scopus, and Web of Science databases were screened for all observational studies assessing the association between EAT volume and CAD. We calculated pooled odds ratio (OR) or hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the association per 10 cm3 variation of EAT by five different definitions of CAD: obstructive or significant coronary stenosis (luminal narrowing ≥50% and ≥70%, respectively), presence of coronary artery calcification (CAC), myocardial ischaemia, and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) using DerSimonian and Laird random-effects models...
December 9, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233634/epicardial-adipose-tissue-density-and-volume-are-related-to-subclinical-atherosclerosis-inflammation-and-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-asymptomatic-subjects
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Markus Goeller, Stephan Achenbach, Mohamed Marwan, Mhairi K Doris, Sebastien Cadet, Frederic Commandeur, Xi Chen, Piotr J Slomka, Heidi Gransar, J Jane Cao, Nathan D Wong, Moritz H Albrecht, Alan Rozanski, Balaji K Tamarappoo, Daniel S Berman, Damini Dey
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume and density are related to early atherosclerosis, plaque inflammation and major adverse cardiac events (MACE, cardiac death and myocardial infarction) in asymptomatic subjects. METHODS: EAT volume and density were quantified from non-contrast cardiac CT in 456 asymptomatic individuals (age 60.3 ± 8.3; 68% with CCS>0) from the prospective EISNER trial. EAT volume and density were examined in relation to coronary calcium score (CCS), inflammatory biomarkers and MACE...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233632/rationale-and-design-of-the-worldwide-prospective-multicenter-registry-on-radiation-dose-estimates-of-cardiac-ct-angiography-in-daily-practice-in-2017-protection-vi
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Thomas J Stocker, Simon Deseive, Marcus Chen, Jonathon Leipsic, Martin Hadamitzky, Ronen Rubinshtein, Erik L Grove, Xiang-Ming Fang, John Lesser, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, Hugo Marques, Daniele Andreini, Ramzi Tabbalat, Joon-Won Kang, Joachim Eckert, Patricia Dickson, Signe H Forsdahl, Jess Lambrechtsen, Roberto C Cury, Jörg Hausleiter
BACKGROUND: Cardiac computed tomography angiography (cardiac CTA) is an increasingly used versatile imaging method to evaluate coronary and cardiac morphology. Owing to improvements in technology, image quality has continuously improved over the last 10-20 years. At the same time, numerous non-randomized and randomized studies have been performed to reduce the associated radiation exposure. Currently, it is unclear if the advances in technology and knowledge about radiation reduction translated into reduced levels of cardiac CTA radiation dose in daily clinical practice as well as a wide utilization of dose-saving strategies...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233231/coronary-sinus-ostial-atresia-with-persistent-left-superior-caval-vein-in-a-patient-with-congenitally-corrected-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Yuchen Zhang, Hugo V Alberdi, Elsie T Nguyen
We present a case of a 57-year-old man with congenitally corrected transposition of great vessels who was found to have coronary ostial atresia with cranial flow through left superior vena cava on CT with contrast injection in coronary tributaries. As such, he was ineligible for cardiac resynchronization therapy.
December 13, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233197/takayasu-arteritis-in-paediatrics
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Marisa Di Santo, Erica V Stelmaszewski, Alejandra Villa
Takayasu arteritis is an idiopathic chronic granulomatous panarteritis predominantly affecting the aorta and its main branches. Although idiopathic, genetic contribution to disease susceptibility is being increasingly recognised. Rare in children, Takayasu arteritis is a worldwide disease with significant morbidity and mortality. Its diagnosis is a challenge and requires awareness of the condition as clinical features at presentation are non-specific and assessing disease activity is difficult. In the inflammatory stage, treatment is essential to prevent the insidious course and vascular damage: stenotic, occlusive lesions, aneurysms, and aortic regurgitation...
December 13, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231013/-diagnostic-value-of-postmortem-ct-angiography-in-coronary-atherosclerosis
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H Qian, Y Shao, Z D Li, D H Zou, Z Q Qin, L Wan, Y J Chen
OBJECTIVES: To explore the application value of postmortem computed tomography (CT) angiography on diagnosis of coronary atherosclerotic stenosis degree. METHODS: Based on the previous experimental results, the postmortem CT angiography device of human isolated heart was improved. Different coronary atherosclerotic stenosis degree of sudden death cases was selected. Before the cardiac anatomy, hearts were removed out completely and CT angiography was performed immediately...
April 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225032/calcification-of-thoracic-and-abdominal-aneurysms-is-associated-with-mortality-and-morbidity
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Mohammed M Chowdhury, Lukasz P Zieliński, James J Sun, Simon Lambracos, Jonathan R Boyle, Seamus C Harrison, James H F Rudd, Patrick A Coughlin
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular events are common in people with aortic aneurysms. Arterial calcification is a recognised predictor of cardiovascular outcomes in coronary artery disease. Whether calcification within abdominal and thoracic aneurysm walls is correlated with poor cardiovascular outcomes is not known. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Calcium scores were derived from computed tomography (CT) scans of consecutive patients with either infrarenal (AAA) or descending thoracic aneurysms (TAA) using the modified Agatston score...
December 7, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222954/evaluation-of-motion-artifact-metrics-for-coronary-ct-angiography
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Hongfeng Ma, Eric Gros, Aniko Szabo, Scott G Baginski, Zachary R Laste, Naveen M Kulkarni, Darin Okerlund, Taly G Schmidt
PURPOSE: This study quantified the performance of coronary artery motion artifact metrics relative to human observer ratings. Motion artifact metrics have been used as part of motion correction and best-phase selection algorithms for Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA). However, the lack of ground truth makes it difficult to validate how well the metrics quantify the level of motion artifact. This study investigated five motion artifact metrics, including two novel metrics, using a dynamic phantom, clinical CCTA images, and an observer study that provided ground truth motion artifact scores from a series of pairwise comparisons...
December 9, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222675/accuracy-of-computed-tomography-for-selecting-the-revascularization-method-based-on-syntax-score-ii
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Si Eun Lee, Kyunghwa Han, Jin Hur, Young Jin Kim, Hye-Jeong Lee, Yoo Jin Hong, Dong Jin Im, Byoung Wook Choi
OBJECTIVES: The application of SYNTAX score II based on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) for selecting further treatment options has not been studied. This study aimed to investigate the diagnostic performance of CCTA combined with SYNTAX score II for selecting the revascularization method compared with invasive coronary angiography (ICA) based on 2014 European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) guidelines. METHODS: From January-May 2011, 160 patients who underwent both CCTA and ICA within 30 interval days were included...
December 8, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221269/cluster-analysis-of-acute-ascending-aortic-dissection-provides-novel-insight-into-mechanisms-of-distal-progression
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Jennifer L Philip, Nilto C De Oliveira, Shahab A Akhter, Brooks L Rademacher, Christopher B Goodavish, Paul D DiMusto, Paul C Tang
Background: Whether primary tear size impacts extent of type A dissection is unclear. Using statistical groupings based on dissection morphology, we examined its relationship to primary tear area. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 108 patients who underwent acute ascending dissection repair from 2000-2016. Dissection morphology was characterized using 3-dimensional (3D) reconstructions of computed tomography (CT) scan images. Two-step cluster analysis was performed to group the dissections by examining the true lumen area as a fraction of the total aortic area at various levels...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220755/coronary-artery-calcification-predicts-cardiovascular-complications-after-sepsis
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Vedant A Gupta, Matthew Sousa, Nathan Kraitman, Rahul Annabathula, Olga Vsevolozhskaya, Steve W Leung, Vincent L Sorrell
PURPOSE: Sepsis is a highly prevalent and fatal condition, with reported cardiovascular event rates as high as 25-30% at 1year. Risk stratification in septic patients has been extremely limited. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 267 septic patients with detectable troponin levels, APACHE II scores, and CT scans of the chest or abdomen were assessed. Patients with a recent cardiac intervention were excluded. Coronary artery calcification (CAC) was identified as present or absent on body CT scans...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220708/comparative-diagnostic-accuracy-of-dual-energy-ct-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-by-monochromatic-energy-versus-material-decomposition-methods
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Ibrahim Danad, Iksung Cho, Kimberly Elmore, Joshua Schulman-Marcus, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Wijnand J Stuijfzand, Patricia Carrascosa, James K Min
PURPOSE: To compare the diagnostic value of monochromatic and material decomposition (MD) dual- energy computed tomography (DECT) imaging for the evaluation of ischemia. METHODS: Patients with suspected coronary artery disease underwent rest-stress DECT and SPECT perfusion imaging. DECT images were reconstructed between 40 and 140keV and through MD of iodine/muscle. RESULTS: MD and monochromatic imaging had a sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive, positive predictive value, and accuracy of 89%, 40%, 67%, 73% and 71%; and 91%, 67%, 67%, 91% and 86%, respectively (p=0...
November 11, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220061/comparison-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-estimating-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-fatty-liver-disease
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Hyun-Jin Kim, Hyung-Bok Park, Yongsung Suh, Yoon-Hyeong Cho, Eui-Seok Hwang, Deok-Kyu Cho, Tae-Young Choi
INTRODUCTION: Fatty liver disease (FLD) is correlated with cardiovascular disease. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and coronary artery calcium score (CACS) can noninvasively identify subclinical atherosclerosis and predict risk for cardiovascular events. This study evaluated CIMT and CACS measurements to detect subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with and without FLD. METHODS: Patients who underwent carotid and abdominal ultrasounds as well as cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans were evaluated retrospectively...
December 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218617/evaluation-of-an-adaptive-detector-collimation-for-prospectively-ecg-triggered-coronary-ct-angiography-with-third-generation-dual-source-ct
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Michael Messerli, Patricia Dewes, Jan-Erik Scholtz, Christophe Arendt, Simon Wildermuth, Thomas J Vogl, Ralf W Bauer
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of an adaptive detector collimation on the dose parameters and accurateness of scan length adaption at prospectively ECG-triggered sequential cardiac CT with a wide-detector third-generation dual-source CT. METHODS: Ideal scan lengths for human hearts were retrospectively derived from 103 triple-rule-out examinations. These measures were entered into the new scanner operated in prospectively ECG-triggered sequential cardiac scan mode with three different detector settings: (1) adaptive collimation, (2) fixed 64 × 0...
December 7, 2017: European Radiology
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