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  1. Angiography

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    The history of angiography is short, with its centennial approaching. A very brief review of milestones begins with the discovery of x-rays in 1895. Only a few months later contrast agents too toxic for human use were being injected into cadavers, severed limbs, and animals. The next major developments came in the late 1970s when percutaneous translumbar aortography and cerebral angiography were described. Contrast agents were now less toxic, and clinically useful angiography was a reality. In 1953 a technique for percutaneous vascular catheterization which formed the basis of many catheterization techniques to follow was described. In the 1970s the development of less invasive diagnostic methods such as computed tomography and diagnostic ultrasound decreased the indications for angiography, but newer interventional techniques such as embolization therapy and angioplasty have taken up the slack. Angiography remains the most important way to demonstrate vascular diseases graphically. Specific techniques such as angioplasty and digital subtraction angiography will be dealt with in other chapters. The authors hope to provide an overview of major areas of angiographic utilization. The basic techniques of arterial puncture and catheterization have been well described elsewhere

  2. Generalised brain edema and brain infarct in ergotamine abuse: Visualization by CT, MR and angiography

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    Abuse of ergotamine can release a generalised brain edema and brain infarctions. This can be visualized by CT, MR and angiography. The reason, however, can only be found in the patients history. (orig.)

  3. Diagnostic accuracy of early computed tomographic angiography for visualizing medium sized inferior and posterior projecting carotid system aneurysms

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    Conventional angiography, generally referred to as intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography, still remains the gold standard reference method for the diagnosis of intracranial aneurysms, helical computed tomography angiography is a new non-invasive volumetric imaging method. Objectives: This study was conducted to screen patients presenting with subarachnoid-hemorrhage by computed tomography angiography before conventional digital subtraction angiography and subsequently comparing the results for various aneurysm projections. Patients and Methods: In a prospective study, 99 consecutive patients with an initial diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage were screened for aneurysms with computed tomography angiography followed by conventional digital subtraction angiography. There were 17 cases with negative angiograms in whom repeat angiograms, three months later were negative for 15 cases, while two cases were found to bear aneurysm on the repeat examination. Eighty two patients had at least one proven aneurysm on initial digital subtraction angiography and two on the repeat angiogram. Out of 84 patients, five underwent endovascular treatment and 79 patients who underwent surgical clipping were considered for projection evaluation. Results: Sensitivity of computed tomography angiography was 98.78percent(95percentconfidence interval [CI], 93.4-99.7percent), while the specificity was 100percent(95percentCI,81.57-100percent) and the kappa coefficient of agreement between computed tomography angiography and digital subtraction angiography was 96.5percent. The most significant discrepancies with digital subtraction angiography findings were for visualizing the projection of inferior and posterior projecting proximal anterior circulation aneurysms. Conclusions: Helical computed tomography angiography was in good concordance with digital subtraction angiography for screening of cerebral aneurysms; however, for exact visualization of the aneurysm neck and its projection

  4. Multislice computed tomography angiography in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease: 3D visualizations

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    Zhonghua Sun

    2011-01-01

    Multislice computed tomography (CT) has been widely used in clinical practice for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease due to its reduced invasiveness and high spatial and temporal resolution.As a reliable alternative to conventional angiography,multislice CT angiography has been recognized as the method of choice for detecting and diagnosing head and neck vascular disease,abdominal aortic aneurysm,aortic dissection,and pulmonary embolism.In patients with suspected coronary artery disease,although invasive coronary angiography still remains as the gold standard technique,multislice CT angiography demonstrates high diagnostic accuracy; in selected patients,it is considered as the first-line technique.The imaging diagnosis of cardiovascular disease is based on a combination of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) visualization tools to enhance the diagnostic value.This is facilitated by reconstructed visualizations which provide additional information about the extent of the disease,an accurate assessment of the spatial relationship between normal structures and pathological changes,and pre-operative planning and post-procedure follow-up.The aim of the present article is to present an overview of the diagnostic performance of various 2D and 3D CT visualizations in cardiovascular disease,including multiplanar reformation,maximum intensity projection,volume rendering,and virtual intravascular endoscopy.The recognition of the potential value of these visualizations will assist clinicians in efficiently using the muitislice CT imaging modality for the diagnostic management of patients with cardiovascular disease.

  5. Visualization of the segment IV hepatic artery using 128-section MDCT angiography

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    Aim: To visualize the segment IV hepatic artery and to evaluate the variations in anatomy using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) angiography. Materials and methods: Six hundred and seventeen patients (381 men and 236 women; mean age 62.7 ± 8.1 years; age range 22–92 years) who underwent MDCT angiography performed using a 128-section MDCT system were included in the study. The segment IV hepatic arteries of 453 patients with adequate image quality were displayed using volume rendering (VR), maximum intensity projection (MIP), and multiplanar reconstruction (MPR), and were analysed regarding the origination and variation of the arteries by two radiologists and an anatomist retrospectively. Results: Segment IV arteries were categorized into five different types according to their points of origin: left hepatic artery (LHA, 51.66%), right hepatic artery (RHA, 30.68%), proper hepatic artery (PHA, 5.3%), dual (12.14%), and triple (0.22%). Segment IV arteries arising from normal LHA, RHA, and PHA were found in 73.73% of patients, and those arising from variant LHA or RHA were found in 26.27%. The patterns RN2, LA2, LA3, LA4, PN2, PV1, DA1, DA2, DV3, and DV4 were first reported in the present study. Conclusions: MDCT angiography can evaluate normal as well as anatomical variants of segment IV arteries. Predicting arterial patterns of segment IV of the liver is important in planning and performing all radiological and surgical procedures in the liver, especially in hemi-liver graft procedures. - Highlights: • Segment IV artery was evaluate and mapped by using MDCT angiography. • Segment IV arteries were categorized into five different types: RHA, LHA, PHA, Dual, and Triple. • The patterns of RN2, LA2, LA3, LA4, DA1, DA2, DN4, DV3 and DV4 were first reported. • Predicting arterial patterns of segment IV is helpful for segmental hepatectomy, LDLT, SLT, and TACE

  6. Conversion factors for the estimation of effective dose in paediatric cardiac angiography

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    Conversion factors, which relate the kerma-area product to effective dose, have been estimated for paediatric cardiac x-ray angiography. Monte Carlo techniques have been used to calculate the conversion factors for a wide range of projection angles for children of five ages and for adults. Correction factors are provided so that the conversion factors can be adjusted for different tube potentials and filtrations. (author)

  7. Comparison of intra-aortic computed tomography angiography to conventional angiography in the presurgical visualization of the Adamkiewicz artery: first results in patients with thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms

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    Clarencon, Frederic [Paris VI University, Department of Interventional Neuroradiology, Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Paris (France); Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Paris (France); Maria, Federico di; Cormier, Evelyne; Sourour, Nader; Gabrieli, Joseph; Iosif, Christina; Chiras, Jacques [Paris VI University, Department of Interventional Neuroradiology, Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Paris (France); Gaudric, Julien; Koskas, Fabien [Paris VI University, Department of Vascular Surgery, Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Paris (France); Jenny, Catherine [Paris VI University, Department of Radiophysics, Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Paris (France)

    2013-11-15

    The aim of this study was to compare the sensitivity of intra-aortic computed tomography angiography (IA-CTA) to that of regular spinal digital subtraction angiography for the presurgical location of the Adamkiewicz artery (AKA). Thirty patients (21 males, 9 females; mean age 64 years) had an IA-CTA for the location of the AKA before surgery of aneurysm (n = 24) or dissection (n = 6) of the thoracoabdominal aorta. After femoral artery puncture, a pigtail catheter was positioned at the origin of the descending aorta. CT acquisition was performed with an intra-aortic iodinated contrast media injection (15 mL/s, 120 mL). The visualization of the AKA and the location of the feeder(s) to the AKA were independently evaluated by two observers. Interrater agreement was calculated using a kappa test. Spinal angiogram by selective catheterization was systematically performed to confirm the results of the IA-CTA. The AKA was visualized by the IA-CTA in 27/30 cases (90 %); in 26/31 (84 %) cases, the continuity with the aorta was satisfactorily seen. Interrater agreement was good for the visualization of the AKA and its feeder(s): 0.625 and 0.87, respectively. In 75 % of the cases for which the AKA was visualized, the selective catheterization confirmed the results of the IA-CTA. In the remaining 25 % of the cases, the selective catheterization could not be performed due to marked vessels' tortuosity or ostium stenosis. IA-CTA is a feasible technique in a daily practice that presents a good sensitivity for the location of the AKA. (orig.)

  8. Radiation dose estimates in dual-source computed tomography coronary angiography

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    Stolzmann, Paul; Scheffel, Hans; Schertler, Thomas; Frauenfelder, Thomas; Leschka, Sebastian; Husmann, Lars; Marincek, Borut; Alkadhi, Hatem [University Hospital Zurich, Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland); Flohr, Thomas G. [Siemens Medical Solutions, Forchheim (Germany); Kaufmann, Philipp A. [Cardiovascular Center, Forchheim (Germany)

    2008-03-15

    The purpose of this study was to quantify radiation dose parameters of dual-source CT coronary angiography. Eighty patients underwent contrast-enhanced, retrospectively ECG-gated dual-source CT coronary angiography with heart rate-adapted ECG pulsing using two algorithms: In 40 patients, the tube current was reduced to 20% (A{sub min1}) of the normal tube current (A{sub max}) outside the pulsing window; in 40 patients tube current was reduced to 4% (A{sub min2}) of A{sub max}. Mean CTDI{sub vol} in the A{sub min1} group was 45.1 {+-} 3.6 mGy; the mean CTDI{sub vol} in the A{sub min2} group was 39.1 {+-} 3.2 mGy, with CTDI{sub vol} in the A{sub min2} group being significantly reduced when compared to the A{sub min1} group (P < 0.001). A significant negative correlation was found between CTDI{sub vol} and heart rate in group A{sub min1} (r = -0.82, P < 0.001), whereas no correlation was found between CTDI{sub vol} and heart rate in group A{sub min2} (r = -0.066). Using the conversion coefficient for the chest, dual-source CT coronary angiography resulted in an estimated mean effective dose of 8.8 mSv in the A{sub min1} group and 7.8 mSv in the A{sub min2}. Radiation exposure of dual-source CT coronary angiography using an ECG-pulsing protocol reducing the tube current to 20% significantly decreases with increasing heart rates, despite using wider pulsing windows at higher heart rates. When using a protocol with reduced tube current of 4%, the radiation dose is significantly lower, irrespective of the heart rate. (orig.)

  9. Stereoscopic vascular models of the head and neck: A computed tomography angiography visualization.

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    Cui, Dongmei; Lynch, James C; Smith, Andrew D; Wilson, Timothy D; Lehman, Michael N

    2016-01-01

    Computer-assisted 3D models are used in some medical and allied health science schools; however, they are often limited to online use and 2D flat screen-based imaging. Few schools take advantage of 3D stereoscopic learning tools in anatomy education and clinically relevant anatomical variations when teaching anatomy. A new approach to teaching anatomy includes use of computed tomography angiography (CTA) images of the head and neck to create clinically relevant 3D stereoscopic virtual models. These high resolution images of the arteries can be used in unique and innovative ways to create 3D virtual models of the vasculature as a tool for teaching anatomy. Blood vessel 3D models are presented stereoscopically in a virtual reality environment, can be rotated 360° in all axes, and magnified according to need. In addition, flexible views of internal structures are possible. Images are displayed in a stereoscopic mode, and students view images in a small theater-like classroom while wearing polarized 3D glasses. Reconstructed 3D models enable students to visualize vascular structures with clinically relevant anatomical variations in the head and neck and appreciate spatial relationships among the blood vessels, the skull and the skin. PMID:25929248

  10. In Vivo Validation of a Blood Vector Velocity Estimator with MR Angiography

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    Hansen, Kristoffer Lindskov; Udesen, Jesper; Thomsen, Carsten;

    2009-01-01

    angiography (MRA) by comparing in vivo measurements of stroke volume. Eleven healthy volunteers were included in this prospective study. From the obtained data sets recorded with the 2 modalities, vector velocity sequences were constructed and stroke volume calculated. Angle of insonation was approximately 90...... transverse oscillation (TO), which combines estimates of the axial and the transverse velocity components in the scan plane, makes it possible to estimate the vector velocity of the blood regardless of the Doppler angle. The present study evaluates the TO method with magnetic resonance phase contrast...... indicate that reliable vector velocity estimates can be obtained in vivo using the presented angle-independent 2-D vector velocity method. The TO method can be a useful alternative to conventional Doppler systems by avoiding the angle artifact, thus giving quantitative velocity information....

  11. In vivo validation of a blood vector velocity estimator with MR angiography

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    Hansen, K.L.; Udesen, J.; Thomsen, C.;

    2009-01-01

    contrast angiography (MRA) by comparing in vivo measurements of stroke volume. Eleven healthy volunteers were included in this prospective study. From the obtained data sets recorded with the 2 modalities, vector velocity sequences were constructed and stroke volume calculated. Angle of insonation...... method transverse oscillation (TO), which combines estimates of the axial and the transverse velocity components in the scan plane, makes it possible to estimate the vector velocity of the blood regardless of the Doppler angle. The present study evaluates the TO method with magnetic resonance phase.......4 ml and 1.9 ml. The results indicate that reliable vector velocity estimates can be obtained in vivo using the presented angle-independent 2-D vector velocity method. The TO method can be a useful alternative to conventional Doppler systems by avoiding the angle artifact, thus giving quantitative...

  12. Webcam-based visual gaze estimation

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    R. Valenti; J. Staiano; N. Sebe; T. Gevers

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we combine a state of the art eye center locator and a new eye corner locator into a system which estimates the visual gaze of a user in a controlled environment (e.g. sitting in front of a screen). In order to reduce to a minimum the computational costs, the eye corner locator is buil

  13. Classifying EEG Signals during Stereoscopic Visualization to Estimate Visual Comfort.

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    Frey, Jérémy; Appriou, Aurélien; Lotte, Fabien; Hachet, Martin

    2016-01-01

    With stereoscopic displays a sensation of depth that is too strong could impede visual comfort and may result in fatigue or pain. We used Electroencephalography (EEG) to develop a novel brain-computer interface that monitors users' states in order to reduce visual strain. We present the first system that discriminates comfortable conditions from uncomfortable ones during stereoscopic vision using EEG. In particular, we show that either changes in event-related potentials' (ERPs) amplitudes or changes in EEG oscillations power following stereoscopic objects presentation can be used to estimate visual comfort. Our system reacts within 1 s to depth variations, achieving 63% accuracy on average (up to 76%) and 74% on average when 7 consecutive variations are measured (up to 93%). Performances are stable (≈62.5%) when a simplified signal processing is used to simulate online analyses or when the number of EEG channels is lessened. This study could lead to adaptive systems that automatically suit stereoscopic displays to users and viewing conditions. For example, it could be possible to match the stereoscopic effect with users' state by modifying the overlap of left and right images according to the classifier output. PMID:26819580

  14. Exploiting magnetic resonance angiography imaging improves model estimation of BOLD signal.

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    Full Text Available The change of BOLD signal relies heavily upon the resting blood volume fraction ([Formula: see text] associated with regional vasculature. However, existing hemodynamic data assimilation studies pretermit such concern. They simply assign the value in a physiologically plausible range to get over ill-conditioning of the assimilation problem and fail to explore actual [Formula: see text]. Such performance might lead to unreliable model estimation. In this work, we present the first exploration of the influence of [Formula: see text] on fMRI data assimilation, where actual [Formula: see text] within a given cortical area was calibrated by an MR angiography experiment and then was augmented into the assimilation scheme. We have investigated the impact of [Formula: see text] on single-region data assimilation and multi-region data assimilation (dynamic cause modeling, DCM in a classical flashing checkerboard experiment. Results show that the employment of an assumed [Formula: see text] in fMRI data assimilation is only suitable for fMRI signal reconstruction and activation detection grounded on this signal, and not suitable for estimation of unobserved states and effective connectivity study. We thereby argue that introducing physically realistic [Formula: see text] in the assimilation process may provide more reliable estimation of physiological information, which contributes to a better understanding of the underlying hemodynamic processes. Such an effort is valuable and should be well appreciated.

  15. Induced apnea enhances image quality and visualization of cardiopulmonary anatomic during contrastenhanced cardiac computerized tomographic angiography in children

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    Murali Chakravarthy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The purpose of our study was to determine the effect of induced apnea on quality of cardiopulmonary structures during computerized tomographic (CT angiography images in children with congenital heart diseases. Methods: Pediatric patients with congenital heart defects undergoing cardiac CT angiography at our facility in the past 3 years participated in this study. The earlier patients underwent cardiac CT angiography without induced apnea and while, later, apnea was induced in patients, which was followed by electrocardiogram gated cardiac CT angiography. General anesthesia was induced using sleep dose of intravenous propofol. After the initial check CT, on request by the radiologist, apnea was induced by the anesthesiologist by administering 1 mg/kg of intravenous suxamethonium. Soon after apnea ensued, the contrast was injected, and CT angiogram carried out. CT images in the "apnea group" were compared with those in "nonapnea group." After the completion of the procedure, the patients were mask ventilated with 100% oxygen till the spontaneous ventilation was restored. Results: We studied 46 patients, of whom 36 with apnea and yet another 10 without. The quality of the image, visualization of structures such as cardiac wall, outflow tracts, lung field, aortopulmonary shunts, and coronary arteries were analyzed and subjected to statistical analysis (Mann-Whitney U, Fischer′s exact test and Pearson′s Chi-square test. In the induced apnea group, overall image quality was considered excellent in 89% (n = 33 of the studies, while in the "no apnea group," only 30% of studies were excellent. Absent or minimal motion artifacts were seen in a majority of the studies in apnea group (94%. In the nonapnea group, the respiratory and body motion artifacts were severe in 50%, moderate in 30%, and minimal in 20%, but they were significantly lesser in the apnea group. All the studied parameters were statistically significant in the apnea group in

  16. Multivariate density estimation theory, practice, and visualization

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    Scott, David W

    2015-01-01

    David W. Scott, PhD, is Noah Harding Professor in the Department of Statistics at Rice University. The author of over 100 published articles, papers, and book chapters, Dr. Scott is also Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He is recipient of the ASA Founder's Award and the Army Wilks Award. His research interests include computational statistics, data visualization, and density estimation. Dr. Scott is also Coeditor of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics and previous Editor of the Journal of Computational and

  17. Human Posture Estimation using Visual Information

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    Jiayu XU

    2014-01-01

    Human-robot cooperation is one of the central research issues in robotics.Al kinds of sensors wil be used since the robot should understand human’s intention.This article wil focus on the human posture estimation by using Microsoft Kinect.The visual Information from Kinect can be acquired and used to extract the human skeletal information and further,calcu-late the human posture.The experiment results have been compared with a Qualisys system,which has been proved quite precisely.

  18. Use of performance curves in estimating number of procedures required to achieve proficiency in coronary angiography

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    Räder, Sune B E W; Jørgensen, Erik; Bech, Bo; Lönn, Lars; Ringsted, Charlotte V

    2011-01-01

    Background: Current guidelines in cardiology training programs recommend 100-300 coronary angiography procedures for certification. We aimed to assess the number of procedures needed to reach sufficient proficiency. Methods: Procedure time, fluoroscopy time, dose area product (DAP), and contrast...

  19. Visual measurement estimation for autonomous vehicle navigation

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    Campos, Mario F.; Chaimowicz, Luiz

    1999-07-01

    The autonomous navigation of a mobile vehicle can be described as the task it undertakes to move itself in the environment through a series of positions based on information based on information gathered by its sensors. In order to accomplish this task, the vehicle has to cope with two main subtasks namely obstacle avoidance and self localization. The latter implies in the ability to determine its position and orientation with respect to the environment. This work describes a simple but efficient method that performs pose estimation for a mobile vehicle based on visual information from artificial landmarks using a sequence of frames from an uncalibrated camera. The landmark is segmented from image sequences and the vehicle's localization is computed using landmark geometric properties and vehicle's motion vector. This methodology can be easily extended to be used by different types of mobile agents. One of the key advantages is that it is computationally, efficient making it suitable for real time navigation. Experiments conducted with a Nomad 200 mobile robot equipped with a color camera systems have shown the method to be repeatable and very robust to noise. Visual measurements were compared with readings for other on-board sensors such as ultrasound with excellent consistency.

  20. Analysis of digital subtraction angiography for estimating flow reserve in critical coronary artery stenosis

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    To assess the accuracy of digital subtraction angiography in evaluating coronary flow reserve in cases with critical coronary artery stenosis, time-density curves were obtained from digital subtraction coronary angiograms in the myocardial region of interest. Time to peak contrast (TPC) and time constant of the washout exponential curve (T) were measured in 14 patients with stable effort angina pectoris and critical one vessel lesion before and after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). All patients had normal left ventricular ejection fraction (59±7%) and 201Tl myocardial images at rest. The values of TPC and T were significantly shortened from 5.4±1.3 to 4.5±1.0 sec (p<0.02) and from 10.9±3.8 to 5.3±1.3 sec (p<0.001) after PTCA, respectively. However, in 9 patients TPC values were approximately the same before and after PTCA. In five experimental dogs with critical circumflex coronary artery stenosis, coronary flow (CF; Doppler flowmeter) and systolic thickening of the posterior wall (by sonomicrometry) at rest did not differ from those of the controls. However, contrast media-induced reactive hyperemia was markedly attenuated, accompanied by a significant increase in T (7.7±4.5 vs 15.8±10.9 sec, p<0.01) and totally unchanged TPC (both 6.8 sec). With simultaneous tracings of CF and time-density curves, TPC and washout phases corresponded with contrast-induced transient CF reduction and hyperemic phases, respectively. We concluded that T may be more sensitive for estimating CF maintained nearly normal, e.g., in patients with stable effort angina pectoris having normal left ventricular wall motion at rest. (author)

  1. Radiation doses and estimated risk from angiographic projections during coronary angiography performed using novel flat detector.

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    Varghese, Anna; Livingstone, Roshan S; Varghese, Lijo; Kumar, Parveen; Srinath, Sirish Chandra; George, Oommen K; George, Paul V

    2016-01-01

    Coronary angiography (CA) procedure uses various angiographic projections to elicit detailed information of the coronary arteries with some steep projections involving high radiation dose to patients. This study intends to evaluate radiation doses and estimated risk from angiographic projections during CA procedure performed using novel flat detector (FD) system with improved image processing and noise reduction techniques. Real-time monitoring of radiation doses using kerma-area product (KAP) meter was performed for 140 patients using Philips Clarity FD system. The CA procedure involved seven standard projections, of which five were extensively selected by interventionalists. Mean fluoroscopic time (FT), KAP, and reference air kerma (Ka,r) for CA procedure were 3.24 min (0.5-10.51), 13.99Gycm2 (4.02-37.6), and 231.43 mGy (73.8-622.15), respectively. Effective dose calculated using Monte Carlo-based PCXMC software was found to be 4.9mSv. Left anterior oblique (LAO) 45° projection contributed the highest radiation dose (28%) of the overall KAP. Radiation-induced risk was found to be higher in females compared to males with increased risk of lung cancer. An increase of 10%-15% in radiation dose was observed when one or more additional projections were adopted along with the seven standard projections. A 14% reduction of radiation dose was achieved from novel FD system when low-dose protocol during fluoroscopy and medium-dose protocol during cine acquisitions were adopted, compared to medium-dose protocol. PMID:27167263

  2. Induced apnea enhances image quality and visualization of cardiopulmonary anatomic during contrastenhanced cardiac computerized tomographic angiography in children

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    Murali Chakravarthy; Gubbihalli Sunilkumar; Sumant Pargaonkar; Rajathadri Hosur; Chidananda Harivelam; Deepak Kavaraganahalli; Pradeep Srinivasan

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of our study was to determine the effect of induced apnea on quality of cardiopulmonary structures during computerized tomographic (CT) angiography images in children with congenital heart diseases. Methods: Pediatric patients with congenital heart defects undergoing cardiac CT angiography at our facility in the past 3 years participated in this study. The earlier patients underwent cardiac CT angiography without induced apnea and while, later, apnea was induced in pati...

  3. Determination of left ventricular heart volume by fast MRI in breath-hold technique: how different are quantitative ventricular angiography, quantitative MRI, and visual echocardiography?

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    Goal: Comparison of fast MRI, echocardiography (Echo), and ventricular angiography (Cath) in the assessment of left ventricular global function. Methods: Fast MRI in short axis plane, biplane Cath, and 2D Echo were performed in 62 patients [35 coronary artery diseases, 16 acquired valvular diseases (VD), 9 dilated cardiomyopathies (DCM), 1 congenital heart disease and 1 heart transplantation]. Enddiastolic (EDV), endsystolic (ESV), stroke volumes (SV), cardiac output (CO), and ejection fraction (EF) were compared in MRI and Cath. EF was visually estimated in 2D Echo by an experienced observer. Results: In comparison to MRI, Cath overestimated EF by 8.4%, and Echo underestimated EF by 5.6%. The limits of agreement between MRI and Cath in EF were ±23.8%, between MRI and Echo ±18%, and between Echo and Cath ±19.4%. Significant differences were found between Cath and MRI in EDV, SV, and CO, but not for ESV. The best agreement in EF was found in the group with DCM, the worst in the group with VD. Conclusion: Important systemic and random errors were found in the comparison of MRI, Echo, and Cath. For therapy decision and follow-up, the methods should not be exchanged unscrupulously. (orig.)

  4. Dual-source computed tomography: Estimation of radiation exposure of ECG-gated and ECG-triggered coronary angiography

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    Ketelsen, Dominik [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)], E-mail: dominik.ketelsen@med.uni-tuebingen.de; Thomas, Christoph; Werner, Matthias; Luetkhoff, Marie H. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Buchgeister, Markus [Departments of Radiotherapy and Radiooncology, University Hospital Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Tsiflikas, Ilias; Reimann, Anja [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Burgstahler, Christof [Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Tuebingen, Ottfried-Mueller-Strasse 10, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Brodoefel, Harald; Kopp, Andreas F.; Claussen, Claus D.; Heuschmid, Martin [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)

    2010-02-15

    Purpose: The aim of the study was to estimate radiation exposure of coronary calcium scoring and angiography using ECG-gated and ECG-triggered dual-source computed tomography. Materials and methods: An Alderson Rando phantom equipped with thermoluminescent dosimeters was used for all dose measurements. Effective dose was calculated according to ICRP 103. Radiation exposure was performed on a dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) scanner with standard protocols for calcium scoring (DSCT-Ca) and coronary angiography (DSCTA) at different heart rates (40-100 beats/min). Furthermore, a scanning protocol with ECG-triggering as well as a standard chest CT scan were evaluated. Results: Depending on gender, heart rate and ECG-pulsing, the effective dose of a complete cardiac DSCT (DSCT-Ca and DSCTA) scan varies from 10.2 to 32.6 mSv. The effective radiation dose increased significantly with lower heart rates (p < 0.035). ECG-pulsing reduced the radiation exposure significantly in DSCTA (p < 0.001). Due to breast tissue in the primary scan range, females' doses showed an increase up to 69.9% compared to males in scan protocols without ECG-pulsing. Prospective ECG-triggered DSCTA resulted in estimated effective doses from 2.8 mSv (males) to 4.1 mSv (females). Conclusion: The ECG-pulsing technique has proven its effectiveness to reduce effective dose in coronary CT angiography and is recommended for all patients with regular heart rates. The patient's heart rate influences the radiation exposure with a significant decrease at higher heart rates. Due to its lower dose, ECG-triggered DSCTA should be implemented for special indications, i.e. for diagnosis of pathologies of the aortic root and the ascending aorta.

  5. Integral diagnosis of coronary atherosclerosis by coronary multidetector computed tomography and by invasive coronary angiography

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    Coronary angiography by multidetector computed tomography (CMDCT) visualizes the wall and lumen of coronary arteries. Invasive coronary angiography (INVCA) only visualizes the arterial lumen but with better resolution

  6. Predictive visual tracking based on least absolute deviation estimation

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    Rongtai Cai; Yanjie Wang

    2008-01-01

    To cope with the occlusion and intersection between targets and the environment, location prediction is employed in the visual tracking system. Target trace is fitted by sliding subsection polynomials based on least absolute deviation (LAD) estimation, and the future location of target is predicted with the fitted trace. Experiment results show that the proposed location prediction algorithm based on LAD estimation has significant robustness advantages over least square (LS) estimation, and it is more effective than LS-based methods in visual tracking.

  7. Reliability of the interpretation of coronary angiography by the simple visual method

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    Guimarães Jorge Augusto Nunes

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of inter and intraobserver reproducibility of by the visual method interpretation of cineangiogram in a clinically based context. METHODS: Five interventional cardiologists analyzed 11 segments of 8 coronary cineangiograms at a two month apart sessions. The percent luminal reduction by the lesions were analyzed by two different classifications: in one (A the lesions were graded in 0% = absent, 1-50% = mild, 51 - 69 = moderate, and > or = 70% = severe; the other classification (B was a dichotomic one : or = 70%=significant lesions. The agreement were measured by the kappa (k index. RESULTS: Interobserver agreement was moderate for classification A (1st measurement, k = 0.36 -- 0.63, k m = 0.49; 2nd measurement, k = 0.39-0.68, k m = 0.52 and good for classification B (1st measurement, k = 0.55-0.73, k m = 0.63; 2nd measurement, k = 0.37-0.82, k m = 0.61. Intraobserver levels of agreement were k = 0.57-0.95 for classification A and 0.62-1.0 for classification B. CONCLUSION: The higher level of reproducibility obtained by adopting the dichotomous criteria usually considered for ischemic limits demonstrates that in the present clinical context, the reliability of the simple visual method is adequate for the identification of patients with clinically significant lesions and candidates for myocardial revascularization procedures.

  8. Fused methods for visual saliency estimation

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    Danko, Amanda S.; Lyu, Siwei

    2015-02-01

    In this work, we present a new model of visual saliency by combing results from existing methods, improving upon their performance and accuracy. By fusing pre-attentive and context-aware methods, we highlight the abilities of state-of-the-art models while compensating for their deficiencies. We put this theory to the test in a series of experiments, comparatively evaluating the visual saliency maps and employing them for content-based image retrieval and thumbnail generation. We find that on average our model yields definitive improvements upon recall and f-measure metrics with comparable precisions. In addition, we find that all image searches using our fused method return more correct images and additionally rank them higher than the searches using the original methods alone.

  9. Multivariate density estimation theory, practice, and visualization

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    1992-01-01

    Written to convey an intuitive feel for both theory and practice, its main objective is to illustrate what a powerful tool density estimation can be when used not only with univariate and bivariate data but also in the higher dimensions of trivariate and quadrivariate information. Major concepts are presented in the context of a histogram in order to simplify the treatment of advanced estimators. Features 12 four-color plates, numerous graphic illustrations as well as a multitude of problems and solutions

  10. Can left ventricular end-diastolic volumes be estimated with prospective ECG-gated CT coronary angiography?

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    Background: With the goal of minimizing patient radiation exposure, many centres have adopted prospective ECG-gated computed tomographic coronary angiography. Since image acquisition occurs only during ventricular diastasis, the ability to measure left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) and LV volumes has been lost. Given that LV volumes have prognostic value, the ability to estimate LV end diastolic volume (EDV) may be clinically desirable. Objective: We sought to predict LV EDV using CT coronary angiography (CTA) images obtained during ventricular diastasis. Methods: Consecutive patients who underwent retrospective ECG-gated CTA were enrolled. Images were reconstructed at the 75% phase and at end-diastole. LV and left atrial (LA) volumes were measured. Results: A total of 153 consecutive patients were analyzed (mean age = 56.7 ± 11.2 years; men = 56.2%). The mean LV EDV and EF were 144.4 ± 40.2 mL and 63.4 ± 9.9%, respectively. There appeared to be a very strong linear relationship between the 75% phase LV volume and LV EDV with an R2 of 0.993. Using LV and LA volumes at the 75% phase, a prediction model of LV EDV was developed (LV EDV = (1.021 × 75% phase LV volume) + (0.259 × 75% phase LA volume), adjusted R2 = 0.995). Conclusion: LV EDV can be estimated using CTA data obtained during ventricular diastasis. Further studies are needed to demonstrate that such estimates of LV EDV have incremental prognostic value over coronary artery disease severity assessment with prospective ECG-gated CTA.

  11. High-resolution coronary MR angiography for evaluation of patients with anomalous coronary arteries: visualization of the intramural segment

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    Biko, David M. [UCSF Benioff Children' s Hospital Oakland, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Oakland, CA (United States); The Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Chung, Claudia; Chung, Taylor [UCSF Benioff Children' s Hospital Oakland, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Oakland, CA (United States); Hitt, David M. [Philips Healthcare, Cleveland, OH (United States); Kurio, Gregory [UCSF Benioff Children' s Hospital Oakland, Department of Cardiology, Oakland, CA (United States); Reinhartz, Olaf [UCSF Benioff Children' s Hospital Oakland, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Oakland, CA (United States)

    2015-08-15

    Anomalous origin of the coronary artery from the contralateral coronary sinus is a rare coronary anomaly associated with sudden death. The inter-arterial course is most closely associated with sudden death, but it has been suggested that the presence of an intramural segment of a right anomalous coronary is associated with more symptoms and therefore may be an important criterion for intervention in these patients. To demonstrate that MR angiography can accurately determine the presence or absence of an intramural segment in an anomalous coronary artery. All studies of children who underwent MR angiography for the evaluation of an anomalous coronary artery were retrospectively reviewed by two pediatric radiologists in consensus. Criteria for an intramural anomalous coronary artery were the presence of a small or slit-like ostium and the relative smaller size of the proximal intramural portion of the coronary artery in relation to the more distal epicardial coronary artery. The anomalous coronary artery was classified as not intramural if these two findings were absent. These findings were correlated with operative reports confirming the presence or absence of an intramural segment. Twelve patients (86%) met MR angiography criteria for the presence of an intramural course. Only 2 patients (14%) met MR angiography criteria for a non-intramural course. When correlating with intraoperative findings, MR angiography was successful in distinguishing between intramural and non-intramural anomalous coronary arteries in all cases (P = 0.01). MR angiography may be able to reliably identify the intramural segment of an anomalous coronary artery in older children using the imaging criteria of a small or slit-like ostium and relative decrease in size of the proximal portion of the anomalous coronary artery compared to the distal portion of the anomalous coronary artery. Determining the presence of the intramural segment may help with surgical planning and may be an important

  12. High-resolution coronary MR angiography for evaluation of patients with anomalous coronary arteries: visualization of the intramural segment

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    Anomalous origin of the coronary artery from the contralateral coronary sinus is a rare coronary anomaly associated with sudden death. The inter-arterial course is most closely associated with sudden death, but it has been suggested that the presence of an intramural segment of a right anomalous coronary is associated with more symptoms and therefore may be an important criterion for intervention in these patients. To demonstrate that MR angiography can accurately determine the presence or absence of an intramural segment in an anomalous coronary artery. All studies of children who underwent MR angiography for the evaluation of an anomalous coronary artery were retrospectively reviewed by two pediatric radiologists in consensus. Criteria for an intramural anomalous coronary artery were the presence of a small or slit-like ostium and the relative smaller size of the proximal intramural portion of the coronary artery in relation to the more distal epicardial coronary artery. The anomalous coronary artery was classified as not intramural if these two findings were absent. These findings were correlated with operative reports confirming the presence or absence of an intramural segment. Twelve patients (86%) met MR angiography criteria for the presence of an intramural course. Only 2 patients (14%) met MR angiography criteria for a non-intramural course. When correlating with intraoperative findings, MR angiography was successful in distinguishing between intramural and non-intramural anomalous coronary arteries in all cases (P = 0.01). MR angiography may be able to reliably identify the intramural segment of an anomalous coronary artery in older children using the imaging criteria of a small or slit-like ostium and relative decrease in size of the proximal portion of the anomalous coronary artery compared to the distal portion of the anomalous coronary artery. Determining the presence of the intramural segment may help with surgical planning and may be an important

  13. Electrocardiogram-gated coronary CT angiography dose estimates using ImPACT.

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    Kobayashi, Masanao; Asada, Yasuki; Matsubara, Kosuke; Suzuki, Shouichi; Koshida, Kichiro; Matsunaga, Yuta; Haba, Tomonobu; Kawaguchi, Ai; Toyama, Hiroshi; Kato, Ryouichi

    2016-01-01

    The primary study objective was to assess radiation doses using a modified form of the Imaging Performance Assessment of Computed Tomography (CT) scanner (ImPACT) patient dosimetry for cardiac applications on an Aquilion ONE ViSION Edition scanner, including the Ca score, target computed tomography angiography (CTA), prospective CTA, continuous CTA/cardiac function analysis (CFA), and CTA/CFA modulation. Accordingly, we clarified the CT dose index (CTDI) to determine the relationship between heart rate (HR) and X-ray exposure. As a secondary objective, we compared radiation doses using modified ImPACT, a whole-body dosimetry phantom study, and the k-factor method to verify the validity of the dose results obtained with modified ImPACT. The effective dose determined for the reference person (4.66 mSv at 60 beats per minute (bpm) and 33.43 mSv at 90bpm) were approximately 10% less than those determined for the phantom study (5.28 mSv and 36.68 mSv). The effective doses according to the k-factor (0.014 mSv•mGy-1•cm-1; 2.57 mSv and 17.10 mSv) were significantly lower than those obtained with the other two methods. In the present study, we have shown that ImPACT, when modified for cardiac applications, can assess both absorbed and effective doses. The results of our dose comparison indicate that modified ImPACT dose assessment is a promising and practical method for evaluating coronary CTA. PMID:27455500

  14. Distributed Estimation, Coding, and Scheduling in Wireless Visual Sensor Networks

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    Yu, Chao

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis, we consider estimation, coding, and sensor scheduling for energy efficient operation of wireless visual sensor networks (VSN), which consist of battery-powered wireless sensors with sensing (imaging), computation, and communication capabilities. The competing requirements for applications of these wireless sensor networks (WSN)…

  15. Estimating and Correcting Bias in Stereo Visual Odometry

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    Farboud-Sheshdeh, Sara

    Stereo visual odometry (VO) is a common technique for estimating a camera's motion; features are tracked across frames and the pose change is subsequently inferred. This method can play a particularly important role in environments where the global positioning system (GPS) is not available (e.g., Mars rovers). Recently, some authors have noticed a bias in VO position estimates that grows with distance travelled; this can cause the resulting estimate to become highly inaccurate. In this thesis, two effects are identified at play in stereo VO bias: first, the inherent bias in the maximum-likelihood estimation framework, and second, the disparity threshold used to discard far-away and erroneous observations. To estimate the bias, the sigma-point method (with modification) combined with the concept of bootstrap bias estimation is proposed. This novel method achieves similar accuracy to Monte Carlo experiments, but at a fraction of the computational cost. The approach is validated through simulations.

  16. MR angiography

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    MR angiography allows the imaging of vessels comparable with the vessels imaged with digital angiography. MR angiograms were also generated by image subtraction. Basis are the different magnetic properties of moved and stationary spins. Contrast media are not required. In recent years the various techniques of image subtraction with the aim of well imaged vessels were developed. The most important are described. (author)

  17. Three-dimensional Gd-DTPA enhanced MR angiography (MRA). Comparison of the visualization of portal branches by MRA using magnetization transfer contrast pulses and fat saturation pulse

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    To evaluate the visualization of portal branches of the liver, we compared three-dimensional (3D) gadopentetate dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA) enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) using magnetization transfer contrast pulses (MTC) with MRA using fat saturation pulse (FAT-SAT). The subjects were 10 healthy volunteers and 15 patients with liver tumors. MRA was reconstructed from the data obtained by 3D-fast low angle shot sequences (FLASH) with MTC after intravenous injection of Gd-DTPA during breath-holding. MRA was performed again on another day by 3D-FLASH with FAT-SAT. The depictabilities of the portal trunk to the 4th-order intrahepatic portal branches of MRA using both methods were compared among healthy volunteers. The depictabilities of the tumor and the contour of the liver were compared in patients with liver tumor. The visualization of the portal trunk was significantly better by the FAT-SAT-MRA. The 1st-order to 2nd-order portal branches were clearly visualized by both MRA sequences, but the depictabilities of the third-order and fourth-order branches were significantly better by the MTC-MRA. The visualization of the contour of the liver was significantly better by the FAT-SAT-MRA, and that of the tumor was significantly better by the MTC-MRA. In conclusion, complementary use of the 2 techniques is recommended in liver MRA. (author)

  18. Photogrammetric measurement and visualization of blood vessel branching casting: a tool for quantitative accuracy tests of MR, CT, and DS angiography

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    D'Apuzzo, Nicola

    2000-12-01

    Currently three different angiographic techniques are used to measure and visualize major blood vessels in the human body: magnetic resonance (MR), computer tomography (CT) and digital subtraction (DS) angiography. Although these imaging systems have been already qualitatively compared, a quantitative assessment is still missing. The goal of this work is to provide a tool enabling a quantitative comparison of the three imaging techniques to an unbiased reference. MR-, CT- and DS-angiographies are first performed on a corpse. Then, a casting of the abdominal aorta and its main branches is prepared, removed from the body and measured with photogrammetric methods. The elongated and thin cast is fixed in a 3D frame with 16 signalized small spheres used for calibration and orientation purposes. Three fixed CCD cameras acquire triplets of images of the casting, which is turned in 8 positions. In order to perform multi-image matching, an artificial random texture is projected onto the object. For each triplet of images, a semi-automated matching process based on least squares matching determines a dense set of corresponding points. Their 3D coordinates are then computed by forward intersection, with a mean standard deviation of about 0.2 mm. The result from the 8 positions are merged together into a 3D point cloud and an adequate filter is applied to remove the noise and the redundancy in the overlapping regions. The paper depicts the basic design of the system and the measurement methods. Furthermore some preliminary results are presented.

  19. Analysis of digital subtraction coronary angiography for estimation of flow reserve in critical coronary stenosis

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    To examine the accuracy of digital subtraction angiographic assessment of coronary flow reserve in critical coronary stenosis, time-density curve was obtained from digital subtraction coronary angiograms for myocardial region of interest. Time to peak contrast(TPC) and time constant of the washout exponential curve(T) were measured in 14 patients with stable effort angina pectoris and critical one vessel lesion before and after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty(PTCA). All patients had normal left ventricular ejection fraction (59 ± 7 %) and Tl201 myocardial image at rest. The values of TPC and T were significantly shortened from 5.4 ± 1.3 to 4.5 ± 1.0 sec (p < 0.02) and from 10.9 ± 3.8 to 5.3 ± 1.3 sec(p < 0.001) after PTCA, respectively. However, in 9 of all patients TPC after PTCA showed approximately the same valued as those before PTCA. In 5 experimental dogs with critical circumflex stenosis, coronary flow(CF;Doppler flow meter) and systolic thickning of the posterior wall(by sonomicrometry) at rest were not different from control, however, contrast media-induced reactive hyperemia was markedly attenuated, accompanied with a significant of T (7.7 ± 4.5 vs 15.8 ± 10.9 sec, p < 0.01) and completely unchanged TPC (both 6.8 sec). With simultaneous tracing of CF and time-density curve, TPC and washout phase corresponded with contrast-induced transient CF reduction and hyperemic phase, respectively. We conclude that T might be more sensitive for estimation of CF is maintained almost normal, such as patients with stable effort angina pectoris having normal left ventricular wall motion at rest. (author)

  20. Coronary angiography

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    Due to progressive improvements in catheter design, radiographic imaging, and contrast media, as well as the development of effective options for the treatment of coronary artery disease (bypass surgery and angioplasty), diagnostic coronary angiography has grown into a safe and widely practiced component of cardiac catheterization. It is estimated that more than 200,000 coronary angiographic procedures are performed each year in the United States, with a procedure-related mortality of 0.1%. In each procedure, the objective is to examine the entire coronary tree, recording details of coronary anatomy, including individual variations in arterial distribution, anatomic or functional pathology (atherosclerosis, thrombosis, congenital anomalies, or focal coronary spasm), and the presence of inter- and intracoronary collateral connections. With repeat intracoronary contrast injections in a series of angulated views, a high resolution image intensifier, and 35 mm cine-angiographic film or other recording media, it is possible to define all portions of the coronary arterial circulation down to vessels as small as 0.2 mm, and to eliminate artifacts due to vessel overlap or foreshortening

  1. Ejection fraction and left ventricle volumes estimated by gated SPECT MIBI: Comparison of EF with contrast angiography and 2D echocardiography

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    Aim: Assess the accuracy of ejection fraction (EF) estimated by gated SPECT MIBI (gSPM). Left ventricular volumes (LVV) - comparison with normals. Materials and Methods: 29 male patients, mean age 56 years, underwent contrast angiography (CA), 2D echocardiography (2De) and gSPM study. 9 were single vessel disease (VD), 10 double VD, 9 triple VD and 1 normal. 16 patients had history of myocardial infarction (MI). Same day, stress-rest protocol was used, 8 mCi given for stress and 25 mCi at rest. gSPM was performed on a dual head SPECT Camera, 64x64 matrix, 3o/view, 20s/fr , 180o rotation, RAO 45o-LPO 45o. Rest images were gated (8 frames/R-R). Visual assessment and modified Simpson's rule was used for determination of EF by CA and 2De, respectively, and Gaussian myocardial count profile fitting method for gSPM (QGS, Cedars Sinai). Both, automatic(a) and semi-automatic(s) methods of edge detection and LV slice selection were applied on the rest images. EF values calculated by CA, 2De and both (a) and (s) methods of gSPM were correlated (ra and rs, respectively). Student's t test, 2 tailed, was applied. LVVs of this group were compared with 20 normals. Results: The mean EF calculated for all patients by CA was (50.2∫12.7)%, by 2De (51.5±12.6)%, gSPMa (50.1±16.7)% and gSPMs (46.3±15.1)%. The EF data from CA and gSPM correlated well (ra-0.86, rs-0.85, p-0.001) and between 2De and gSPM (ra-0.72, rs-0.70, pef-0.98 and rlvv-0.99). The EF and EDV calculated by gSPM showed a negative correlation (r=-0.69, p<0.001). Conclusion: Despite the presence of severe resting perfusion defects in more than half of the patients, the EF results of gSPM, correlated well with those of CA, and to a lesser extent with 2De. The absolute values of LVV though low, are reproducible. Hence, gSPM can be used as a reliable method for simultaneous estimation of function and perfusion

  2. Estimation of radiation exposure of retrospective gated and prospective triggered 128-slice triple-rule-out CT angiography

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    Ketelsen, Dominik; Fenchel, Michael; Thomas, Christoph; Boehringer, Nadine; Tsiflikas, Ilias; Kaempf, Michael; Claussen, Claus D; Heuschmid, Martin (Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Univ. Hospital Tuebingen, Tuebingen (Germany)), email: dominik.ketelsen@med.uni-tuebingen.de; Buchgeister, Markus (Depts. of Radiotherapy and Radiooncology, Univ. Hospital Tuebingen, Tuebingen (Germany))

    2011-09-15

    Background: CT has become an important role in the differential diagnosis of acute chest pain to exclude an aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and acute coronary artery syndrome. However, the additional radiation exposure is a cause of concern and dose saving strategies should be applied, if possible. Purpose: To estimate effective dose of retrospective gated and prospective ECG-triggered triple-rule-out computed tomography angiography (TRO-CTA). Material and Methods: An Alderson-Rando-phantom equipped with thermoluminescent dosimeters was used for dose measurements. Exposure was performed on a 128-slice single source scanner. The following scan parameters were used (retrospective ECG-gated): 120 kV, 190 mAs/rot., collimation 128x0.6 mm, rotation time 0.3 s. Protocols with a simulated heart rate (HR) of 60 and 100 bpm were performed using the standard ECG-pulsing as well as MinDose. Additionally, a prospective triggered TRO-CTA was acquired (HR 60 bpm). Results: The estimated effective dose of retrospective ECG-gated TRO-CTA ranged from 7.4-13.4 mSv and from 10.1-17.5 mSv for men and women, respectively. Due to radiosensitive breast tissue, women received a significant increased effective dose of up to 64.7% +- 0.03% (p = 0.028) compared to men. MinDose reduces radiation exposure of up to 33.0% +- 6.5% in comparison to standard ECG-pulsing (p < 0.001). The effective dose increased significantly with lower heart rates (p < 0.001). Prospective ECG-triggered TRO-CTA showed an effective dose of 5.9 mSv and 8.2 mSv for men and women, respectively. Compared to retrospective ECG-gated TRO-CTA a significant dose reduction was observed (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Due to the significant different dose exposure, scan protocols should be specifically adapted in a patient- and problem-oriented manner

  3. A database for estimating organ dose for coronary angiography and brain perfusion CT scans for arbitrary spectra and angular tube current modulation

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a database for estimating organ dose in a voxelized patient model for coronary angiography and brain perfusion CT acquisitions with any spectra and angular tube current modulation setting. The database enables organ dose estimation for existing and novel acquisition techniques without requiring Monte Carlo simulations. Methods: The study simulated transport of monoenergetic photons between 5 and 150 keV for 1000 projections over 360° through anthropomorphic voxelized female chest and head (0° and 30° tilt) phantoms and standard head and body CTDI dosimetry cylinders. The simulations resulted in tables of normalized dose deposition for several radiosensitive organs quantifying the organ dose per emitted photon for each incident photon energy and projection angle for coronary angiography and brain perfusion acquisitions. The values in a table can be multiplied by an incident spectrum and number of photons at each projection angle and then summed across all energies and angles to estimate total organ dose. Scanner-specific organ dose may be approximated by normalizing the database-estimated organ dose by the database-estimated CTDIvol and multiplying by a physical CTDIvol measurement. Two examples are provided demonstrating how to use the tables to estimate relative organ dose. In the first, the change in breast and lung dose during coronary angiography CT scans is calculated for reduced kVp, angular tube current modulation, and partial angle scanning protocols relative to a reference protocol. In the second example, the change in dose to the eye lens is calculated for a brain perfusion CT acquisition in which the gantry is tilted 30° relative to a nontilted scan. Results: Our database provides tables of normalized dose deposition for several radiosensitive organs irradiated during coronary angiography and brain perfusion CT scans. Validation results indicate total organ doses calculated using our database are

  4. A database for estimating organ dose for coronary angiography and brain perfusion CT scans for arbitrary spectra and angular tube current modulation

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    Rupcich, Franco; Badal, Andreu; Kyprianou, Iacovos; Schmidt, Taly Gilat [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233 (United States); Division of Imaging and Applied Mathematics (OSEL/CDRH), US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland 20905 (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233 (United States)

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a database for estimating organ dose in a voxelized patient model for coronary angiography and brain perfusion CT acquisitions with any spectra and angular tube current modulation setting. The database enables organ dose estimation for existing and novel acquisition techniques without requiring Monte Carlo simulations. Methods: The study simulated transport of monoenergetic photons between 5 and 150 keV for 1000 projections over 360 Degree-Sign through anthropomorphic voxelized female chest and head (0 Degree-Sign and 30 Degree-Sign tilt) phantoms and standard head and body CTDI dosimetry cylinders. The simulations resulted in tables of normalized dose deposition for several radiosensitive organs quantifying the organ dose per emitted photon for each incident photon energy and projection angle for coronary angiography and brain perfusion acquisitions. The values in a table can be multiplied by an incident spectrum and number of photons at each projection angle and then summed across all energies and angles to estimate total organ dose. Scanner-specific organ dose may be approximated by normalizing the database-estimated organ dose by the database-estimated CTDI{sub vol} and multiplying by a physical CTDI{sub vol} measurement. Two examples are provided demonstrating how to use the tables to estimate relative organ dose. In the first, the change in breast and lung dose during coronary angiography CT scans is calculated for reduced kVp, angular tube current modulation, and partial angle scanning protocols relative to a reference protocol. In the second example, the change in dose to the eye lens is calculated for a brain perfusion CT acquisition in which the gantry is tilted 30 Degree-Sign relative to a nontilted scan. Results: Our database provides tables of normalized dose deposition for several radiosensitive organs irradiated during coronary angiography and brain perfusion CT scans. Validation results indicate

  5. Using Visual Odometry to Estimate Position and Attitude

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    Maimone, Mark; Cheng, Yang; Matthies, Larry; Schoppers, Marcel; Olson, Clark

    2007-01-01

    A computer program in the guidance system of a mobile robot generates estimates of the position and attitude of the robot, using features of the terrain on which the robot is moving, by processing digitized images acquired by a stereoscopic pair of electronic cameras mounted rigidly on the robot. Developed for use in localizing the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) vehicles on Martian terrain, the program can also be used for similar purposes on terrestrial robots moving in sufficiently visually textured environments: examples include low-flying robotic aircraft and wheeled robots moving on rocky terrain or inside buildings. In simplified terms, the program automatically detects visual features and tracks them across stereoscopic pairs of images acquired by the cameras. The 3D locations of the tracked features are then robustly processed into an estimate of overall vehicle motion. Testing has shown that by use of this software, the error in the estimate of the position of the robot can be limited to no more than 2 percent of the distance traveled, provided that the terrain is sufficiently rich in features. This software has proven extremely useful on the MER vehicles during driving on sandy and highly sloped terrains on Mars.

  6. A VISUAL BASIC PPREADSHEET MACRO FOR ESTIMATING GROUNDWATER RECHARGE

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    Full Text Available A Visual Basic spreadsheet macro was written to automate the estimation of groundwater recharge from stream or spring hydrographs using the adapted Meyboom’s method. The program fits exponential regression model available in widely accessible platform (i.e. MS Excel to baseflow recessions that precede and follow groundwater recharge, and uses regression equations to calculate recharge volume that occur between these recessions. An example of field data from Croatia (Bulaž spring is given to illustrate its application.

  7. Carbon dioxide (CO2) angiography in children

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    Background. When iodinated contrast material is contraindicated, carbon dioxide (CO2) gas can be injected intravascularly to produce high-quality digital subtraction angiograms. Objective. CO2 angiography, although previously described in adults, has never before been reported in children. Materials and methods. We present three children with renal transplants who required renal angiography. Because of elevated creatinine levels, iodinated contrast was not used to search for possible renal artery stenosis. Instead, CO2 angiography was used to evaluate the renal artery anastomosis. Results. In all three cases, the renal artery anastomosis was clearly visualized using CO2 angiography and showed no evidence of renal artery stenosis. Conclusion. Digital CO2 angiography is an effective method for pediatric renal angiography. The technique can easily be adapted for virtually any angiographic laboratory capable of digital subtraction imaging. Digital CO2 angiography also lacks the risks of a conventional iodinated contrast medium, namely nephrotoxicity, allergic reaction and volume overload. (orig.). With 1 fig

  8. Analysis of neutron scattering data: Visualization and parameter estimation

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    Beauchamp, J.J.; Fedorov, V.; Hamilton, W.A.; Yethiraj, M.

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    Traditionally, small-angle neutron and x-ray scattering (SANS and SAXS) data analysis requires measurements of the signal and corrections due to the empty sample container, detector efficiency and time-dependent background. These corrections are then made on a pixel-by-pixel basis and estimates of relevant parameters (e.g., the radius of gyration) are made using the corrected data. This study was carried out in order to determine whether treatment of the detector efficiency and empty sample cell in a more statistically sound way would significantly reduce the uncertainties in the parameter estimators. Elements of experiment design are shortly discussed in this paper. For instance, we studied the way the time for a measurement should be optimally divided between the counting for signal, background and detector efficiency. In Section 2 we introduce the commonly accepted models for small-angle neutron and x-scattering and confine ourselves to the Guinier and Rayleigh models and their minor generalizations. The traditional approaches of data analysis are discussed only to the extent necessary to allow their comparison with the proposed techniques. Section 3 describes the main stages of the proposed method: visual data exploration, fitting the detector sensitivity function, and fitting a compound model. This model includes three additive terms describing scattering by the sampler, scattering with an empty container and a background noise. We compare a few alternatives for the first term by applying various scatter plots and computing sums of standardized squared residuals. Possible corrections due to smearing effects and randomness of estimated parameters are also shortly discussed. In Section 4 the robustness of the estimators with respect to low and upper bounds imposed on the momentum value is discussed. We show that for the available data set the most accurate and stable estimates are generated by models containing double terms either of Guinier's or Rayleigh

  9. Fluorescein angiography

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    ... with cataracts. Alternative Names Retinal photography; Eye angiography Images Retinal dye injection References Maguire JI, Federman JL. Intravenous ... Topics Diabetic Eye Problems Eye ... audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among ...

  10. Visualization and quality assessment of the contrast transfer function estimation.

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    Sheth, Lisa K; Piotrowski, Angela L; Voss, Neil R

    2015-11-01

    The contrast transfer function (CTF) describes an undesirable distortion of image data from a transmission electron microscope. Many users of full-featured processing packages are often new to electron microscopy and are unfamiliar with the CTF concept. Here we present a common graphical output to clearly demonstrate the CTF fit quality independent of estimation software. Separately, many software programs exist to estimate the four CTF parameters, but their results are difficult to compare across multiple runs and it is all but impossible to select the best parameters to use for further processing. A new measurement is presented based on the correlation falloff of the calculated CTF oscillations against the normalized oscillating signal of the data, called the CTF resolution. It was devised to provide a robust numerical quality metric of every CTF estimation for high-throughput screening of micrographs and to select the best parameters for each micrograph. These new CTF visualizations and quantitative measures will help users better assess the quality of their CTF parameters and provide a mechanism to choose the best CTF tool for their data. PMID:26080023

  11. Transluminal color-coded three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography for visualization of signal Intensity distribution pattern within an unruptured cerebral aneurysm: preliminarily assessment with anterior communicating artery aneurysms

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    The natural history of unruptured cerebral aneurysm is not known; also unknown is the potential growth and rupture in any individual aneurysm. The authors have developed transluminal color-coded three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) obtained by a time-of-flight sequence to investigate the interaction between the intra-aneurysmal signal intensity distribution patterns and configuration of unruptured cerebral aneurysms. Transluminal color-coded images were reconstructed from volume data of source magnetic resonance angiography by using a parallel volume-rendering algorithm with transluminal imaging technique. By selecting a numerical threshold range from a signal intensity opacity chart of the three-dimensional volume-rendering dataset several areas of signal intensity were depicted, assigned different colors, and visualized transparently through the walls of parent arteries and an aneurysm. Patterns of signal intensity distribution were analyzed with three operated cases of an unruptured anterior communicating artery aneurysm and compared with the actual configurations observed at microneurosurgery. A little difference in marginal features of an aneurysm was observed; however, transluminal color-coded images visualized the complex signal intensity distribution within an aneurysm in conjunction with aneurysmal geometry. Transluminal color-coded three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography can thus provide numerical analysis of the interaction between spatial signal intensity distribution patterns and aneurysmal configurations and may offer an alternative and practical method to investigate the patient-specific natural history of individual unruptured cerebral aneurysms. (orig.)

  12. Digital angiography

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    The basic principles of digital angiography and the clinical applications of the method are discussed. The authors review the experience at the Hotel-Dieu de Montreal covering more than 1000 digital examinations. The indications, results and contra-indications are exposed: numerous advantages (decreased invasiveness, diminished examination times, reduced radiation and improved cost efficiency) far outweigh the disadvantages (slight loss in resolution and small field of examination). A prospective appraisal of the potential and of future developments in digital radiography is also presented

  13. Perfusion Angiography in Acute Ischemic Stroke.

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    Scalzo, Fabien; Liebeskind, David S

    2016-01-01

    Visualization and quantification of blood flow are essential for the diagnosis and treatment evaluation of cerebrovascular diseases. For rapid imaging of the cerebrovasculature, digital subtraction angiography (DSA) remains the gold standard as it offers high spatial resolution. This paper lays out a methodological framework, named perfusion angiography, for the quantitative analysis and visualization of blood flow parameters from DSA images. The parameters, including cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebral blood volume (CBV), mean transit time (MTT), time-to-peak (TTP), and T max, are computed using a bolus tracking method based on the deconvolution of the time-density curve on a pixel-by-pixel basis. The method is tested on 66 acute ischemic stroke patients treated with thrombectomy and/or tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and also evaluated on an estimation task with known ground truth. This novel imaging tool provides unique insights into flow mechanisms that cannot be observed directly in DSA sequences and might be used to evaluate the impact of endovascular interventions more precisely. PMID:27446232

  14. The VESPA: A method for the rapid estimation of a visual evoked potential

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    Lalor, Edmund C.; Pearlmutter, Barak A.; Richard B. Reilly; McDarby, Gary; Foxe, John J.

    2006-01-01

    Faster and less obtrusive means for measuring a Visual Evoked Potential would be valuable in clinical testing and basic neuroscience research. This study presents a method for accomplishing this by smoothly modulating the luminance of a visual stimulus using a stochastic process. Despite its visually unobtrusive nature, the rich statistical structure of the stimulus enables rapid estimation of the visual system's impulse response. The profile of these responses, which we ...

  15. Merging Psychophysical and Psychometric Theory to Estimate Global Visual State Measures from Forced-Choices

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    Visual acuity, a forced-choice psychophysical measure of visual spatial resolution, is the sine qua non of clinical visual impairment testing in ophthalmology and optometry patients with visual system disorders ranging from refractive error to retinal, optic nerve, or central visual system pathology. Visual acuity measures are standardized against a norm, but it is well known that visual acuity depends on a variety of stimulus parameters, including contrast and exposure duration. This paper asks if it is possible to estimate a single global visual state measure from visual acuity measures as a function of stimulus parameters that can represent the patient's overall visual health state with a single variable. Psychophysical theory (at the sensory level) and psychometric theory (at the decision level) are merged to identify the conditions that must be satisfied to derive a global visual state measure from parameterised visual acuity measures. A global visual state measurement model is developed and tested with forced-choice visual acuity measures from 116 subjects with no visual impairments and 560 subjects with uncorrected refractive error. The results are in agreement with the expectations of the model

  16. Automated volumetric breast density estimation: A comparison with visual assessment

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    Aim: To compare automated volumetric breast density (VBD) measurement with visual assessment according to Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS), and to determine the factors influencing the agreement between them. Materials and methods: One hundred and ninety-three consecutive screening mammograms reported as negative were included in the study. Three radiologists assigned qualitative BI-RADS density categories to the mammograms. An automated volumetric breast-density method was used to measure VBD (% breast density) and density grade (VDG). Each case was classified into an agreement or disagreement group according to the comparison between visual assessment and VDG. The correlation between visual assessment and VDG was obtained. Various physical factors were compared between the two groups. Results: Agreement between visual assessment by the radiologists and VDG was good (ICC value = 0.757). VBD showed a highly significant positive correlation with visual assessment (Spearman's ρ = 0.754, p < 0.001). VBD and the x-ray tube target was significantly different between the agreement group and the disagreement groups (p = 0.02 and 0.04, respectively). Conclusion: Automated VBD is a reliable objective method to measure breast density. The agreement between VDG and visual assessment by radiologist might be influenced by physical factors

  17. Tensor completion for estimating missing values in visual data

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we propose an algorithm to estimate missing values in tensors of visual data. The values can be missing due to problems in the acquisition process or because the user manually identified unwanted outliers. Our algorithm works even with a small amount of samples and it can propagate structure to fill larger missing regions. Our methodology is built on recent studies about matrix completion using the matrix trace norm. The contribution of our paper is to extend the matrix case to the tensor case by proposing the first definition of the trace norm for tensors and then by building a working algorithm. First, we propose a definition for the tensor trace norm that generalizes the established definition of the matrix trace norm. Second, similarly to matrix completion, the tensor completion is formulated as a convex optimization problem. Unfortunately, the straightforward problem extension is significantly harder to solve than the matrix case because of the dependency among multiple constraints. To tackle this problem, we developed three algorithms: simple low rank tensor completion (SiLRTC), fast low rank tensor completion (FaLRTC), and high accuracy low rank tensor completion (HaLRTC). The SiLRTC algorithm is simple to implement and employs a relaxation technique to separate the dependant relationships and uses the block coordinate descent (BCD) method to achieve a globally optimal solution; the FaLRTC algorithm utilizes a smoothing scheme to transform the original nonsmooth problem into a smooth one and can be used to solve a general tensor trace norm minimization problem; the HaLRTC algorithm applies the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMMs) to our problem. Our experiments show potential applications of our algorithms and the quantitative evaluation indicates that our methods are more accurate and robust than heuristic approaches. The efficiency comparison indicates that FaLTRC and HaLRTC are more efficient than SiLRTC and between Fa

  18. Three-dimensional coronary angiography

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    Suurmond, Rolf; Wink, Onno; Chen, James; Carroll, John

    2005-04-01

    Three-Dimensional Coronary Angiography (3D-CA) is a novel tool that allows clinicians to view and analyze coronary arteries in three-dimensional format. This will help to find accurate length estimates and to find the optimal viewing angles of a lesion based on the three-dimensional vessel orientation. Various advanced algorithms are incorporated in this 3D processing utility including 3D-RA calibration, ECG phase selection, 2D vessel extraction, and 3D vessel modeling into a utility with optimized workflow and ease-of-use features, which is fully integrated in the environment of the x-ray catheterization lab. After the 3D processing, the 3D vessels can be viewed and manipulated interactively inside the operating room. The TrueView map provides a quick overview of gantry angles with optimal visualization of a single or bifurcation lesion. Vessel length measurements can be performed without risk of underestimating a vessel segment due to foreshortening. Vessel cross sectional diameters can also be measured. Unlike traditional, projection-based quantitative coronary analysis, the additional process of catheter calibration is not needed for diameter measurements. Validation studies show a high reproducibility of the measurements, with little user dependency.

  19. MR angiography

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    As the result of the application of the recently developed MR techniques, the diagnosis of the morphology and the function has been possible. MR angiography (MRA) is one of these new techniques, and provides vascular anatomy and hemodynamics. At present, there is the limitation in the indication of MRA for pediatric cerebral vascular diseases. However, the frequency of clinical application of MRA is expected to increase by rapidly progressed MR techniques. Of these MRA, time-of flight (TOF) MRA, and phase contrast (PC) MRA are now being examined clinically as main MRA methods for evaluating cerebrovascular diseases, such as Moyamoya disease, arteriovenous malformation, and cerebral aneurysm. During our study, 2D and 3D TOF MRA, and 2D PC and 3D PC MRA were performed for evaluating cerebrovascular diseases. The purpose of this paper is to explain the methods of these MRA, and clinical indications of MRA by showing representative clinical cases of cerebrovascular diseases. We consider that MRA ia a useful method for detecting and following-up pediatric cerebrovascular diseases at present time. It is necessary for radiologists to know the basis and clinical indications of MRA. (author)

  20. Visualizing spatial population structure with estimated effective migration surfaces.

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    Petkova, Desislava; Novembre, John; Stephens, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    Genetic data often exhibit patterns broadly consistent with 'isolation by distance'-a phenomenon where genetic similarity decays with geographic distance. In a heterogeneous habitat, this may occur more quickly in some regions than in others: for example, barriers to gene flow can accelerate differentiation between neighboring groups. We use the concept of 'effective migration' to model the relationship between genetics and geography. In this paradigm, effective migration is low in regions where genetic similarity decays quickly. We present a method to visualize variation in effective migration across a habitat from geographically indexed genetic data. Our approach uses a population genetic model to relate effective migration rates to expected genetic dissimilarities. We illustrate its potential and limitations using simulations and data from elephant, human and Arabidopsis thaliana populations. The resulting visualizations highlight important spatial features of population structure that are difficult to discern using existing methods for summarizing genetic variation. PMID:26642242

  1. Visual Estimation and Control of Robot Manipulating Systems

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    Robuffo Giordano, Paolo

    2008-01-01

    With this sentence from his Metaphysica, Aristotle perfectly introduces us to the importance of eyesight for humans, as well as for any advanced living being. Since, to a large extent, robotics is concerned with the emulation of human skills in an artificial context, a natural requirement is to cope with vision for a full interaction with the world. In this respect, this Thesis explores the problem of exploiting visual information to control the motion of robotic systems equipp...

  2. A framework for organ dose estimation in x-ray angiography and interventional radiology based on dose-related data in DICOM structured reports

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    Omar, Artur; Bujila, Robert; Fransson, Annette; Andreo, Pedro; Poludniowski, Gavin

    2016-04-01

    Although interventional x-ray angiography (XA) procedures involve relatively high radiation doses that can lead to deterministic tissue reactions in addition to stochastic effects, convenient and accurate estimation of absorbed organ doses has traditionally been out of reach. This has mainly been due to the absence of practical means to access dose-related data that describe the physical context of the numerous exposures during an XA procedure. The present work provides a comprehensive and general framework for the determination of absorbed organ dose, based on non-proprietary access to dose-related data by utilizing widely available DICOM radiation dose structured reports. The framework comprises a straightforward calculation workflow to determine the incident kerma and reconstruction of the geometrical relation between the projected x-ray beam and the patient’s anatomy. The latter is difficult in practice, as the position of the patient on the table top is unknown. A novel patient-specific approach for reconstruction of the patient position on the table is presented. The proposed approach was evaluated for 150 patients by comparing the estimated position of the primary irradiated organs (the target organs) with their position in clinical DICOM images. The approach is shown to locate the target organ position with a mean (max) deviation of 1.3 (4.3), 1.8 (3.6) and 1.4 (2.9) cm for neurovascular, adult and paediatric cardiovascular procedures, respectively. To illustrate the utility of the framework for systematic and automated organ dose estimation in routine clinical practice, a prototype implementation of the framework with Monte Carlo simulations is included.

  3. Estimation of radiation dose and image quality of coronary 320-row area detector CT angiography by optimal prospective ECG-gated protocols for different heart rate

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    The purpose of this study is to estimate radiation dose and image quality of electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated coronary 320-area detector CT (ADCT) angiography which was acquired using the protocols that were considered as optimal methods for different heart rates (HR) in 1031 consecutive patients (M/F =580/451, 65±12 yr) without arrhythmias. We set up 5 protocols for 320-ADCT based on the relationship among heart rates, temporal resolution, gantry rotation speed, optimal reconstruction phase and slow filling phase on 64-multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT), id est (ie), 1) mid-diastolic (75% of risk ratio (RR)) 1 beat scan (moderate disability (MD) 1 beat, N=761 (73.8%)) for HR ≤60, 2) mid-diastolic (75% of RR) 2 beat scan (MD 2 beat, N=135) for 61≤ HR ≤65, 3) end-systolic and mid-diastolic (37-80% of RR) 2 beat scan (embryonic stem (ES)-MD 2 beat, N=92) for 66≤ HR ≤75, 4) end-systolic (R +280-430 ms) 2 beat scan (ES 2 beat, N=21) for 76≤ HR ≤80, and 5) end-systolic (R +250-400 ms) 3 beat scan (ES 3 beat, N=22) for 81≤ HR ≤105. Image quality was classified into 3 categories (excellent (3 points), acceptable (2 points), and unacceptable (1 point)). Scanning time, DLP.e and image quality score were 1.4±0.1 s, 220±59 mGy·cm, 3.0±0.2 points in MD 1 beat, 2.2±0.2 s, 434±118 mGy·cm, 2.9±0.3 points in MD 2 beat, 2.1±0.2 s, 729±229 mGy·cm, 2.7±0.5 points in ES-MD 2 beat, 1.9±0.1 s, 432±148 mGy·cm, 2.2±0.6 points in ES 2 beat, and 2.4±0.2 s, 669±152 mGy·cm, 2.3±0.6 points in ES 3 beat respectively. In conclusion, the prospective ECG-gated scan protocol for coronary 320-ADCT angiography in any HR group was considered reasonable and proper for image quality and radiation dose. (author)

  4. Super-resolution spectral estimation of optical micro-angiography for quantifying blood flow within microcirculatory tissue beds in vivo

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    Yousefi, Siavash; Qin, Jia; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a super-resolution spectral estimation technique to quantify microvascular hemodynamics using optical microangiography (OMAG) based on optical coherence tomography (OCT). The proposed OMAG technique uses both amplitude and phase information of the OCT signals which makes it sensitive to the axial and transverse flows. The scanning protocol for the proposed method is identical to three-dimensional ultrahigh sensitive OMAG, and is applicable for in vivo measurements. I...

  5. Carotid angiography

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    Arne Torkildsen

    1950-03-01

    Full Text Available After a brief review of the history of cerebral angiography, some of the most important points concerning the percutaneous angiographic technique have been described. The value of the angiographic examination in cases of cerebral gliomas has been studied, based upon a consecutive series of 127 verified cases of hemispherical gliomas. Of 31 cases of frontal glioma, 28 could be diagnosed by the angiographic method; of 33 cases of parietal glioma, the angiograms revealed the neoplasm in 27 instances; of 39 cases of temporal glioma, the tumor could be localized in 38 cases; of 13 cases of occipital glioma, the angiographic localization of the tumor was successfull in 9 instances; of 11. cases of glioma infiltrating the corpus callosum and (or the basal ganglia, the angiographic examination was successful in only 3 cases. The angiographic examination in cases of cerebral glioma, in my experience, yields a more satisfactory result as to the localization than does the pneumography. The only exception concerns the gliomas growing in the thalamus or in the basal ganglia. These are more easily localized by means of ventriculography. As to the differential diagnosis of the gliomas, tumor vessels could, be seen both in astrocytomas and in glioblastomas. Most cases of astrocytomas were however devoid of specific tumor vessels. When present they could not be definitely distinguished from those seen in glioblastomas, but the abnormal findings were far less numerous and definitely less pronounced in astrocytomas than in glioblastomas. In most cases the astrocytomas were characterized only by displacement of blood vessels of normal appearance, while the glioblastomas frequently-presented both displacement of normal appearing blood vessels and new formed blood vessels within the neoplasm itself. The pathological blood vessels in the tumor were frequently abnormal both regarding their topographical appearance and their type. Frequent findings were arterio

  6. Effect of calcified plaques on estimation of arterial stenosis of lower extremity in diabetic foot patients using multislice computed tomography angiography

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    Objective: To investigate the impacts of calcified plaques on estimation of arterial stenosis of lower extremity in diabetic foot patients using 16 -slice computed tomography angiography (MSCTA). Materials and Methods: Thirty-five patients (representing 38 cases)underwent both MSCTA and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) examinations. The arteries of lower extremity were divided into 15 anatomic segments, and the degree of artery stenosis in each segment was classified as normal, mildly, moderately. severely or occluded. The extent of calcification in each segment was also assessed on cross -sectional image of MDCTA and was classified as absent, mildly, moderately, or severely. Using DSA as the standard reference, the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, Youden index, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of MSCTA were calculated. Agreement between MSCTA and DSA was assessed by Cohen's kappa statistics. Results: In the noncalcified, mildly and moderately calcified segments of the artery above the knee, for the detection of segments that had more than mild stenosis, the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy. Youden index, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of MSCTA were 97.1%, 98.7%, 98.2%, 95.8%, 97.0% and 98.7%, respectively. In the severely calcified segments of the artery above the knee, for the detection of segments that had more than mild stenosis, the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, Youden index, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of MSCTA were 96.3%, 93.8%, 94.7%, 90.1%, 89.7% and 97.8%, respectively. In the noncalcified, mildly and moderately calcified segments of the artery below the knee, for the detection of segments that had more than mild stenosis, the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, Youden index, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of MSCTA were 95.1%, 93.2%, 94.1%, 88.3%, 93.4% and 94.9%, respectively. In the severely calcified segments of the artery below the

  7. Peripheral MR angiography

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    Atherosclerotic disease of the lower extremities is a common disorder in western society. Its debilitating nature calls for accurate diagnosis and treatment. The gold standard for diagnosing this disease by depiction of vessel morphology is X-ray angiography (either conventional or digital subtraction angiography). However, the invasive nature of this technique and the possible harmful effects of iodinated contrast agents have led to the idea that non-invasive MR angiography might be a good alternative for acquiring information about vessel morphology. Most extensively studied was time-of-flight MR angiography. Although first results with this technique were encouraging, it is now apparent that time-of-flight MR angiography is hampered by the virtue of which it exists, since blood flow not only generates vessel-to-background contrast, but is also the cause of disturbing artifacts. However, with the introduction of minimally invasive contrast-enhanced MR angiography, using gadolinium chelates to reduce the T1 of blood, image quality has improved dramatically. Moreover, using contrast-enhanced MR angiography, high-resolution three-dimensional data about the entire peripheral vascular tree can be obtained within several minutes, which might make MR angiography a true competitor of X-ray angiography as a diagnostic tool in the clinical work-up of a patient with complaints of peripheral atherosclerosis. The purpose of this article is to explain working mechanisms and usefulness of both time-of-flight and contrast-enhanced MR angiography. (orig.)

  8. Peripheral MR angiography

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    Ho, K.Y.J.A.M.; Leiner, T.; Haan, M.W. de; Engelshoven, J.M.A. van [University Hospital Maastricht (AZM) (Netherlands). Dept. of Radiology

    1999-07-01

    Atherosclerotic disease of the lower extremities is a common disorder in western society. Its debilitating nature calls for accurate diagnosis and treatment. The gold standard for diagnosing this disease by depiction of vessel morphology is X-ray angiography (either conventional or digital subtraction angiography). However, the invasive nature of this technique and the possible harmful effects of iodinated contrast agents have led to the idea that non-invasive MR angiography might be a good alternative for acquiring information about vessel morphology. Most extensively studied was time-of-flight MR angiography. Although first results with this technique were encouraging, it is now apparent that time-of-flight MR angiography is hampered by the virtue of which it exists, since blood flow not only generates vessel-to-background contrast, but is also the cause of disturbing artifacts. However, with the introduction of minimally invasive contrast-enhanced MR angiography, using gadolinium chelates to reduce the T1 of blood, image quality has improved dramatically. Moreover, using contrast-enhanced MR angiography, high-resolution three-dimensional data about the entire peripheral vascular tree can be obtained within several minutes, which might make MR angiography a true competitor of X-ray angiography as a diagnostic tool in the clinical work-up of a patient with complaints of peripheral atherosclerosis. The purpose of this article is to explain working mechanisms and usefulness of both time-of-flight and contrast-enhanced MR angiography. (orig.)

  9. Magnetic resonance angiography

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    MRA; Angiography - magnetic resonance ... Kwong RY. Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In: Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine . ...

  10. Visual feedback about time estimation is related to a right hemisphere activation measured by PET

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    Brunia, CHM; de Jong, BM; van den Berg-Lenssen, MMC; Paans, AMJ

    2000-01-01

    In previous EEG experiments we have presented a time estimation task to our subjects, who bad to press a button with either the left or right index finger 3 s after an auditory warning stimulus (WS). Two seconds later a visual Knowledge of Results (KR) stimulus was presented on a screen in front, in

  11. Mortality estimates from repeated visual censuses of a parrotfish (Sparisoma viride) population : Demographic implications

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    vanRooij, JM; Videler, JJ

    1997-01-01

    Repeated visual censuses of different categories (juveniles, females, territorial and group males) of the stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride, a protogynous hermaphrodite) over a 3-year period indicated a relatively stable size and structure of the adult population. This allowed estimates of size

  12. Visual and skill effects on soccer passing performance, kinematics, and outcome estimations.

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    Basevitch, Itay; Tenenbaum, Gershon; Land, William M; Ward, Paul

    2015-01-01

    The role of visual information and action representations in executing a motor task was examined from a mental representations approach. High-skill (n = 20) and low-skill (n = 20) soccer players performed a passing task to two targets at distances of 9.14 and 18.29 m, under three visual conditions: normal, occluded, and distorted vision (i.e., +4.0 corrective lenses, a visual acuity of approximately 6/75) without knowledge of results. Following each pass, participants estimated the relative horizontal distance from the target as the ball crossed the target plane. Kinematic data during each pass were also recorded for the shorter distance. Results revealed that performance on the motor task decreased as a function of visual information and task complexity (i.e., distance from target) regardless of skill level. High-skill players performed significantly better than low-skill players on both the actual passing and estimation tasks, at each target distance and visual condition. In addition, kinematic data indicated that high-skill participants were more consistent and had different kinematic movement patterns than low-skill participants. Findings contribute to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms required for successful performance in a self-paced, discrete and closed motor task. PMID:25784886

  13. Visual and Skill Effects on Soccer Passing Performance, Kinematics and Outcome Estimations

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    Itay eBasevitch

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The role of visual information and action representations in executing a motor task was examined from a mental representations approach. High-skill (n = 20 and low-skill (n = 20 soccer players performed a passing task to two targets at distances of 9.14m and 18.29m, under three visual conditions: normal, occluded, and distorted vision (i.e., +4.0 corrective lenses, a visual acuity of approximately 6/75 without knowledge of results. Following each pass, participants estimated the relative horizontal distance from the target as the ball crossed the target plane. Kinematic data during each pass were also recorded for the shorter distance. Results revealed that performance on the motor task decreased as a function of visual information and task complexity (i.e., distance from target regardless of skill level. High-skill players performed significantly better than low-skill players on both the actual passing and estimation tasks, at each target distance and visual condition. In addition, kinematic data indicated that high skill participants were more consistent and had different kinematic movement patterns than low skill participants. Findings contribute to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms required for successful performance in a self-paced, discrete and closed motor task.

  14. CT Angiography and MR Angiography of Carotid Arteries

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    M Motevalli

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available  CT angiography (CTA has revolutionized vascular imaging. Vessels smaller than 1mm in diameter can be visualized with single slice CTA and vessels 2 mm or more in diameter can be diagnostically evaluated. The acquisition of 3D data volumes makes it possible to generate "angiographic" views that facilitate anatomic orientation."nWith the advent of multi slice CTA, near isotropic resolution becomes available for most applications and allows evaluation of even smaller vessels."nMulti slice scanning makes CTA less technically challenging and more robust. It reduces scan time and the vulnerability to motion artifacts, and may be used to substantially decrease the required contrast material volume to as little as 50 ml in selected cases."nThe advantages of CTA over arterial angiography (DSA include substantially lower invasiveness, less cost, less radiation exposure, and better patient tolerance. Diagnostic advantages include simultaneous visualization of the vessel wall and lumen, and the ability to study vascular anatomy from arbitrary viewing angles using only one data acquisition."nCTA even allows projections (such as Caudocranial that cannot be obtained with conventional angiographic techniques."nAlthough CTA can replace diagnostic ultrasound with its various Doppler techniques, it may be preferred over CTA in regions that are easily accessible by sonography or when flow information is required. It also holds advantages whenever bedside imaging is to be preferred."nMagnetic resonance angiography (MRA has become the common place in the last few years. The improvements in pulse sequence design, hardware design, and post processing methods make it possible to acquire data in a short period with excellent vascular visualization in a variety of clinical applications."nContrast -enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA offers competitive results to CTA, although spatial resolution is often lower than with multi slice CT scanning. The lack of

  15. Penggunaan Extended Kalman Filter Sebagai Estimator Sikap pada Sistem Kendali Servo Visual Robot

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    Noor Cholis Basjaruddin

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Extended Kalman Filter (EKF is the non-linear version of Kalman filter and the said filter is usually used in nonlinear state estimation. In this study EKF is applied to process the image features of a single camera mounted on the end effector of a robot. Data generated by the EKF then is to be processed to obtain the motion parameters. Simulation of visual servo control system was built with the aim to examine the use of the EKF as a pose estimator. The simulation results using Matlab show that the EKF is able to well estimate the robot pose. 

  16. 3D-MR cholangio-angiography

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    Ohkawa, Shinichi [Isehara Kyohdoh Hospital, Kanagawa (Japan); Hiramatsu, Kyoichi

    1995-04-01

    This report introduces a new 3D-MR cholangio-angiography technique using 3D Fast SE MR cholangiography and 3D phase contrast MR angiography for obstructive jaundice. In all eight cases, dilated biliary tracts as well as portal veins were clearly visualized in the same image. This new technique helped to determine the operability and surgical strategy for cases with obstructive jaundice. It also provided anatomical guidance for surgical procedures. This study suggests that this technique may replace the currently used modalities for obstructive jaundice. (author).

  17. Pediatric digital substraction angiography

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    The possibilities of intravenous and intraarterial digital substraction angiography (DSA) in childhood, involving various vascular territories, are analyzed and summed up. The characteristic features of the methods used in DSA are outlined - quantity of contrast medium, modes and routes of introduction, angiographic sequence and possibilities for processing. Various groups of diseases (volumetric processes, anomalies and variants, vascular lesions) are discussed, and the diagnostic implications of cerebral angiography, angiography of the cervical region, aortic arc, thoracic and abdominal aorta, abdominal angiography, angiopulmography, angiography of the upper and lower extremities are assayed. Advantages and shortcomings of the procedures in various anatomical regions are evaluated. In conclusion, proceeding from the specificity of examination in pediatrics, emphasis is laid on the necessity of individual approach to each single case with a special reference to the indications of including DSA in the general diagnostic scheme. 15 refs., 4 tabs., 6 figs. (orig.)

  18. Abnormal course of the vertebral artery at the craniovertebral junction in patients with Down syndrome visualized by three-dimensional CT angiography

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    We determined the incidence of vertebral artery (VA) anomalies at the craniovertebral junction (CVJ) in patients with Down syndrome, and characterized the VA anomalies. The course of the VA in 46 consecutive patients who were due to undergo posterior arthrodesis surgery at the CVJ were evaluated by three-dimensional CT angiography (3DCTA). Included were five patients with Down syndrome who suffered from myelopathy due to atlantoaxial subluxation. All five patients with Down syndrome also had a simultaneous congenital skeletal anomaly, either os odontoideum or ossiculum terminale. Of the five patients with Down syndrome, three had VA anomalies at the CVJ, two had fenestration and one had a persistent first intersegmental artery. Of the other 41 patients without Down syndrome, five had VA anomalies at the CVJ. The incidence of VA anomalies at the CVJ was much higher in patients with Down syndrome than in those without Down syndrome. In planning surgery in patients with Down syndrome with symptomatic atlantoaxial subluxation and a congenital skeletal anomaly at the CVJ, we should consider the possible presence of VA anomalies. Preoperative 3DCTA allows us to precisely identify an anomalous VA and evaluate the possible risk of intraoperative VA injury in advance. (orig.)

  19. Depth estimation and camera calibration of a focused plenoptic camera for visual odometry

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    Zeller, Niclas; Quint, Franz; Stilla, Uwe

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents new and improved methods of depth estimation and camera calibration for visual odometry with a focused plenoptic camera. For depth estimation we adapt an algorithm previously used in structure-from-motion approaches to work with images of a focused plenoptic camera. In the raw image of a plenoptic camera, scene patches are recorded in several micro-images under slightly different angles. This leads to a multi-view stereo-problem. To reduce the complexity, we divide this into multiple binocular stereo problems. For each pixel with sufficient gradient we estimate a virtual (uncalibrated) depth based on local intensity error minimization. The estimated depth is characterized by the variance of the estimate and is subsequently updated with the estimates from other micro-images. Updating is performed in a Kalman-like fashion. The result of depth estimation in a single image of the plenoptic camera is a probabilistic depth map, where each depth pixel consists of an estimated virtual depth and a corresponding variance. Since the resulting image of the plenoptic camera contains two plains: the optical image and the depth map, camera calibration is divided into two separate sub-problems. The optical path is calibrated based on a traditional calibration method. For calibrating the depth map we introduce two novel model based methods, which define the relation of the virtual depth, which has been estimated based on the light-field image, and the metric object distance. These two methods are compared to a well known curve fitting approach. Both model based methods show significant advantages compared to the curve fitting method. For visual odometry we fuse the probabilistic depth map gained from one shot of the plenoptic camera with the depth data gained by finding stereo correspondences between subsequent synthesized intensity images of the plenoptic camera. These images can be synthesized totally focused and thus finding stereo correspondences is enhanced

  20. Comparison of fluorescein angiography with microvascular anatomy of macaque retinas.

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    Weinhaus, R S; Burke, J M; Delori, F C; Snodderly, D M

    1995-07-01

    Recent anatomic work has shown that the capillary network of the fovea is multilaminar. We have identified the elements of this network that are visualized by fluorescein angiography and those that are missed. Fluorescein angiograms of monkey retinas (Macaca fascicularis) with good visualization of individual capillaries were obtained by standard clinical techniques. Retinal whole mounts were prepared from the same animals. Anatomic drawings made from the whole mounts were used to identify which parts of the capillary network were visualized angiographically. Angiographic estimates of dimensions of the foveal avascular zone corresponded closely to the anatomy. Capillary visibility declined rapidly from near perfect visualization at the edge of the foveal avascular zone to less than 40% by 900 microns eccentricity. While all the widest capillary segments (diameter 6.1-7.0 microns) were visualized, only 43% of the modal group of capillary segments (diameter 4.1-4.5 microns) were detected. When a relatively homogeneous population of capillaries was analyzed (diameters limited to the narrow range of 4.0-5.0 microns), visualization declined monotonically with depth in the retina. Capillary segments in the nerve fiber plane were visualized more than four times as effectively as segments of comparable diameter in the deepest vascular plane. High quality angiograms accurately delineate the foveal avascular zone, but they visualize only a fraction of the adjacent multilaminar network. Therefore, current techniques may not detect the earliest nonperfusion of capillaries in vaso-occlusive diseases. Capillary visibility is a joint function of diameter and of retinal depth. The decline in visualization with retinal depth implies that light scattering in the retina degrades the angiographic image. PMID:7556462

  1. High-resolution ex vivo magnetic resonance angiography: a feasibility study on biological and medical tissues

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    Boel Lene WT

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In biomedical sciences, ex vivo angiography is a practical mean to elucidate vascular structures three-dimensionally with simultaneous estimation of intravascular volume. The objectives of this study were to develop a magnetic resonance (MR method for ex vivo angiography and to compare the findings with computed tomography (CT. To demonstrate the usefulness of this method, examples are provided from four different tissues and species: the human placenta, a rice field eel, a porcine heart and a turtle. Results The optimal solution for ex vivo MR angiography (MRA was a compound containing gelatine (0.05 g/mL, the CT contrast agent barium sulphate (0.43 mol/L and the MR contrast agent gadoteric acid (2.5 mmol/L. It was possible to perform angiography on all specimens. We found that ex vivo MRA could only be performed on fresh tissue because formalin fixation makes the blood vessels permeable to the MR contrast agent. Conclusions Ex vivo MRA provides high-resolution images of fresh tissue and delineates fine structures that we were unable to visualise by CT. We found that MRA provided detailed information similar to or better than conventional CTA in its ability to visualize vessel configuration while avoiding interfering signals from adjacent bones. Interestingly, we found that vascular tissue becomes leaky when formalin-fixed, leading to increased permeability and extravascular leakage of MR contrast agent.

  2. Estimation of Visual Maps with a Robot Network Equipped with Vision Sensors

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    Arturo Gil

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we present an approach to the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM problem using a team of autonomous vehicles equipped with vision sensors. The SLAM problem considers the case in which a mobile robot is equipped with a particular sensor, moves along the environment, obtains measurements with its sensors and uses them to construct a model of the space where it evolves. In this paper we focus on the case where several robots, each equipped with its own sensor, are distributed in a network and view the space from different vantage points. In particular, each robot is equipped with a stereo camera that allow the robots to extract visual landmarks and obtain relative measurements to them. We propose an algorithm that uses the measurements obtained by the robots to build a single accurate map of the environment. The map is represented by the three-dimensional position of the visual landmarks. In addition, we consider that each landmark is accompanied by a visual descriptor that encodes its visual appearance. The solution is based on a Rao-Blackwellized particle filter that estimates the paths of the robots and the position of the visual landmarks. The validity of our proposal is demonstrated by means of experiments with a team of real robots in a office-like indoor environment.

  3. Estimation of visual maps with a robot network equipped with vision sensors.

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    Gil, Arturo; Reinoso, Óscar; Ballesta, Mónica; Juliá, Miguel; Payá, Luis

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we present an approach to the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) problem using a team of autonomous vehicles equipped with vision sensors. The SLAM problem considers the case in which a mobile robot is equipped with a particular sensor, moves along the environment, obtains measurements with its sensors and uses them to construct a model of the space where it evolves. In this paper we focus on the case where several robots, each equipped with its own sensor, are distributed in a network and view the space from different vantage points. In particular, each robot is equipped with a stereo camera that allow the robots to extract visual landmarks and obtain relative measurements to them. We propose an algorithm that uses the measurements obtained by the robots to build a single accurate map of the environment. The map is represented by the three-dimensional position of the visual landmarks. In addition, we consider that each landmark is accompanied by a visual descriptor that encodes its visual appearance. The solution is based on a Rao-Blackwellized particle filter that estimates the paths of the robots and the position of the visual landmarks. The validity of our proposal is demonstrated by means of experiments with a team of real robots in a office-like indoor environment. PMID:22399930

  4. Visual estimation of ACL injury risk: Efficient assessment method, group differences, and expertise mechanisms

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    Petushek, Erich J.; Cokely, Edward T.; Ward, Paul; Durocher, John; Wallace, Sean; Myer, Gregory D

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    Simple observational assessment of movement quality (e.g., drop vertical jump biomechanics) is an efficient and low cost method for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury screening and prevention. A recently developed test (see www.ACL-IQ.org) has revealed substantial cross-professional/group differences in visual ACL injury risk estimation skill. Specifically, parents, sport coaches, and to some degree sports medicine physicians, would likely benefit from training or the use of decision sup...

  5. Vein visualization using a smart phone with multispectral Wiener estimation for point-of-care applications.

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    Song, Jae Hee; Kim, Choye; Yoo, Yangmo

    2015-03-01

    Effective vein visualization is clinically important for various point-of-care applications, such as needle insertion. It can be achieved by utilizing ultrasound imaging or by applying infrared laser excitation and monitoring its absorption. However, while these approaches can be used for vein visualization, they are not suitable for point-of-care applications because of their cost, time, and accessibility. In this paper, a new vein visualization method based on multispectral Wiener estimation is proposed and its real-time implementation on a smart phone is presented. In the proposed method, a conventional RGB camera on a commercial smart phone (i.e., Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Electronics Inc., Suwon, Korea) is used to acquire reflectance information from veins. Wiener estimation is then applied to extract the multispectral information from the veins. To evaluate the performance of the proposed method, an experiment was conducted using a color calibration chart (ColorChecker Classic, X-rite, Grand Rapids, MI, USA) and an average root-mean-square error of 12.0% was obtained. In addition, an in vivo subcutaneous vein imaging experiment was performed to explore the clinical performance of the smart phone-based Wiener estimation. From the in vivo experiment, the veins at various sites were successfully localized using the reconstructed multispectral images and these results were confirmed by ultrasound B-mode and color Doppler images. These results indicate that the presented multispectral Wiener estimation method can be used for visualizing veins using a commercial smart phone for point-of-care applications (e.g., vein puncture guidance). PMID:24691170

  6. Low-dose prospectively electrocardiogram-gated axial dual-source CT angiography in patients with pulsatile bilateral bidirectional Glenn Shunt: an alternative noninvasive method for postoperative morphological estimation.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical value of low-dose prospectively electrocardiogram-gated axial dual-source CT angiography (low-dose PGA scanning, CTA in patients with pulsatile bilateral bidirectional Glenn shunt (bBDG as an alternative noninvasive method for postoperative morphological estimation. METHODS: Twenty patients with pulsatile bBDG (mean age 4.2±1.6 years underwent both low-dose PGA scanning and conventional cardiac angiography (CCA for the morphological changes. The morphological evaluation included the anatomy of superior vena cava (SVC and pulmonary artery (PA, the anastomotic location, thrombosis, aorto-pulmonary collateral circulation, pulmonary arteriovenous malformations, etc. Objective and subjective image quality was assessed. Bland-Altman analysis and linear regression analyses were used to evaluate the correlation on measurements between CTA and CCA. Effective radiation dose of both modalities was calculated. RESULTS: The CT attenuation value of bilateral SVC and PA was higher than 300 HU. The average subjective image quality score was 4.05±0.69. The morphology of bilateral SVC and PA was displayed completely and intuitively by CTA images. There were 24 SVC above PA and 15 SVC beside PA. Thrombosis was found in 1 patient. Collateral vessels were detected in 13 patients. No pulmonary arteriovenous malformation was found in our study. A strong correlation (R2>0.8, P0.The mean effective dose of CTA and CCA was 0.50±0.17 mSv and 4.85±1.34 mSv respectively. CONCLUSION: CT angiography with a low-dose PGA scanning is an accurate and reliable noninvasive examination in the assessment of morphological changes in patients with pulsatile bBDG.

  7. Estimation of frequency and pretest probability of CAD in patients presenting with recent onset chest pain by multi-detector CT angiography

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    Omar Muayad Sultan

    2016-03-01

    Conclusion: CAD was seen in 77.5% in those with recent onset chest pain. Higher incidence of significant CAD was seen in hypertensive and diabetic patients. Family history is still not a reliable factor in our society. Male patient <60 years old has higher incidence of CAD than female in same age group. Pretest probability for CAD is a simple and important test as all patients in higher probability have CAD and most of them have significant disease so it is better to direct referral of them to conventional angiography to gain a benefit from direct intervention, radiation and cost benefit.

  8. Estimates of genetic parameters for visual scores and daily weight gain in Brangus animals.

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    Queiroz, S A; Oliveira, J A; Costa, G Z; Fries, L A

    2011-05-01

    (Co)variance components were estimated for visual scores of conformation (CY), early finishing (PY) and muscling (MY) at 550 days of age (yearling), average daily gain from weaning to yearling (GWY), conformation (CW), early finishing (PW) and muscling (MW) scores at weaning, and average daily gain from birth to weaning (GBW) in animals forming the Brazilian Brangus breed born between 1986 and 2002 from the livestock files of GenSys Consultants Associados S/C Ltda. The data set contained 53 683; 45 136; 52 937; 56 471; 24 531; 21 166; 24 006 and 25 419 records for CW, PW, MW, GBW, CY, PY, MY and GWY, respectively. Data were analyzed by the restricted maximum likelihood method using single- and two-trait animal models. Direct heritability estimates obtained by single-trait analysis were 0.12, 0.14, 0.13 and 0.14 for CY, PY and MY scores and GWY, respectively. A positive association was observed between the same visual scores at weaning and yearling, with correlations ranging from 0.64 to 0.94. Estimated correlations between GBW and weaning and yearling scores ranged from 0.60 to 0.77. The genetic correlation between GBW and GWY was low (0.10), whereas correlations of 0.55, 0.37 and 0.47 were observed between GWY and CY, PY and MY, respectively. Moreover, GWY showed a weak correlation with CW (0.10), PW (-0.08) and MW (-0.03) scores. These results indicate that selection of the traits that was studied would result in a small response. In addition, selection based on average daily gain may have an indirect effect on visual scores as the correlations between GWY and visual scores were generally strong. PMID:22440022

  9. Digital subtraction angiography of the cerebral vessels by intraarterial injection

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    Three hundred and fifty-seven digital subtraction angiography (DSA) were performed in 184 neurosurgical patients by intraarterial injection. Examinations consisted of 192 carotid angiography, 110 vertebral angiography, 23 aortography, 11 spinal angiography and 21 other angiography. In all examinations, visualization of the vessels was excellent and the complications were never experienced. High contrast sensitivity of DSA resulted in better visualization of tumor stains, phlebogram, and arteries in cerebral arteriovenous malformations with large shunt blood flow than conventional angiography. Selective catheterization into each cerebral arteries was not necessarily demanded for good opacification of the vessels because of high sensitivity. High contrast sensitivity also permitted low concentration of contrast material, small dose of contrast material, and slow injection rate. Low concentration of contrast material reduced pain and heat during injection especially in the external carotid and vertebral angiography. Using slow injection, recoiling of catheter into the aorta was reduced, so that injection from the innominate and subclavian arteries for visualization of origin of the cerebral arteries were always successful. Full study of cerebral arteries by Seldinger's method, if necessary, was easily achieved using DSA even in patient with high age or with severe atherosclerosis. Bolus injection of small dose of contrast material as well as serial imaging was helpful in evaluating hemodynamics in the lesion. Real time display of DSA reduced the time required for angiography and was very convenient for artificial embolization. Besides these advantages, DSA became comparable to conventional angiography in spacial resolution by use of intraarterial injection and could be a preoperative genuine examination as well as a screening method. (author)

  10. Early diagnosis of retinopathy in juvenile diabetes by fluorescence angiography

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    The authors defined the usefulness of the fluorescein angiography of the retina and choroid in the early stage diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy in children comparing its results to the traditional ophthalmoscopy. Examination involved 50 children from 4 to 18 (30 boys and 20 girls) on insulin treatment. The duration of the disease was 1 to 14 years (average 7.36 years). Ophthalmoscopy showed pathological changes in 24% of the children. The fluorescein angiography visualized more microaneurysms compared to ophthalmoscopy and showed them sometimes in the eyes where they had not been found in eye fundus studies. By means of angiography the early and advanced stages of vascular complications were found in 64% of patients. Comparing to ophthalmoscopy a 40% increase was noted. Fluorescein angiography can lead to the decrease in the number of patients with markedly impaired visual acuity and cases of blindness in the diabetic population. (author)

  11. Three-dimensional MR angiography for planning of hepatic arterial catheterization

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    The aim of this study is to assess the potential utility of gadolinium-enhanced three-dimensional MR angiography (3D MR angiography) for arterial catheterization of hepatic tumor. Thirty-five consecutive patients with suspected abdominal tumors underwent MR angiography with a gadolinium-enhanced 3D fast gradient echo sequence. Visualization of the vascular tree of visceral arteries, and their variations, the apparent length of common hepatic artery (CHA), and the tilt of celiac trunk were prospectively evaluated by 3D MR angiography. The results were compared with those obtained by the conventional angiography. In 27 patients with hepatic tumors, the prospective planning with 3D MR angiography was compared with the actual catheterization. Celiac trunk, CHA, and superior mesenteric artery (SMA) were visualized on 3D MR angiography in all 35 patients. There was a significant linear correlation of the length of CHA and the tilt of SMA as measured by 3D MR angiography and conventional angiography (r=0.75, r=0.64, respectively). The 3D MR angiography provided useful clinical information for planning of arterial catheterization in all 27 patients with hepatic tumors. Thus gadolinium-enhanced 3D MR angiography is considered to be of value for the planning of arterial catheterization of hepatic tumor. (author)

  12. Evaluation of vascular pathologies with MR angiography

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    The flow sensitivity of MR imaging methods can be used to visualize vascular structures (MR angiography). In this paper the method of flow-enhanced three-dimensional MR angiography will be presented. This technique makes use of the signal enhancement due to inflow of unsaturated spins into the imaging volume in combination with flow-compensated three-dimensional Fourier transform gradient-echo sequences. Projective images are calculated from the measured data by means of a maximum-intensity algorithm. The procedure was optimized for the visualization of the intra-and extracranial vasculature. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the potential of this MR angiographic procedure to evaluate vascular disease in a clinical situation. Prospective studies in patients with vascular disease including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arterial occlusion, and stenosis are shown in correlation with conventional procedures

  13. Aerial and visual surveys to estimate harp seal pup production in the Greenland Sea

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    Øien, Nils; Øritsland, Torger

    1993-01-01

    In March-April 1991 a combined expedition using fixed-wing aircraft and ship-borne helicopter was carried out to estimate harp seal pup production in the Greenland Sea (the West Ice). Photographs were taken from the fixed-wing aircraft and analysed from counts made on negatives. Visual surveys were made fiom helicopter using funnel-shaped shades to limit the search strip. Three separate breeding patches of harp seals were sweyed by either or both of the methods, making direct comparisons betw...

  14. The Exact Estimation of Visual Acuity by VEP Technology:A Report of 726 Cases of Eye Injury

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    饶广勋; 吴炳为; 张玲莉

    2010-01-01

    This study explored the accuracy of using visual evoked potentials(VEP)technology for visual acuity estimation.The enrolled 726 patients with post-traumatic unilateral decrease in visual acuity included the injured eyes served as the experimental group,and the healthy eyes as the control group.The least signal visual angle(LSVA),and amplitude and latency of P100 were chosen as test indexes.The results under different experimental conditions were recorded by PRVEP technology.All data collected were processed...

  15. Bottom-Up Visual Saliency Estimation With Deep Autoencoder-Based Sparse Reconstruction.

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    Xia, Chen; Qi, Fei; Shi, Guangming

    2016-06-01

    Research on visual perception indicates that the human visual system is sensitive to center-surround (C-S) contrast in the bottom-up saliency-driven attention process. Different from the traditional contrast computation of feature difference, models based on reconstruction have emerged to estimate saliency by starting from original images themselves instead of seeking for certain ad hoc features. However, in the existing reconstruction-based methods, the reconstruction parameters of each area are calculated independently without taking their global correlation into account. In this paper, inspired by the powerful feature learning and data reconstruction ability of deep autoencoders, we construct a deep C-S inference network and train it with the data sampled randomly from the entire image to obtain a unified reconstruction pattern for the current image. In this way, global competition in sampling and learning processes can be integrated into the nonlocal reconstruction and saliency estimation of each pixel, which can achieve better detection results than the models with separate consideration on local and global rarity. Moreover, by learning from the current scene, the proposed model can achieve the feature extraction and interaction simultaneously in an adaptive way, which can form a better generalization ability to handle more types of stimuli. Experimental results show that in accordance with different inputs, the network can learn distinct basic features for saliency modeling in its code layer. Furthermore, in a comprehensive evaluation on several benchmark data sets, the proposed method can outperform the existing state-of-the-art algorithms. PMID:26800552

  16. Gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography of arterial occlusive disease in lower extremity : comparison with conventional digital subtraction angiography

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    To compare the diagnostic value of gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography with that of conventional digital subtraction angiography for the evaluation of lower extremity arterial occlusive diseases. In 26 patients with symptomatic lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, both conventional digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) were performed during the same week. MR angiography was performed using three-dimensional gradient-echo acquisition before, and two sequential acquisitions after, the administration of gadolinium (0.2 mmol/kg). In 23 patients, two separate, contiguous areas were scanned using additional doses. In three patients, only one field with a suspicious lesion was scanned. Three radiologists independently analyzed the CE-MRA and DSA findings of each vascular segment (20 segments per arterial tree) for the presence of obstructive lesions; the grade assigned was either mild or none (less than 50%), stenotic (50%-99%), or occlusion (100%). From among a total of 462 segments, DSA detected 99 which were significantly narrowed (stenosis, 33; occlusion, 66). Using MR angiography, 102 segments (stenosis 39; occlusion, 63) were identified, and 94 lesions (stenosis, 32; occlusion, 62) were graded correctly. Seven lesions were overestimated and four were underestimated. For the detection of hemodynamically significant stenosis or occlusions using MR angiography, sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy were 95%, 98%, and 98% (G=3D0.995, P less than 0.001), respectively. To prove the absence of lesions, we repeated DSA in two patients with arterial spasm due to puncture. Three occluded segments seen on DSA, which revealed intact segments on MR angiography, suggested slow distal flow after reconstitution. For the evaluation of lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, the diagnostic value of gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography is comparable with that of digital subtraction angiography. The advantages of the

  17. Spinal angiography with iohexol

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    Iohexol 300 was used for 55 selective spinal angiograms in 50 patients; all were of good quality. There was no significant change in vital signs during the angiographic procedure in any case. Two patients with spinal dural arteriovenous fistula draining into a coronal venous plexus developed transient subjective slight increase in their disability during the immediate post-angiographic period. Eight cases embolised at the time of angiography showed improvement in their neurological deficits within 24 h of the study. The other patients were unaffected by the procedure. Iohexol 300 is a very suitable contrast medium for spinal angiography. (orig.)

  18. Influences of extinction coefficient profile on the estimation of Slant Visual Range

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    Sun, Xuejin; Zhou, Yongbo; Zhang, Riwei; Zhou, Junhao; Li, Haoran

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    Slant Visual Range (SVR) is defined as the distance at which the contrast of a given object with respect to its background is just equal to the contrast threshold of an observer in slant direction. In this study, estimation methods and errors of SVR are explored in lidar-free circumstances where Extinction Coefficient Profile (ECP), vertical distribution of Single Scattering Albedo (SSA) and asymmetry parameter (ASY) cannot be acquired. Statistical characteristics of aerosol optical properties in the Taklimakan Basin for sand-dust weather are derived from the CALIPSO daytime aerosol product from 2011 to 2014. SSA and ASY are approximated as 0.92 and 0.7 because aerosol types are mainly dust and polluted dust throughout layers. Besides, ECP can be categorized into exponential, Gaussian and other patterns. Based on whether the determination of real ECP into one of the three patterns is feasible, two SVR estimation methods are introduced and termed the accurate estimation method (AEM) and the blind estimation method (BEM), both methods are performed using SBDART radiative transfer model. For the AEM, analysis of estimated SVR and real SVR reveals a minimum linear correlation coefficient of 0.98 and a maximum root mean square error of 0.07, and the hit rate (R) of SVR estimation increases from 86% to nearly 100% when the maximum allowable relative error (MARE) increases from 10% to 25%. Validation of the BEM shows that R varies from 78% to 100% for MARE of 25% and falls drastically with the decrease of MARE, with the highest R value in spring and summer for the Gaussian pattern and the lowest values in fall and winter for exponential and other patterns. This study is among the first to explore the feasibility and methodology of deriving SVR in lidar-free circumstances.

  19. Digital subtraction angiography

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    Digital subtraction angiography with selective coronary injections of contrast media has enabled us to obtain clear images, not only of the artery, but of the capillary and venous phases of the myocardial perfusion. In the present study, densitometry was used to estimate regional myocardial perfusion dynamics in 10 control cases and 11 anterior myocardial infarction cases. The time density curve showed that contrast material increased rapidly in the arterial phase and appeared to be washed out monoexponentially in the venous phase. The time from the onset of contrast medium injection to the maximal density of the contrast medium (Tp), and the time constant obtained from the washout curve (Tc) were analyzed. In the control group, Tp in the apical region was slightly prolonged as compared with Tp in the anterobasal region, but the difference was not significant (5.2 ± 0.5 vs 4.2 ± 0.4 sec: mean ± SEM). Tc did not definitely change in any portion of the myocardium (anterobasal 5.1 ± 0.5, anterior 4.8 ± 0.5, apex 4.6 ± 0.5 sec, respectively). In anterior myocardial infarction, Tp in the marginal region was significantly prolonged compared to Tp in the control region (6.0 ± 0.3 vs 4.7 ± 0.3 sec, p < 0.01). Tp was prolonged for more than 10 sec in the infarcted region. Tc in the marginal region was markedly prolonged compared to Tc in the control region (7.4 ± 0.9 vs 4.4 ± 0.5 sec, p < 0.025). Tc could not be determined in the infarcted regions because data acquisition time of our apparatus was inadequate. Two indices of Tp and Tc obtained from the time density curve were regarded capable of estimating regional myocardial perfusion dynamics. Analysis of the DSA image sequence is regarded a very useful method for revealing regional myocardial perfusion dynamics as well as for providing morphological information about the coronary artery. (author)

  20. Assessment of moyamoya disease with 3.0-T magnetic resonance angiography and magnetic resonance imaging versus conventional angiography

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    3.0-T magnetic resonance (MR) angiography and MR imaging were compared with conventional angiography for the evaluation of moyamoya disease in 13 preoperative patients (26 hemispheres) with moyamoya disease (4 males and 9 females aged 21-54 years). The correlation between MR angiography scores determined by modified Houkin's grading system (MRA score) and conventional angiography stages determined by Suzuki's grading system (CA stage) was analyzed. Other MR findings such as moyamoya vessel scores, ''ivy sign'' scores, and the presence of small, medium, and large cerebrovascular attack (CVA) lesions were compared with CA stages. MRA scores were significantly correlated with CA stages (p<0.01). Moyamoya vessel scores correlated well with CA stages (p<0.01). There was no significant correlation between ''ivy sign'' scores and CA stages, and no significant differences in CA stages with the presence and absence of CVA lesions of any size. 3.0-T MR angiography can be used as a vascular assessment in moyamoya disease with its priority of noninvasive nature and visual clarity compared with conventional angiography. The findings of 3.0-T MR angiography may reflect the steno-occlusive changes in moyamoya disease. (author)

  1. Superselective pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling angiography

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    Highlights: • Superselective arterial spin labeling was capable of acquiring angiograms of individually selected arteries. • Image quality was similar compared with a routinely used time-of-flight angiography. • Superselective arterial spin labeling was utilized in patients with arterio-venous malformations and made it possible to visualize individual feeding vessels in a complete non-invasive way - Abstract: Purpose: To evaluate the utility of a novel non-contrast enhanced, vessel-selective magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) approach based on superselective pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (ASL) for the morphologic assessment of intracranial arteries when compared to a clinically used time-of-flight (TOF) MRA. Materials and methods: Three sets of selective ASL angiographies (right and left internal carotid artery, basilar artery) as well as one TOF data set were obtained from each of the five volunteers included in this study on a clinical 1.5T system. The depiction of arterial segments as well as their delineation was evaluated and independently analyzed by two radiologists. Additionally, the ASL angiography approach was performed in two patients suffering from arterio-venous malformations (AVM) in order to illustrate potential applications in a clinical setting. Results: In both angiography techniques, intracranial arteries and their segments (distal branches up to A5 segments of the anterior cerebral arteries, M8 segments of the middle cerebral arteries, and P5 segments of the posterior cerebral arteries) were continuously depicted with excellent inter-reader agreement (κ > 0.81). In AVM patients, reconstructed images of the TOF angiography presented similar information about the size and shape of the AVM as did superselective ASL angiography. In addition, the acquired ASL angiograms of selected vessels allowed assessing the blood supply of individually labeled arteries to the AVM which could also be confirmed by digital subtraction angiography

  2. Superselective pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling angiography

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    Jensen-Kondering, Ulf [Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (Germany); Lindner, Thomas, E-mail: thomas.lindner@uksh.de [Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (Germany); Osch, Matthias J.P. van [C. J. Gorter Center for High Field MRI, Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden (Netherlands); Rohr, Axel; Jansen, Olav [Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (Germany); Helle, Michael [Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (Germany); Now with Philips GmbH Innovative Technologies, Research Laboratories, Hamburg (Germany)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Superselective arterial spin labeling was capable of acquiring angiograms of individually selected arteries. • Image quality was similar compared with a routinely used time-of-flight angiography. • Superselective arterial spin labeling was utilized in patients with arterio-venous malformations and made it possible to visualize individual feeding vessels in a complete non-invasive way - Abstract: Purpose: To evaluate the utility of a novel non-contrast enhanced, vessel-selective magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) approach based on superselective pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (ASL) for the morphologic assessment of intracranial arteries when compared to a clinically used time-of-flight (TOF) MRA. Materials and methods: Three sets of selective ASL angiographies (right and left internal carotid artery, basilar artery) as well as one TOF data set were obtained from each of the five volunteers included in this study on a clinical 1.5T system. The depiction of arterial segments as well as their delineation was evaluated and independently analyzed by two radiologists. Additionally, the ASL angiography approach was performed in two patients suffering from arterio-venous malformations (AVM) in order to illustrate potential applications in a clinical setting. Results: In both angiography techniques, intracranial arteries and their segments (distal branches up to A5 segments of the anterior cerebral arteries, M8 segments of the middle cerebral arteries, and P5 segments of the posterior cerebral arteries) were continuously depicted with excellent inter-reader agreement (κ > 0.81). In AVM patients, reconstructed images of the TOF angiography presented similar information about the size and shape of the AVM as did superselective ASL angiography. In addition, the acquired ASL angiograms of selected vessels allowed assessing the blood supply of individually labeled arteries to the AVM which could also be confirmed by digital subtraction angiography

  3. Visual intraoperative estimation of cup and stem position is not reliable in minimally invasive hip arthroplasty.

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    Woerner, Michael; Sendtner, Ernst; Springorum, Robert; Craiovan, Benjamin; Worlicek, Michael; Renkawitz, Tobias; Grifka, Joachim; Weber, Markus

    2016-06-01

    Background and purpose - In hip arthroplasty, acetabular inclination and anteversion-and also femoral stem torsion-are generally assessed by eye intraoperatively. We assessed whether visual estimation of cup and stem position is reliable. Patients and methods - In the course of a subgroup analysis of a prospective clinical trial, 65 patients underwent cementless hip arthroplasty using a minimally invasive anterolateral approach in lateral decubitus position. Altogether, 4 experienced surgeons assessed cup position intraoperatively according to the operative definition by Murray in the anterior pelvic plane and stem torsion in relation to the femoral condylar plane. Inclination, anteversion, and stem torsion were measured blind postoperatively on 3D-CT and compared to intraoperative results. Results - The mean difference between the 3D-CT results and intraoperative estimations by eye was -4.9° (-18 to 8.7) for inclination, 9.7° (-16 to 41) for anteversion, and -7.3° (-34 to 15) for stem torsion. We found an overestimation of > 5° for cup inclination in 32 hips, an overestimation of > 5° for stem torsion in 40 hips, and an underestimation fluoroscopy, or imageless navigation is recommended for correct implant insertion. PMID:26848628

  4. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA)

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    Besides the non-invasive techniques, angiography remains essential. The disadvantages of angiography are the complexity of the procedure and the possibility of complications. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) is a considerable improvement in the examination of vessels. In DSA, subtraction combined with enhancement of the signals allows the use of intravenous injection to obtain good images of the arteries. However, when the contrast material is supplied intravenously, a rather large amount of contrast material is necessary to obtain images of good quality. Quantities of 30-40 cc of contrast material are required. The advantage of the intravenous injection of contrast material rather than the use of a catheter to deliver the contrast material in loco is that it is almost non-invasive thus circumventing the complications caused by catheter manipulation in the arterial system. This makes it possible to apply this method on an out-patient basis. DSA can also be applied with intra-arterial selective injection of the contrast material. In this case, the strong enhancement with DSA allows the use of a small quantity of contrast material while still obtaining images of the vessels with good contrast definition

  5. Evaluation of the pedal artery: comparison of three-dimensional gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography with digital subtraction angiography

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    Lee, Jeong Min; Kang, Sung Gwon; Byun, Joo Nam; Kim, Young Cheol; Choi, Jeong Yeol; Kim, Dong Hyun [College of Medicine, Chosun Univ., Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-07-01

    To compare the three-dimensional gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) for evaluation of the pedal artery. In 12 extremities of 11 patients, both digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MR angiography) were performed during the same week. Among ten of the 11 patients, the following conditions were present: atherosclerosis (n=4), diabetic foot (n=3), Buerger's disease (n=1), calciphylactic arteriopathy (n=1) and arteriovenous malformation of the foot (n=1). The remaining patient underwent angiography prior to flap surgery. For MR angiography, a 1.5T system using an extremity or head coil was used. A three-dimensional FISP (fast imaging with steady state precession) sequence was obtained before enhancement, followed by four sequential acquisitions (scan time, 20 secs, scan interval time, 10 secs) 10 seconds after intravenous bolus injection of normal saline (total 10 cc), following intravenous administration of gadolinium (0.02 mmol/kg, 3 ml/sec). Arterial segments of the ankle and foot were classified as the anterior or posterior tibial artery, the distal peroneal artery, the medial or lateral plantar artery, the pedal arch, and the dorsalis pedis artery. Two radiologists independently analysed visualization of each arteraial segment and the mean of visible arterial segments in one extreminty using CE-MR angiography and DSA. Among 84 arterial segments, 16 were invisible at both CE-MR angiography and DSA, while 39 were demonstrated by both modalities. Twenty-six segments were visible only at CE-MR angiography and three only at DSA. CE-MR angiography displayed a higher number of arterial segments than DSA (mean, 5.42 vs. mean 3.50, respectively), a difference which was statistically significant (p<0.000). The difference between each arterial segment was not statistically significant, except for the dorsalis pedis artery (t test, p<0.000). In that it provides additional information for

  6. Misleading Population Estimates: Biases and Consistency of Visual Surveys and Matrix Modelling in the Endangered Bearded Vulture

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    Antoni Margalida; Daniel Oro; Ainara Cortés-Avizanda; Rafael Heredia; Donázar, José A.

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    Conservation strategies for long-lived vertebrates require accurate estimates of parameters relative to the populations' size, numbers of non-breeding individuals (the "cryptic" fraction of the population) and the age structure. Frequently, visual survey techniques are used to make these estimates but the accuracy of these approaches is questionable, mainly because of the existence of numerous potential biases. Here we compare data on population trends and age structure in a bearded vulture (...

  7. Accuracy of using visual identification of white sharks to estimate residency patterns.

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    Full Text Available Determining the residency of an aquatic species is important but challenging and it remains unclear what is the best sampling methodology. Photo-identification has been used extensively to estimate patterns of animals' residency and is arguably the most common approach, but it may not be the most effective approach in marine environments. To examine this, in 2005, we deployed acoustic transmitters on 22 white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias in Mossel Bay, South Africa to quantify the probability of detecting these tagged sharks by photo-identification and different deployment strategies of acoustic telemetry equipment. Using the data collected by the different sampling approaches (detections from an acoustic listening station deployed under a chumming vessel versus those from visual sightings and photo-identification, we quantified the methodologies' probability of detection and determined if the sampling approaches, also including an acoustic telemetry array, produce comparable results for patterns of residency. Photo-identification had the lowest probability of detection and underestimated residency. The underestimation is driven by various factors primarily that acoustic telemetry monitors a large area and this reduces the occurrence of false negatives. Therefore, we propose that researchers need to use acoustic telemetry and also continue to develop new sampling approaches as photo-identification techniques are inadequate to determine residency. Using the methods presented in this paper will allow researchers to further refine sampling approaches that enable them to collect more accurate data that will result in better research and more informed management efforts and policy decisions.

  8. Quantitative Simulations of MST Visual Receptive Field Properties Using a Template Model of Heading Estimation

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    Stone, Leland S.; Perrone, J. A.

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    We previously developed a template model of primate visual self-motion processing that proposes a specific set of projections from MT-like local motion sensors onto output units to estimate heading and relative depth from optic flow. At the time, we showed that that the model output units have emergent properties similar to those of MSTd neurons, although there was little physiological evidence to test the model more directly. We have now systematically examined the properties of the model using stimulus paradigms used by others in recent single-unit studies of MST: 1) 2-D bell-shaped heading tuning. Most MSTd neurons and model output units show bell-shaped heading tuning. Furthermore, we found that most model output units and the finely-sampled example neuron in the Duffy-Wurtz study are well fit by a 2D gaussian (sigma approx. 35deg, r approx. 0.9). The bandwidth of model and real units can explain why Lappe et al. found apparent sigmoidal tuning using a restricted range of stimuli (+/-40deg). 2) Spiral Tuning and Invariance. Graziano et al. found that many MST neurons appear tuned to a specific combination of rotation and expansion (spiral flow) and that this tuning changes little for approx. 10deg shifts in stimulus placement. Simulations of model output units under the same conditions quantitatively replicate this result. We conclude that a template architecture may underlie MT inputs to MST.

  9. Visual characteristics of the papilla to estimate cannulation of the common bile duct - A pilot study

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    Full Text Available Objectives : Performance of endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERC depends mainly on the skills of the examiner, but also on anatomical variants. The aim of the study was to investigate patient- and papilla-related factors for the successful selective cannulation of the common bile duct (CBD. Patients and methods : 50 patients with a papilla with no prior sphincterotomy needing an ERC were enrolled. From a standardized description given by the endoscopist, criteria to characterize the papilla were analyzed. Results : Success was achieved in 92%. Cannulation time was 460 +/- 561 seconds on average. 70% of the papillae were mastered in 300 seconds or less. Concordance between endoscopists concerning descriptive variables was between 86% and 100%. The judgment of the endoscopist concerning expected difficulty was not significantly related to success, demonstrating the necessity of predictive parameters. Typical position of the duodenoscope and performance of precut were significantly related to success. The joint presence of a visible orifice and a typical position of the duodenoscope had a positive predictive value (PPV of 96%. Conclusions : Endoscopists can rely on the joint presence of a visible orifice of the papilla and a typical position of the duodenoscope in X-ray to predict the success of ERC. ( Zuber-Jerger I, Gelbmann CM, Kullmann F. Visual characteristics of the papilla to estimate cannulation of the common bile duct - a pilot study.

  10. CT coronary angiography vs. invasive coronary angiography in CHD

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    Anja Hagen

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Scientific background: Various diagnostic tests including conventional invasive coronary angiography and non-invasive computed tomography (CT coronary angiography are used in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD. Research questions: The present report aims to evaluate the clinical efficacy, diagnostic accuracy, prognostic value cost-effectiveness as well as the ethical, social and legal implications of CT coronary angiography versus invasive coronary angiography in the diagnosis of CHD. Methods: A systematic literature search was conducted in electronic data bases (MEDLINE, EMBASE etc. in October 2010 and was completed with a manual search. The literature search was restricted to articles published from 2006 in German or English. Two independent reviewers were involved in the selection of the relevant publications. The medical evaluation was based on systematic reviews of diagnostic studies with invasive coronary angiography as the reference standard and on diagnostic studies with intracoronary pressure measurement as the reference standard. Study results were combined in a meta-analysis with 95 % confidence intervals (CI. Additionally, data on radiation doses from current non-systematic reviews were taken into account. A health economic evaluation was performed by modelling from the social perspective with clinical assumptions derived from the meta-analysis and economic assumptions derived from contemporary German sources. Data on special indications (bypass or in-stent-restenosis were not included in the evaluation. Only data obtained using CT scanners with at least 64 slices were considered. Results: No studies were found regarding the clinical efficacy or prognostic value of CT coronary angiography versus conventional invasive coronary angiography in the diagnosis of CHD. Overall, 15 systematic reviews with data from 44 diagnostic studies using invasive coronary angiography as the reference standard (identification of obstructive

  11. Misleading population estimates: biases and consistency of visual surveys and matrix modelling in the endangered bearded vulture.

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    Antoni Margalida

    Full Text Available Conservation strategies for long-lived vertebrates require accurate estimates of parameters relative to the populations' size, numbers of non-breeding individuals (the "cryptic" fraction of the population and the age structure. Frequently, visual survey techniques are used to make these estimates but the accuracy of these approaches is questionable, mainly because of the existence of numerous potential biases. Here we compare data on population trends and age structure in a bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus population from visual surveys performed at supplementary feeding stations with data derived from population matrix-modelling approximations. Our results suggest that visual surveys overestimate the number of immature (6 y.o. were underestimated in comparison with the predictions of a population model using a stable-age distribution. In addition, we found that visual surveys did not provide conclusive information on true variations in the size of the focal population. Our results suggest that although long-term studies (i.e. population matrix modelling based on capture-recapture procedures are a more time-consuming method, they provide more reliable and robust estimates of population parameters needed in designing and applying conservation strategies. The findings shown here are likely transferable to the management and conservation of other long-lived vertebrate populations that share similar life-history traits and ecological requirements.

  12. Dissociating position and heading estimations: rotated visual orientation cues perceived after walking reset headings but not positions.

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    Mou, Weimin; Zhang, Lei

    2014-12-01

    This project examined the roles of idiothetic cues due to individuals' movement and allothetic cues independent of individuals' movement in individuals' estimations of their position and heading during locomotion. In an immersive virtual environment, participants learned the locations of five objects and then moved along two legs of a path before positioning the origin and the objects. Participants' estimations of their test position and their test heading were calculated based on the responded objects' locations, using a method of dissociating position estimation and heading estimation developed in this project. Results showed that when a conflicting visual orientation cue was presented after walking, participants relied on the allothetic cues (i.e., the visual orientation cue) for their heading estimation, but on idiothetic cues for their position estimation. These results indicate that after participants updated their position in terms the origin of the path (homing vector) via path integration, they estimated their heading. These results are inconsistent with the theoretical models stipulating that homing vectors are specified in terms of participants' body coordinate systems, but are consistent with the models stipulating that both homing vectors and participants' heading are specified in terms of a fixed reference direction in the environment. PMID:25215931

  13. Three-dimensional gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography of the intracranial venous system

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    The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of three-dimensional (3D) gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) angiography for evaluation of the intracranial venous system. Thirty-three patients underwent 3D dynamic gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography as well as two-dimensional (2D) time-of-flight (TOF) MR venography in transverse and coronal planes and conventional catheter cerebral angiography with digital subtraction. MR venography was displayed using a maximum-intensity-projection (MIP) algorithm. The acquisition time of 3D gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography was 102 seconds, and that of 2D TOF MR venography was about 7 minutes in the transverse plane and about 9 minutes in the coronal plane. Degree of visualization of the intracranial venous system on each MR sequence was compared with that on conventional catheter cerebral angiography as a standard. Superficial cortical veins and the dural sinus were better visualized on 3D gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography than on 2D TOF MR venography. Three-dimensional gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography is noninvasive and very useful for imaging of the intracranial venous system. It can replace 2D TOF MR venography not only because of its short examination time but because it better demonstrates intracranial venous structures. For evaluation of the SSS, lateral sinus, sigmoid sinus and straight sinus in particular, conventional catheter angiography seems to be unnecessary. (author)

  14. Three-dimensional gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography of the intracranial venous system

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    Daikokuya, Hideo; Inoue, Yuichi; Yamada, Ryusaku [Osaka City Univ. (Japan). Medical School

    2001-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of three-dimensional (3D) gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) angiography for evaluation of the intracranial venous system. Thirty-three patients underwent 3D dynamic gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography as well as two-dimensional (2D) time-of-flight (TOF) MR venography in transverse and coronal planes and conventional catheter cerebral angiography with digital subtraction. MR venography was displayed using a maximum-intensity-projection (MIP) algorithm. The acquisition time of 3D gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography was 102 seconds, and that of 2D TOF MR venography was about 7 minutes in the transverse plane and about 9 minutes in the coronal plane. Degree of visualization of the intracranial venous system on each MR sequence was compared with that on conventional catheter cerebral angiography as a standard. Superficial cortical veins and the dural sinus were better visualized on 3D gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography than on 2D TOF MR venography. Three-dimensional gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography is noninvasive and very useful for imaging of the intracranial venous system. It can replace 2D TOF MR venography not only because of its short examination time but because it better demonstrates intracranial venous structures. For evaluation of the SSS, lateral sinus, sigmoid sinus and straight sinus in particular, conventional catheter angiography seems to be unnecessary. (author)

  15. Interstudy repeatability of left and right ventricular volume estimations by serial-gated tomographic radionuclide angiographies using a cadmium-zinc-telluride detector gamma camera

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    Jensen, Maria M; Haase, Christine; Zerahn, Bo

    2015-01-01

    and ejection fraction estimations, using a cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) SPECT camera. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-six patients were scanned twice, interrupted by repositioning. Each acquisition was analysed twice by two experienced technologists. Interstudy and interobserver variations were calculated......·3% (-6·90 to 5·20) and 7·0% (-13·9 to 11·1), respectively. For the right ventricle, the corresponding values were 11·9% (-9·40 to 10·8), 9·8% (-14·9 to 10·8) and 8·1% (-20·7 to 16·3). DISCUSSION: The CZT detector camera has excellent reproducibility with regard to interstudy variation when assessing LV...

  16. Soft tissue navigation for laparoscopic prostatectomy: evaluation of camera pose estimation for enhanced visualization

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    Baumhauer, M.; Simpfendörfer, T.; Schwarz, R.; Seitel, M.; Müller-Stich, B. P.; Gutt, C. N.; Rassweiler, J.; Meinzer, H.-P.; Wolf, I.

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    We introduce a novel navigation system to support minimally invasive prostate surgery. The system utilizes transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS) and needle-shaped navigation aids to visualize hidden structures via Augmented Reality. During the intervention, the navigation aids are segmented once from a 3D TRUS dataset and subsequently tracked by the endoscope camera. Camera Pose Estimation methods directly determine position and orientation of the camera in relation to the navigation aids. Accordingly, our system does not require any external tracking device for registration of endoscope camera and ultrasonography probe. In addition to a preoperative planning step in which the navigation targets are defined, the procedure consists of two main steps which are carried out during the intervention: First, the preoperatively prepared planning data is registered with an intraoperatively acquired 3D TRUS dataset and the segmented navigation aids. Second, the navigation aids are continuously tracked by the endoscope camera. The camera's pose can thereby be derived and relevant medical structures can be superimposed on the video image. This paper focuses on the latter step. We have implemented several promising real-time algorithms and incorporated them into the Open Source Toolkit MITK (www.mitk.org). Furthermore, we have evaluated them for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) navigation scenarios. For this purpose, a virtual evaluation environment has been developed, which allows for the simulation of navigation targets and navigation aids, including their measurement errors. Besides evaluating the accuracy of the computed pose, we have analyzed the impact of an inaccurate pose and the resulting displacement of navigation targets in Augmented Reality.

  17. The Subjective Visual Vertical and the Subjective Haptic Vertical Access Different Gravity Estimates.

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    Fraser, Lindsey E; Makooie, Bobbak; Harris, Laurence R

    2015-01-01

    The subjective visual vertical (SVV) and the subjective haptic vertical (SHV) both claim to probe the underlying perception of gravity. However, when the body is roll tilted these two measures evoke different patterns of errors with SVV generally becoming biased towards the body (A-effect, named for its discoverer, Hermann Rudolph Aubert) and SHV remaining accurate or becoming biased away from the body (E-effect, short for Entgegengesetzt-effect, meaning "opposite", i.e., opposite to the A-effect). We compared the two methods in a series of five experiments and provide evidence that the two measures access two different but related estimates of gravitational vertical. Experiment 1 compared SVV and SHV across three levels of whole-body tilt and found that SVV showed an A-effect at larger tilts while SHV was accurate. Experiment 2 found that tilting either the head or the trunk independently produced an A-effect in SVV while SHV remained accurate when the head was tilted on an upright body but showed an A-effect when the body was tilted below an upright head. Experiment 3 repeated these head/body configurations in the presence of vestibular noise induced by using disruptive galvanic vestibular stimulation (dGVS). dGVS abolished both SVV and SHV A-effects while evoking a massive E-effect in the SHV head tilt condition. Experiments 4 and 5 show that SVV and SHV do not combine in an optimally statistical fashion, but when vibration is applied to the dorsal neck muscles, integration becomes optimal. Overall our results suggest that SVV and SHV access distinct underlying gravity percepts based primarily on head and body position information respectively, consistent with a model proposed by Clemens and colleagues. PMID:26716835

  18. The Subjective Visual Vertical and the Subjective Haptic Vertical Access Different Gravity Estimates.

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    Lindsey E Fraser

    Full Text Available The subjective visual vertical (SVV and the subjective haptic vertical (SHV both claim to probe the underlying perception of gravity. However, when the body is roll tilted these two measures evoke different patterns of errors with SVV generally becoming biased towards the body (A-effect, named for its discoverer, Hermann Rudolph Aubert and SHV remaining accurate or becoming biased away from the body (E-effect, short for Entgegengesetzt-effect, meaning "opposite", i.e., opposite to the A-effect. We compared the two methods in a series of five experiments and provide evidence that the two measures access two different but related estimates of gravitational vertical. Experiment 1 compared SVV and SHV across three levels of whole-body tilt and found that SVV showed an A-effect at larger tilts while SHV was accurate. Experiment 2 found that tilting either the head or the trunk independently produced an A-effect in SVV while SHV remained accurate when the head was tilted on an upright body but showed an A-effect when the body was tilted below an upright head. Experiment 3 repeated these head/body configurations in the presence of vestibular noise induced by using disruptive galvanic vestibular stimulation (dGVS. dGVS abolished both SVV and SHV A-effects while evoking a massive E-effect in the SHV head tilt condition. Experiments 4 and 5 show that SVV and SHV do not combine in an optimally statistical fashion, but when vibration is applied to the dorsal neck muscles, integration becomes optimal. Overall our results suggest that SVV and SHV access distinct underlying gravity percepts based primarily on head and body position information respectively, consistent with a model proposed by Clemens and colleagues.

  19. A Study to Estimate the Effectiveness of Visual Testing Training for Aviation Maintenance Management

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    Law, Lewis Lyle

    2007-01-01

    The Air Commerce Act of 1926 set the beginning for standards in aviation maintenance. Even after deregulation in the late l970s, maintenance standards and requirements still have not changed far from their initial criteria. After a potential candidate completes Federal Aviation Administration training prerequisites, they may test for their Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate. Performing maintenance in the aviation industry for a minimum of three years, the technician may then test for their Inspection Authorization (IA). After receiving their Airframe and Powerplant certificate, a technician is said to have a license to perform. At no time within the three years to eligibility for Inspection Authorization are they required to attend higher-level inspection training. What a technician learns in the aviation maintenance industry is handed down from a seasoned technician to the new hire or is developed from lessons learned on the job. Only in Europe has the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) required higher-level training for their aviation maintenance technicians in order to control maintenance related accidents (Lu, 2005). Throughout the 1990s both the General Accounting Office (GAO) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made public that the FAA is historically understaffed (GAO, 1996). In a safety recommendation the NTSB stated "The Safety Board continues to lack confidence in the FAA's commitment to provide effective quality assurance and safety oversight of the ATC system (NTSB, 1990)." The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been known to be proactive in creating safer skies. With such reports you would suspect the FAA to also be proactive in developing more stringent inspection training for aviation maintenance technicians. The purpose of this study is to estimate the effectiveness of higher-level inspection training, such as Visual Testing (VT) for aviation maintenance technicians, to improve the safety of aircraft and to make

  20. Determination of left ventricular heart volume by fast MRI in breath-hold technique: how different are quantitative ventricular angiography, quantitative MRI, and visual echocardiography?; Linksventrikulaere Herzvoluminabestimmung mittels schneller MRT in Atemanhaltetechnik: Wie unterschiedlich sind quantitativer Herzkatheter, quantitativer MRT und visuelle Echokardiographie?

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    Rominger, M.B.; Bachmann, G.F. [Giessen Univ. (Germany). Diagnostische Radiologie; Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH, Bad Nauheim (Germany). Projektgruppe Magnetresonanztomographie; Pabst, W. [Giessen Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Medizinische Informatik; Ricken, W.W. [Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH, Bad Nauheim (Germany). Projektgruppe Magnetresonanztomographie; Dinkel, H.P.; Rau, W.S. [Giessen Univ. (Germany). Diagnostische Radiologie

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    Goal: Comparison of fast MRI, echocardiography (Echo), and ventricular angiography (Cath) in the assessment of left ventricular global function. Methods: Fast MRI in short axis plane, biplane Cath, and 2D Echo were performed in 62 patients [35 coronary artery diseases, 16 acquired valvular diseases (VD), 9 dilated cardiomyopathies (DCM), 1 congenital heart disease and 1 heart transplantation]. Enddiastolic (EDV), endsystolic (ESV), stroke volumes (SV), cardiac output (CO), and ejection fraction (EF) were compared in MRI and Cath. EF was visually estimated in 2D Echo by an experienced observer. Results: In comparison to MRI, Cath overestimated EF by 8.4%, and Echo underestimated EF by 5.6%. The limits of agreement between MRI and Cath in EF were {+-}23.8%, between MRI and Echo {+-}18%, and between Echo and Cath {+-}19.4%. Significant differences were found between Cath and MRI in EDV, SV, and CO, but not for ESV. The best agreement in EF was found in the group with DCM, the worst in the group with VD. Conclusion: Important systemic and random errors were found in the comparison of MRI, Echo, and Cath. For therapy decision and follow-up, the methods should not be exchanged unscrupulously. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Methodenvergleich von schneller Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT), Echokardiographie (Echo) und Herzkatheter (HK) in der Bestimmung linksventrikulaerer globaler Funktionsparameter. Material und Methoden: Bei 62 Patienten (35 koronare Herzerkrankungen, 16 Herzklappenvitien (KV), 9 idiopathische dilatative Kardiomyopathien (DCM), 1 kongenitale Herzerkrankung und 1 Herzktransplantation) wurde ein Methodenvergleich zwischen schneller Cine MRT im Kurzachsenschnitt, biplanarem HK und 2D Echo durchgefuehrt. Verglichen wurden in MRT und HK linksventrikulaeres enddiastolisches (EDV) und endsystolisches Volumen (ESV), Schlagvolumen (SV), Herzzeitvolumen (HZV) und Ejektionsfraktion (EF). In der Echo wurde die EF visuell durch einen erfahrenen Untersucher bestimmt

  1. Estimation of utility values from visual analog scale measures of health in patients undergoing cardiac surgery

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    Full Text Available Lars Oddershede,1,2 Jan Jesper Andreasen,1 Lars Ehlers2 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Center for Cardiovascular Research, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark; 2Danish Center for Healthcare Improvements, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Health Sciences, Aalborg University, Aalborg East, Denmark Introduction: In health economic evaluations, mapping can be used to estimate utility values from other health outcomes in order to calculate quality adjusted life-years. Currently, no methods exist to map visual analog scale (VAS scores to utility values. This study aimed to develop and propose a statistical algorithm for mapping five dimensions of health, measured on VASs, to utility scores in patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. Methods: Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting at Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark were asked to score their health using the five VAS items (mobility, self-care, ability to perform usual activities, pain, and presence of anxiety or depression and the EuroQol 5 Dimensions questionnaire. Regression analysis was used to estimate four mapping models from patients' age, sex, and the self-reported VAS scores. Prediction errors were compared between mapping models and on subsets of the observed utility scores. Agreement between predicted and observed values was assessed using Bland–Altman plots. Results: Random effects generalized least squares (GLS regression yielded the best results when quadratic terms of VAS scores were included. Mapping models fitted using the Tobit model and censored least absolute deviation regression did not appear superior to GLS regression. The mapping models were able to explain approximately 63%–65% of the variation in the observed utility scores. The mean absolute error of predictions increased as the observed utility values decreased. Conclusion: We concluded that it was possible to predict utility scores from VAS scores of the five

  2. Peripheral CT angiography for interventional treatment planning

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    Lower extremity CT angiography (CTA) has evolved into a very effective, widely available and robust imaging modality for patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). In this article we briefly review the acquisition and contrast administration techniques for 4- through 64-channel peripheral CTA. Visualization of atherosclerotic disease with CTA in general requires 'angiography-like' 3D images (such as volume rendered or maximum intensity projection images), but-notably in the presence of vessel wall calcifications and stents-cross-sectional views (such as curved planar reformations, CPR) are also required to accurately assess the flow lumen of the aorta down to the pedal arteries. Adequate visualization and mapping of atherosclerotic lesions in patients with PAOD is not only a prerequisite for generating a dictated report, but more importantly, standardized postprocessed images are the key to communicating the findings to the treating physician, and they also serve as a treatment planning tool. Treatment decisions (surgical versus transluminal revascularization, or conservative treatment), and percutaneous treatment planning (access site, antegrade versus retrograde puncture) can be made in the majority of patients with PAOD based on lower extremity CT angiograms. (orig.)

  3. Coronary CT angiography and MR angiography of Kawasaki disease

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    Although the incidence of coronary artery aneurysms has diminished in patients with Kawasaki disease, coronary artery involvement is still regarded as a major complication of the disease, significantly affecting morbidity and mortality. Recent technical advances in coronary CT angiography (CTA) and MR angiography (MRA) have led to the possibility of using these two imaging methods as minimally invasive alternatives to the more invasive diagnostic catheter angiography in evaluating coronary artery abnormalities, such as aneurysm, stenosis, and occlusion. In this article, we describe imaging techniques and findings of coronary CTA and MRA in Kawasaki disease. (orig.)

  4. Magnetic resonance angiography

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    MR angiography (MRA) proved to be promising combined to MR-Imaging (MRI) in the assessment of intrathoracic masses. Sequential FLASH 2D-angiograms were acquired in breathhold technique using the following parameters: TR=30 ms, TE=10 ms, FA=30deg. Section thickness was 5 mm with 1 mm overlap between sequential sections. Individual conditions of the examination were achieved by an automatised control procedure. Targeted MIP-postprocessing resulted in 3D-reconstructions illustrating vascular anatomy and avoiding superimposition. Presentation should be done by cine-mode for better spatial impression. This method was evaluated in a prospective study of 21 patients with malignant pulmonary and mediastinal masses in addition to spin-echo imaging. The diagnostic contribution concerning the relationship between the mass and the vasculature like displacement, stenosis, and poststenotic perfusion defect were assessed. (orig.)

  5. Estimates of genetic parameters for visual scores and their correlation with production and reproductive traits in Brahman cattle

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    Tássia Souza Bertipaglia; Luis Orlando Duitama Carreño; Carlos Henrique Cavallini Machado; Cristiana Andrighetto; Ricardo da Fonseca

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of visual scores of body structure, precocity and muscularity with production (body weight at 18 months and average daily gain) and reproductive (scrotal circumference) traits in Brahman cattle in order to determine the possible use of these scores as selection criteria to improve carcass quality. Covariance components were estimated by the restricted maximum likelihood method using an animal model that included contemporary group as...

  6. Hyperpolarized 13C MR angiography

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    Lipsø, Hans Kasper Wigh; Magnusson, Peter; Ardenkjær-Larsen, Jan Henrik

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a non-invasive technology that can be used for diagnosis and monitoring of cardiovascular disease; the number one cause of mortality worldwide. Hyperpolarized imaging agents provide signal enhancement of more than 10, 000 times, which implies large reduction...... angiography in the rat, and compare the performance of two standard angiographic pulse sequences, the gradient echo (GRE) sequence and the balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP). 2D coronal cerebral angiographies using intra-arterial injections were acquired with a GRE sequence with in-plane resolution...

  7. Breath-hold two-dimensional MR angiography of coronary arteries. Comparison with conventional coronary angiography in ten cases

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    Purpose: To assess the diagnostic value of two-dimensional coronary magnetic resonance (MR) angiography in patients evaluated for ischemic heart disease. Materials and methods: Ten patients who underwent selective cardiac catheterization with coronary MR angiography were evaluated with two-dimensional coronary MR angiography. Coronary MR angiography was performed with breath-hold fat-suppressed ECG-gated Turbo-FLASH with K-space segmentation using a 1.5 T imager. Results: The left main coronary artery, proximal left anterior descending artery, circumflex artery and right coronary artery were demonstrated in all cases. Continuous segments (mean) of left anterior descending, circumflex and right coronary arteries visualized on MRA were 6.72 +- 3.16 cm, 3.67 +- 4.81 cm and 7.93 +- 3.12 cm respectively. The overall sensitivity for detection of hemodynamically significant coronary artery lesion (≥50%) was 62.5% respectively. Conclusion: Breath-hold two-dimensional coronary MR angiography was useful in showing relatively long segments of the main coronary arteries and also has potential in depicting hemodynamically significant coronary artery lesions

  8. Estimated cases of blindness and visual impairment from neovascular age-related macular degeneration avoided in Australia by ranibizumab treatment.

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    Full Text Available Intravitreal injections of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents, such as ranibizumab, have significantly improved the management of neovascular age-related macular degeneration. This study used patient-level simulation modelling to estimate the number of individuals in Australia who would have been likely to avoid legal blindness or visual impairment due to neovascular age-related macular degeneration over a 2-year period as a result of intravitreal ranibizumab injections. The modelling approach used existing data for the incidence of neovascular age-related macular degeneration in Australia and outcomes from ranibizumab trials. Blindness and visual impairment were defined as visual acuity in the better-seeing eye of worse than 6/60 or 6/12, respectively. In 2010, 14,634 individuals in Australia were estimated to develop neovascular age-related macular degeneration who would be eligible for ranibizumab therapy. Without treatment, 2246 individuals would become legally blind over 2 years. Monthly 0.5 mg intravitreal ranibizumab would reduce incident blindness by 72% (95% simulation interval, 70-74%. Ranibizumab given as needed would reduce incident blindness by 68% (64-71%. Without treatment, 4846 individuals would become visually impaired over 2 years; this proportion would be reduced by 37% (34-39% with monthly intravitreal ranibizumab, and by 28% (23-33% with ranibizumab given as needed. These data suggest that intravitreal injections of ranibizumab, given either monthly or as needed, can substantially lower the number of cases of blindness and visual impairment over 2 years after the diagnosis of neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

  9. Digital angiography in pulmonary embolism

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    Pulmonary digital subtraction angiography was diagnostic in 98.3% of patients with possible acute pulmonary embolism. The procedure was well tolerated even in severely ill patients. A large image intensifier made simultaneous imaging of both lungs possible reducing the number of contrast injections necessary. Small volumes of low iso-osmolar concentration of modern contrast media were used. There was no need for catherization of the pulmonary artery. Theoretical considerations and our limited experience indicate that this will reduce the number of complications compared with conventional pulmonary angiography. The procedure is rapidly performed and the diagnostic accuracy high. This makes digital subtraction angiography cost effective. Digital pulmonary angiography can be recommended as the primary diagnostic method in most patients with possible pulmonary embolism. (orig.)

  10. Estimating the body portion of CT volumes by matching histograms of visual words

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    Feulner, Johannes; Zhou, S. Kevin; Seifert, Sascha; Cavallaro, Alexander; Hornegger, Joachim; Comaniciu, Dorin

    2009-02-01

    Being able to automatically determine which portion of the human body is shown by a CT volume image offers various possibilities like automatic labeling of images or initializing subsequent image analysis algorithms. This paper presents a method that takes a CT volume as input and outputs the vertical body coordinates of its top and bottom slice in a normalized coordinate system whose origin and unit length are determined by anatomical landmarks. Each slice of a volume is described by a histogram of visual words: Feature vectors consisting of an intensity histogram and a SURF descriptor are first computed on a regular grid and then classified into the closest visual words to form a histogram. The vocabulary of visual words is a quantization of the feature space by offline clustering a large number of feature vectors from prototype volumes into visual words (or cluster centers) via the K-Means algorithm. For a set of prototype volumes whose body coordinates are known the slice descriptions are computed in advance. The body coordinates of a test volume are computed by a 1D rigid registration of the test volume with the prototype volumes in axial direction. The similarity of two slices is measured by comparing their histograms of visual words. Cross validation on a dataset of 44 volumes proved the robustness of the results. Even for test volumes of ca. 20cm height, the average error was 15.8mm.

  11. Carbon dioxide digital subtraction angiography manifestations of hepatocellular carcinoma

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    LU Wei; LI Yan-hao; HE Xiao-feng; CHEN Yong; ZENG Qing-le; XU Xiao-li

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the imaging features and clinical significance of carbon dioxide digital subtraction angiography (CO2-DSA) in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).Methods: Both CO2-DSA and conventional DSA were performed in all 47 patients with HCC, and the angiographic manifestations of CO2-DSA were compared with those of conventional DSA in the same patients.Results: Peripheral arterial and capillary imaging by CO2-DSA was inferior to that by conventional DSA, although blood pools were well visualized with CO2. Improved visualization of arterioportal shunting (APS)was obtained with CO2-DSA compared with that by conventional angiography. APS was observed in 33 cases by CO2-DSA and in 12 cases by conventional angiography (P<0. 001). Retrograde visualization of the portal vein (PV) trunk and its large branches was demonstrated in 16 cases by CO2-DSA and in 1 case by conventional DSA (P<0. 001). The manifestation of lipiodol retention in the tumors was consistent with CO2-DSA images after TAE in 38 cases, and with those of conventional DSA in 23 cases (P<0. 01). Conclusion: CO2-DSA was superior to conventional DSA in the detection of APS and retrograde visualization of PV system,and the former can provide usefulness information for the treatment planning (chemoembolization) and patient prognosis. Demonstration of APS by CO2-DSA may suggest the presence of intrahepatic metastases.

  12. Angiography: Indication-time-risk

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    In diseases of the cerebral blood vessels, CT is indispensable only if surgical measures must be decided on. Unless early surgery within the first 2 to 6 hours is possible and intended, angiographies should not be carried out on the first day. Also, it should never be applied in case of a paralysis. General experience has shown that the incidence of complications in angiography is higher for vascular diseases than for other indications. (orig.)

  13. ARM MOVEMENT AS A CUE FOR THE ESTIMATION OF VISUAL LOCATION.

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    Kirsch, Wladimir; Kunde, Wilfried

    2015-08-01

    Two experiments including 24 (M age=29 yr., SD=9; 6 men) and 25 participants (M age=27 yr., SD=9; 8 men), respectively, examined how arm movement extent affects the perception of visual locations. Linear arm movements were performed on a horizontal plane from a start position until an auditory signal occurred. Subsequently, the position of a visual target located along the movement path was judged. The target was judged as further away with an increase in movement extent. The results indicated that motor-related signals are taken into account in visual perception of locations. There were no indications, though, that changes of location perception prompted subsequent changes of action planning, which demonstrates the short-term nature of action-induced plasticity of space perception under the present conditions. PMID:26302194

  14. High flow run-off angiography

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    In this paper we investigated an improved technique for conventional run-off angiography. With this method only five (with the shortest KDT's) to ten 14-inch cut films are required for the entire abdominal and run-off study, which results in a reduction in film cost. Several authors report estimation of blood flow velocity by observing a hand injected test dose in the aorta or at the knee level on one or both sides, but they have not provided a quantitative analysis. In our study the knee delay time was determined using the power injector and DSA facilities for better accuracy. (orig./MG)

  15. Estimates of genetic parameters for visual scores and their correlation with production and reproductive traits in Brahman cattle

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    Tássia Souza Bertipaglia

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of visual scores of body structure, precocity and muscularity with production (body weight at 18 months and average daily gain and reproductive (scrotal circumference traits in Brahman cattle in order to determine the possible use of these scores as selection criteria to improve carcass quality. Covariance components were estimated by the restricted maximum likelihood method using an animal model that included contemporary group as fixed effect. A total of 1,116 observations of body structure, precocity and muscularity were used. Heritability was 0.39, 043 and 0.40 for body structure, precocity and muscularity, respectively. The genetic correlations were 0.79 between body structure and precocity, 0.87 between body structure and muscularity, and 0.91 between precocity and muscularity. The genetic correlations between visual scores and body weight at 18 months were positive (0.77, 0.57 and 0.59 for body structure, precocity and muscularity, respectively. Similar genetic correlations were observed between average daily gain and visual scores (0.60, 0.57 and 0.48, respectively, whereas the genetic correlations between scrotal circumference and these scores were low (0.13, 0.02, and 0.13. The results indicate that visual scores can be used as selection criteria in Brahman breeding programs. Favorable correlated responses should be seen in average daily gain and body weight at 18 months. However, no correlated response is expected for scrotal circumference.

  16. Estimating Occupancy of Rare Fishes Using Visual Surveys, with a Comparison to Backpack Electrofishing

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    Albanese, Brett; Owers, Katharine A.; Weiler, Deborah A.; Pruitt, William

    2011-01-01

    There is an ongoing need to monitor the status of imperiled fishes in the southeastern United States using effective methods. Visual surveys minimize harm to target species, but few studies have specifically examined their effectiveness compared to other methods or accounted for imperfect species de

  17. Effects of paradoxical suppression on contrast-enhanced MR angiography

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    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) with contrast medium is increasingly being used in examination of the abdomen, pelvis, and lower limbs. However, angiography at opposed phase causes paradoxical suppression (PS) due to the higher fat content of these areas. We evaluated the effect of PS on the ability to visualize blood vessels. The items evaluated included the effect of contrast medium concentration and TE (echo time) on PS as well as a comparison of fat suppression with the subtraction technique by referring to a mock blood vessel and pictures obtained by subjecting volunteers to MRA with contrast medium. Shorter TE and higher concentrations of contrast medium both reduced PS. The ability to visualize blood vessels was reduced by the subtraction technique, as compared with fat suppression. In clinical studies, fat suppression is essential. Hence, when MRA with contrast medium is performed with an apparatus or at a site where fat suppression is not feasible, PS must be taken into account to establish parameters. (author)

  18. Carbon Dioxide Angiography: Scientific Principles and Practice.

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    Cho, Kyung Jae

    2015-09-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas which occurs naturally in the atmosphere and human body. With the advent of digital subtraction angiography, the gas has been used as a safe and useful alternative contrast agent in both arteriography and venography. Because of its lack of renal toxicity and allergic potential, CO2 is a preferred contrast agent in patients with renal failure or contrast allergy, and particularly in patients who require large volumes of contrast medium for complex endovascular procedures. Understanding of the unique physical properties of CO2 (high solubility, low viscosity, buoyancy, and compressibility) is essential in obtaining a successful CO2 angiogram and in guiding endovascular intervention. Unlike iodinated contrast material, CO2 displaces the blood and produces a negative contrast for digital subtraction imaging. Indications for use of CO2 as a contrast agent include: aortography and runoff, detection of bleeding, renal transplant arteriography, portal vein visualization with wedged hepatic venous injection, venography, arterial and venous interventions, and endovascular aneurysm repair. CO2 should not be used in the thoracic aorta, the coronary artery, and cerebral circulation. Exploitation of CO2 properties, avoidance of air contamination and facile catheterization technique are important to the safe and effective performance of CO2 angiography and CO2-guided endovascular intervention. PMID:26509137

  19. The Subjective Visual Vertical and the Subjective Haptic Vertical Access Different Gravity Estimates

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    2015-01-01

    The subjective visual vertical (SVV) and the subjective haptic vertical (SHV) both claim to probe the underlying perception of gravity. However, when the body is roll tilted these two measures evoke different patterns of errors with SVV generally becoming biased towards the body (A-effect, named for its discoverer, Hermann Rudolph Aubert) and SHV remaining accurate or becoming biased away from the body (E-effect, short for Entgegengesetzt-effect, meaning "opposite", i.e., opposite to the A-ef...

  20. Estimation of Mental Effort in Learning Visual Search by Measuring Pupil Response

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    Takeuchi, Tatsuto; Puntous, Théodore; Tuladhar, Anup; Yoshimoto, Sanae; Shirama, Aya

    2011-01-01

    Perceptual learning refers to the improvement of perceptual sensitivity and performance with training. In this study, we examined whether learning is accompanied by a release from mental effort on the task, leading to automatization of the learned task. For this purpose, we had subjects conduct a visual search for a target, defined by a combination of orientation and spatial frequency, while we monitored their pupil size. It is well known that pupil size reflects the strength of mental effort...

  1. Changes of Indocyanine Green and Fluorescein Angiography in Multiple Evanescent White-dot Syndrome: A Case Report

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    Changxian Yi; Guilin Zhao; Jiexiong Ou; Hong Yan

    2003-01-01

    Purpose: To study the clinicopathological change on "Multiple Evanescent White-dot Syndrome (MEWDS)"through fundus angiogrphy analyses.Methods:Examing the case with fluorescein angiography (FFA) and indocyanine green angiography(ICGA), visual field and following up for 15 months.Results :There exist multiple white dots in the fundus photo and angiography. The changes on ICGA maintain longer than fundus photo and FFA. Papille may be edematous and macula could present with special hypofluorescent flecks.Conclusions:MEWDS has specific angiographic features. Its pathological changes involve deep retinal pigment epithelium(RPE) as well as choroidal capillaries. The prognosis of the visual acuity for MEWDS is very good.

  2. 64. The prevalence of coronary artery anomalies in Qassim province detected by cardiac computed tomography angiography

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery anomalies (CAAs affect about 1% of the general population based on invasive coronary angiography (ICA data, computed tomography angiography (CTA enables better visualization of the origin, course, relation to the adjacent structures, and termination of CAAs compared to ICA. The aim of our work is to estimate the frequency of CAAs in Qassim province among patients underwent cardiac CTA at PSCCQ. Retrospective analysis of the CTA data of 2235 patients between 2009 and 2015. The prevalence of CAAs in our study was 1.029%. Among the 2235 patients, 241 (10.78% had CAAs or coronary variants, 198 (8.85% had myocardial bridging, 34 (1.52% had a variable location of the Coronary Ostia, Twenty two (0.98% had a separate origin of left anterior descending (LAD and left circumflex coronary (LCX arteries, ten (0.447% had a separate origin of the RCA and the Conus artery. Seventeen (0.76% had an anomalous origin of the coronaries. Six (0.268% had a coronary artery fistula, which is connected mainly to the right heart chambers, one of these fistulas was complicated by acute myocardial infarction. The incidence of CAAs in our patient population was similar to the former studies, CTA is an excellent tool for diagnosis and guiding the management of the CAAs.

  3. Acoustic Angiography: A New Imaging Modality for Assessing Microvasculature Architecture

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    Ryan C. Gessner

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to provide the biomedical imaging community with details of a new high resolution contrast imaging approach referred to as “acoustic angiography.” Through the use of dual-frequency ultrasound transducer technology, images acquired with this approach possess both high resolution and a high contrast-to-tissue ratio, which enables the visualization of microvascular architecture without significant contribution from background tissues. Additionally, volumetric vessel-tissue integration can be visualized by using b-mode overlays acquired with the same probe. We present a brief technical overview of how the images are acquired, followed by several examples of images of both healthy and diseased tissue volumes. 3D images from alternate modalities often used in preclinical imaging, contrast-enhanced micro-CT and photoacoustics, are also included to provide a perspective on how acoustic angiography has qualitatively similar capabilities to these other techniques. These preliminary images provide visually compelling evidence to suggest that acoustic angiography may serve as a powerful new tool in preclinical and future clinical imaging.

  4. [Leopard-spot pattern in fluorescein angiography].

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    Friedel, S; Polak, A

    2013-04-01

    The uveal effusion syndrome is a rare disease characterized by serous choroidal detachment. The pathogenesis of idiopathic uveal effusion syndrome has not yet been conclusively established. One hypothesis is an abnormality of diffusion of extravascular proteins in the choroid leading to decompensation of the pigment epithelium pumping capacity. Fluid then accumulates in the subretinal space leading to retinal detachment which results in loss of visual acuity. It typically affects males and hypermetropia is another risk factor. When looking at the fundus a circular serous detachment of the choroid and choroidal puckering is typical. The fluorescein angiography shows hyperfluorescence in the form of a leopard-spot pattern. Space-occupying lesions have to be excluded with the help of ultrasound or magnetic resonance tomography. The uveal effusion syndrome is a diagnosis by exclusion. Treatment varies because of the different hypotheses for the pathogenesis. An intraocular tamponade in combination with laser coagulation may for example be an effective treatment. PMID:23338531

  5. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography

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    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) protocols are based on standard sequence protocols like time of flight MRA, which evaluates inflowing spins. This technique is limited by a variety of artifacts like the saturation artifact via turbulent blood flow. Contrast media diminish these artifacts like extracellular agents and blood-pool contrast media. The clinical value of the contrast-enhanced MRA for cerebral pathologies is based on the use of the paramagnetic contrast agent Gd-DTPA. For extracerebral diseases this technique is restricted because of the simultaneous visualization of both arterial and venous vascular territorities. Occult venous sinus thrombosis or AV malformations are clinical essential indications for the use of C-MRA. Experimental data prove the excellent contrast abilities of blood-pool agents like Gd-DTPA-polylysin or Gd-DTPA-albumin, which demonstrate long intravascular persistence and retarded excretion. (orig.)

  6. Angiography. 2. tot. rev. and enl. ed.; Angiographie

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    Schild, H. (ed.); Born, M.; Eckert, B.; Hofer, U.; Kaltenborn, H.; Kersjes, W.; Malms, J.; Remig, J.; Schunk, K.; Strunk, H.; Urbach, H.; Wilhelm, K.

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    New features of the second German edition of this standard textbook: a novel, attractive layout supporting the didactic concept, including highlighted important information and compact summaries. - Comparative evaluation with other methods, such as color Doppler sonography and MR angiography. - Comprehensive revision of images and addition of new pictures. (orig./CB) [German] Neu in der 2. Auflage: neues, ansprechendes Layout fuer noch mehr Didaktik und ''Spass am Lernen'' durch Merksaetze und Zusammenfassungen. - Vergleich mit anderen Verfahren wie Farbdoppler-Sonographie und MR-Angiographie. - Umfassende Ueberarbeitung und Erweiterung des Bildmaterials. (orig./AJ)

  7. Estimated Visualization of Dose Calculation with GEANT4 in Medical Linac

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    Geant4 is a toolkit used to simulate the pass age of particles through matter. Recently, it has been used in many medical physics applications. In radiotherapy, positron emission tomography, and magnetic resonance tomography, Geant4 has been applied to accurately simulate the propagation of particles and the interaction of particles, not only with medical devices, but also with patient's phantoms.1,2 Many researchers try to use patient's image data to calculate the dose. The use of DICOM images files to simulate is desired. We construct detector with parameterized volume for Geant4 simulations, which can be applied to simulations using DICOM data as the input.We try to apply this code to the patient's DICOM images to simulate the propagation and interaction of the particles. So we can calculate the absorbed dose of the patient. In this study, the used visualization tool is called gMocren. The purpose of the present paper is to verify a volume visualization tool that simultaneously displays both the complex patient data and the simulated dose distribution with real patient's DICOM data. We applied a volume visualization tool for GEANT4 simulation. We developed to create the each voxel's dose tables of the every slices and review the distribution with DICOM file, gMocren is very convenience tool but provide only qualitative analysis. We need more enhanced functions to display contour like RTP and utility program to create dose table in every points.

  8. Comparison of intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography with conventional angiography after transcatheter arterial embolization for hepatic malignancy

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    Twenty patients with hepatic malignancy were treated with transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) under examination by intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (IA-DSA) and conventional angiography (CA). Comparison of these two angiographies revealed that the time required for confirmation of the embolized portion of the artery was about four-and-a-half times shorter with IA-DSA than CA. Moreover, IA-DSA revealed the obstructed portion more readily and accurately than CA. In particular, confirmation could not be made by CA in 35% of cases because of residual Gelform sponge containing contrast medium in the artery. The visualization of residual tumor stain after TAE was 40% better on IA-DSA than CA, because of residual Gelform sponge containing contrast medium and overlapping shadow with calcified costal cartilage, excretory pyelography, and original tumor stain. However, CA was better than IA-DSA in visualizing accidental obstruction of nonobjective arteries such as the cystic artery because of the poor spatial resolution and misregistration artifacts of IA-DSA. CA was better than IA-DSA in visualizing surrounding nonembolized hepatic parenchyma because of the misregistration artifacts of IA-DSA. For effective TAE without severe complication, we concluded that TAE for HCC should be performed under a combination of IA-DSA and CA. (author)

  9. Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

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  10. Your Radiologist Explains Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

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    ... produced by: Image/Video Gallery Your Radiologist Explains Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) Transcript Welcome to Radiology Info dot ... I’d like to talk with you about magnetic resonance angiography, or as it’s commonly known, MRA. MRA ...

  11. Assessment of anemia during CT pulmonary angiography

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    Objectives: Anemia is associated with increased mortality in patients with acute symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of Hounsfield unit (HU) measurements on the single unenhanced trigger slice of pulmonary CT angiography scans for diagnosis of anemia. Material and Methods: 150 consecutive patients (median age 64 ± 16 years) with suspected PE underwent pulmonary CT angiography. Two radiologists, blinded to laboratory results, performed HU measurements in the single unenhanced trigger scan independently by region-based analysis (ROI). HU values from ascending and descending aorta and the calculated mean of both were correlated with serum hemoglobin levels. Inter- and intraobserver variability was determined for HU measurements, and ROC analysis was performed for diagnosis of anemia. Calculated linear models were used to assess formulas for estimation of hemoglobin levels from HU measurements. Results: HU measurements revealed high intra- and interrater reliability (ICC > 0.981 and ICC > 0.965, respectively). Calculated mean HU values showed a strong correlation with serum hemoglobin levels (r = 0.734), which allowed generation of different formulas for calculation of hemoglobin levels from HU measurements. ROC analyses confirmed a high sensitivity (80.4 for men; 91.3 for women) and specificity (84.0 for men; 84.9 for women) for diagnosing anemia. Conclusion: Diagnosis of anemia and quantification of hemoglobin levels upon a single unenhanced trigger scan of pulmonary CT angiography is feasible. We suggest disclosing the anemic state in the radiological report, independent of the presence of PE, since anemia carries increased risks of morbidity and mortality.

  12. Assessment of anemia during CT pulmonary angiography

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    Jung, Caroline, E-mail: cjung@uke.de [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Groth, Michael; Bley, Thorsten A.; Henes, Frank O. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Treszl, András [Department of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Adam, Gerhard; Bannas, Peter [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany)

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    Objectives: Anemia is associated with increased mortality in patients with acute symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of Hounsfield unit (HU) measurements on the single unenhanced trigger slice of pulmonary CT angiography scans for diagnosis of anemia. Material and Methods: 150 consecutive patients (median age 64 ± 16 years) with suspected PE underwent pulmonary CT angiography. Two radiologists, blinded to laboratory results, performed HU measurements in the single unenhanced trigger scan independently by region-based analysis (ROI). HU values from ascending and descending aorta and the calculated mean of both were correlated with serum hemoglobin levels. Inter- and intraobserver variability was determined for HU measurements, and ROC analysis was performed for diagnosis of anemia. Calculated linear models were used to assess formulas for estimation of hemoglobin levels from HU measurements. Results: HU measurements revealed high intra- and interrater reliability (ICC > 0.981 and ICC > 0.965, respectively). Calculated mean HU values showed a strong correlation with serum hemoglobin levels (r = 0.734), which allowed generation of different formulas for calculation of hemoglobin levels from HU measurements. ROC analyses confirmed a high sensitivity (80.4 for men; 91.3 for women) and specificity (84.0 for men; 84.9 for women) for diagnosing anemia. Conclusion: Diagnosis of anemia and quantification of hemoglobin levels upon a single unenhanced trigger scan of pulmonary CT angiography is feasible. We suggest disclosing the anemic state in the radiological report, independent of the presence of PE, since anemia carries increased risks of morbidity and mortality.

  13. Cardiac catheterization and angiography. Third edition

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    This book discusses the papers on cardiac catheterization and angiography. The topics covered are: historical perspective and present practice of cardiac catheterization; angiography principles and utilization of radiologic and cineangiographic equipment; complications, incidence and prevention of side effects of cardiac catheterization; techniques; blood flow measurement of heart; pressure measurement; diagnostic techniques of angiography; special catheter techniques; coronary angiography, temporary and permanent pacemakers, potential role of lasers in the cardiac catheterization and evaluation of cardiac function

  14. Estimating the critical thermal maximum (CTmax) of bed bugs, Cimex lectularius: Comparing thermolimit respirometry with traditional visual methods.

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    DeVries, Zachary C; Kells, Stephen A; Appel, Arthur G

    2016-07-01

    Evaluating the critical thermal maximum (CTmax) in insects has provided a number of challenges. Visual observations of endpoints (onset of spasms, loss of righting response, etc.) can be difficult to measure consistently, especially with smaller insects. To resolve this problem, Lighton and Turner (2004) developed a new technique: thermolimit respirometry (TLR). TLR combines real time measurements of both metabolism (V·CO2) and activity to provide two independent, objective measures of CTmax. However, several questions still remain regarding the precision of TLR and how accurate it is in relation to traditional methods. Therefore, we evaluated CTmax of bed bugs using both traditional (visual) methods and TLR at three important metabolic periods following feeding (1d, 9d, and 21d). Both methods provided similar estimates of CTmax, although traditional methods produced consistently lower values (0.7-1°C lower than TLR). Despite similar levels of precision, TLR provided a more complete profile of thermal tolerance, describing changes in metabolism and activity leading up to the CTmax, not available through traditional methods. In addition, feeding status had a significant effect on bed bug CTmax, with bed bugs starved 9d (45.19[±0.20]°C) having the greatest thermal tolerance, followed by bed bugs starved 1d (44.64[±0.28]°C), and finally bed bugs starved 21d (44.12[±0.28]°C). Accuracy of traditional visual methods in relation to TLR is highly dependent on the selected endpoint; however, when performed correctly, both methods provide precise, accurate, and reliable estimations of CTmax. PMID:26970580

  15. Magnetic Resonance angiography. Pt 1

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    The objective of this paper is to describe the basic physical principles important in magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). The data used were obtained from recent articles on MRA and direct experience working with prototype MRA sequence. The information is presented in a manner suitable for those unfamiliar with the principles of MRA and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Magnetic resonance angiography is an important method that can be used to obtain angiograms without the injection of intravascular contrast medium. It is already proving to be of clinical use in the assessment of vascular disease. 11 refs., 5 figs

  16. Estimation of mental effort in learning visual search by measuring pupil response.

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    Full Text Available Perceptual learning refers to the improvement of perceptual sensitivity and performance with training. In this study, we examined whether learning is accompanied by a release from mental effort on the task, leading to automatization of the learned task. For this purpose, we had subjects conduct a visual search for a target, defined by a combination of orientation and spatial frequency, while we monitored their pupil size. It is well known that pupil size reflects the strength of mental effort invested in a task. We found that pupil size increased rapidly as the learning proceeded in the early phase of training and decreased at the later phase to a level half of its maximum value. This result does not support the simple automatization hypothesis. Instead, it suggests that the mental effort and behavioral performance reflect different aspects of perceptual learning. Further, mental effort would be continued to be invested to maintain good performance at a later stage of training.

  17. New abdominal CT angiography protocol on a 16 detector-row CT scanner - first results

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    Purpose. Purpose of this study was the implementation of a new abdominal CT angiography protocol on a 16 detector-row CT scanner and the comparison to selective catheter angiography.Methods. 76 patients with various vascular disorders underwent abdominal CT angiography on a recently developed 16 detector-row CT scanner using submillimeter slice collimation (16 x 0.75 mm). Results were compared with mesenteric and/or hepatic angiography in 17 patients performed during tumor embolization. Opacification was provided using individually tailored contrast application with a test bolus setting. To evaluate the contrast injection protocol density measurements within the vessel lumen were performed.Results. Diagnostic image quality was achieved in all patients with angiographic comparison (n = 17). Within the hepatic and mesenteric vasculature up to 4th generation vessels could be identified. Compared to selctive angiography CT angiography provided equivalent morphologic information up to the detectable vessel generation. With the applied contrast application regimen there were no significant differences in vessel enhancement along the abdominal aorta and iliac arteries.Conclusion. 16 detector-row CT enables whole abdominal angiographic studies with submillimeter resolution in a single breath-hold. The improved spatial resolution enables for high quality 3D visualization. Compared to invasive angiography, 16 detector-row CT reveals equivalent morphologic information. (orig.)

  18. Role of 3-D Conventional Angiography In Evaluation of Intra Carnial Aneurysms

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    Ahmed M Bassiouny*, Maher M Arafa*, Sameh M Abdelwahab*,

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: intracranial aneurysms are pathological enlargement of the brain arteries that are most commonly located in the circle of Willis. Intracranial aneurysms are relatively common with a prevalence of approximately 4%. The real danger of aneurysms is subarachnoid hemorrhage. 3D digital subtraction angiography has become a critical imaging tool in neuroradiology allowing for the visualization of detailed cerebral vasculature prior to any intervention. Aim of the work: The aim of this work is to evaluate the diagnostic performance of 3D conventional angiography in the evaluation of intracranial aneurysms compared with the conventional cerebral angiography. Methods: The studied group included 20 patients (5 men and 15 women with subarachnoid hemorrhage or known to have cerebral aneurysms. All patients were subjected to conventional cerebral angiography and 3D cerebral angiography, using C-arm (Toshiba rotational technique.Results: 3D digital subtraction angiography is superior to conventional digital subtraction angiography in 100% of the cases 3D imaging revealed the proper aneurysmal shape, size, precise assessment of its neck and relation to the surrounding vessels. Conclusion: Three-dimensional DSA improves the detection and delineation of intracranial aneurysms

  19. Estimating cohesion in small groups using audio-visual nonverbal behavior

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    Cohesiveness in teams is an essential part of ensuring the smooth running of task-oriented groups. Research in social psychology and management has shown that good cohesion in groups can be correlated with team effectiveness or productivity, so automatically estimating group cohesion for team traini

  20. Comparing the Effect of Interavitreal Bevacizumab in Visual Acuity of Ischemic and Non-Ischemic Diabetic Macular Edema

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    2013-01-01

    Background: The paper tries to examine the effect of avastin on visual acuity in patients with Ischemic and non-ischemic diabetic macular edema which was estimated convenient, inexpensive, safe, and quick in contrast to laser or deep vitrectomy. Materials and Methods: In this clinical trial study, patients with clinically significant macular edema (CSMA) were subjected to fluorescein angiography (FA) and people whose foveal avascular zones (FAZ) were over 1000 µm were defined as ischemic diab...

  1. Techniques of angiography

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    Angiographic examinations, whether performed with catheter techniques or digital subtraction procedures, must be tailored to the clinical problem and status of the patient. For example, the evaluation of atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease requires that the arterial geography from the level of the celiac artery to the distal lower extremity vessels be visualized. However, the patient who presents with concomitant renal failure may need to receive an abridged study concentrating on only the specific clinical problem. The various chapters of this book suggest the optimum views and techniques for the multiple clinical problems associated with vascular disease. This chapter will deal with the general principles of angiographic evaluation and technique

  2. Initialisation and Estimation Methods for Batch Optimisation of Inertial/Visual SLAM

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    Skoglund, Martin; Sjanic, Zoran; Gustafsson, Fredrik

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    Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) denotes the problem of jointly localizing a moving platform and mapping the environment. This work studies the SLAM problem using a combination of inertial sensors, measuring the platform's accelerations and angular velocities, and a monocular camera observing the environment. We formulate the SLAM problem on a nonlinear least squares (NLS) batch form, whose solution provides a smoothed estimate of the motion and map. The NLS problem is highly nonc...

  3. Delayed clopidogrel transit during myocardial infarction evident on angiography.

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    Ghobrial, Joanna; Gibson, C Michael; Pinto, Duane S

    2015-05-01

    We describe the case of a patient with non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) where a limitation of oral clopidogrel loading prior to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was directly visualized on angiography. Clopidogrel is a thienopyridine antiplatelet agent used in acute coronary syndromes. It reduces platelet aggregation via inhibition of the P2Y12 receptor. Clopidogrel is an inactive metabolite that is metabolized into the active metabolite by the cytochrome P450 isoenzymes located mostly in the liver and partly in the gastrointestinal system. As such, it requires at least 2 hours to reach maximal effect. A 63-year-old female went to an outside facility where she was diagnosed with NSTEMI and underwent angiography. She was administered 324 mg of aspirin and 600 mg of clopidogrel, and was transferred to our facility. Upon arrival, approximately 1.5 hours after the oral loading dose, the clopidogrel tablets were visualized intact in the stomach during angiography, implying a very low likelihood of adequate absorption or antiplatelet effect. This observation raises the concern that delayed gastrointestinal transit, apart from other metabolic derangements, may be a factor in achieving optimal platelet inhibition using oral agents. PMID:25929306

  4. Clinical Assessment of a New Stereoscopic Digital Angiography System

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    Purpose: To assess the clinical feasibility of an experimental modified angiographic system capable of real-time digital stereofluoroscopy and stereography in X-ray angiography, using a twin-focus tube and a stereoscopic monitor. Methods: We report the experience obtained in 37 patients with a well-documented examination. The patients were examined for coronary angiography (11 cases), aortography (7 cases), pulmonary angiography (6 cases), inferior vena cava filter placement (2 cases), and cerebral angiography (11 cases). Six radiologists were asked to use stereoscopic features for fluoroscopy and angiography. A questionnaire was designed to record their subjective evaluation of stereoscopic image quality, ergonomics of the system, and its medical interest. Results: Stereofluoroscopy was successfully used in 25 of 37 cases; diplopia and/or ghost images were reported in 6 cases. It was helpful for aortic catheterization in 10 cases and for selective catheterization in 5 cases. In stereoangiography, depth was easily and accurately perceived in 27 of 37 cases; diplopia and/or ghost images were reported in 4 cases. A certain gain in the three-dimensional evaluation of the anatomy and relation between vessels and lesions was noted. As regards ergonomic considerations, polarized spectacles were not considered cumbersome. Visual fatigue and additional work were variously reported. Stereoshift tuning before X-ray acquisition was not judged to be a limiting factor. Conclusion: A twin-focus X-ray tube and a polarized shutter for stereoscopic display allowed effective real-time three-dimensional perception of angiographic images. Our clinical study suggests no clear medical interest for diagnostic examinations, but the field of interventional radiology needs to be investigated

  5. Risk of renal allograft rejection following angiography

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    In a retrospective study of 173 immediately functioning primary kidney transplants, correlation between angiography and renal allograft rejection was studied during the first 14 days. It was found that rejection was more frequent in kidneys undergoing angiography than in those not undergoing angiography. It was also found that in kidneys undergoing angiography an overwhelming number of the rejections started the day after angiography. These differences in rejection frequency could not be explained by differences in HLA matching or the origin of the kidneys. These findings suggest a possible connection indicating that the angiography might elicit an acute rejection episode. A possible mechanism for starting this reaction might be activation of the complement system which was found in 50 percent of the patients undergoing angiography in peripheral blood and in 100 percent when studied in vitro

  6. Improved quantitative visualization of hypervelocity flow through wavefront estimation based on shadow casting of sinusoidal gratings.

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    Medhi, Biswajit; Hegde, Gopalakrishna M; Gorthi, Sai Siva; Reddy, Kalidevapura Jagannath; Roy, Debasish; Vasu, Ram Mohan

    2016-08-01

    A simple noninterferometric optical probe is developed to estimate wavefront distortion suffered by a plane wave in its passage through density variations in a hypersonic flow obstructed by a test model in a typical shock tunnel. The probe has a plane light wave trans-illuminating the flow and casting a shadow of a continuous-tone sinusoidal grating. Through a geometrical optics, eikonal approximation to the distorted wavefront, a bilinear approximation to it is related to the location-dependent shift (distortion) suffered by the grating, which can be read out space-continuously from the projected grating image. The processing of the grating shadow is done through an efficient Fourier fringe analysis scheme, either with a windowed or global Fourier transform (WFT and FT). For comparison, wavefront slopes are also estimated from shadows of random-dot patterns, processed through cross correlation. The measured slopes are suitably unwrapped by using a discrete cosine transform (DCT)-based phase unwrapping procedure, and also through iterative procedures. The unwrapped phase information is used in an iterative scheme, for a full quantitative recovery of density distribution in the shock around the model, through refraction tomographic inversion. Hypersonic flow field parameters around a missile-shaped body at a free-stream Mach number of ∼8 measured using this technique are compared with the numerically estimated values. It is shown that, while processing a wavefront with small space-bandwidth product (SBP) the FT inversion gave accurate results with computational efficiency; computation-intensive WFT was needed for similar results when dealing with larger SBP wavefronts. PMID:27505389

  7. Hepatic angiography: Portal hypertension

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    Portal hypertension is usually a manifestation of underlying hepatic parenchymal disease, although it may be secondary to portal or hepatic venous thrombosis and rarely to hyperdynamic portal states. Portal hypertension may present as encephalopathy, ascites, jaundice, hepatic failure, or catastrophic upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Radiologic investigation should include indirect or direct measurements of portal pressure, assessment of portal venous perfusion, visualization of collaterals, and demonstration of arterial and venous anatomy for potential shunt procedure. Following survival of initial variceal bleeding, the most effective procedure to prevent recurrent hemorrhage is a shunt to decompress the varices. The decision whether to intervene medically or surgically during the acute hemorrhagic episode as well as the type of shunt used to prevent future hemorrhage is the subject of continuing controversy

  8. Gamma-ray logs compared with visually estimated silt and clay content and with borehole width

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    Gamma-ray logs from cored wells at the Savannah River Site in Aiken and Barnwell counties, South Carolina were analyzed. The stratigraphic section studied is composed mostly of Paleocene, Eocene, and Miocene quartz sands and muddy quartz sands. Muscovite, glauconite, and heavy minerals are rare in most of the sands. Clay beds and carbonates constitute a small part of the section. Both kaolinitic and smectitic clays occur. Gamma-ray logs from ten wells were compared with mud (silt and clay) content estimated by examination of each foot (0.30 m) of core under binocular microscope, with an average of 237 data points per well. The correlation coefficient between gamma-ray count and mud percentage ranged from 0.045 to 0.555, with an average of 0.32. In two wells the correlation coefficient was not statistically significant at the 0.05 level for a one-tailed test. Smoothing the estimated mud percentages over intervals of 3, 5, and 7 ft (0.91, 1.5, and 2.1 m), to allow for discrepancy between gamma-ray log measured depth and core measured depth, increased the correlation coefficient to an average of 0.36 for each smoothing interval. The gamma-ray logs were also compared with borehole width as measured by caliper logs. This yielded positive correlations significant at the 0.05 level for a two tailed test in five wells, with five wells having correlations which were not statistically significant

  9. 3D global estimation and augmented reality visualization of intra-operative X-ray dose.

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    Rodas, Nicolas Loy; Padoy, Nicolas

    2014-01-01

    The growing use of image-guided minimally-invasive surgical procedures is confronting clinicians and surgical staff with new radiation exposure risks from X-ray imaging devices. The accurate estimation of intra-operative radiation exposure can increase staff awareness of radiation exposure risks and enable the implementation of well-adapted safety measures. The current surgical practice of wearing a single dosimeter at chest level to measure radiation exposure does not provide a sufficiently accurate estimation of radiation absorption throughout the body. In this paper, we propose an approach that combines data from wireless dosimeters with the simulation of radiation propagation in order to provide a global radiation risk map in the area near the X-ray device. We use a multi-camera RGBD system to obtain a 3D point cloud reconstruction of the room. The positions of the table, C-arm and clinician are then used 1) to simulate the propagation of radiation in a real-world setup and 2) to overlay the resulting 3D risk-map onto the scene in an augmented reality manner. By using real-time wireless dosimeters in our system, we can both calibrate the simulation and validate its accuracy at specific locations in real-time. We demonstrate our system in an operating room equipped with a robotised X-ray imaging device and validate the radiation simulation on several X-ray acquisition setups. PMID:25333145

  10. Towards the use of OCT angiography in clinical dermatology

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    Baran, Utku; Choi, Woo June; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2016-02-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a popular imaging technique used in ophthalmology, and on the way to become clinically viable alternative in dermatology due to its capability of acquiring histopathology level images of in vivo tissue, noninvasively. In this study, we demonstrate the capabilities of OCT-based angiography (OMAG) in detecting high-resolution, volumetric structural and microvascular features of in vivo human skin with various conditions using a swept source OCT system that operates on a central wavelength of 1310 nm with an A-line rate of 100 kHz. OMAG images provide detailed in vivo visualization of microvasculature of abnormal human skin conditions from face, chest and belly. Moreover, the progress of wound healing on human skin from arm is monitored during longitudinal wound healing process. The presented results promise the clinical use of OCT angiography in treatment of prevalent cutaneous diseases within human skin, in vivo.

  11. Ultrahigh-speed non-invasive widefield angiography

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    Blatter, Cedric; Klein, Thomas; Grajciar, Branislav; Schmoll, Tilman; Wieser, Wolfgang; Andre, Raphael; Huber, Robert; Leitgeb, Rainer A.

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    Retinal and choroidal vascular imaging is an important diagnostic benefit for ocular diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. The current gold standard for vessel visualization is fluorescence angiography. We present a potential non-invasive alternative to image blood vessels based on functional Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). For OCT to compete with the field of view and resolution of angiography while maintaining motion artifacts to a minimum, ultrahigh-speed imaging has to be introduced. We employ Fourier domain mode locking swept source technology that offers high quality imaging at an A-scan rate of up to 1.68 MHz. We present retinal angiogram over ˜48 deg acquired in a few seconds in a single recording without the need of image stitching. OCT at 1060 nm allows for high penetration in the choroid and efficient separate characterization of the retinal and choroidal vascularization.

  12. Physical principles of cardiac digital subtraction angiography

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    Advances in the applications of computers with standard radiologic equipment have resulted in the development of electronic, or so-called ''film-less'' imaging. This technique, discussed by the authors, has become of particular value in the visualization of the central vascular system and has become known as digital subtraction angiography (DSA). Commercial products have become increasingly available and are capable of converting T.V. signals, obtained by conventional fluorography, to a computed array of digital values. Addition, subtraction, and averaging of this data, result in images with adequate signal-to-noise ratios that achieve detection of low concentrations of contrast media not possible with conventional screen film techniques. Computer subtraction of unnecessary background information improves the conspicuity of the opacified vessels to permit detection of vascular structures containing a concentration of no more than 1-3 percent of contrast media. This improved visualization is possible even with intravenous peripheral injections or reduced amounts of contrast media given intraarterially. With either method of contrast media administration, DSDA has become an excellent means of anatomic demonstration of the heart and great vessels with decreased morbidity and at lower cost

  13. Bilateral persistent trigeminal artery variants diagnosed by MR angiography.

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    Uchino, Akira

    2011-12-01

    A persistent trigeminal artery (PTA) is the most common anastomosis between the carotid and vertebrobasilar system. A PTA variant (PTAV) is a rare anomaly in which the cerebellar artery arises from the internal carotid artery (ICA) without connection with the basilar artery (BA). I present what I believe is the first report of bilateral PTAVs diagnosed using magnetic resonance (MR) angiography and briefly discuss the embryology of this rare anomaly. An 81-year-old woman with small infarctions underwent cerebral MR imaging and MR angiography with a 1.5-tesla imager for the evaluation of brain lesions. An MR angiography was obtained using the standard noncontrast three-dimensional time-of-flight technique. The MR angiographic demonstration of bilateral anterior inferior cerebellar arteries arising from the precavernous segment of the ICA without anastomosis to the BA indicated bilateral PTAVs. This is the first report of bilateral PTAVs diagnosed by MR angiography. The literature review indicates that an estimated prevalence of bilateral PTAVs is about 0.0012%. PMID:21544587

  14. Pulmonary angiography with lopamidol 370

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    Fifty-one consecutive patients who underwent pulmonary angiography with iopamidol, 370 mg/ml, were studied prospectively. Patients were asked to grade any heat or pain felt on injection, and were observed for coughing. Right atrial and pulmonary artery pressures were obtained before the first and after the final contrast agent injection. Pressure changes were compared with those in a consecutive group of 25 patients who underwent examinations performed with Na-meglumine diatrizoate, 370 mg/ml. Film quality was evaluated for patient motion. Iopamidol generated marked discomfort in only three patients. Pressure changes were largely unremarkable. In no case was there any significant motion artifact secondary to coughing. Iopamidol is a safe, well-tolerated contrast agent for pulmonary angiography. It improves image quality by nearly eliminating coughing

  15. Angiography of the lower leg

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    The authors have compared the validity of conventional angiography (CA) and intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (IA-DSA) of the lower leg in the staging of peripheral vascular disease. Such studies are important because of different therapeutic possibilities for limb salvage; small balloon and laser angioplasty, atherectomy, and surgically successful femorocrural and - pedal bypasses. A prospective comparative study was performed on 100 consecutive patients, who underwent CA via translumbar aortography. Seldinger catheterization or groin needle puncture, immediately followed by IA-DSA of the lower leg. Three months later, independent blinded observer analysis was performed by two vascular surgeons and two radiologists of both CA and IA-DSA, recording percentage stenosis of popliteal posterior, anterior tibial, and peroneal arteries. On the last 52 patients, the two surgeons also judged if the vessel was amenable for grafting. Statistical analysis was performed by calculating the kappa value, to measure agreement between observers

  16. Digital subtraction angiography: Preliminary report

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    Recently, technical developments in digital electronics and image intensifier have improved the electronic recording and processing of images. Both department of radiology and of medical engineering of Seoul National University Hospital jointly developed digital subtraction angiography system (SRM-1) and performed DSA in patients. The system was composed of angiography equipment, computer, video image storage and logarithmic amplifier. Fluoroscopic images were taken before and after 40-60 ml of contrast media were intravenously injected with speed of 12-15 ml/sec. The images were recorded by V.T.R. with normal speed. The recorded images were processed with digitization, amplification, subtraction, enhancement, position manipulation and image smoothing. Arteriography of neck vessels, abdominal aorta and its branches and extremities were performed successfully by above mentioned methods in 20 cases and results were reviewed

  17. Angiography of the upper extremity

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    This thesis provides a description of the technical and medical aspects of arteriography of the upper extremity and an extensive analysis of the angiographic anatomy and pathology of 750 selective studies performed in more than 500 patients. A short historical review is provided of angiography as a whole and of arteriography of the hand in particular. The method of percutaneous transfemoral catheterization of the arteries of the upper extremity and particularly the arteries of the hand is considered, discussing the problems the angiographer encounters frequently, describing the angiographic complications which may occur and emphasizing the measures to keep them to a minimum. The use of vasodilators in hand angiography is discussed. A short description of the embryological patterns persisting in the arteries of the arm is included in order to understand the congenital variations of the arteries of the upper extremity. The angiographic patterns and clinical aspects of the most common pathological processes involving the arteries of the upper extremities are presented. Special attention is paid to the correlation between angiography and pathology. (Auth.)

  18. Contrast agent choice for intravenous coronary angiography

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    Zeman, H. D.; Siddons, D. P.

    1990-05-01

    The screening of the general population for coronary artery disease would be practical if a method existed for visualizing the extent of occlusion after an intravenous injection of contrast agent. Measurements performed with monochromatic synchrotron radiation X-rays and an iodine-containing contrast agent at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory have shown that such an intravenous angiography procedure would be possible with an adequately intense monochromatic X-ray source. Because of the size and cost of synchrotron radiation facilities it would be desirable to make the most efficient use of the intensity available, while reducing as much as possible the radiation dose experienced by the patient. By choosing contrast agents containing elements with a higher atomic number than iodine, it is possible to both improve the image quality and reduce the patient radiation dose, while using the same synchrotron radiation source. By using Si monochromator crystals with a small mosaic spread, it is possible to increase the X-ray flux available for imaging by over an order of magnitude, without any changes in the storage ring or wiggler magnet. The most critical imaging task for intravenous coronary angiography utilizing synchrotron radiation X-rays is visualizing a coronary artery through the left ventricle or aorta which also contain contrast agent. Calculations have been made of the signal to noise ratio expected for this imaging task for various contrast agents with atomic numbers between that of iodine and bismuth. The X-ray energy spectrum of the X-17 superconduction wiggler beam line at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory has been used for these calculations. Both perfect Si crystals and Si crystals with a small mosaic spread are considered as monochromators. Contrast agents containing Gd or Yb seem to have about the optimal calculated signal to noise ratio. Gd-DTPA is already approved for use as a contrast agent for

  19. Value of MR angiography of Adamkiewicz artery as a preoperative investigation for thoracic-descending and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. Retrospective study of 106 cases

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    Yamada, Naoaki; Ogino, Hitoshi; Hanabusa, Yuji; Sasaki, Hiroaki; Minatoya Kenji [National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan)

    2003-01-01

    We reviewed 106 cases who underwent MR angiography to visualize the Adamkiewicz artery (AKA) as a preoperative evaluation of the thoracic descending and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. MR angiography depicted the AKA successfully in 68% of the patients. However, segmental artery that gives rise the AKA was occluded in 41% at its origin from the aorta. In one patient with postoperative paraplegia, broad infarction in the upper thoracic cord seems not to be related to the territory of the AKA that was visualized by MR angiography. Preoperative MR angiography serves planning of surgery, and can reduce time of aortic cross-clamping. However, our understanding of the value of MR angiography to prevent spinal cord ischemic injury requires further clinical investigation. (author)

  20. Computed Tomographic Angiography (CTA) in Vascular Trauma

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    In the evaluation of trauma patients, computed tomo-graphy and CT angiography (CTA) are powerful non-invasive tools that provide a large amount of informa-tion in so little time that they have virtually replaced plain film radiography and catheter angiography. In our hospital, CTA has replaced catheter angiogra-phy for diagnosing most vascular injuries, resulting from penetrating and blunt trauma to head, neck, thorax, abdomen and extremities. This lecture will cover current imaging protocols...

  1. Patent ductus venosus: diagnosis by MR angiography

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    We report a 15-year-old boy with patent ductus venosus in whom the diagnosis was made by MR angiography. A patent ductus venosus Arantii is a rare form of portosystemic shunt. Only a few cases have been reported in adults and children. The diagnosis is usually made by US and digital subtraction angiography. In our patient, the diagnosis was first made by MR angiography. This demonstrates the excellent diagnostic potential of the method in paediatric patients. (orig.)

  2. Clinical experience of ioxaglate in femoral angiography

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    Suzuki, S.; Mine, H.; Iwai, T. (Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1982-01-01

    Painless femoral angiography could be performed in patients under slight analgesic premedication by using ioxaglate (320 mg I/ml). Slower flow of ioxaglate resulted in longer segments of the arteries being filled by the contrast column than by using iothalamate, which was confirmed by serial whole-limb angiography. The dynamic characteristics of ioxaglate, in addition to marked reduction of pain, fulfilled the requirements for its use as a contrast medium in femoral or peripheral angiography.

  3. Spinal angiography. Anatomy, technique and indications

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    Spinal angiography is a diagnostic modality requiring detailed knowledge of spinal vascular anatomy. The cervical spinal cord is supplied by the vertebral arteries while segmental arteries which are preserved from fetal anatomy, supply the thoracic and lumbar regions. As spinal angiography carries the risk of paraplegia the indications have to be considered very carefully. Nevertheless, spinal angiography should be performed if there is reason to suspect a spinal vascular malformation from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). (orig.)

  4. Development and validation of a CT-3D rotational angiography registration method for AVM radiosurgery

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    In this paper a novel technique is proposed and validated for radiosurgery treatment planning of arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). The technique was developed for frameless radiosurgery by means of the CyberKnife, a nonisocentric, linac-based system which allows highly conformed isodose surfaces to be obtained, while also being valid for other treatment strategies. The technique is based on registration between computed tomography (CT) and three-dimensional rotational angiography (3DRA). Tests were initially performed on the effectiveness of the correction method for distortion offered by the angiographic system. These results determined the registration technique that was ultimately chosen. For CT-3DRA registration, a twelve-parameter affine transformation was selected, based on a mutual information maximization algorithm. The robustness of the algorithm was tested by attempting to register data sets increasingly distant from each other, both in translation and rotation. Registration accuracy was estimated by means of the 'full circle consistency test'. A registration quality index (expressed in millimeters) based on these results was also defined. A hybrid subtraction between CT and 3DRA is proposed in order to improve 3D reconstruction. Preprocessing improved the ability of the algorithm to find an acceptable solution to the registration process. The robustness tests showed that data sets must be manually prealigned within approximately 15 mm and 20 deg. with respect to all three directions simultaneously. Results of the consistency test showed agreement between the quality index and registration accuracy stated by visual inspection in 20 good and 10 artificially worsened registration processes. The quality index showed values smaller than the maximum voxel size (mean 0.8 mm compared to 2 mm) for all successful registrations, while it resulted in much greater values (mean 20 mm) for unsuccessful registrations. Once registered, the two data sets can be used for

  5. Digital subtraction angiography in ischemic cerebrovascular accidents

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    Recent advances in computer and radiological technology have permitted reassessment of intravenous angiography in the evaluation of cerebrovascular disorders. Although digital subtraction angiography is a relatively new technique, it has rapidly gained a widespread acceptance. It has extended the use of angiography to outpatients and to people in whom conventional angiography is contraindicated. This reliable, safe, and relatively noninvasive technique offers the user two benefits: real-time subtraction and enhanced image quality. The system allows angiographic evaluation of the extracranial and intracranial vessels by means of intravenous injection of contrast material. Extracranial studies clearly demonstrate stenoses and occlusions of the major cervicocephalic arteries. Intracranial studies usually detect major cerebrovascular occlusions and provide insight into the collateral flow patterns. Intravenous digital subtraction angiography permits accurate assessment of cervicocephalic vessels after surgical repair. Although intravenous digital subtraction angiography obviates the need for conventional angiography in many cases, movements from the patients, or superimposition of vascular structures can substantially degrade the quality of the images. Digital subtraction angiography with intra-arterial injection of contrast medium will be contemplated in patients with poor intravenous digital subtraction angiography studies prior to surgery

  6. Digital peripheral angiography with stepping and subtraction

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    In a prospective randomised study including 60 patients digital peripheral angiography with stepping and subtraction (DPSA) was compared to DPA without subtraction (DPA), DSA without stepping and conventional angiography. Examination time could thus be shortened by about 20%. The amount of contrast medium could also be reduced by 15 to 20%. Both digital subtraction techniques supplied superior image quality especially in the lower limb in comparison with conventional and digital peripheral angiography without subtraction. X-ray exposure was similar for conventional angiography and DPSA. DSA without subtraction revealed a three times increased dose. (orig./GDG)

  7. Angiography reveals novel features of the retinal vasculature in healthy and diabetic mice.

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    McLenachan, Samuel; Magno, Aaron Len; Ramos, David; Catita, Joana; McMenamin, Paul G; Chen, Fred Kuanfu; Rakoczy, Elizabeth Piroska; Ruberte, Jesus

    2015-09-01

    The mouse retina is a commonly used animal model for the study of pathogenesis and treatment of blinding retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. In this study, we aimed to characterize normal and pathological variations in vascular anatomy in the mouse retina using fluorescein angiography visualized with scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography (SLO-OCT). We examined eyes from C57BL/6J wild type mice as well as the Ins2(Akita) and Akimba mouse models of diabetic retinopathy using the Heidelberg Retinal Angiography (HRA) and OCT system. Angiography was performed on three focal planes to examine distinct vascular layers. For comparison with angiographic data, ex vivo analyses, including Indian ink angiography, histology and 3D confocal scanning laser microscopy were performed in parallel. All layers of the mouse retinal vasculature could be readily visualized during fluorescein angiography by SLO-OCT. Blood vessel density was increased in the deep vascular plexus (DVP) compared with the superficial vascular plexus (SVP). Arteriolar and venular typologies were established and structural differences were observed between venular types. Unexpectedly, the hyaloid artery was found to persist in 15% of C57BL/6 mice, forming anastomoses with peripheral retinal capillaries. Fluorescein leakage was easily detected in Akimba retinae by angiography, but was not observed in Ins2(Akita) mice. Blood vessel density was increased in the DVP of 6 month old Ins2(Akita) mice, while the SVP displayed reduced branching in precapillary arterioles. In summary, we present the first comprehensive characterization of the mouse retinal vasculature by SLO-OCT fluorescein angiography. Using this clinical imaging technique, we report previously unrecognized variations in C57BL/6J vascular anatomy and novel features of vascular retinopathy in the Ins2(Akita) mouse model of diabetes. PMID:26122048

  8. Evaluation of Idiopathic Choroidal Neovascularization with Indocyanine Green Angiography in Patients Undergoing Bevacizumab Therapy

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    Ryan B. Rush

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To examine the clinical implications of change in choroidal neovascularization (CNV size on indocyanine green (ICG angiography in subjects with idiopathic CNV undergoing bevacizumab therapy. Methods. The charts of subjects with an idiopathic CNV treated by a modified PRN regimen with intravitreal bevacizumab over a 12-month period were retrospectively reviewed. Results. There were 34 subjects included in the analysis. Baseline CNV sizes of less than 1.0 mm2 on ICG angiography correlated with complete CNV resolution (P=0.0404, fewer injections delivered (P=0.0002, and better Snellen visual acuity (P=0.0098 at 12 months. Subjects that experienced a 33% or more reduction in CNV size on ICG angiography at 2 months had complete CNV resolution (P=0.0047 and fewer injections (P<0.0001 at 12 months compared to subjects that did not experience a 33% or more reduction in CNV size on ICG angiography at 2 months. Conclusions. Smaller baseline CNV size on ICG angiography resulted in better visual acuity and fewer injections at 12 months, and a reduction of 33% or more in CNV size after 2 months may predict a better clinical course in subjects with idiopathic CNV undergoing bevacizumab therapy.

  9. DTI - DKI fitting: a graphical toolbox for estimation and visualization of diffusion tensor and diffusion kurtosis imaging

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    Raja, Rajikha; Sinha, Neelam; Saini, Jitender

    2015-03-01

    Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance images(DW-MRI) such as diffusion tensor imaging(DTI) and diffusion kurtosis imaging(DKI) are widely used in understanding the complex cellular microstructures non-invasively. With the increased usage of DTI and DKI in the recent years, the need for software packages for processing magnetic resonance(MR) diffusion data has also gained much importance. We have developed a new graphical toolkit named 'DTI-DKI Fitting' which is an interactive software for processing diffusion MR images is presented for the first time. The features included in this toolbox are processing of 4D diffusion weighted data in formats such as Dicom and NIFTI, estimation of diffusion tensor and diffusion kurtosis parametric maps and visualization of those parametric maps. The toolbox is developed in Matlab as a stand alone application and main advantage being simple with minimal functionalities and user friendly. The functionalities of the toolbox are tested with multiple DW MR data acquired from normal subjects.

  10. Digital subtraction angiography in children

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    Preliminary results with digital subtraction angiography in infants and children have shown this to be an excellent screening procedure and often diagnostic. The examination can be performed satisfactorily on outpatients. Sixty patients have undergone this examination for evaluation of suspected abnormalities of the aortic arch and its branches, intracranial arteries, pulmonary arteries, abdominal aorta and its branches, and peripheral vessels. Adequate sedation is mandatory to prevent motion artifacts. While the literature reports increasing use of central venous catheters for delivery of contrast material, the use of short catheters placed in an antecubital vein is satisfactory for the pediatric patient. Techniques of the procedures are described along with seven appropriate case examples

  11. ECG changes during cerebral angiography

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    Hayakawa, K.; Nishimura, Y.; Yoshida, M.; Itoh, K.; Hayashi, N.; Aoki, J.; Nakamura, K.; Imai, M.; Ono, T.; Morikawa, S.

    1984-09-01

    We have analyzed HR changes greater than 20% among 334 patients and 942 cerebral angiographies. A tachycardial effect was seen in 14.9% of patients, while a bradycardial effect was seen in 7.1% including two patients having cardiac standstill (0.5%). These two patients were examined without atropine premedication after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Patients under 19 years of age, unpremedicated with atropine sulfate and suffering from subarachnoid hemorrhage secondary to ruptured aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation showed a significantly high incidence of bradycardia. On the other hand, patients with the neoplastic disease and having an initial sinus bradycardia showed a significantly high incidence of a tachycardial effect.

  12. Ultravist in children's angiocardiography and angiography

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    370 children, ranging from 1 day to 18 years of age, have underwent angiocardiography (285 children), cerebral angiography (36), abdominal (27) and peripheral angiography (22) with ultravist. The tolerance is excellent, there were no significant biological effects and allergic reactions. The quality of pictures is fairly good. Conclusively the use of ultravist is demanded for children. (author)

  13. Your Radiologist Explains Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

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  14. Detection of malignant right coronary artery anomaly by multi-slice CT coronary angiography

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    Coronary artery anomalies occur in 0.3-0.8% of the population and infer a high risk for sudden cardiac death in young adults. Diagnosis is usually established during coronary angiography, which is hampered by poor spatial visualization. Magnetic resonance imaging is an alternative, but it is not feasible in the presence of metal objects or claustrophobia. In this report, a 15-year-old boy experienced ventricular fibrillation and was successfully resuscitated. Cardiac catheterization was inconclusive, and pacemaker implantation prohibited the use of MR imaging. Multi-slice CT coronary angiography revealed a malignant anomalous right coronary artery. (orig.)

  15. CT angiography in carotid stenosis

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    Purpose: Prospective evaluation of the accuracy CT angiography (CTA) with different postprocessing for extracranial carotid artery in comparison with DSA. Method: one hundred patients were studied with standarized CTA. For postprocessing, MPR, MIP, and 3D reconstruction based on segmentation with upper and lower threshold were used. Intravascular density profiles were considered. All CTA studies were correlated with intra-arterial angiography. The degree and classification of stenoses was determined using the guidelines established by the NASCET collaborators. Results: Measurement of stenosis was possible by MPR in 82.5%, by MIP in 85%, and 3D in 100%. Correct classification was found in 65.5% for MPR, 66% for MIP and 88.5% for 3D. The sensitivity for severe stenoses was 74% for MPR, 82% for MIP, and 93% for 3D. The specificity of these methods was 98%, 96%, and 97%, respectively. All carotid occlusions were correctly identified, no carotid artery was wrongly classified as occluded. (orig./AJ)

  16. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Mice: Comparison with Confocal Scanning Laser Microscopy and Fluorescein Angiography

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    Giannakaki-Zimmermann, Helena; Kokona, Despina; Wolf, Sebastian; Ebneter, Andreas; Zinkernagel, Martin S.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) allows noninvasive visualization of retinal vessels in vivo. OCT-A was used to characterize the vascular network of the mouse retina and was compared with fluorescein angiography (FA) and histology. Methods In the present study, OCT-A based on a Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis system was used to investigate the vascular network in mice. Data was compared with FA and confocal microscopy of flat-mount histology stained with isolectin IB4. For quantitative analysis the National Cancer Institute's AngioTool software was used. Vessel density, the number of vessel junctions, and endpoints were measured and compared between the imaging modalities. Results The configuration of the superficial capillary network was comparable with OCT-A and flat-mount histology in BALBc mice. However, vessel density and the number of vessel junctions per region of interest (P = 0.0161 and P = 0.0015, respectively) in the deep vascular network of BALBc mice measured by OCT-A was significantly higher than with flat-mount histology. In C3A.Cg-Pde6b+Prph2Rd2/J mice, where the deep capillary plexus is absent, analysis of the superficial network provided similar results for all three imaging modalities. Conclusion OCT-A is a helpful imaging tool for noninvasive, in vivo imaging of the vascular plexus in mice. It may offer advantages over FA and confocal microscopy especially for imaging the deep vascular plexus. Translational Relevance The present study shows that OCT-A can be employed for small animal imaging to assess the vascular network and offers advantages over flat-mount histology and FA.

  17. CT angiography in carotid stenosis; CT-Angiographie bei Karotisstenosen

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    Mildenberger, P.; Kauczor, H.U.; Ehrhard, K.; Thelen, M. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie; Schmiedt, W. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz (Germany). Klinik fuer Herz-, Thorax- und Gefaesschirurgie

    1997-11-01

    Purpose: Prospective evaluation of the accuracy CT angiography (CTA) with different postprocessing for extracranial carotid artery in comparison with DSA. Method: one hundred patients were studied with standarized CTA. For postprocessing, MPR, MIP, and 3D reconstruction based on segmentation with upper and lower threshold were used. Intravascular density profiles were considered. All CTA studies were correlated with intra-arterial angiography. The degree and classification of stenoses was determined using the guidelines established by the NASCET collaborators. Results: Measurement of stenosis was possible by MPR in 82.5%, by MIP in 85%, and 3D in 100%. Correct classification was found in 65.5% for MPR, 66% for MIP and 88.5% for 3D. The sensitivity for severe stenoses was 74% for MPR, 82% for MIP, and 93% for 3D. The specificity of these methods was 98%, 96%, and 97%, respectively. All carotid occlusions were correctly identified, no carotid artery was wrongly classified as occluded. (orig./AJ) [Deutsch] In einer prospektiven Untersuchung sollte die Genauigkeit verschiedener Nachverarbeitungsmethoden der CT-Angiographie (CTA) der extrakraniellen Karotis im Vergleich zur DSA untersucht werden. 100 Patienten wurden mit einer standardisierten CTA untersucht. Zur Nachverarbeitung wurden MPR, MIP und 3D-Rekonstruktion nach Segmentation mit doppeltem Schwellenwert eingesetzt. Fuer die Durchmesserbestimmung wurden die intravasalen Dichteprofile beruecksichtigt. Alle CTA-Untersuchungen wurden mit intraarteriellen DSA-Untersuchungen korreliert. Die Bestimmung des Stenosegrades und die Klassifizierung erfolgte nach den NASCET-Kriterien. Die Auswertung der CTA war mit MPR in 82,5% mit MIP in 85% und mit der 3D in 100% moeglich. Die Uebereinstimmung zwischen DSA und CTA in der Klassifikation der Stenosegrade betrug fuer MPR 65,5%, fuer die MIP 66% und fuer die 3D-Rekonstruktion 88,5%. Die Sensitivitaet im Nachweis relevanter Karotisstenosen ist fuer die MPR 74%, fuer die MIP 82

  18. Lymph node imaging by ultrarapid 3D angiography

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    Purpose: A report on observations of lymph node images obtained by gadolinium-enhanced 3D MR angiography (MRA). Methods: Ultrarapid MRA (TR, TE, FA - 5 or 6.4 ms, 1.9 or 2.8 ms, 30-40 degrees) with 0.2 mmol/kg BW Gd-DTPA and 20 ml physiological saline. Start after completion of injection. Single series of the pelvis-thigh as well as head-neck regions by use of a phased array coil with a 1.5 T Magnetom Vision or a 1.0 T Magnetom Harmony (Siemens, Erlangen). We report on lymph node imaging in 4 patients, 2 of whom exhibited benign changes and 2 further metastases. In 1 patient with extensive lymph node metastases of a malignant melanoma, color-Doppler sonography as color-flow angiography (CFA) was used as a comparative method. Results: Lymph node imaging by contrast medium-enhanced ultrarapid 3D MRA apparently resulted from their vessels. Thus, arterially-supplied metastases and inflammatory enlarged lymph nodes were well visualized while those with a.v. shunts or poor vascular supply in tumor necroses were poorly imaged. Conclusions: Further investigations are required with regard to the visualization of lymph nodes in other parts of the body as well as a possible differentiation between benign and malignant lesions. (orig.)

  19. Simplified techniques of cerebral angiography using a mobile X-ray unit and computed radiography

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    Simplified techniques of cerebral angiography using a mobile X-ray unit and computed radiography (CR) are discussed. Computed radiography is a digital radiography system in which an imaging plate is used as an X-ray detector and a final image is displayed on the film. In the angiograms performed with CR, the spatial frequency components can be enhanced for the easy analysis of fine blood vessels. Computed radiography has an automatic sensitivity and a latitude-setting mechanism, thus serving as an 'automatic camera.' This mechanism is useful for radiography with a mobile X-ray unit in hospital wards, intensive care units, or operating rooms where the appropriate setting of exposure conditions is difficult. We applied this mechanism to direct percutaneous carotid angiography and intravenous digital subtraction angiography with a mobile X-ray unit. Direct percutaneous carotid angiography using CR and a mobile X-ray unit were taken after the manual injection of a small amount of a contrast material through a fine needle. We performed direct percutaneous carotid angiography with this method 68 times on 25 cases from August 1986 to December 1987. Of the 68 angiograms, 61 were evaluated as good, compared with conventional angiography. Though the remaining seven were evaluated as poor, they were still diagnostically effective. This method is found useful for carotid angiography in emergency rooms, intensive care units, or operating rooms. Cerebral venography using CR and a mobile X-ray unit was done after the manual injection of a contrast material through the bilateral cubital veins. The cerebral venous system could be visualized from 16 to 24 seconds after the beginning of the injection of the contrast material. We performed cerebral venography with this method 14 times on six cases. These venograms were better than conventional angiograms in all cases. This method may be useful in managing patients suffering from cerebral venous thrombosis. (J.P.N.)

  20. Evaluation by digital subtraction angiography

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    Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) is a form of digital radiography. In digital radiography, the X-ray signal is electronically detected, digitized, and proceeded before being displayed and stored. The technique allows detection of very low levels of iodinated contrast media such as those that occur in the arterial system following an intravenous injection of contrast. The X-ray imaging system used is a standard-image intensified fluoroscopy system with a wide dynamic-range TV camera. The video signal from the image intensifier is logarithmically enhanced and digitized on an image processor (computer). This signal, which is stored in one of two memories, serves as a mask. The mask is subtracted from digital images obtained after the injection of contrast media, and the subtraction images are stored on digital or analog disks or on magnetic tapes. Postprocedure reprocessing allows selection of different masks for subtraction, which is useful when patient motion has occurred. Hard copies can be obtained

  1. [Spiral CT angiography in practice].

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    Pavcec, Zlatko; Zokalj, Ivan; Rumboldt, Zoran; Pal, Andrej; Saghir, Hussein; Ozretić, David; Latin, Branko; Perhoć, Zeljka; Marotti, Miljenko

    2005-01-01

    Incidence of vascular diseases and development of new radiologic techniques in the last three decades has given strong impuls for introduction of non-invasive vascular diagnostic methods. Thanks to the introduction of Doppler ultrasound, new types of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) scanners, non-invasive vascular diagnostic methods are replacing conventional invasive (catheter) angiographic methods. Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) is a noninvasive vascular diagnostic method based on continuous scanning with CT scanner during intravenous application of contrast material. Performing of CTA is possible after introduction of spiral CT technique whose characteristics are short imaging time and volumetric data acquisition. The main goal of this article, based on our experiences, is to review the role of CTA, performed on single-slice CT scanner, in managment of patients with vascular pathology. PMID:16145870

  2. Two-dimensional thick-slice MR digital subtraction angiography for assessment of cerebrovascular occlusive diseases

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    Although spatial resolution of current MR angiography is excellent, temporal resolution has remained unsatisfactory. We evaluated clinical applicability of 2D thick-slice, contrast-enhanced subtraction MR angiography (2D-MR digital subtraction angiography) with sub-second temporal resolution in cerebrovascular occlusive diseases. Twenty-five patients with cerebrovascular occlusive diseases (8 moyamoya diseases, 10 proximal internal carotid occlusions, and 2 sinus thromboses) were studied with a 1.5-T MR unit. The MR digital subtraction angiography (MRDSA) was performed per 0.97 s continuously just after a bolus injection of 15 ml of gadolinium chelates up to 40 s in sagittal (covering hemisphere) or coronal planes. Subtraction images were generated at a workstation. We evaluated imaging quality and hemodynamic information of MRDSA in comparison with those of routine MR imaging, non-contrast MR angiography, and X-ray intra-arterial DSA. Major cerebral arteries, all of the venous sinuses, and most tributaries were clearly visualized with 2D MRDSA. Also, pure arterial phases were obtained in all cases. The MRDSA technique demonstrated prolonged circulation in sinus thromboses, distal patent lumen of proximal occlusion, and some collateral circulation. Such hemodynamic information was comparable to that of intra-arterial DSA. Two-dimensional thick-slice MRDSA with high temporal resolution has a unique ability to demonstrate cerebral hemodynamics equivalent to that of intra-arterial DSA and may play an important role for evaluation of cerebrovascular occlusive diseases. (orig.)

  3. The use of 3D-CT-Angiography in the diagnostic procedure of intracranial aneurysms evaluated

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    Aalders, Th.; Labisch, C.; Seifert, V.; Zanella, F.E.; Stolke, D. [Univ. Clinic Essen (Germany)

    1998-11-01

    With improving quality of images obtained by 3D-CT-Angiography, this procedure may promise to become a powerful tool in intracranial aneurysm diagnostic. We have evaluated this method comparatively between angiographic and intra-operative findings. Forty-one patients were examined by cerebral angiography and 3D-Angio-CT. Radiological findings were evaluated by neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons. Intra-operative findings were documented by video or photography. All angiographically proven aneurysms were also visualized by 3D-Angio-CT. In over sixty percent of cases 3D-Angio-CT showed the aneurysmal anatomy equally well to angiography or presented valuable additional information not obtainable by angiography. In complex aneurysms as well as in aneurysms of the posterior circulation, the additional information offered by 3D-Angio-CT was most valuable. Intra-operative anatomical findings showed a high correlation with 3D-images. In our experience 3D-Angio-CT proved to be a powerful tool in the diagnostic procedure of intracranial aneurysms, either in the acute or non-acute phase. In many cases 3D-images present valuable additional information not otherwise obtainable, especially in complex aneurysms and aneurysms of the posterior circulation. In selected cases neurosurgical therapy can be planned on 3D-images alone. Nontheless conventional cerebral angiography remains the gold standard in diagnostic management of intracranial aneurysms. (author)

  4. Digital subtraction angiography for breast cancer

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    We performed digital subtraction angiography (DSA) on 42 patients with breast diseases to investigate its efficiency. As a result we came to the following conclusions: 1. The sensitivity was well evaluated in intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (IA-DSA) of breast. 2. IA-DSA could diagnose difficult cases like cancer which had undergone augmentation mammoplasty, or like Paget's disease and others. 3. DSA was a safe examination method. 4. The sensitivity of IA-DSA of breast cancer is superior to intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IV-DSA). (author)

  5. Digital subtraction angiography for breast cancer

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    Tsurumi, Kiyohiko; Okuyama, Nobuo

    1987-07-01

    We performed digital subtraction angiography (DSA) on 42 patients with breast diseases to investigate its efficiency. As a result we came to the following conclusions: 1. The sensitivity was well evaluated in intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (IA-DSA) of breast. 2. IA-DSA could diagnose difficult cases like cancer which had undergone augmentation mammoplasty, or like Paget's disease and others. 3. DSA was a safe examination method. 4. The sensitivity of IA-DSA of breast cancer is superior to intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IV-DSA).

  6. Imaging of the digital arteries: Digital subtraction angiography versus conventional angiography

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    The authors report their experience with the use of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and conventional angiography of the hand. Of the 95 patients in the study group, 80 underwent conventional angiography and 15 underwent DSA. They analyzed the studies with regard to the type and amount of contrast agent used, the number of radiographs needed, and the diagnostic quality of the images. Conventional angiography often requires general anesthesia, magnification, and pharmaco-angiographic techniques to improve the image-based diagnosis. In comparison with conventional angiography, intraarterial DSA is characterized by improved contrast sensitivity and inferior spatial resolution. However, DSA provides images as acceptable as those of conventional angiography. Smaller catheters can be used, and the examination is performed under local anesthesia. The authors conclude that intraarterial DSA is now the technique of choice for examining patients with chronic ischemia of the hand

  7. Perceptual enhancement of arteriovenous malformation in MRI angiography displays

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    Abhari, Kamyar; Baxter, John S. H.; Eagleson, Roy; Peters, Terry; de Ribaupierre, Sandrine

    2012-02-01

    The importance of presenting medical images in an intuitive and usable manner during a procedure is essential. However, most medical visualization interfaces, particularly those designed for minimally-invasive surgery, suffer from a number of issues as a consequence of disregarding the human perceptual, cognitive, and motor system's limitations. This matter is even more prominent when human visual system is overlooked during the design cycle. One example is the visualization of the neuro-vascular structures in MR angiography (MRA) images. This study investigates perceptual performance in the usability of a display to visualize blood vessels in MRA volumes using a contour enhancement technique. Our results show that when contours are enhanced, our participants, in general, can perform faster with higher level of accuracy when judging the connectivity of different vessels. One clinical outcome of such perceptual enhancement is improvement of spatial reasoning needed for planning complex neuro-vascular operations such as treating Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs). The success of an AVM intervention greatly depends on fully understanding the anatomy of vascular structures. However, poor visualization of pre-operative MRA images makes the planning of such a treatment quite challenging.

  8. Comparison of effective doses between computed tomography cardiac angiography and conventional angiography at Pantai Hospital, Kuala Lumpur

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    Mohamed, Faizal; Moin, F. H. A.

    2013-05-01

    This research studies two types of cardiac angiography procedures, namely Computed Tomography Cardiac Angiography (CTCA) and Conventional Angiography (CA). The following research was executed to estimate the difference of mean effective doses that the patients received through both procedures. The mean dose-length-product (DLP) from CTCA and mean dose-area-product (DAP) from CA were utilized in calculating the effective doses. The result shows that the mean effective dose for CTCA and CA are 1.71±0.59 mSv and 53.25±14.22 mSv respectively. This proves that the mean effective dose received by patients undergoing CA is higher than patients undergoing CTCA. According to t-test, both procedures differ significantly, with a difference amounting to p<0.0001. The increases of the effective dose that the patients received through CA procedure were influenced by exposure time, the coronary anatomical condition, the operator's experience, and the operation methods.

  9. Multidetector-row CT angiography of hepatic artery: comparison with conventional angiography

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    To determine the usefulness of three-dimensional CT angiography using multidetector-row CT (MD-CT) for delineating the arterial anatomy of the liver. Hepatic arterial three-dimensional CT angiography was performed using MDCT (lightspeed Qx/I; GE medical systems, milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A.) in 45 patients with HCC undergoing conventional angiography for transcatheter hepatic arterial chemoembolization. The scanning parameters during the early arterial phase were 2.5 mm slice thickness, 7.5 mm rotation of table speed, and a pitch of 3. Images were obtained by one radiologist using maximum intensity projection from axial CT images obtained during the early arterial phase. Two radiologists blinded to the findings of conventional angiography independently evaluated the hepatic arterial anatomy and the quality of the images obtained. Compared with conventional angiography, reader A correctly evaluated the hepatic arterial anatomy depicted at three-dimensional CT angiography. Reader B's evaluation was correct in 40 of 45 patients. Interobserver agreement was good (kappa value, 0.73), and both readers assessed the quality of three-dimensional CT angiography as excellent. Three-dimensional CT angiography using MDCT was accurate for delineating the arterial anatomy of the liver, and interobserver agreement was good. The modality may provide, prior to conventional angiography, valuable information regrading a patient's hepatic arterial anatomy

  10. MRI and MR-angiography of persistent trigeminal artery and its variant; La persistance de l`artere trigeminee et savariante. Apport de l`IRM et de l`angio-RM

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    Boukobza, M.; Houdart, E.; Chapot, R.; Guichard, J.P.; Merland, J.J. [Hopital Lariboisiere, 75 - Paris (France)

    1997-11-01

    We describe the magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance angiography findings in 5 cases of persistent trigeminal artery, and in two cases of variant trigeminal artery. Six patients underwent complete four-vessel angiography, performed to depict other pathology. Magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance angiography allowed in each case to visualize this artery and to precise its latero- or intra-sellar situation. The variant is not defined on conventional magnetic resonance imaging, but may be individualized on magnetic resonance angiography. In each case, identification of these persistent artery is crucial if surgery of sellar or gasserian region is planned. (authors)

  11. Fluorescein angiography of the canine retina

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    The retinal vascular bed was examined in 37 canine eyes by studying 50 retinal fluorangiograms. All angiographic phases could distinctly be visualized by the use of a small intravenous bolus of 10 mg/kg fluorescein. The choroidal phase is characterized by spot-like and lobular filling of the choriocapillaris. By coalescence of the choroidal lobules, this uneven filling progressively disappears in the subsequent phases. The retinal arterial phase is characterized by a hyperfluorescence of the retinal arterioles at the level of the optic disc border. The time interval between the start of the choroidal phase and the retinal arterial phase is very short due to the common origin of the choroidal and retinal arteries from the choroidoretinal arteries. The retinal arterio-venous phase is characterized by a complete filling of the smaller arterioles, capillaries, and venules. During this phase the branching pattern of the retinal blood vessels at the area centralis region can be most easily studied. This also applies to the periarteriolar capillary-free zones and the radial peripapillary capillaries. The retinal early venous phase is characterized by the onset of laminar flow in the larger retinal venules. A homogeneous and complete filling of the larger venules is characteristic for the onset of the late venous phase. During the retinal venous phase the border venule can be observed just posterior to the ora ciliaris retinae. Fluorescein angiography of the canine retinal microvasculature shows that the dog is less suitable as an experimental animal model in ophthalmology, due to the presence of the choroidal tapetum which reflects fluorescent light and thus diminishes the contrast between the retinal blood vessels and the background

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  13. Angiography in acute mesenteric arterial insufficiency

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    The angiographic findings in 31 cases of acute mesenteric arterial insufficiency are presented. In 22 cases organic occlusions, in 9 vasoconstriction alone, were found. Angiography aids definitely in the diagnosis and planning of the treatment of this serious condition. (Auth.)

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  16. Giant coronary aneurysm caused by Kawasaki disease: consistency between catheter angiography and electrocardiogram gated dual-source computed tomography angiography.

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    Hwang, Eun-Ha; Ju, Jung-Ki; Cho, Min-Jung; Lee, Ji-Won; Lee, Hyoung-Doo

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    We present the case of a 5-year-old child with coronary complications due to Kawasaki disease; this patient unintentionally underwent both dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) coronary angiography and invasive coronary angiographic examination in 2 months. This case highlights the strong consistency of the results between DSCT coronary angiography and invasive coronary angiography. Compared to conventional invasive coronary angiography, DSCT coronary angiography offered additional advantages such as minimal invasiveness and less radiation exposure. PMID:26770226

  17. Giant coronary aneurysm caused by Kawasaki disease: consistency between catheter angiography and electrocardiogram gated dual-source computed tomography angiography

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    2015-01-01

    We present the case of a 5-year-old child with coronary complications due to Kawasaki disease; this patient unintentionally underwent both dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) coronary angiography and invasive coronary angiographic examination in 2 months. This case highlights the strong consistency of the results between DSCT coronary angiography and invasive coronary angiography. Compared to conventional invasive coronary angiography, DSCT coronary angiography offered additional advantage...

  18. CT coronary angiography versus conventional invasive coronary angiography. The view of the referring physician

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    Assessment of experience gained by local referring physicians with the procedure of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) in the everyday clinical routine. A 25-item questionnaire was sent to 179 physicians, who together had referred a total of 1986 patients for CCTA. They were asked about their experience to date with CCTA, the indications for coronary imaging, and their practice in referring patients for noninvasive CCTA or invasive catheter angiography. 53 questionnaires (30%) were assessable, corresponding to more than 72% of the patients referred. Of the referring physicians who responded, 94% saw a concrete advantage of CCTA in the treatment of patients, whereby 87% were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the reporting. For excluding coronary heart disease (CHD) where there was a low pre-test probability of disease, the physicians considered CCTA to be superior to conventional coronary diagnosis (4.2 on a scale of 1-5) and vice versa for acute coronary syndrome (1.6 of 5). The main reasons for unsuitability of CCTA for CT diagnosis were claustrophobia and the absence of a sinus rhythm. The level of exposure to radiation in CCTA was estimated correctly by only 42% of the referring physicians. 90% of the physicians reported that their patients evaluated their coronary CT overall as 'positive' or 'neutral', while 87% of the physicians whose patients had undergone both procedures reported that the patients had experienced CCTA as the less disagreeable of the two. CCTA is accepted by the referring physicians as an alternative imaging procedure for the exclusion of CHD and received a predominantly positive assessment from both the referring physicians and the patients.

  19. CT coronary angiography versus conventional invasive coronary angiography. The view of the referring physician

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    Maurer, Martin H. [Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Universitaetsspital Bern (Switzerland). Dept. fuer Diagnostische, Interventionelle und Paediatrische Radiologie; Zimmermann, E.; Hamm, B. [Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Dewey, M.

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    Assessment of experience gained by local referring physicians with the procedure of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) in the everyday clinical routine. A 25-item questionnaire was sent to 179 physicians, who together had referred a total of 1986 patients for CCTA. They were asked about their experience to date with CCTA, the indications for coronary imaging, and their practice in referring patients for noninvasive CCTA or invasive catheter angiography. 53 questionnaires (30%) were assessable, corresponding to more than 72% of the patients referred. Of the referring physicians who responded, 94% saw a concrete advantage of CCTA in the treatment of patients, whereby 87% were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the reporting. For excluding coronary heart disease (CHD) where there was a low pre-test probability of disease, the physicians considered CCTA to be superior to conventional coronary diagnosis (4.2 on a scale of 1-5) and vice versa for acute coronary syndrome (1.6 of 5). The main reasons for unsuitability of CCTA for CT diagnosis were claustrophobia and the absence of a sinus rhythm. The level of exposure to radiation in CCTA was estimated correctly by only 42% of the referring physicians. 90% of the physicians reported that their patients evaluated their coronary CT overall as 'positive' or 'neutral', while 87% of the physicians whose patients had undergone both procedures reported that the patients had experienced CCTA as the less disagreeable of the two. CCTA is accepted by the referring physicians as an alternative imaging procedure for the exclusion of CHD and received a predominantly positive assessment from both the referring physicians and the patients.

  20. Visualization techniques for multislice CT datasets of coronary arteries: correlation of axial, multiplanar, three-dimensional, and virtual endoscopic imaging with coronary angiography; Visualisierungsmodalitaeten in der Multidetektor CT-Koronarangiographie des Herzens: Korrelation von axialer, multiplanarer, dreidimensionaler und virtuell endoskopischer Bildgebung mit der invasiven Diagnostik

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    Herzog, C.; Ay, M.; Engelmann, K.; Abolmaali, N.; Diebold, T.; Vogl, T.J. [Frankfurt Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie; Dogani, S. [Frankfurt Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Thorax-, Herz- und Gefaesschirurgie

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    Objective: To evaluate the performance of 4 different visualization techniques for multislice CT datasets from the coronary arteries in comparison to coronary angiography. Material and Methods: 42 patients were examined prospectively using both multislice CT and angiocardiography. All CT scans were performed at collimation 4x1 mm, pitch 1.5 and a rotation time of 500 msec. Using retrospective ecg-gating, image reconstruction parameters were 1.25 mm slice thickness, 0.5 mm increment and kernel B 30. Each patient's CT dataset subsequently was explored using axial, multiplanar, three-dimensional, and virtual endoscopic visualization modes. Results: Axial scans showed the highest sensitivity in the evaluation of stenoses (66.7%), followed by virtual endoscopy (55.9%), multiplanar (48.6%), and three-dimensional reformations (33.3%). With regard to the detection of atherosclerotic plaques, axial scans (71.2%), three-dimensional reformations (70.1%), and virtual endoscopy (69.1%) displayed comparable sensitivities, whereas multiplanar reformations showed distinctly lower results (55.6%). On combining the techniques a sensitivity of 74.2% for the detection of atherosclerotic plaques, of 72.0% for the identification of high-grade stenoses, respectively, was obtained. The specificity of all four visualization modes amounted to 91.9% and above. Best results have been obtained within the RIVA (sensitivity 85.2%). (orig.) [German] Ziel: Evaluierung der Wertigkeit verschiedener Bildgebungsmodalitaeten der Multidetektor CT-Koronarographie in Korrelation mit der invasiven kardiologischen Diagnostik. Material und Methoden: Im Rahmen einer prospektiven Studie wurden 42 Patienten vergleichend mittels Multidetektor-CT und Herzkatheter untersucht. Das standardisierte Protokoll sah eine Kollimation von 4x1 mm bei einem Tischvorschub von 1,5 mm/Umdrehung und einer Rotationszeit von 500 ms vor. Die anschliessende Bildreformation erfolgte mittels retrospektivem EKG-Gating bei einer

  1. Angiography with a multifunctional line scanning ophthalmoscope

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    Hammer, Daniel X.; Ferguson, R. Daniel; Patel, Ankit H.; Vazquez, Vanessa; Husain, Deeba

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    A multifunctional line scanning ophthalmoscope (mLSO) was designed, constructed, and tested on human subjects. The mLSO could sequentially acquire wide-field, confocal, near-infrared reflectance, fluorescein angiography (FA), and indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) retinal images. The system also included a retinal tracker (RT) and a photodynamic therapy laser treatment port. The mLSO was tested in a pilot clinical study on human subjects with and without retinal disease. The instrument exhi...

  2. Angiography in the diagnosis of erectile impotence

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    The complex interactions of psychological, neurological, hormonal and vascular aspects of erectile dysfunctions require a standardised multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation. The recent establishment of new noninvasive and invasive investigative procedures has led to a fundamental change in the assessment of erectile dysfunctions. Selective angiography of the internal pudendal artery and its branches represents the crucial diagnostic step before treatment can start. Indication, technique and results of 26 bilaterally performed pudendal angiographies on impotent patients are described. (orig.)

  3. Clinical application of intraarterial digital substraction angiography

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    Though intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IV DSA) has several advantages over conventional angiography in diagnosis and follow up of various vascular disease, it also has several undesirable problems such as large volume of the contrast medium and inferior image quality compared to conventional angiography. So recently intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (IA DSA) was introduced for better image quality using small amount of contrast medium. The authors had good clinical results IA DSA which were made in 20 patients with our own system, SRM-II, developed by cooperation of Departments of Radiology and Medical engineering, Seoul National University Hospital. Intraarterial digital substraction angiography was found to have several advantages over conventional angiography: (a) small amount of contrast medium, (b) reduced need for selective arterial catheterization, (c) lower film cost, (d) shortened examination time, (e) ability to obtain a 'road map', and (f) easier detection of contrast medium. Also IA DSA has several advantages over IV DSA: (a) less dependency on cardiac output, (b) far less vessel overlapping, (c) reduction in patient motion through less procedure by reduced volume of contrast media and shorter imaging time

  4. User manual of Visual Balan V. 1.0 Interactive code for water balances and refueling estimation

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    This document contains the Users Manual of Visual Balan V1.0, an updated version of Visual Balan V0.0 (Samper et al., 1997). Visual Balan V1.0 performs daily water balances in the soil, the unsaturated zone and the aquifer in a user-friendly environment which facilitates both the input data process and the postprocessing of results. The main inputs of the balance are rainfall and irrigation while the outputs are surface runoff, evapotranspiration, interception, inter flow and groundwater flow. The code evaluates all these components in a sequential manner by starting with rainfall and irrigation, which must be provided by the user, and continuing with interception, surface runoff, evapotranspiration, and potential recharge (water flux crossing the bottom of the soil). This potential recharge is the input to the unsaturated zone where water can flow horizontally as subsurface flow (inter flow) or vertically as percolation into the aquifer. (Author)

  5. Meteor fluxes and visual magnitudes from EISCAT radar event rates: a comparison with cross-section based magnitude estimates and optical data

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    Full Text Available Incoherent scatter radars (ISR are versatile instruments for continuous monitoring of ionisation processes in the Earth's atmosphere. EISCAT, The European Incoherent Scatter facility has proven effective also in meteor studies. The time resolution of the radar can be reduced to a few milliseconds, sufficient to resolve the passage of individual meteors through the narrow ISR beam. Methods for group and phase velocity determination of the meteoroids and the discrepancy between the results related to the target behaviour are presented. The radar cross sections of echoes associated with moving meteoroids ("meteor head echoes" are very small and increase with decreasing wavelength. The parent meteoroids are found to have visual magnitudes far below the detection limit of most optical observations. The equivalent visual magnitude limit of the smallest objects observed by EISCAT in the current experiments has been estimated by two different methods, both from the cross-section measurements and from the measured event rates. Both methods give a limit value of +10 for the smallest objects while the upper limit is +4. The lower limit of the visual magnitude for the collocated optical measurement system is +4. Thus the two detection systems observe two different meteor size ranges, with the radar almost reaching micrometeorite population. Meteor fluxes estimated from the event rates and the radar system parameters agree well with previous extrapolated values for this size range.

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  6. Digital angiography of camel foot

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    In this study, angiography of normal digits of camel has been accomplished, and the vessels of digits and its distribution have been evaluated to be compared with abnormal digits in the future studies. The thoracic and pelvic limb of 16 camels were collected immediately following slaughter. The palmar and plantar arteries were isolated and catheterised by 18-gauge angiocatheter needle; perfused by 40Ð’–50 ml of iodinated compound injected into each vessel. Angiograms were obtained using dorsopalmer, dorsoplanter and latero-medial projections. In the pelvic limb, above the fetlock joint, the deep palmar arch communicates with the median artery via the anastomotic branch, forming the superfcial palmar arch, from which two branches were clear, 1-palmar common digital artery IV that divides into palmar proper digital arteries IV and V, close to the lateral accessory (ffth) digit. 2-Palmar common digital artery III, produces the first branch and continues distally near the middle of the proximal phalanx, it gives off two palmar branches of the proximal phalanx. Vascular distribution of the pelvic limb was similar to thoracic limb, carrying the name of plantar instead of palmar

  7. Spiral Computed Tomographic Angiography of the Renal Arteries: A Prospective Comparison with Intravenous and Intraarterial Digital Subtraction Angiography

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    Purpose: To assess the accuracy of computed tomographic angiography (CTA) in the evaluation of the renal arteries in comparison with intravenous (IVDSA) and intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (IADSA). Methods: In 18 patients, 35 CTAs and DSAs (27 IADSA, 8 IVDSA) of the renal arteries were performed. CTA was done with 2-3 mm collimation, 2-4 mm/sec table speed, after intravenous injection of 80 ml of contrast medium at 4 ml/sec with a scanning delay time of 14-21 sec. No previous circulation time curve was performed. CTA data were reconstructed with maximum intensity projection (MIP) and shaded surface display (SSD). The presence of stenosis was assessed on a three-point rating scale (grade 1-3). The quality of the examinations; visualization of the ostium, the main artery, and its branches; vessel sharpness, linearity, and intraluminal contrast filling were evaluated. We compared CTA with DSA. Results: CTA had 96% sensitivity, 77% specificity, and 89% accuracy in the detection of stenoses > 50%. Due to technical errors two stenoses were erroneously diagnosed as positive but there were no false negative diagnoses. The quality of CTA was good in 56% and moderate in 34% of cases. Visualization of the ostium and main artery was graded as 1.74 (out of 2) points and of the renal branches as 1.02 (out of 2) points. The quality of CTA images was worse than that of IADSA in 52%, equal in 41%, and better in 7% of cases. CTA was equal to IVDSA in 25% and better in 75% of the cases. Conclusion: CTA is an accurate noninvasive method for the evaluation of renal arteries. Examination quality is essential for the diagnosis. CTA is limited in its ability to visualize the branches of the renal artery and accessory arteries. CTA seems to be superior to IVDSA

  8. Stepped digital angiography with dynamic subtraction: a new diagnostic approach to peripheral angiography

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    On the basis of our first experiences, a purchasable angiography system for peripheral angiography with dynamic subtraction and stepping (DPSA) has been developed. This study reports on the optimization of this technique and the first clinical results in comparison with conventional screen-film angiography and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in single steps. For each method, 25 angiograms were interpreted to compare the image quality, the radiation exposure, the contrast medium and the film consumption as well as the examination time. Image quality proved to be comparable in DPSA and DSA in single steps. Both techniques showed better results than conventional angiography, especially in the region of the knee and lower leg. Using DPSA radiation exposure dropped by a factor of 2 compared with conventional angiography and by a factor of 6 compared with DSA in single steps. Consumption of contrast medium can also be reduced in comparison with the other two methods. Film consumption is incomparably higher in conventional screen-film angiography. With DPSA the examination time can be reduced by half on average compared with the other two methods. DPSA may come to be the standard in peripheral angiography. (orig.)

  9. Usefulness of three-dimensional CT angiography employing MDCT for peripheral artery occlusive disease

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of three-dimensional CT angiography (3D-CTA) using MDCT for arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) in comparison with conventional intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IVDSA). MDCT and IVDSA were performed in 18 patients (mean age 69) with ASO. The number of occlusive lesions was 31 (10 occlusions and 21 stenoses). Three-dimensional CT images were displayed with volume rendering (VR) and maximum intensity projection (MIP). 3D-CTA and IVDSA were compared regarding visualization of the iliac and lower extremity arteries and of occlusive lesions. The visualization and detection of iliac and lower extremity arteries and occlusive lesions by 3D-CTA were possible in all the patients. In 2 patients, the detection of the tibial arteries was more difficult by 3D-CTA, as compared with IVDSA, because of venous return. In the other patients, 3D-CTA showed equal or clearer images than IVDSA. (author)

  10. Radiation burden and risks associated with non-invasive coronary CT angiography

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    The radiation load of patients undergoing coronary CT angiography by applying the retrospective ECG gating approach was estimated. The radiation burden is rather high and was found to be higher in men than in women, whereas the risk of secondary induced tumours appears to be higher in women than in men. (orig.)

  11. Study of spatial resolution in three-dimensional rotational angiography

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    In interventional radiology (IVR) of cerebral aneurysms, it is important to understand the form and physical relationships between the cerebral aneurysm and the surrounding vessels. However, because the vessels in the head area are highly complex, it can be difficult to comprehend the structure using conventional angiography. Therefore, three-dimensional rotational angiography (3D-RA) has been used in recent years. This article discusses studies of the spatial resolution of 3D-RA. We reconstructed 3D-RA of an acrylic slit phantom (slit widths: 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5 mm) and examined spatial resolution by visual evaluation and profile curves. When the slit phantom was arranged to avoid the effect of beam hardening, the spatial resolution of 3D-RA was found to be as high as 0.75 mm. When the slit phantom was placed orthogonal to the rotational axis of the C-arm, the spatial resolution of 3D-RA was decreased because of the cone angle effect of X-rays. However, it was considered within the allowable range for clinical study. Consequently, 3D-RA is valuable in IVR. (author)

  12. The diagnostic value of magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) in neurosurgery

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) in the diagnosis and screening of intracranial vascular lesions. MRA was performed in 416 cases from November, 1992 to May 1993, using the General Electric Signa 1.5 T system. The three-dimensional time of flight (3D-TOF) and two-dimensional time of flight (2D-TOF) MRA findings of 7 cases (3 unruptured cerebral aneurysms, 2 occlusive vascular diseases, 1 Moya Moya disease and 1 arteriovenous malformation (AVM)) were compared with the findings of conventional angiography. The three cases of small unruptured aneurysms were detected by 3D-TOF MRA, which was considered to be the first choice for the screening of unruptured cerebral aneurysms. For the occlusive vascular diseases, 2D and 3D-TOF MRA were used to detect severe stenotic vessels. For the infant with Moya Moya disease, MRA was the best diagnostic modality. The abnormal vessels of the AVM were well visualized by using 3D-TOF MRA. Thus, MRA has an important value in noninvasive diagnostic and screening methods of intracranial vascular lesions. (author)

  13. Cerebral blood flow imaged with ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence angiography and Doppler tomography

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    Ren, Hugang; Du, Congwu; Pan, Yingtian

    2012-01-01

    Speckle contrast based optical coherence angiography (OCA) and optical coherence Doppler tomography (ODT) have been applied to image cerebral blood flow previously. However, the contrast mechanisms of these two methods are not fully studied. Here, we present both flow phantom and in vivo animal experiments using ultrahigh-resolution OCA (μOCA) and ODT (μODT) to investigate the flow sensitivity differences between these two methods. Our results show that the high sensitivity of μOCA for visual...

  14. Contrast-enhanced MR angiography of pulmonary venous abnormalities in children

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    Echocardiography and X-ray angiography have been considered as gold standards for evaluation of pulmonary venous abnormalities. However, each technique has its own limitations, such as limitation in visualization of the pulmonary veins within the lungs by echocardiography, and the invasive nature of and use of ionizing radiation in X-ray angiography. Contrast-enhanced MR angiography (MRA) is a fast noninvasive method of visualization of the vessels including the pulmonary arteries and veins. To evaluate the utility of contrast-enhanced MRA in the evaluation of pulmonary venous abnormalities in pediatric patients and to compare its diagnostic accuracy with that of transthoracic echocardiography. In 30 pediatric patients 31 contrast-enhanced MRA studies were performed for evaluation of pulmonary venous abnormalities. Each of 124 pulmonary veins was evaluated for site of connection, course within the lung, presence of obstruction, and topographic relationship with the adjacent structures. The findings of MRA were compared with echocardiographic findings for 116 veins in 29 studies in 28 patients. Contrast-enhanced MRA visualized 99% (123 of 124) of the pulmonary veins investigated, while echocardiography visualized 89% (103 of 116). Exact agreement was found between the two methods in 72% of the veins with a weighted kappa of 0.60 (0.47-0.73, 95% CI). Echocardiography failed to diagnose an abnormal connection in 2 of 15 pulmonary veins, a discrete stenosis in 2 of 19 veins, and diffuse hypoplasia in 10 of 14 veins. In 29% of patients, MRA made the uncertain echocardiographic findings clear. In another 29%, MRA provided a new diagnosis. Contrast-enhanced MRA is a powerful, safe, and accurate fast-imaging technique for the anatomical evaluation of pulmonary venous abnormalities. MRA may obviate the need for conventional X-ray angiography. Cardiac catheterization may be reserved for those patients in whom pulmonary vascular resistance needs to be determined. (orig.)

  15. Comparison of phase analysis with factor analysis in equilibrium gated radionuclide angiography

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    This study is the intercomparison of phase analysis (PA), factor analysis of dynamic structures (FADS) and Karhunen-Loeve analysis (KLA) in the diagnosis of regional wall motion abnormalities, RWMA, of the left ventricle (LV). One hundred and twenty eight patients with proven or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) have been investigated by both X-ray angiography and radionuclide equilibrium angiography performed in the LOA view. A ROC curve is calculated for each method, taking X-ray angiography as the gold-standard. The areas under the ROC curves are estimated by the maximum likelihood method and are compared using a test which takes into account the correlation between the responses. It is concluded that when FADS and KLA are performed on the whole image, they are less efficient than PA. These differences disappear when FADS and KLA are performed on the LV ROI. Finally, FADS and KLA are equally efficient in the diagnosis of RWMA. (author)

  16. Differential diagnosis of choroidal melanomas and nervi using scanning laser ophthalmoscopical indocyanine green angiography

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    Andersen, Mads V. Nis; Scherfig, Erik; Prause, J.U.

    1995-01-01

    Ophthalmology, choroidal melanoma, choroidal nevus, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green (ICG), scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO), angiography......Ophthalmology, choroidal melanoma, choroidal nevus, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green (ICG), scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO), angiography...

  17. Automatic segmentation and co-registration of gated CT angiography datasets: measuring abdominal aortic pulsatility

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    Wentz, Robert; Manduca, Armando; Fletcher, J. G.; Siddiki, Hassan; Shields, Raymond C.; Vrtiska, Terri; Spencer, Garrett; Primak, Andrew N.; Zhang, Jie; Nielson, Theresa; McCollough, Cynthia; Yu, Lifeng

    2007-03-01

    Purpose: To develop robust, novel segmentation and co-registration software to analyze temporally overlapping CT angiography datasets, with an aim to permit automated measurement of regional aortic pulsatility in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. Methods: We perform retrospective gated CT angiography in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. Multiple, temporally overlapping, time-resolved CT angiography datasets are reconstructed over the cardiac cycle, with aortic segmentation performed using a priori anatomic assumptions for the aorta and heart. Visual quality assessment is performed following automatic segmentation with manual editing. Following subsequent centerline generation, centerlines are cross-registered across phases, with internal validation of co-registration performed by examining registration at the regions of greatest diameter change (i.e. when the second derivative is maximal). Results: We have performed gated CT angiography in 60 patients. Automatic seed placement is successful in 79% of datasets, requiring either no editing (70%) or minimal editing (less than 1 minute; 12%). Causes of error include segmentation into adjacent, high-attenuating, nonvascular tissues; small segmentation errors associated with calcified plaque; and segmentation of non-renal, small paralumbar arteries. Internal validation of cross-registration demonstrates appropriate registration in our patient population. In general, we observed that aortic pulsatility can vary along the course of the abdominal aorta. Pulsation can also vary within an aneurysm as well as between aneurysms, but the clinical significance of these findings remain unknown. Conclusions: Visualization of large vessel pulsatility is possible using ECG-gated CT angiography, partial scan reconstruction, automatic segmentation, centerline generation, and coregistration of temporally resolved datasets.

  18. Characteristics of Left Ventricular Impaired Functional Indices in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease According to Visual Estimation and Velocity Vector Imaging

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to estimate the diagnostic capabilities of left ventricular (LV functional indices in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD using conventional imaging techniques (echoCG and VVI technology. Materials and Methods. 52 patients with CHD were examined. By visual estimation (echoCG of LV segmental contractility all patients were divided into two groups: without LV contractile dysfunction (n=26; with segmental contractile dysfunction (n=26. The investigation of LV function using VVI system included the study of longitudinal, radial and circular LV fibers, and the analysis of rotation indices. Results and Discussion. VVI system helped to reveal in all patients systolic dysfunction and abnormal strain rate of LV myocardium. Patients of both groups were found to have dysfunction of longitudinal and circular fibers of LV myocardium. Decreased indices of radial fiber function were recorded in a group of patients with segmental contractility dysfunction. Rotation function analysis was impossible in visual estimation. VVI application enabled to find disturbed rotation of basal and apical LV parts. So, the patients of both groups had decreased apical rotation indices, and 14 of them were recorded to have disturbed apical and basal rotational direction of LV. Conclusion. The use of VVI system enables to study in more detail the characteristics of LV function in CHD patients and reveal the alteration of those indices which are not found in visual control. The detection of disturbed strain and rotational properties of LV myocardium is the most urgent problem in patients with regular contractility that makes it possible to define well the management of such patients.

  19. MR angiography in tuberculous meningitis

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    Background: Infarctions in tuberculous meningitis (TBM) are common but there is a paucity of studies on MR angiography (MRA). Purpose: To evaluate the pattern and predictors of MRA abnormality in patients with TBM. Material and Methods: Sixty-seven patients with TBM were subjected to clinical, laboratory, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and MRA evaluation. The severity of meningitis, focal deficit, CSF findings, and stroke co-morbidities were recorded. Presence of exudates, infarction, hydrocephalous, and tuberculoma on MRI were noted. On intracranial MRA, occlusion or more than 50% narrowing of proximal middle cerebral artery (MCA), anterior cerebral artery (ACA) and posterior cerebral artery (PCA), and basilar artery were considered abnormal. The MRA abnormality was correlated with clinical, laboratory, and MRI findings. Results: Sixty-seven patients, aged 3-75 years (median 34 years) were included. MRI was abnormal in 61 (91%) patients; basal exudates in 24, hydrocephalous in 23, tuberculoma in 33, and infarction in 40. MRA was abnormal in 34 (50.7%); MCA was most commonly involved (n = 21), followed by PCA (n = 14), ICA (n = 8), ACA (n 5), basilar artery (n = 5), and vertebral and superior cerebellar artery (1 each). One-fourth of the patients had abnormality in both anterior and posterior circulations. MRA abnormality was related to hydrocephalous and infarction; corresponding infarct was present in 61.8% patients; 41.7% patients with abnormal MRA developed infarct at 3 months but none with normal MRA. Conclusion: Half the patients with TBM had MRA abnormality involving both anterior and posterior circulations and 61.8% of them had corresponding infarcts

  20. MR angiography in tuberculous meningitis

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    Kalita, Jayantee; Prasad, Sreeram; Maurya, Pradeep K.; Misra, Usha K. (Dept. of Neurology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Inst. of Medical Sciences, Lucknow (India)), Email: drukmisra@rediffmail.com; Kumar, Sunil (Dept. of Radiodiagnosis, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Inst. of Medical Sciences, Lucknow (India))

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    Background: Infarctions in tuberculous meningitis (TBM) are common but there is a paucity of studies on MR angiography (MRA). Purpose: To evaluate the pattern and predictors of MRA abnormality in patients with TBM. Material and Methods: Sixty-seven patients with TBM were subjected to clinical, laboratory, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and MRA evaluation. The severity of meningitis, focal deficit, CSF findings, and stroke co-morbidities were recorded. Presence of exudates, infarction, hydrocephalous, and tuberculoma on MRI were noted. On intracranial MRA, occlusion or more than 50% narrowing of proximal middle cerebral artery (MCA), anterior cerebral artery (ACA) and posterior cerebral artery (PCA), and basilar artery were considered abnormal. The MRA abnormality was correlated with clinical, laboratory, and MRI findings. Results: Sixty-seven patients, aged 3-75 years (median 34 years) were included. MRI was abnormal in 61 (91%) patients; basal exudates in 24, hydrocephalous in 23, tuberculoma in 33, and infarction in 40. MRA was abnormal in 34 (50.7%); MCA was most commonly involved (n = 21), followed by PCA (n = 14), ICA (n = 8), ACA (n 5), basilar artery (n = 5), and vertebral and superior cerebellar artery (1 each). One-fourth of the patients had abnormality in both anterior and posterior circulations. MRA abnormality was related to hydrocephalous and infarction; corresponding infarct was present in 61.8% patients; 41.7% patients with abnormal MRA developed infarct at 3 months but none with normal MRA. Conclusion: Half the patients with TBM had MRA abnormality involving both anterior and posterior circulations and 61.8% of them had corresponding infarcts

  1. MR angiography of run-off vessels

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    Magnetic resonance angiography has taken a huge step forward since the introduction of contrast-enhanced MR angiography using gadolinium chelates. The more conventional MR angiographic techniques, such as time-of-flight and phase-contrast MR angiography, have been ousted by contrast-enhanced MR angiography in most vascular areas. However, in imaging the lower extremities, the major obstacle is the length of the vascular tree. In order to cover the entire peripheral vasculature, at least two to three fields of view are required. Using contrast-enhanced MR angiography, the best results are obtained if the vessels of interest are imaged during passage of a bolus of contrast material. Vessel-to-background contrast in subsequent acquisitions using subsequent injections of contrast material is hampered by recirculation and leakage of previously injected gadolinium, enhancing both the venous system and surrounding tissue. To overcome this problem several research groups have come up with various solutions. The three main strategies employed can be classified as either bolus catch, bolus chase, or bolus track techniques. The purpose of this article is to explain working mechanisms of the three bolus imaging strategies for imaging both inflow and outflow vessels of the lower extremities, to show their advantages and disadvantages, and to review results described in the literature in imaging patients using these techniques. (orig.)

  2. Clinical evaluation of digital cine imaging on coronary angiography

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    Digital cine angio system was developed a few years ago and is used widely for cardiac examinations. However, the image quality of digital imaging in clinical examinations is seldom evaluated. We have attempted to evaluate the digital imaging in D.C.I. First, each segment of coronary arteries that is exposed in routine projection angle were visually evaluated. Second, regarding the appearance of the coronary arteries on the diaphragm we compared digital imaging with cine film. As a result, the image quality of the coronary arteries except for segments 7 to 10 (classified by A.H.A.) was evaluated as being good. Regarding the appearance of coronary arteries on a diaphragm, digital imaging was evaluated higher than cine film. In this report, the advantages of digital imaging in coronary angiography were studied. (author)

  3. Introduction to the principles of Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA)

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    Medical applications of advanced technology have rapidly become more sophisticated and more widespread. The field of diagnostic imaging is by no means an exception. There has been a number of breathtaking developments in the field of medical imaging in recent years. Today higher quality, greater clarity and more minute precision are considered not advantages but necessities. Hence new developments are concentrated in the data acquisition and image processing based on the microprocessor controlled modules interfaced with state of the art radiological imaging equipment. One such development is the subtraction of x-rays vis a computer for better visualization of blood vessels, cavities of the heart and of the coronary and pulmonary vascular system. This procedure is termed Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA). (author)

  4. Should computed tomography angiography supersede invasive coronary angiography for the evaluation of graft patency following coronary artery bypass graft surgery?

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    Gabriel, Joseph; Klimach, Stefan; Lang, Peter; Hildick-Smith, David

    2015-08-01

    Invasive coronary angiography (ICA) has long been the established gold standard in assessing graft patency following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Over the past decade or so however, improvements in computed tomography angiography (CTA) technology have allowed its emergence as a useful clinical tool in graft assessment. The recent introduction of 64-slice and now 128-slice scanners into widespread distribution, and the development of 320-detector row technology allowing volumetric imaging of the entire heart at single points in time within one cardiac cycle, has increased the potential of CTA to supersede ICA in this capacity. This study sought to examine the evidence surrounding this potential. A best evidence topic was constructed according to a structured protocol. The enquiry: In [patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery] is [computed tomography angiography or invasive coronary angiography] superior in terms of [graft patency assessment, stenosis detection, radiation exposure and complication rate]? Four hundred and twenty-four articles were identified from the search strategy. Four additional articles were identified from references of key articles. Seventeen articles selected as best evidence were tabulated. The reliability of CTA as a tool in the detection of graft patency and stenosis has continued to improve with each successive generation of multislice technology. The latest 64- and 128-slice CTA techniques are able to detect graft patency and stenosis with very high sensitivities and specificities comparable with ICA, while remaining non-invasive procedures associated with fewer complications (ICA carries a 0.08% risk of myocardial infarction and 0.7% risk of minor complications in clinically stable patients). Present limitations of the technology include the accurate visualization of distal anastomoses and clip artefacts. In addition, the capacity of diagnostic ICA to be combined simultaneously with percutaneous coronary

  5. Evaluation of effective dose received by patients undergoing Cardiac Angiography Computed Tomography (CT) and Conventional Angiography

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    Cardiac Angiography is a field of studies that utilizes the energy of radiation to study the coronary arteries of the heart. Patients undergoing this procedure has a probability of receiving an over dose of radiation that may further cause stochastic effect. The main objective of this research is to compare and clarify an approach for minimal effective dose receive by patients between procedures of Cardiac Angiography Computerized Tomography (CT) and Conventional Angiography. Based on this study, the patients recorded are based in Hospital University Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan. The Dose-Length-Product (DLP) was extracted from the Computed Tomography Dose Index (CTDI); meanwhile the Dose-Area-Product (DAP) was extracted from the modalities console screen. These relevant data are the means to clarify the effective dose receive by patients. The result shows that patients who undergo Conventional Angiography had a mean effective dose of 8.50 ± 6.41 mSv. Meanwhile, as for Cardiac Angiography Computerized Tomography, the patients had a mean effective dose of 7.08 ± 2.42 mSv. A significant difference in effective dose was seen between the two procedures. Cardiac Angiography CT provides high accurate diagnostic information with less radiation dose to patients compared to Conventional Angiography. (author)

  6. Occupational Exposure in Angiography (Prague Workplaces)

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    The results of measurements, which were performed at angiography departments, are presented. The aim of this work was not only to assess patient exposure but also to perform a survey of the occupational exposures of physicians during common angiography examinations of the skull, chest, abdomen and limbs. Patient data, type of examination, fluoroscopy time, the whole number of film frames, dose-area product (Diameter E) and physician dose (Stephen 6000) were also recorded. There are many factors influencing the level of measured exposures. They include input parameters of X ray performance (kV, mA, projection, diaphragms, ZOOM, type of record etc) and individual approach of the physicians. This paper contributes to the discussion about the increasing exposures of the physicians specialising in diagnostic and interventional angiography. (author)

  7. MR angiography: clinical applications in thoracic surgery

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    MR angiography (MRA) is a promising completion of MR imaging in the preoperative assessment of pulmonary and mediastinal tumours. Scan acquisition was done by sequential FLASH 2D angiograms (TR = 30 ms, TE = 10 ms, FA = 30 ), one section per breathhold, section thickness 5 mm with 1 mm overlap between sequential sections. An automated control procedure allowed individual continuation of the examination. Postprocessing by a maximum-intensity-projection algorithm using angiograms of interest (AOI) resulted in 3D reconstructions illustrating vascular anatomy and avoiding superimposition. This technique was evaluated in a prospective study of 15 patients with malignant intrathoracic tumours. The results were validated by conventional angiographic procedures such as pulmonary angiography, digital subtraction angiography or cavography. Complementing spin-echo (SE) imaging, MRA provided diagnostic information about vessel displacement, stenosis and perfusion defects due to space-occupying lesions. Thus, MRA was helpful in planning thoracic surgery. (orig.)

  8. The diagnosis of aortic rupture by digital subtraction angiography

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    The typical signs of the rupture of the thoracic aorta in the chest radiographs of patients with this injury are shown. Because all these signs lack specifity only angiography was diagnostic till now. Digital subtraction angiography (dsa) as a new diagnostic procedure can replace invasive angiography. In four cases the rupture of the aorta was clearly diagnosed by means of digital subtraction angiography. In three additional cases it could be definitely exluded. (orig.)

  9. Value of computed angiography in children with osteosarcomas

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    The authors analyse the results of 50 computed angiographies made for osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma. Better tolerated than conventional angiography, computed angiography is also more sensitive in preoperative evaluation of effectiveness of neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Automatic substraction, direct measuring of tumor size and vascularization density give to angiographic changes after chemotherapy the most predictive value. After conservative surgery or radiotherapy digital angiography provides most reliable local follow up

  10. Digital subtraction angiography of the thoracic aorta

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    Grossman, L.B.; Buonocore, E.; Modic, M.T.; Meaney, T.F.

    1984-02-01

    Forty-three patients with acquired and congenital abnormalities of the thoracic aorta were studied using digital subtraction angiography (DSA) after an intravenous bolus injection of 40 ml of contrast material. Abnormalities studied included coarctation, pseudocoarctation, Marfan syndrome, cervical aorta, double aortic arch, aneurysm, dissection, and tumor. Twenty-four patients also had conventional angiography. DSA was accurate in 95% of cases; in the other 5%, involving patients with acute type I dissection, the coronary arteries could not be seen. The authors concluded that in 92% of their patients, DSA could have replaced the standard aortogram.

  11. Digital subtraction angiography of the thoracic aorta

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    Forty-three patients with acquired and congenital abnormalities of the thoracic aorta were studied using digital subtraction angiography (DSA) after an intravenous bolus injection of 40 ml of contrast material. Abnormalities studied included coarctation, pseudocoarctation, Marfan syndrome, cervical aorta, double aortic arch, aneurysm, dissection, and tumor. Twenty-four patients also had conventional angiography. DSA was accurate in 95% of cases; in the other 5%, involving patients with acute type I dissection, the coronary arteries could not be seen. The authors concluded that in 92% of their patients, DSA could have replaced the standard aortogram

  12. Fluorescein and Indocyanine Green Angiography for Uveitis

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    Herbort, Carl P

    2009-01-01

    In recent years enormous progress has been achieved in investigational procedures for uveitis. Imaging is one such example with the advent of new methods such as indocyanine green angiography, ultrasound biomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography to cite only the most important. This tremendous increase in precision and accuracy in the assessment of the level and degree of inflammation and its monitoring comes in parallel with the development of extremely potent and efficacious therapies. In view of these developments, our whole attitude in the appraisal and investigation of the uveitis patient has to be adapted and correctly reoriented integrating the recent developments and this is no different for ocular angiography. PMID:20404985

  13. Fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography for uveitis

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    Herbort Carl

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent years enormous progress has been achieved in investigational procedures for uveitis. Imaging is one such example with the advent of new methods such as indocyanine green angiography, ultrasound biomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography to cite only the most important. This tremendous increase in precision and accuracy in the assessment of the level and degree of inflammation and its monitoring comes in parallel with the development of extremely potent and efficacious therapies. In view of these developments, our whole attitude in the appraisal and investigation of the uveitis patient has to be adapted and correctly reoriented integrating the recent developments and this is no different for ocular angiography.

  14. Estimating Synaphobranchus kaupii densities: Contribution of fish behaviour to differences between bait experiments and visual strip transects

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    Trenkel, Verena M.; Lorance, Pascal

    2011-01-01

    Kaup's arrowtooth eel Synaphobranchus kaupii is a small-bodied fish and an abundant inhabitant of the European continental slope. To estimate its local density video information using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Victor 6000 were collected at three locations in the Bay of Biscay slope. Two methods for estimating local densities were tested: strip transect counts and bait experiments. For bait experiments three behaviour types were observed in about equal proportions for individuals arriving near the seafloor: moving up the current towards the ROV, moving across the current and drifting with the current. Visible attraction towards the bait was the highest for individuals swimming against the current (80%) and about equally low for the other two types (around 30%); it did not depend on current speed nor temperature. Three main innovations were introduced for estimating population densities from bait experiments: (i) inclusion of an additional behaviour category—that of passively drifting individuals, (ii) inclusion of reaction behaviour for actively swimming individuals and (iii) a hierarchical Bayesian estimation framework. The results indicated that about half of individuals were foraging actively of which less than one third reacted on encountering the bait plume and the other half were drifting with the current. Taking account of drifting individuals and the reaction probability made density estimates from bait experiments and strip transects more similar.

  15. CT angiography, MR angiography and rotational digital subtraction angiography for volumetric assessment of intracranial aneurysms. An experimental study

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    The purpose of our experimental study was to assess the accuracy and precision of CT angiography (CTA), MR angiography (MRA) and rotational digital subtraction angiography (DSA) for measuring the volume of an in vitro aneurysm model. A rigid model of the anterior cerebral circulation harbouring an anterior communicating aneurysm was connected to a pulsatile circuit. It was studied using unenhanced 3D time-of-flight MRA, contrast-enhanced CTA and rotational DSA angiography. The source images were then postprocessed on dedicated workstations to calculate the volume of the aneurysm. CTA was more accurate than MRA (P=0.0019). Rotational DSA was more accurate than CTA, although the difference did not reach statistical significance (P=0.1605), and significantly more accurate than MRA (P<0.00001). CTA was more precise than MRA (P=0.12), although this did not reach statistical significance. Rotational DSA can be part of the diagnosis, treatment planning and support endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms. The emerging endovascular treatment techniques which consist of using liquid polymers as implants to exclude aneurysms from arterial circulation would certainly benefit from this precise measurement of the volume of aneurysms. (orig.)

  16. 一种改进的视觉罗盘姿态测量方法%AModified Visual Compass Attitude Estimation Method

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    徐伟杰; 李平; 韩波

    2011-01-01

    The visual compass proposed by Montiel et al. Is an attitude estimation method based on EKF-SLAM that using camera as the only sensor. When camera rotation is unsmooth, a priori system noise covariance in motion model should be set to a large value,but it results in high computational cost for matching and high rate of matching error occurrence. Focusing on those problems, a modified visual compass attitude estimation method is presented. First, a multi-resolution landmark selection strategy is used for new landmark initialization. Then,an active search/match layer by layer algorithm is used to reduce both the computational cost and the rate of error occurrence. Finally, a RANSAC algorithm sampling 2 matched points is used to remove the outliers in matching result. The modified visual compass attitude estimation method is applied to the outdoor video, and the experimental results shows that the modified method has advantage of less computational cost and improved accuracy of attitude estimation.%Montiel等人提出的“视觉罗盘”是一种以摄像机为唯一传感器,基于EKF-SLAM的姿态测量方法.在摄像机旋转不平滑时需要提高运动模型中系统噪声的先验方差设定值,但是会导致匹配计算量增大和匹配错误发生率升高.针对上述问题,本文给出一种改进的视觉罗盘姿态测量方法.该方法首先使用多分辨率路标选取策略初始化新路标,然后使用逐层主动搜索匹配算法以减少匹配计算量和降低匹配错误发生率,最后使用最小抽样集为2个匹配点的RANSAC算法去除匹配野点.将改进的视觉罗盘姿态测量方法用于处理室外采集的视频,实验结果表明其具有计算量更小和测量姿态精确的优点.

  17. Non-enhanced MR angiography of renal arteries - Comparison with contrast-enhanced MR angiography

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    Angeretti, M. G.; Lumia, D.; Cani, A.; Barresi, M.; Cardim, L Nocchi; Piacentino, F.; Genovese, E. A.; Fugazzola, C. [Dept. of Radiology, Insubria Univ., Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese (Italy)], e-mail: laranocchi@gmail.com; Maresca, A. M. [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Insubria Univ., Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese (Italy); Novario, R. [Dept. of Medical Physics, Insubria Univ., Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese (Italy)

    2013-09-15

    Background: The main causes of renal artery stenosis (RAS) are atherosclerosis and fibromuscular dysplasia. Despite contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) being a safe and reliable method for diagnosis of RAS especially in young individuals, recently it has been possible to adopt innovative technologies that do not require paramagnetic contrast agents. Purpose: To assess the accuracy of steady-state free-precession (SSFP) non-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (NC-MRA) by using a 1.5 T MR scanner for the detection of renal artery stenosis, in comparison with breath-hold CE-MRA as the reference standard. Material and Methods: Sixty-three patients (33 men, 30 women) with suspected renovascular hypertension (RVHT) were examined by a 1.5T MR scanner; NC-MRA with an electrocardiography (ECG)-gated SSFP sequence was performed in 58.7% (37/63) of patients; in 41.3% (26/63) of patients a respiratory trigger was used in addition to cardiac gating. CE-MRA, with a three-dimensional gradient echo (3D-GRE) T1-weighted sequence, was performed in all patients within the same session. Maximum intensity projection (MIP) image quality, number of renal arteries, and the presence of stenosis were assessed by two observers (independently for NC-MRA and together for CE-MRA). The agreement between NC-MRA and CE-MRA as well as the inter-observer reproducibility were calculated with Bland-Altman plots. Results: MIP image quality was considered better for NC-MRA. NC-MRA identified 143 of 144 (99.3%) arteries detected by CE-MRA (an accessory artery was not identified). Fourteen stenoses were detected by CE-MRA (11 atherosclerotic, 3 dysplastic) with four of 14 (28.5%) significant stenosis. Bland-Altman plot demonstrated an excellent concordance between NC-MRA and CE-MRA; particularly, the reader A evaluated correctly all investigated arteries, while over-estimation of two stenoses occurred for reader B. Regarding NC-MRA, inter-observer agreement was excellent

  18. Exposed dose comparison between coronary computed tomographic angiography and coronary angiography. Basic examination by phantom

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    The new type of coronary angiography (CAG) that uses 40 mm volumetric computed tomography (VCT) has great potential for cardiac disease. However, it is still necessary to be cognizant of exposure dose. We measured doses of CAG by both VCT and cardiovascular X-ray using a body phantom within 170 glass dosimeters. VCT protocols were 120 kV, 570 mA, and 0.35 sec/rot with and without the dose-reduction features (small cardiac X-ray beam filter and electrocardiogram (ECG) mA modulation). The cardiovascular X-ray protocol was Auto (65-77 kV) kV, Auto (41-46 mA) mA, 5 sec x 11 shots + 11 min fluoroscopy (minimum protocol for screening). VCT with and without the dose-reduction features has the same dose distribution, however, the dose-reduction features reduced the amount of dose by about 40-50%. For VCT with those features, measured dose was about 70 mGy in the cardiac area and 60 mGy at the skin of the back, whereas those of cardiovascular X-ray were 10 mGy and 30 mGy. We measured detailed dose distributions and variations in the phantom, and we also demonstrated the possibility of VCT's dose-reduction features. The CT dose was still higher than that of cardiovascular X-ray, however, there were advantages of CT scanning, for instance, information about calcification, soft plaque, and three-dimensional (3D) visualization. We think it is important to use both systems with an understanding of their advantages and limitations. (author)

  19. Magnetic resonance angiography of intracranial aneurysms: comparison with intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography

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    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) with flow rephased gradient-echo sequences is a new non-invasive method for vascular imaging. We compared MRA and intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography in 18 patients with intracranial aneurysms to test whether MRA presently provides an alternative to cerebral angiography for the diagnosis of these anomalies. MRA showed 19 of the 22 aneurysms detected (86.4%). However, problems, especially with turbulent or slow flow, resulted in 6 studies (27.3%) with limited and 2 with questionable demonstration of an aneurysm, and 1 false negative study. At present, MRA is definitely inferior to angiography for the demonstration of intracranial aneurysms, due to its lower resolution and other limitations. (orig.)

  20. Renal Artery Stenting Using CO2 Gas Angiography in Combination with Iodinated Contrast Angiography.

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    Adachi, Yuya; Endo, Akihiro; Nakashima, Ryuma; Sugamori, Takashi; Takahashi, Nobuyuki; Kinoshita, Yoshihisa; Tanabe, Kazuaki

    2016-01-01

    A 76-year-old woman was hospitalized repeatedly due to unexplained heart failure. On admission, she had hypertensive acute heart failure. Her symptoms disappeared promptly after the initial treatment; however, her systolic blood pressure remained at over 160 mmHg despite her taking three antihypertensive drugs. Closer examination revealed hemodynamically significant right renal artery stenosis and a lack of left kidney function. We performed percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty using CO2 angiography in combination with iodinated contrast agents. The patient's renal function and blood pressure improved, however, CO2 gas-induced mild ischemic colitis occurred. We discuss the possibility of the use of combined iodinated contrast angiography and CO2 angiography to avoid contrast-induced nephropathy and the complications peculiar to CO2 angiography. PMID:27580543

  1. Magnetic resonance angiography: infrequent anatomic variants

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    We studied through RM angiography (3D TOF) with high magnetic field equipment (1.5 T) different infrequent intracerebral vascular anatomic variants. For their detection we emphasise the value of post-processed images obtained after conventional angiographic sequences. These post-processed images should be included in routine protocols for evaluation of the intracerebral vascular structures. (author)

  2. Angiography of the testicular artery. IV

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    Magnification angiography of the testis with selective injection into the testicular artery has been performed in patients with different lesions in the scrotum, either real or suggested. Characteristic angiographic appearances were found in epididymitis, testicular torsion, tumor, hematoma and hydrocele. (Auth.)

  3. Post-mortem CT-coronary angiography

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    Pøhlsgaard, Camilla; Leth, Peter Mygind

    2007-01-01

    post-mortem coronary angiography and computerized tomography.  We describe how to prepare and inject the contrast medium, and how to establish a CT-protocol that optimizes spatial resolution, low contrast resolution and noise level. Testing of the method on 6 hearts, showed that the lumen of the...

  4. Digital subtraction angiography of carotid bifurcation

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    This study demonstrates the reliability of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) by means of intra- and interobserver investigations as well as indicating the possibility of substituting catheterangiography by DSA in the diagnosis of carotid bifurcation. Whenever insufficient information is obtained from the combination of non-invasive investigation and DSA, a catheterangiogram will be necessary. (Auth.)

  5. Angiography and angiotherapy of gastrointestinal tract bleeding

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    In selected patients with upper and lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage there is an indication for angiography. Vasoconstrictive drugs or embolization materials can be submitted through the catheter to stop the hermorrhage (angiotherapy). 81 patients were diagnosed by this method. Treatment through the angiographic catheter followed the diagnostic procedure in 41 cases. The hemorrhage was controlled in 36 patients. (orig.)

  6. Magnetic resonance angiography in meningovascular syphilis

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    Meningovascular neurosyphilis (MN) is an unusual cause of stroke in young adults. The clinical manifestations include prodromal symptoms weeks or months before definitive stroke. The diagnosis is based on clinical findings and examination of the serum and cerebrospinal fluid. We report a case of MN with basilar artery irregularities demonstrated by magnetic resonance angiography. (orig.)

  7. Interventional angiography in the diagnosis of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding

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    Interventional angiography with the use of indwelling arterial catheters, anticoagulants, vasodilators and fibrinolytic agents, complements conventional angiography in the diagnosis of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding. These interventional techniques prolong, augment or reactive bleeding and, by enabling better timing of examinations, they increase the diagnostic efficacy of angiography. In the reported series of 63 patients with acute lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage, interventions increased the diagnostic yield of angiography for demonstration of extravasation from 32% to 65% and decreased the percentage of negative angiograms from 27% to 16%. Indications, techniques and risks of interventional angiography in the diagnosis of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding are discussed. (orig.)

  8. Electron-beam CT coronary angiography in the patients with high heart rate arrhythmia or pacemaker

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    Objective: To report the clinical applicability of coronary angiography for patients with high heart rate, arrhythmia or cardiac pacing using the new-generation of electron-beam CT (e-Speed). Methods: EBCT (GE e-Speed) coronary angiography was performed in 36 eases (male 27, female 9, mean age 58), including the heart rate more than 90 bpm in 20 patients, frequent ectopic beats in 11 cases, implantation of cardiac pacemaker in 4 patients and the unacceptable MSCT image quality due to variability of interscan heart rate (from 82 bpm to 104 bpm) in 1 case. After volume data set was acquired using spiral mode with prospective ECG-gating, the reconstructions of MIP, CPR, VR and Cine were performed. The VR quality was evaluated using a five-point scale. Results: The quality of coronary imaging in all of 36 cases were acceptable. The total visualization rate of coronary artery branches was 80.0%. Left main, left anterior artery and right coronary artery were visualized in all patients and in 94.3% of all cases circumflex artery were visible. Conclusion: EBCT (e-Speed) is applicable in noninvasive coronary angiography for patients with high heart rate, arrhythmia or implanted cardiac pacemaker', and this examination can obtain satisfied diagnosis. (authors)

  9. Quality of abdominal computed tomography angiography: hand versus mechanical intravenous contrast administration in children

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    Abdominal CT angiography has been increasingly used for evaluation of various conditions related to abdominal vasculature in the pediatric population. However, no direct comparison has evaluated the quality of abdominal CT angiography in children using hand versus mechanical administration of intravenous (IV) contrast agent. To compare hand versus mechanical administration of IV contrast agent in the quality of abdominal CT angiography in the pediatric population. We retrospectively reviewed the electronic medical record to identify pediatric patients (≤18 years) who had abdominal CT angiography between August 2012 and August 2013. The information obtained includes: (1) type of administration of IV contrast agent (hand [group 1] versus mechanical [group 2]), (2) size (gauge) of IV catheter, (3) amount of contrast agent administered and (4) rate of contrast agent administration (ml/s). Two reviewers independently performed qualitative and quantitative evaluation of abdominal CT angiography image quality. Qualitative evaluation of abdominal CT angiography image quality was performed by visual assessment of the degree of contrast enhancement in the region of interest (ROI) based on a 4-point scale. Quantitative evaluation of each CT angiography examination was performed by measuring the Hounsfield unit (HU) using an ROI within the abdominal aorta at two levels (celiac axis and the inferior mesenteric artery) for each child. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) using the F-test was applied to compare contrast enhancement within the abdominal aorta at two levels (celiac axis and inferior mesenteric artery) between hand administration and mechanical administration of IV contrast methods with adjustment for age. We identified 46 pediatric patients (24 male, 22 female; mean age 7.3 ± 5.5 years; range 5 weeks to 18 years) with abdominal CT angiography performed during the study period. Of these patients, 16 (35%; 1.7 ± 2.2 years; range 5 weeks to 5 years) had hand

  10. Quality of abdominal computed tomography angiography: hand versus mechanical intravenous contrast administration in children

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    Ayyala, Rama S.; Lee, Edward Y. [Boston Children' s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Zurakowski, David [Boston Children' s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery, Boston, MA (United States)

    2015-11-15

    Abdominal CT angiography has been increasingly used for evaluation of various conditions related to abdominal vasculature in the pediatric population. However, no direct comparison has evaluated the quality of abdominal CT angiography in children using hand versus mechanical administration of intravenous (IV) contrast agent. To compare hand versus mechanical administration of IV contrast agent in the quality of abdominal CT angiography in the pediatric population. We retrospectively reviewed the electronic medical record to identify pediatric patients (≤18 years) who had abdominal CT angiography between August 2012 and August 2013. The information obtained includes: (1) type of administration of IV contrast agent (hand [group 1] versus mechanical [group 2]), (2) size (gauge) of IV catheter, (3) amount of contrast agent administered and (4) rate of contrast agent administration (ml/s). Two reviewers independently performed qualitative and quantitative evaluation of abdominal CT angiography image quality. Qualitative evaluation of abdominal CT angiography image quality was performed by visual assessment of the degree of contrast enhancement in the region of interest (ROI) based on a 4-point scale. Quantitative evaluation of each CT angiography examination was performed by measuring the Hounsfield unit (HU) using an ROI within the abdominal aorta at two levels (celiac axis and the inferior mesenteric artery) for each child. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) using the F-test was applied to compare contrast enhancement within the abdominal aorta at two levels (celiac axis and inferior mesenteric artery) between hand administration and mechanical administration of IV contrast methods with adjustment for age. We identified 46 pediatric patients (24 male, 22 female; mean age 7.3 ± 5.5 years; range 5 weeks to 18 years) with abdominal CT angiography performed during the study period. Of these patients, 16 (35%; 1.7 ± 2.2 years; range 5 weeks to 5 years) had hand

  11. No reference video quality estimation based on human visual system for 2.5/3G devices

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    Massidda, Francesco; Giusto, Daniele D.; Perra, Cristian

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    2.5/3G devices should achieve satisfactory QoS, overcoming mobile standards drawbacks. In-service/blind quality monitoring is essential in order to improve perceptual quality according to Human Visual System. Several techniques have been proposed for image/video quality assessment. A novel no-reference quality index which uses an effective HVS model is proposed. Luminance masking, Contrast Sensitivity Function and temporal masking are taken into account with fast in-service algorithms. The proposed index is able to assess blockiness distortion with a fast image-domain measure. Compression/post-processing blurring effects are measured with a standard approach. Moving artifacts distortion is evaluated taking into account standard deviation with respect to a natural image statistical model. Several distortion effects, in wireless noisy channels with low video-streaming/playback bit rates (e.g. edge busyness and image persistence) are evaluated. A multi-level pooling algorithm (block, temporal-window, frame, and sequence levels) is used. Validation tests have been developed in order to assess index performance and computational complexity. The final measure provides human-like threshold-effect and high correlation with subjective data. Low complexity algorithms can be derived for real-time, HVS-based, QoS management for low-power consumer devices. Different distortion effects (e.g. ringing and jerkiness) can be easily included.

  12. Usefulness of CT angiography in patients with intracranial occlusive vascular disease of the circle of willis ; comparison with conventional angiography

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    To assess the usefulness of CT angiography(CTA) compared with conventional angiography(CA) in the evaluation of intracranial occlusive vascular disease. We evaluated 26 patients with clinically suspected intracranial occlusive vascular disease studied with both CTA and CA. In cases where there was no vascular lesion on CA, we used CTA to retrospectively review the detection rate and size of individual vessels, and compared the findings with those obtained by CA. In cases of occlusive vascular lesion, we evaluated the degree of stenosis on CTA and compared this with the CA findings. We also measured the time taken to use both modalities. Sixteen patients had no vascular lesion and ten patients had occlusive vascular lesions. Compared with CA, CTA detected 97%(124/128) of normal intracranial arteries ; their diameter measured on CTA was slightly smaller than that on CA. On CTA, the degree of stenosis was correctly estimated in eight lesions, underestimated in one and overestimated in one. Examination time ranged between 15 and 20 minutes with CTA and between 40 and 60 minutes with CA. Compared with CA, CTA shows good correlation in the delineation of intracranial normal and occlusive vessels around the Circle of Willis. CTA may be an additional tool for the evaluation of the Circle of Willis in patients with suspected intracranial occlusive vascular disease. CTA may, additionally, be used as a follow-up method in patients with acute cerebral infarctions after thrombolytic therapy

  13. Correlation of 3D MR coronary angiography with selective coronary angiography: feasibility of the motion-adapted gating technique

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    The aim of this study was to verify the feasibility of a respiratory motion compensation technique (motion-adapted gating, MAG) for visualization of coronary arteries (CA) by correlation with selective coronary angiography (SCA). Fifteen subjects (11 patients, mean age 61.3 years, age range 41-73 years; and 4 healthy volunteers, mean age 32.3 years, age range 31-35 years) were investigated. A Philips Gyroscan ACS-NT was used, operating at 1.5 T, was combined with the PowerTrak 6000 gradient system. An ECG-triggered, respiratory motion-gated 3D turbo field echo sequence was used. The real-time algorithm utilized the concept of k-space weighting in combination with automatic analysis of respiratory motion. The main CA were investigated. Qualitative analysis was performed by three blinded investigators. Visibility was graded on a five-point scale (0=not visualized, 1=insufficient, 2=sufficient, 3=good, 4=excellent). Segments graded 2-4 were defined as adequately visualized. Sixty-two of 88 assessable CA segments in patient, and 22 of 32 in volunteer group were adequately visualized. Visibility of CA was classified as excellent for proximal RCA (avg. 3.6±0.5), good for LM, proximal LAD, proximal LCX, middle RCA and sufficient for middle LAD. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values for coronary MRA in detection of CA stenoses with luminal narrowing ≥50% were 88, 94, 83, and 96%, respectively. Magnetic resonance imaging in combination with MAG has proven to be a promising technique for noninvasive imaging of CA due to good image quality and a patient convenient free-breathing technique. (orig.)

  14. Optoacoustic angiography of peripheral vasculature

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    Ermilov, Sergey; Su, Richard; Zamora, Mario; Hernandez, Travis; Nadvoretsky, Vyacheslav; Oraevsky, Alexander

    2012-02-01

    We developed a new optoacoustic microangiography system (OmAS) intended for in-vivo vascular imaging of a human finger. The system employs an arc-shaped acoustic array that is rotated 360 degrees around the finger providing optoacoustic data necessary for tomographic reconstruction of the three-dimensional images of a finger. A near-infrared Q-switched laser is used to generate optoacoustic signals with increased contrast of blood vessels. The laser is coupled through two randomized fiberoptic bundles oriented in orthogonal optoacoustic mode. To demonstrate OmAS capabilities, we present a time-series of optoacoustic images of a human finger taken after the hypothermia stress test. The images show a detailed vascular anatomy of a finger down to the capillary level. A series of quick 30s scans allowed us to visualize the thermoregulatory response within the studied finger as it was manifested via vasomotor activity during the hypothermia recovery. We propose that the developed system can be used for diagnostics of various medical conditions that are manifested in change of the peripheral (finger) blood flow. Examples of the medical conditions that could be diagnosed and staged using the OmAS include the peripheral arterial disease (PAD), thrombosis, frostbite, and traumas.

  15. Blood Pool Contrast-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Angiography with Correlation to Digital Subtraction Angiography: A Pictorial Review

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA provides noninvasive visualization of the vascular supply of soft tissue masses and vascular pathology, without harmful radiation. This is important for planning an endovascular intervention, and helps to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatment. MRA with conventional extracellular contrast agents relies on accurate contrast bolus timing, limiting the imaging window to first-pass arterial phase. The recently introduced blood pool contrast agent (BPCA, gadofosveset trisodium, reversibly binds to human serum albumin, resulting in increased T1 relaxivity and prolonged intravascular retention time, permitting both first-pass and steady-state phase high-resolution imaging. In our practice, high-quality MRA serves as a detailed "roadmap" for the needed endovascular intervention. Cases of aortoiliac occlusive disease, inferior vena cava thrombus, pelvic congestion syndrome, and lower extremity arteriovenous malformation are discussed in this article. MRA was acquired at 1.5 T with an 8-channel phased array coil after intravenous administration of gadofosveset (0.03 mmol/kg body weight, at the first-pass phase. In the steady-state, serial T1-weighted 3D spoiled gradient echo images were obtained with high resolution. All patients underwent digital subtraction angiography (DSA and endovascular treatment. MRA and DSA findings of vascular anatomy and pathology are discussed and correlated. BPCA-enhanced MRA provides high-quality first-pass and steady-state vascular imaging. This could increase the diagnostic accuracy and create a detailed map for pre-intervention planning. Understanding the pharmacokinetics of BPCA and being familiar with the indications and technique of MRA are important for diagnosis and endovascular intervention.

  16. A screen for constituents of motor control and decision making in Drosophila reveals visual distance-estimation neurons

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    Triphan, Tilman; Nern, Aljoscha; Roberts, Sonia F.; Korff, Wyatt; Naiman, Daniel Q.; Strauss, Roland

    2016-01-01

    Climbing over chasms larger than step size is vital to fruit flies, since foraging and mating are achieved while walking. Flies avoid futile climbing attempts by processing parallax-motion vision to estimate gap width. To identify neuronal substrates of climbing control, we screened a large collection of fly lines with temporarily inactivated neuronal populations in a novel high-throughput assay described here. The observed climbing phenotypes were classified; lines in each group are reported. Selected lines were further analysed by high-resolution video cinematography. One striking class of flies attempts to climb chasms of unsurmountable width; expression analysis guided us to C2 optic-lobe interneurons. Inactivation of C2 or the closely related C3 neurons with highly specific intersectional driver lines consistently reproduced hyperactive climbing whereas strong or weak artificial depolarization of C2/C3 neurons strongly or mildly decreased climbing frequency. Contrast-manipulation experiments support our conclusion that C2/C3 neurons are part of the distance-evaluation system. PMID:27255169

  17. A screen for constituents of motor control and decision making in Drosophila reveals visual distance-estimation neurons.

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    Triphan, Tilman; Nern, Aljoscha; Roberts, Sonia F; Korff, Wyatt; Naiman, Daniel Q; Strauss, Roland

    2016-01-01

    Climbing over chasms larger than step size is vital to fruit flies, since foraging and mating are achieved while walking. Flies avoid futile climbing attempts by processing parallax-motion vision to estimate gap width. To identify neuronal substrates of climbing control, we screened a large collection of fly lines with temporarily inactivated neuronal populations in a novel high-throughput assay described here. The observed climbing phenotypes were classified; lines in each group are reported. Selected lines were further analysed by high-resolution video cinematography. One striking class of flies attempts to climb chasms of unsurmountable width; expression analysis guided us to C2 optic-lobe interneurons. Inactivation of C2 or the closely related C3 neurons with highly specific intersectional driver lines consistently reproduced hyperactive climbing whereas strong or weak artificial depolarization of C2/C3 neurons strongly or mildly decreased climbing frequency. Contrast-manipulation experiments support our conclusion that C2/C3 neurons are part of the distance-evaluation system. PMID:27255169

  18. Angiography of histopathologic variants of synovial sarcoma

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    Synovial sarcomas are rare soft tissue tumors which histopathologically can be divided into monophasic, biphasic and mixed variants. As part of a protocol for intra-arterial chemotherapy 12 patients with biopsy proven synovial sarcoma underwent angiography. The angiograms on these patients were reviewed to determine whether synovial sarcomas and their variants demonstrated a characteristic angiographic appearance. Synovial sarcomas appeared angiographically as soft tissue masses which showed a fine network of tumor vessels with an inhomogeneous capillary blush. Their degree of vascularity varied according to their histopathology. Monophasic synovial sarcomas demonstrated in general a higher degree of neovascularity than the biphasic form. This finding was also suggested by histopathologic analysis of the vessels in the tumor. Although angiography did not show a distinctive vascular pattern it may be useful to evaluate tumor size and vascularity. (orig.)

  19. Possibilities of conventional intravenous subtraction angiography (ISA)

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    Weigert, F.; Loessl, P.; Eggemann, F.

    1984-01-01

    Based on the experiences collected with 127 patients, the pros and cons as well as the indications for intravenous angiography with conventional photographic subtraction technique (ISA) are discussed in comparison with rival procedures. ISA can be performed in every angiography unit without any additional investment, and its possibilities of use are identical with those of the DSA. As a matter of fact, it is a simple and safe method for visualising the renal arteries in the course of intravenous urography in the diagnostic evaluation of hypertansion. For the first time, it has become possible to perform transvenous determination of the complete status of the arteries of the pelvis and legs, using a new technical system (simultaneous use of two film changers in the frontal plane - ISA aortoarteriography).

  20. Angiography in the region of the foot

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    It is reported on technique, incidence and findings of angiography of the foot which provided magnifying angiography and non-ionic contrast media are used, is especially qualified for the differentiation of diabetic and non-diabetic angiopathies as well as for the identification of peripherical embolizations and digital arterial occlusions at thrombocytosis or polycythemia. The arteries of the foot represent the peripherical outflow at peripherical reconstructive performances at the lower leg and have to be studied prior to such reconstructive surgical interventions. The different localization of arterial obliterations and changes of the walls in diabetics of stage I-IV according to Fontaine shows the particularly large number of vascular-pathological findings in arteries of the lower leg and foot in diabetics with arterial occlusive diseases of stage III and IV. Therefore, the unfavourable prognoses of arterial occlusive diseases in diabetics have also to be made for peripherical arterial obliterations of the foot and lower leg. (orig.)

  1. Invasive or non invasive angiography? The role of conventional catheder angiography

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    Within the last decade, diagnostic and interventional angiography have been developed to a high degree of performance, due to the widespread use of DSA, the miniaturisation of the puncture trauma and the introduction sets (catheters, sheaths), the development of high-tech materials (e.g., Nitinol guidewires) and the application of non-ionic, low osmolal contrast media. The specific risks of the procedure, thereby, have been significantly reduced, but could not be totally eliminated. To evaluate vascular diseases non-invasively, special attention was attributed to the progress of colour coded duplex, (spiral) CT-angiography and (CE)MR-angiography, based on the estbalished imaging with US, CT and MRT. The matter in question is whether or not they can substitute the role of conventional angiography as the 'gold standard' of vessel imaging. Clinical validity and economic efficiency both determine the indication for the use of invasive or non-invasive methods. In diagnostic procedures, there is a growing tendency for the use of non-invasive techniques, like in imaging of the abdominal and thoracic aorta, the renal, pulmonary and extra- and intra-cranial arteries. Conventional angiography is still reserved for the evaluation of small vessels of the upper and lower extremities, and vessel status in preoperative conditions (carotid, celiac trunk, mesenteric and renal arteries and aneurysms of the cerebral vasculature). Fluoroscopic guiding of catheters and contrast enhancement in interventional procedures, however, cannot be substituted by alternative techniques in the foreseeable future. (orig.)

  2. Angiography and interventional radiology of the kidneys

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    For imaging of renal pathology a broad spectrum of radiologic diagnostic procedures are available which are, sometimes and particularly more recently, competing among each other in their diagnostic yield and relevance. For tumorous lesions ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are performed predominantly. Angiography is no longer required with the exception of highly selected cases and in some specific preoperative workup requirements. Until recently, catheter based digital subtraction angiography has been considered as gold standard. However, non-invasive techniques such as CT-angiography and MR-angiography are evolving parallel to their quantum leap of resolutions and readiness to use. Nevertheless, well accepted criteria for quality assessement of these new modalities are still lacking. More comparison studies are urgently warranted. Despite the availability of ultrashort pulse sequences applying the T1 relaxation reduction effect of gadolinium enhanced MR techniques overestimation of renal artery stenosis still poses a substantial problem. Renal intervention implies a variety of procedures such as plain angioplasty, stent placement, embolization of traumatic and both benign and malignant tumors. These methods have emerged over the last two decades from a more experimental nature to a fully accepted treatment option. When renal artery angioplasty is embedded in an aggressive approach including stenting as an adjunct for more complex cases, renal ostial lesions and a well organized follow-up regimen its therapeutic potential for treatment of renal insufficiency, malignant hypertension, for organ preservation bears a very high potential. Provided adequate periinterventional drug regimen restenosis rates may be as low as 10%. In highly selected cases capillary embolization might be used as an alternative to nephrectomy with a similar clinical outcome. Particularly the development of superselective small caliber embolization catheters

  3. The application of angiography in conjoined twins

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    Objective: To report a case of conjoined twins with peripheral angiography together with cardioangiographic technique. Methods: Left ventriculogram, right ventriculogram, descending aortogram and selected celiac arteriogram were separately performed for both babies of the conjoined twin. Results: Angiocardiography showed the anatomy of cardiac and abdominal vessels of the thoraco-omphalopagus conjoined twin clearly and confirmed by the separation operation. Conclusions: The angiographic examination is difficult but very helpful for successful operation of the conjoined twin. (authors)

  4. Reuse of catheters for angiography. 2. Contribution

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    The reuse of sterile medical devices designated for single use is a controversal practice, known to be performed in many countries. As far as catheters for angiography are concerned, various methods for cleaning and sterilisation are in use. However, interactions of detergents and ethylene oxide used in reprocessing with polyethylene materials of the catheters have not been investigated systematically. This paper presents a physico-chemical characterisation of common angiographic catheters. The interaction of polyethylene and ethylene oxide is examined. (orig.)

  5. Fluorescein and Indocyanine Green Angiography for Uveitis

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    In recent years enormous progress has been achieved in investigational procedures for uveitis. Imaging is one such example with the advent of new methods such as indocyanine green angiography, ultrasound biomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography to cite only the most important. This tremendous increase in precision and accuracy in the assessment of the level and degree of inflammation and its monitoring comes in parallel with the development of extremely potent and efficacious therapies....

  6. Cerebral angiography in leptomeningitis and cerebritis

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    This is a report of the cerebral angiographic findings in cases of meningitis and cerebritis. Fifty-nine patients, 38 of whom were under 1 year of age, underwent cerebral angiography by means of femoral catheterization. All the patients had signs of increased intracranial pressure, seizures, focal cerebral signs, positive transillumination of the head, and or abnormal brain scan findings. A few patients who did not respond to systemic antibiotics as was expected were also evaluated by means of cerebral angiography. The following characteristic angiographic findings were observed in 18 cases of active meningitis: (1) A hasy appearance around the arteries (halo formation) between the late arterial and capillary phases. (2) Narrowing of the arteries in the basal cistern. This sometimes extended to the peripheral arteries. (3) Irregular caliber following the narrowing of arteries (in few cases). (4) Circulation time so slow that veins could be seen in the late arterial phase. (5) Halo formation around the anterior chroidal artery and the clear appearance of the choroid plexus in the venous phase (when the infectious process reached the choroid plexus). Cerebritis could be identified on the angiograms by two signs: (1) local swelling of the brain (mainly the temporal lobe) and (2) staining around the veins without any abnormal signs in the arterial phase (laminar staining). In conclusion, angiography is a meaningful test by which to determine the phase of meningitis and cerebritis. These two conditions should be treated based on valid information obtained by means of CSF examinations and neuroradiological tests, especially CT scan and cerebral angiography. (author)

  7. Integration of MR imaging with MR angiography

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    Two potentially useful techniques for performing MR angiography include phase-contrast methods and sequences that take advantage of flow-related enhancement. The authors have investigated the ability of these methods to provide supplemental information when integrated with a routine proton MR imaging sequence. The authors have evaluated MR angiographic findings in 15 patients undergoing routine spin-echo MR imaging for various vascular abnormalities. Phase-contrast techniques provide projection images with high in-plane spatial resolution, but artifacts are created at sites of vessel crossings as well as in regions of complex flow. Flow-related enhancement sequences produce images with similar signal-to-noise ratio at slightly reduced spatial resolution compared with phase-contrast angiography. However, an important advantage of these sequences is reduced sensitivity to complex flow patterns. The disadvantage of this method is the longer acquisition time required compared with projection phase-contrast techniques. In summary, these angiography sequences appear to provide useful information in conjunction with conventional MR examinations

  8. Effect of hot bag application on the extremities in angiography of patients with Raynaud's syndrome

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    Won, Je Hwan; Han, Kyong Lim; Kim, Chan [College of Medicine, Ajou Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

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    It is sometimes difficult to evaluate the angiographic findings pertaining to spasm of the arteries in the hands and feet in patients with Raynaud's syndrome. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of applying a hot bag to the hands and/or feet for the control of vasospasm in patients with Raynaud's syndrome during angiography. Forty five cases (hands: feet=15:30) in forty patients (M:F=9:31, mean age; 39 years) with Raynaud's syndrome whose conventional angiography demonstrated the presence of vasospasm were included. First, digital subtraction angiography of the extremities was performed at room temperature (20 to 21 degrees Celsius). Then a hot bag was applied for 5 minutes on the hand or foot, and a post-hot bag angiography of the extremity was performed. The angiographic findings were classified into 6 grades in the case of the feet (0; anterior/posterior tibial artery, 1; dorsalis pedis /lateral plantar artery, 2; arcuate artery/plantar arch, 3; metatarsal artery, 4; digital artery, 5; blushing of toe tip) and 5 grades in the case of the hands (0; ulnar/radial artery, 1; palmar arch, 2; common palmar artery, 3; proper palmar artery, 4; blushing of finger tip) according to the level of the visualized vessels on the angiography. The time and the time difference to maximal visualization of the vessels between the measurements taken at room temperature and those taken after the hot bag application were calculated. In all cases, more. vessels were visualized after the hot bag application than at room temperature. After the application of the hot bag, the grade of vessel visualization was increased in both the feet (range; 1-4, mean; 2.3) and hands (range; 1-2, mean; 1.4). The time to the maximal visualization of the vessels was faster after the hot bag application than at room temperature. The time difference between the two groups ranged from 1 to 33 seconds (mean; 12.3 seconds) in the feet and 2 to 26 seconds (mean; 11

  9. Preoperative cerebral aneurysm assessment by three-dimensional CT angiography. Feasibility of surgery without cerebral angiography

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    The purpose of this study is to assess the capability of three-dimensional CT angiography (3D-CTA) to replace conventional catheter angiography as a preoperative examination for unruptured intracranial aneurysms. A prospective study was designed to evaluate 18 patients with 20 unruptured intracranial aneurysms (13 middle cerebral artery aneurysms, 6 anterior communicating artery aneurysms, and 1 internal carotid posterior communicating artery aneurysm) who underwent surgery. There were 12 women and 6 men with the average age of 63 years old. All patients were initially diagnosed as having intracranial aneurysms by MR angiography, followed by 3D-CTA and conventional catheter angiography for confirmation. Three experienced neurosurgeons were in charge of the operations. One of the neurosurgeons (surgeon 1) was provided with only 3D-CTA as the preoperative radiological evaluation, while the others (surgeon 2 and 3) were given through assessments with MRA, 3D-CTA, and conventional angiography. Surgeon 1 carried out the operations under careful observation by the surgeons 2 and 3. Problems encountered by the surgeon 1 during surgery were recorded. Neck clipping in 19 aneurysms and dome wrapping in 1 were successfully accomplished. All patients were discharged without complication. Surgeries went smoothly in 16 aneurysms with 3D-CTA alone. Discrepancies between the 3D-CTA findings and microsurgical anatomy were noted in 4 aneurysms: the size of the neck was overestimated in 3 aneurysms, the relationships to parent arteries were obscure in 2 aneurysms, and a perforating artery problematic to neck clipping was missed in 1 aneurysms by 3D-CTA. The results of this study support the notion that 3D-CTA can replace conventional catheter angiography as preoperative examination in the majority of regular-sized anterior circulation aneurysms. Nevertheless, surgeons should recognize and be prepared for the fact that 3D-CTA can give false impression about the aneurysm neck and

  10. Preoperative evaluation of neurovascular relationship by using contrast-enhanced and unenhanced 3D time-of-flight MR angiography in patients with trigeminal neuralgia

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    Background Microvascular decompression is an etiological strategy for the therapy of trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Preoperative identification of neurovascular compression, therefore, could have an impact on the determination of appropriate treatment for TN. Purpose To evaluate the value of contrast-enhanced and unenhanced three-dimensional (3D) time-of-flight (TOF) MR angiography in the visualization of neurovascular relationship in patients with TN. Material and Methods Thirty-seven patients with unilateral TN underwent unenhanced and contrast-enhanced 3D TOF MR angiography with a 3.0-T MR system. Images were reviewed by a radiologist blinded to clinical details. Vascular contact with the trigeminal nerve was identified, and the nature of the involved vessels (artery or vein) was determined. All patients underwent microvascular decompression. Results In 37 patients with TN, contrast-enhanced 3D TOF MR angiography identified surgically verified neurovascular contact in 35 of 36 symptomatic nerves, and there was no false-positive. Based on surgical findings, the sensitivity of MR imaging was 97.2% and specificity 100%. The nature of the offending vessel was correctly identified in 94.4% of the patients by using the combination of contrast-enhanced and unenhanced MR angiography. Conclusion Contrast-enhanced 3D TOF MR angiography is useful in the detection of vascular contact with the trigeminal nerve in patients with TN, and this MR imaging in combination with unenhanced MR angiography could help in the identification of the nature of the responsible vessels

  11. Preoperative evaluation of neurovascular relationship by using contrast-enhanced and unenhanced 3D time-of-flight MR angiography in patients with trigeminal neuralgia

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    Qin, Zhou; Zhiling, Liu; Chuanfu, Li; Qingshi Zeng (Dept. of Radiology, Qilu Hospital of Shandong Univ., Jinan (China)), email: zengqingshi@yahoo.cn; Chuncheng, Qu (Dept. of Neurosurgery, the Second Hospital of Shandong Univ., Jinan (China)); Shilei, Ni (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Qilu Hospital of Shandong Univ., Jinan (China))

    2011-10-15

    Background Microvascular decompression is an etiological strategy for the therapy of trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Preoperative identification of neurovascular compression, therefore, could have an impact on the determination of appropriate treatment for TN. Purpose To evaluate the value of contrast-enhanced and unenhanced three-dimensional (3D) time-of-flight (TOF) MR angiography in the visualization of neurovascular relationship in patients with TN. Material and Methods Thirty-seven patients with unilateral TN underwent unenhanced and contrast-enhanced 3D TOF MR angiography with a 3.0-T MR system. Images were reviewed by a radiologist blinded to clinical details. Vascular contact with the trigeminal nerve was identified, and the nature of the involved vessels (artery or vein) was determined. All patients underwent microvascular decompression. Results In 37 patients with TN, contrast-enhanced 3D TOF MR angiography identified surgically verified neurovascular contact in 35 of 36 symptomatic nerves, and there was no false-positive. Based on surgical findings, the sensitivity of MR imaging was 97.2% and specificity 100%. The nature of the offending vessel was correctly identified in 94.4% of the patients by using the combination of contrast-enhanced and unenhanced MR angiography. Conclusion Contrast-enhanced 3D TOF MR angiography is useful in the detection of vascular contact with the trigeminal nerve in patients with TN, and this MR imaging in combination with unenhanced MR angiography could help in the identification of the nature of the responsible vessels

  12. Efficacy of Patient Selection for Diagnostic Coronary Angiography in Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

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    Francisco Flávio Costa Filho

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available AbstractBackground:Guidelines recommend that in suspected stable coronary artery disease (CAD, a clinical (non-invasive evaluation should be performed before coronary angiography.Objective:We assessed the efficacy of patient selection for coronary angiography in suspected stable CAD.Methods:We prospectively selected consecutive patients without known CAD, referred to a high-volume tertiary center. Demographic characteristics, risk factors, symptoms and non-invasive test results were correlated to the presence of obstructive CAD. We estimated the CAD probability based on available clinical data and the incremental diagnostic value of previous non-invasive tests.Results:A total of 830 patients were included; median age was 61 years, 49.3% were males, 81% had hypertension and 35.5% were diabetics. Non-invasive tests were performed in 64.8% of the patients. At coronary angiography, 23.8% of the patients had obstructive CAD. The independent predictors for obstructive CAD were: male gender (odds ratio [OR], 3.95; confidence interval [CI] 95%, 2.70 - 5.77, age (OR for 5 years increment, 1.15; CI 95%, 1.06 - 1.26, diabetes (OR, 2.01; CI 95%, 1.40 - 2.90, dyslipidemia (OR, 2.02; CI 95%, 1.32 - 3.07, typical angina (OR, 2.92; CI 95%, 1.77 - 4.83 and previous non-invasive test (OR 1.54; CI 95% 1.05 - 2.27.Conclusions:In this study, less than a quarter of the patients referred for coronary angiography with suspected CAD had the diagnosis confirmed. A better clinical and non-invasive assessment is necessary, to improve the efficacy of patient selection for coronary angiography.

  13. Multidetector computed tomography pulmonary angiography in childhood acute pulmonary embolism

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    Pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening condition affecting people of all ages. Multidetector row CT pulmonary angiography has improved the imaging of pulmonary embolism in both adults and children and is now regarded as the routine modality for detection of pulmonary embolism. Advanced CT pulmonary angiography techniques developed in recent years, such as dual-energy CT, have been applied as a one-stop modality for pulmonary embolism diagnosis in children, as they can simultaneously provide anatomical and functional information. We discuss CT pulmonary angiography techniques, common and uncommon findings of pulmonary embolism in both conventional and dual-energy CT pulmonary angiography, and radiation dose considerations. (orig.)

  14. Multidetector computed tomography pulmonary angiography in childhood acute pulmonary embolism

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    Tang, Chun Xiang; Zhang, Long Jiang; Lu, Guang Ming [Medical School of Nanjing University, Department of Medical Imaging, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Schoepf, U.J. [Medical School of Nanjing University, Department of Medical Imaging, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Pediatrics, Charleston, SC (United States); Chowdhury, Shahryar M. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Pediatrics, Charleston, SC (United States); Fox, Mary A. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States)

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    Pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening condition affecting people of all ages. Multidetector row CT pulmonary angiography has improved the imaging of pulmonary embolism in both adults and children and is now regarded as the routine modality for detection of pulmonary embolism. Advanced CT pulmonary angiography techniques developed in recent years, such as dual-energy CT, have been applied as a one-stop modality for pulmonary embolism diagnosis in children, as they can simultaneously provide anatomical and functional information. We discuss CT pulmonary angiography techniques, common and uncommon findings of pulmonary embolism in both conventional and dual-energy CT pulmonary angiography, and radiation dose considerations. (orig.)

  15. The ascending aortic image quality and the whole aortic radiation dose of high-pitch dual-source CT angiography

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    Liu, Ying; Xu, Jian; Jian LI; Ren, Jing; LIU, HONGTAO; Xu, Junqing; Wei, Mengqi; Hao, Yuewen; Zheng, Minwen

    2013-01-01

    Background Aortic dissection is a lift-threatening medical emergency associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. The incidence rate of aortic dissection is estimated at 5 to 30 per 1 million people per year. The prompt and correct diagnosis of aortic dissection is critical. This study was to compare the ascending aortic image quality and the whole aortic radiation dose of high-pitch dual-source CT angiography and conventional dual-source CT angiography. Methods A total of 110 conse...

  16. Agreement between optical coherence tomography and fundus fluorescein angiography in post-cataract surgery cystoid macular edema

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    Mitne Somaia; Paranhos Júnior Augusto; Rodrigues Ana Paula Silvério; Guia Tércio; Bordon Arnaldo; Moraes Nilva Simeren Bueno de; Farah Michel Eid; Bonomo Pedro Paulo

    2003-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the agreement between optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) regarding the detection of cystoid macular edema (CME) following cataract surgery. METHODS: Retrospective comparative observational series of 25 eyes with suspected CME. Patients with low visual acuity and alterations in fundus biomicroscopy after cataract surgery underwent OCT scanning followed by FFA on the same visit. The diagnosis of CME was established considering fluore...

  17. Recent results and future prospects of dynamic intravenous coronary angiography using synchrotron radiation

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    We have developed a dynamic intravenous coronary angiography (IVCAG) by using synchrotron radiation (SR) as a less invasive and more easy examination in place of CAG. Twelve patients suspected to have angina pectoris underwent IVCAG at the clinic in the National Laboratory for High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK). The patients received an intravenous injection of 40m/of contrast agent, and then irradiation was performed with a wide (130 mm x 80 mm) and monochromatic (35 KeV) X-ray beam. Images were acquired with an image intensifier and recorded with a digital fluorography system as dynamic angiography at 30 or 10 images/sec. IVCAG was repeated in 2 or 3 projections. In all patients, the dynamic images permitted clear visualization of the coronary arteries and enabled evaluation of coronary anatomy. Two patients were diagnosed to have coronary stenosis by IVCAG and were confirmed by conventional CAG. The total irradiation doses used for IVCAG were less than those for conventional angiography. Although the image definition obtained with dynamic IVCAG was somewhat less than that of conventional CAG and needs to be improved, the IVCAG can be easily used for the evaluation of coronary arteries and may be clinically used for screening and follow-up of coronary artery disease. In future, the improvement of imaging system, such as increased intensity of synchrotron radiation and high sensitivity in imaging detector, will make more advance in image quality. (author)

  18. Non-contrast-enhanced renal and abdominal MR angiography using velocity-selective inversion preparation.

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    Shin, Taehoon; Worters, Pauline W; Hu, Bob S; Nishimura, Dwight G

    2013-05-01

    Non-contrast-enhanced MR angiography is a promising alternative to the established contrast-enhanced approach as it reduces patient discomfort and examination costs and avoids the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. Inflow-sensitive slab-selective inversion recovery imaging has been used with great promise, particularly for abdominal applications, but has limited craniocaudal coverage due to inflow time constraints. In this work, a new non-contrast-enhanced MR angiography method using velocity-selective inversion preparation is developed and applied to renal and abdominal angiography. Based on the excitation k-space formalism and Shinnar-Le-Roux transform, a velocity-selective excitation pulse is designed that inverts stationary tissues and venous blood while preserving inferiorly flowing arterial blood. As the magnetization of the arterial blood in the abdominal aorta and iliac arteries is well preserved during the magnetization preparation, artery visualization over a large abdominal field of view is achievable with an inversion delay time that is chosen for optimal background suppression. Healthy volunteer tests demonstrate that the proposed method significantly increases the extent of visible arteries compared with the slab-selective approach, covering renal arteries through iliac arteries over a craniocaudal field of view of 340 mm. PMID:22711643

  19. Minimizing projection artifacts for accurate presentation of choroidal neovascularization in OCT micro-angiography.

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    Zhang, Anqi; Zhang, Qinqin; Wang, Ruikang K

    2015-10-01

    Current optical coherence tomography (OCT) based micro-angiography is prone to a projection (or tailing) effect due to the high scattering property of blood within overlying patent vessels, creating artifacts that interfere with the interpretation of retinal angiographic results. In this work, the projection effect in OCT micro-angiography is examined and its causality is explained by strong light scattering and photon propagation within blood. A simple practical approach is then introduced to minimize these artifacts presented in the outer retinal avascular space, especially useful for examining clinical cases with choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Demonstrated through in-vivo human posterior eye imaging of healthy and CNV subjects, the proposed method is shown effective to eliminate the projection artifacts in outer retinal space of OCT micro-angiography, resulting in better visualization of the pathological neovascularization when compared with the current common approaches. In addition, it is also shown that the proposed method is applicable to minimize the projection artifacts appearing in deep retinal layers. PMID:26504660

  20. Digital subtraction angiography: Its use in the diagnosis and management of vascular disease

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    Recent developments in the area of computerized image enhancement have made it possible to visualize the arterial circulation by the intravenous injection of a contrast agent. This technique has been referred to by a variety of terms including digital video angiography (DVA), digital video imaging (DVI), or digital subtraction angiography (DSA). These terms are interchangeably used to describe a process of arterial imaging made possible by computerized fluoroscopy. DSA has generated interest among physicians because of its ability to combine many of the safety features of noninvasive testing with the anatomic information provided by standard angiography. Intravenous DSA significantly reduces the risk of hemorrhage and thrombosis by avoiding arterial catheterization and lowers the potential costs by reducing the need for hospitalization. The patient acceptance is better because there is less discomfort and because the time required to perform the procedure is significantly shorter. However, in order to determine the appropriate clinical applications of DSA, one must look critically not only at its strengths, but at its weaknesses as well

  1. Quantitative parameters of image quality in 64-slice computed tomography angiography of the coronary arteries

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    We explored quantitative parameters of image quality in consecutive patients undergoing 64-slice multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) coronary angiography for clinical reasons. Forty-two patients (36 men, mean age 61 ± 11 years, mean heart rate 63 ± 10 bpm) underwent contrast-enhanced MDCT coronary angiography with a 64-slice scanner (Siemens Sensation 64, 64 mmx 0.6 mm collimation, 330 ms tube rotation, 850 mAs, 120 kV). Two independent observers measured the overall visualized vessel length and the length of the coronary arteries visualized without motion artifacts in curved multiplanar reformatted images. Contrast-to-noise ratio was measured in the proximal and distal segments of the coronary arteries. The mean length of visualized coronary arteries was: left main 12 ± 6 mm, left anterior descending 149 ± 25 mm, left circumflex 89 ± 30 mm, and right coronary artery 161 ± 38 mm. On average, 97 ± 5% of the total visualized vessel length was depicted without motion artifacts (left main 100 ± 0%, left anterior descending 97 ± 6%, left circumflex 98 ± 5%, and right coronary artery 95 ± 6%). In 27 patients with a heart rate ≤65 bpm, 98 ± 4% of the overall visualized vessel length was imaged without motion artifacts, whereas 96 ± 6% of the overall visualized vessel length was imaged without motion artifacts in 15 patients with a heart rate >65 bpm (p < 0.001). The mean contrast-to-noise ratio in all measured coronary arteries was 14.6 ± 4.7 (proximal coronary segments: range 15.1 ± 4.4 to 16.1 ± 5.0, distal coronary segments: range 11.4 ± 4.2 to 15.9 ± 4.9). In conclusion, 64-slice MDCT permits reliable visualization of the coronary arteries with minimal motion artifacts and high CNR in consecutive patients referred for non-invasive MDCT coronary angiography. Low heart rate is an important prerequisite for excellent image quality

  2. The multidetector computed tomography angiography (MDCTA) in the diagnosis of splenic artery aneurysm and pseudoaneurysm

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    Saba, Luca; Mallarini, Giorgio (Dept. of Radiology, Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria (AOU), Cagliari (Italy)), email: lucasaba@tiscali.it; Anzidei, Michele; Lucatelli, Pierleone (Dept. of Radiological Sciences, Univ. of Rome La Sapienza, Rome (Italy))

    2011-06-15

    Splenic artery aneurysm is the most frequent visceral artery aneurysm and rupture of the aneurysm is associated with a high mortality rate. It is important to discriminate between a true aneurysm and a pseudoaneurysm that may be caused by pancreatitis, iatrogenic and postoperative causes, trauma and peptic ulcer disease. Multidetector-row CT angiography (MDCTA) allows detailed visualization of the vascular anatomy and may allow identification of aneurysms and pseudoaneurysms that affect the splenic artery. The objective of this article is to provide a review of the general characteristics of splenic artery aneurysms and pseudoaneurysms and to describe the findings of MDCTA

  3. Magnetic resonance angiography in renal grafts. Comparison with color Doppler echography

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    We studied relationship between magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of renal graft and renal graft function in 14 renal transplantations (10 from living donors, 4 from cadaveric donors). MRA was performed on 0.3-T permanent magnet system (MRP 7000, HITACHI, JAPAN) using 2 dimensional time of flight technique (FOV: 350 mm2, RT: 60 msec, ET: 10 msec, FA: 90deg, Slice: volumes 60, thickness 4 mm, overlap 1 mm). As for parameters of renal graft function, we evaluated color doppler echography (CD) of transplanted renal artery, renal blood flow (RBF), velocity of interlobar artery (ILA) and serum creatinine level (S-Cr). CD, RBF and velocity of ILA were visualized and measured by duplex color doppler echosystem (EUB-565A, HITACHI, JAPAN). Depending on visualization of transplanted renal artery, MRA was graded into 3 groups (MA Grade 3: visualization of ILA, MA Grade 2: visualization of segmental artery and the first branch but no visualization of ILA, MA Grade 1: visualization of main renal artery only). Likewise, visualization of CD was graded into 3 groups (CD Grade 3: good visualization of arcuate artery (AA) and ILA, CD Grade 2: poor visualization of AA but good visualization of ILA, CD Grade 1: poor visualization of ILA). The MRA grading had a very significant correlation (r=0.79, p<0.001) with the CD grading. As for RBF and velocity of ILA, the RBF of MA Grade 3 group (n=8) was significantly (p<0.05) higher than the MA Grade 2 group (n=4) and the MA Grade 1 group (n=2), and the velocity of ILA of MA Grade 3 group was also higher than the above groups but not significantly. Furthermore, the S-Cr of MA Grade 3 was significantly (p<0.05) lower than the others. These results showed that MRA of renal graft had a qualitative index of renal graft function. (author)

  4. Usefulness of CT angiography for demonstrating cerebral aneurysm

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    We report the usefulness of computed cerebral angiotomography (CT angiography) for demonstrating cerebral aneurysm and the clinical significance of CT angiography for ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Our modified method of CT angiography was easy and less time-consuming. Fifteen seconds after starting a single bolus injection, 1 ml/kg/25 seconds via cubital vein, of contrast medium (60 % urograffin), 5 serial 5 mm thick-CT slices were scanned in every 6.5 seconds including 2 seconds of interval, beginning from an axial level 20 mm above the orbitomeatal line and ending at a level 40 mm. A total of 103 patients were examined in this report, consisting of 70 unruptured asymptomatic, 8 unruptured symptomatic (oculomotor nerve palsy) and 25 subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Seven unruptured aneurysms in 4 asymptomatic cases, 2 unruptured aneurysms in 2 symptomatic cases 27 aneurysms in 24 SAH cases were suspected by CT angiography. Of these 36 aneurysms suspected by CT angiography 32 aneurysms were confirmed by cerebral angiography. The detection rate of CT angiography in this report was 89 %, higher than those of previous reports. Thirteen aneurysms were located at internal carotidposterior communicating artery (ICPC) junction. 11 at anterior communicating artery (Acom), 7 at middle cerebral artery (MCA). CT angiography showed a false positive findings in 4 cases, which were all located at Acom. Four aneurysms were not detected in CT angiography, which were all located at MCA and were very small (2 - 3 mm) in diameter. There were no deteriorated cases during and after CT angiography. We suggest that CT angiography is a useful and safe method for predicting the location of not only unruptured but ruptured aneurysms. (author)

  5. Vertebral angiography of cerebellar astrocytoma. Tumor stain, tumor circulation, CT and angiography in diagnosis

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    Kitaoka, K.; Ito, T.; Tashiro, K.; Abe, H.; Tsuru, M.; Miyasaka, K. (Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1982-05-01

    Thirteen cases of cerebellar astrocytoma were examined primarily for tumor stain and pathological tumor circulation by angiography and CT. Tumor stain was observed in only one case by cerebral angiogram. A tumor was demonstrated as an avascular mass in the remaining 12 cases. It is suggested that mural nodules of cystic lesions should have certain weight and sizes so that they could be demonstrated as tumor stain. In the supratentorial region, five of the 12 low-grade astrocytoma exhibited abnormal tumor stain and tumor circulation by cerebral angiogram. It is considered that supratentorial and posterior fossa astrocytoma must usually exhibit different pathological tumor circulation by cerebral angiogram, since each group has distinctive clinical and biological characteristics. CT was performed in 7 of 13 cases. It appeared to be more useful than cerebral angiography in the morphological diagnosis. Especially in cystic tumors, CT produced minute information concerning peritumoral edema, enhancement of margin of cystic astrocytoma after intravenous contrast medium, and marginal enhancement with layering in the dependent part of the cyst. Neuroradiological differential diagnosis of cerebellar astrocytoma and cerebellar hemagioblastoma by CT was difficult in the cases of tumors. However, both tumors were differentiated from each other with ease by tumor stain and tumor circulation in cerebral angiography. Thus, it is concluded that cerebral angiography is superior to CT in differential diagnosis between cerebellar astrocytoma and cerebellar hemangioblastoma.

  6. Prevalence and Characteristics of Myocardial Bridging in Multidetector-Row Computed Tomography Coronary Angiography

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    Background: Myocardial bridging (MB) are congenital defects of the coronary arteries in which a segment of an epicardial artery lies in the myocardium for part of its course. The current gold standard for diagnosing MB is coronary angiography; however other invasive techniques are also useful. Myocardial bridging can also be visualized with the use of novel non-invasive imaging techniques such as multidetector-row computed tomography coronary angiography (MDCT-CA). Objectives: To assess the prevalence and characteristics of myocardial bridging in patients undergoing multidetector-row computed tomography coronary angiography (MDCT-CA). Material and Methods: A total of 452 consecutive patients were evaluated with 16-row and 64-row MDCT-CA due to the presence of abnormal findings in myocardial perfusion image tests, symptoms suggestive of coronary artery disease, and in asymptomatic patients with a family history of coronary artery disease. The presence of MB, their location and characteristics were analyzed. Myocardial bridging were classified as complete and incomplete bridges with respect to continuity of the myocardium over the tunneled segment of the artery involved. Quantitative measurements of vessel diameter during systole and diastole were evaluated. Results: The prevalence of MB was 35.18%; 88 were complete and 71 incomplete. Among complete MB, 6 affected both systole and diastole, 27 presented only systolic compression and 55 showed no compression. Incomplete MB showed absence of arterial compression. Conclusions: Multidetector-row computed tomography coronary angiography detected a higher prevalence of MB in the study population and allowed to classify them and to assess their functional aspects throughout the cardiac cycle. (authors)

  7. Clinical applications of MR digital subtraction angiography for the evaluation of intracranial vascular and tumorous lesions

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    MR digital subtraction angiography (MR DSA), which is performed by a rapid two-dimensional T1-weighted sequence in combination with bolus injection of gadolinium-based contrast agent was applied to the evaluation of cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), brain tumors (intraaxial and extraaxial tumors), and other vascular lesions. This study was performed to evaluate the clinical usefulness of the method in the diagnosis of these lesions. We studied 19 cases of cerebral AVM, 36 cases of intraaxial tumor (metastatic brain tumors in 14, glioblastomas in five, astrocytomas in eight, malignant lymphomas in four, pineal tumors in two, and other tumors, in three), 34 cases of extraaxial tumor (meningiomas in 29, and pituitary adenomas in five), and 10 cases of other vascular lesions (cerebral aneurysms in five, venous thrombosis in two, and other lesion in three). For cerebral AVMs, the feeder, nidus, and drainer were evaluated on a 4 - point grading scale (0=poor, 1=fair, 2=good, 3=excellent), and the results obtained were compared with those of conventional cerebral angiography or MR angiography using the postcontrast three-dimensional time-of-flight method. Brain tumors were classified into six enhancement patterns, and were compared with the findings of conventional cerebral angiography. Other vascular lesions were assessed visually. All cases were evaluated independently by two radiologists, and inter-observer agreement was assessed using the κ-test. In all cerebral AVM cases, the hemodynamics of the feeder, nidus, and drainer could be observed. In all but five brain tumor cases, tumor stain could be confirmed in MR DSA images. The findings of tumor stain corresponded to those of cerebral angiographic images. For other vascular lesions, results of lesion detection and lesion morphology were almost in congruence with other methods. MR DSA provides information on the hemodynamics of vascular and tumorous lesions. When used in conjunction with routine MR imaging

  8. Effects of Video Instruction on Fatigue and Back Pain in Patients Undergoing Coronary Angiography

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: : In order to prevent from the complications of the coronary angiography, patients who undergo this procedure need to have absolute rest on bed at least for 6 hours. This restriction to bed leads to patient's fatigue and back pain. The objective of this study is to assess the effect of patients' instruction by video on the levels of fatigue and back pain after angiography.Methods: In a quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design, 128 patients were randomly assigned to either control or experimental group. Control group received verbal routine education by nurses, and experimental group received an informative video about the required measures before, during and after the coronary angiography procedure. Using visual analogue Scale (VAS, levels of fatigue and back pain were assessed immediately after and at 2, 4 and 6 hours after the procedure. The data were analyzed by descriptive and interpretive statistics such as t-test and ANOVA via SPSS 15.Results: Analysis of data showed that the average score of fatigue and back pain in the first stage of assessment was not statistically significant between the two groups (P>0.05. The study finding also showed that the control group at 2, 4 and 6 hours had significantly higher fatigue and back pain score than the experimental group(P<0.001.Conclusion: The results of this study recommend the use of instructional video as a useful method for decreasing fatigue and back pain in patients undergoing coronary angiography procedure. To increase satisfaction and reduce fatigue and back pain, it is suggested that this method be used as a part of the preparatory program for patients who are to undergo invasive procedures.

  9. Clinical applications of MR digital subtraction angiography for the evaluation of intracranial vascular and tumorous lesions

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    Katase, Shichiro; Tsuchiya, Kazuhiro; Hachiya, Junichi [Kyorin Univ., Mitaka, Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine

    2001-07-01

    MR digital subtraction angiography (MR DSA), which is performed by a rapid two-dimensional T1-weighted sequence in combination with bolus injection of gadolinium-based contrast agent was applied to the evaluation of cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), brain tumors (intraaxial and extraaxial tumors), and other vascular lesions. This study was performed to evaluate the clinical usefulness of the method in the diagnosis of these lesions. We studied 19 cases of cerebral AVM, 36 cases of intraaxial tumor (metastatic brain tumors in 14, glioblastomas in five, astrocytomas in eight, malignant lymphomas in four, pineal tumors in two, and other tumors, in three), 34 cases of extraaxial tumor (meningiomas in 29, and pituitary adenomas in five), and 10 cases of other vascular lesions (cerebral aneurysms in five, venous thrombosis in two, and other lesion in three). For cerebral AVMs, the feeder, nidus, and drainer were evaluated on a 4 - point grading scale (0=poor, 1=fair, 2=good, 3=excellent), and the results obtained were compared with those of conventional cerebral angiography or MR angiography using the postcontrast three-dimensional time-of-flight method. Brain tumors were classified into six enhancement patterns, and were compared with the findings of conventional cerebral angiography. Other vascular lesions were assessed visually. All cases were evaluated independently by two radiologists, and inter-observer agreement was assessed using the {kappa}-test. In all cerebral AVM cases, the hemodynamics of the feeder, nidus, and drainer could be observed. In all but five brain tumor cases, tumor stain could be confirmed in MR DSA images. The findings of tumor stain corresponded to those of cerebral angiographic images. For other vascular lesions, results of lesion detection and lesion morphology were almost in congruence with other methods. MR DSA provides information on the hemodynamics of vascular and tumorous lesions. When used in conjunction with routine MR

  10. Algorithms for the Analysis of 3D Magnetic Resonance Angiography Images

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    Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arterial wall, progressively impairing blood flow as it spreads throughout the body. The heart attacks and strokes that result of this condition cause more deaths than cancer in industrial countries. Angiography refers to the group of imaging techniques used through the diagnosis, treatment planning and follow-up of atherosclerosis. In recent years, Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) has shown promising abilities to supplant conventional, invasive, X-ray-based angiography. In order to fully benefit from this modality, there is a need for more objective and reproducible methods. This thesis shows, in two applications, how computerized image analysis can help define and implement these methods. First, by using segmentation to improve visualization of blood-pool contrast enhanced (CE)-MRA, with an additional application in coronary Computerized Tomographic Angiography. We show that, using a limited amount of user interaction and an algorithmic framework borrowed from graph theory and fuzzy logic theory, we can simplify the display of complex 3D structures like vessels. Second, by proposing a methodology to analyze the geometry of arteries in whole-body CE-MRA. The vessel centreline is extracted, and geometrical properties of this 3D curve are measured, to improve interpretation of the angiograms. It represents a more global approach than the conventional evaluation of atherosclerosis, as a first step towards screening for vascular diseases. We have developed the methods presented in this thesis with clinical practice in mind. However, they have the potential to be useful to other applications of computerized image analysis

  11. Experimental Effects and Individual Differences in Linear Mixed Models: Estimating the Relation of Spatial, Object, and Attraction Effects in Visual Attention

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Linear mixed models (LMMs provide a still underused methodological perspective on combining experimental and individual-differences research. Here we illustrate this approach with two-rectangle cueing in visual attention (Egly, Driver, & Rafal, 1994. We replicated previous experimental cue-validity effects relating to a spatial shift of attention within an object (spatial effect, to attention switch between objects (object effect, and to the attraction of attention towards the display centroid (attraction effect, taking also into account the design-inherent imbalance of valid and other trials. We simultaneously estimated variance/covariance components of subject-related random effects for these spatial, object, and attraction effects in addition to their mean RTs. The spatial effect showed a strong positive correlation with mean RT and a strong negative correlation with the attraction effect. The analysis of individual differences suggests that slow subjects engage attention more strongly at the cued location than fast subjects. We compare this joint LMM analysis of experimental effects and associated subject-related variances and correlations with two alternative, frequently used, statistical procedures.

  12. Intravenous digital subtraction angiography contrast media time-concentration curves

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    At any specified radiation dose and system signal-to-noise ratio, temporal (masked-mode) intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IV-DSA) image quality is dependent upon the shape of the arterial time-concentration curve produced by the intravenous injection of iodinated contrast media. If contrast media appears in the arterial circulation as a compact bolus and reaches a high peak, images containing low or no iodine (the mask image or images) and high iodine concentration (the enhanced image or images) can be obtained close together in time, maximizing contrast media enhancement and minimizing the potential for spatial movement (misregistration). However, if the contrast media bolus is broad, rising slowly to a low concentration peak, sufficient time may pass for movement to occur and the opacification difference between the mask image and the enhanced image may be too small to visualize vessels of interest. Consequently, knowledge of the rules which govern the formation of time-concentration curves is central to IV-DSA

  13. Prognostic significance of MR angiography in patients with cerebral infarction

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    This study was designed to evaluate the prognostic significance of Magnetic resonance angiography(MRA) in patients with cerebral infarction. Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) and 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional Time-of-Flight MRA were performed subsequently in 83 patients with cerebral infarction proven by brain CT and clinical manifestations, using GE Signa Advantage 1.5 T. We classified the size of infarction on MRI as Extent I( 6 cm) and classified the intracranial vascular occlusion according to visualizations of intracranial vascular branches on MRA as Grade 0, Grade I, Grade II, Grade III. And we evaluated clinical outcomes of these patients according to Rankin's disability scale, compared with MRI and MRA. In 72 cases(86.8%), the larger the size of infarction on MRI, the more severe vascular occlusion on MRA, the worse the clinical outcomes were noted(p < 0.01). However, in 7 cases(8.4%) who showed huge cerebral infarction on MRI with low grade intracranial vascular occlusion on MRA, the clinical outcomes were improved. In 4 cases(4.8%) who noted small sized cerebral infarction on MRI with high grade vascular occlusion on MRA, the clinical outcomes were worsened. MRA provides additional useful information to that provided by MRI in predicting the prognosis of patients with cerebral infarction

  14. Investigation of temporal resolution required for CT coronary angiography

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    Ohashi, Kazuya; Ichikawa, Katsuhiro; Kawai, Tatsuya; Shibamoto, Yuta

    2012-03-01

    Sub-second multi-detector computed tomography systems (MDCTs) offer great potentials for improving cardiac imaging. However, since the temporal resolution of such CT systems is not sufficient, blurring and artifacts produced by fast cardiac motion are still problematic. The purposes of this study were to investigate the accurate method for measurement of temporal resolution (TR) of the cardiac CT and required TR for obtaining better CT coronary angiography (CTCA). We employed a dual source CT system (Somatom Definition, Siemens), which has various temporal resolution modes (83, 125, and 165 msec) for electro-cardiogram (ECG)-gated scanning. The temporal sensitivity profiles (TSPs) were measured by a new method using temporal impulse generated by metal ball (impulse method). The CTCA images of 200 patients with heart rates (HRs) ranging from 36 to 117 beat per minute (bpm) were visually evaluated using a 4-point scale. The 165-msec TR mode, which is mostly available on recent MDCTs, showed a sufficient image quality only at low HR (80 bpm).

  15. Diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases by digital fluoroscopic angiography

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    Digital fluoroscopic angiography (DFA) is a recently developed angiocardiographic technique, which consists of digitization and real-time subtraction of X-ray transmission data from an image intensifier and television fluoroscopic system. A prototype unit based on this principle was developed and installed at our hospital and initial clinical trial has been performed. Fifty-three examinations were performed on 49 patients with various cardiovascular conditions. DFA was useful in demonstration of intracardiac shunt, and valvular diseases secondary to congenital heart diseases. In ischemic heart diseases, DFA noninvasively demonstrated the heart wall motion, making it possible to evaluate dyskinesis, akinesis and ventricular aneurysm. DFA was also valuable in visualizing disproportionate enlargement of cardiac chambers, stasis, and frequently regurgitation of contrast media in valvular heart diseases. Abnormal mediastinal enlargement and aortic aneurysm were differentiated from other conditions to good advantage. DFA will be used more widely in the above conditions because of non-invasive and simple procedures. Future effort should be directed towards improvement of spatial resolution and development of new algorithm for hemodynamic evaluation. (author)

  16. Real-time visualization of coronary interventions using VRML

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    Mitchell, Steven C.; Wahle, Andreas; von Birgelen, Clemens; Erbel, Raimund; Sonka, Milan

    1999-05-01

    Medical visualization is a rapidly developing field with many application areas spanning from visualization of anatomy to surgery planning, to understanding of disease processes. With increasing computer speed, medical visualization is becoming more real-time. In this paper, we present a novel application of real-time three-dimensional visualization of coronary arteries during catheter interventions that combines image information from two complementary sources: biplane x-ray contrast angiography and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). After identification of the three-dimensional characteristics of the intravascular ultrasound pullback sequence, vessel geometry and vessel wall images are combined into a single visualization using semi-automated analysis of a corresponding pair of biplane angiography images. Visualization data are represented using the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), the code for which is automatically generated by our angiography/IVUS image processing and analysis software system. Selection of the VRML approach facilitates real-time 3-D visualization with an ability of over-the-network image processing and dissemination of results. The visualization specifics are easily modifiable in near real time to consider the immediate requirements of the end-user, the cardiologist who performs the coronary intervention.

  17. Digital subtraction angiography in cardiac diseases

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    DSA was done in 133 examinations of 128 patients during 2 years consist of 9 examination of IV DSA and 124 examination of selective cardiac DSA after cardiac catheterization. Open heart surgery was performed in 90 patients and 12 patients showed discrepancy between pre-and post operative diagnosis, showing a total 86.7% of diagnostic accuracy with DSA. We experienced the significant reduction in dose of contrast media, 30-40% of dose of conventional cardiac angiography. It is concluded that DSA is useful in the evaluation of septal defects, valvular disease and other congenital heart disease. DSA is an accurate simple and safe method in evaluating of cardiac diseases.

  18. Diagnostic angiography of the cerebrospinal vasculature.

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    Rabinov, James D; Leslie-Mazwi, Thabele M; Hirsch, Joshua A

    2016-01-01

    Diagnostic catheter angiography remains the gold standard for evaluation of vascular lesions of the brain, head and neck, and spine. It is often combined with cross-sectional and functional imaging to provide a complete anatomic and physiologic workup of patients. Such data are combined with clinical information to help make treatment decisions. This chapter describes the specific techniques for arterial access and catheter navigation of the cerebrospinal vasculature. Discussion of patient positioning, injection rates, and basic anatomy of arterial and venous systems is included. Finally, important safety issues related to contrast allergy, renal failure, and complications are considered. PMID:27432664

  19. Multidetector computed tomography angiography of the abdomen

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    Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) angiography has provided excellent opportunities for advancement of computed tomography (CT) technology and clinical applications. It has a wide range of applications in the abdomen including vascular pathologies either occlusive or aneurysmal; enables the radiologist to produce vascular mapping that clearly show tumor invasion of vasculature and the relationship of vessels to mass lesions. MDCTA can be used in preoperative planning for hepatic resection, preoperative evaluation and planning for liver transplantation. MDCTA can also provide extremely valuable information in the evaluation of ischemic bowel disease, active Crohn disease, the extent and location of collateral vessels in cirrhosis

  20. Pain and hemodynamic effects in aortofemoral angiography

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    Two new contrast media, iohexol (non-ionic monomer) and ioxaglate (monoacidic dimer), were compared with the non-ionic metrizamide during aortofemoral angiography in a single blind randomized trial in 2 groups of patients with 20 in each. The degree of heat and pain produced by iohexol and ioxaglate did not differ significantly from that produced by metrizamide, while subsequent injections of metrizoate caused significantly more heat and pain. The hemodynamic effects recorded in 10 patients in each group showed that iohexol and ioxaglate induced a decrease in vascular resistance, decrease in blood pressure and increase in heart rate not differing significantly from that induced by metrizamide. (Auth.)

  1. [Chronic subdural hematoma presenting visual disturbance: a case report].

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    Hasegawa, S; Manabe, H; Shimizu, T; Itoh, C; Suzuki, S

    2001-03-01

    The authors reported a rare case of chronic subdural hematoma presenting bilateral visual impairment caused by papilledema. A 49-year-old man was admitted to our department due to left blurred vision. On admission, ophthalmological examination revealed visual acuity disturbance on the left eye, bilateral nasal visual field defect and papilledema. CT scan and MRI demonstrated bilateral subdural hematoma. No remarkable findings were detected on cerebral angiography. After evacuation of bilateral subdural hematomas, his visual symptoms recovered. In this report, we discuss the mechanism of visual impairment caused by chronic subdural hematoma. PMID:11296405

  2. Evaluation of the cervical carotid bifurcation using MR angiography and cine MRI

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    Yamane, Kanji; Shima, Takeshi; Okada, Yoshikazu; Nishida, Masahiro; Okita, Shinji; Hatayama, Takashi; Kagawa, Reiko [Chugoku Rousai Hospital, Kure, Hiroshima (Japan); Yokoyama, Noboru

    1995-08-01

    MR angiography (MRA) can less invasively evaluate the carotid bifurcation without contrast material. Previous reports on MRA of carotid bifurcation revealed problems of overestimation and false-positive interpretation of stenosis. To clarify reasons causing overestimation and false-positive interpretation we investigated flow dynamics in the carotid bifurcation by cine MRI. Twenty-eight patients who were suspected to have stenosis of the internal carotid artery by MRA were studied. Images of the carotid bifurcation were obtained with 3-D phase contrast method by 0.5-T MR scanner. All patients were examined by IV-DSA or direct carotid angiography. Cine MRI of the carotid bifurcation was obtained with gradinet-echo sequence by 1.5-T MR scanner. Comparison of MRA and conventional angiography in evaluating degree of stenosis in the carotid bifurcation demonstrated that there were 57.1% agreement, 32.1% false-positive estimation and 10.7% overestimation. Cine MRI demonstration turbulent flow in the normal carotid bifurcation and also in the sclerotic bifurcation. Turbulence in the carotid bifurcation with severe sclerosis was greater than that in the normal carotid bifurcation. Turbulent flow could be seen extending distally to the stenotic site of the internal carotid artery. Turbulent flow in the carotid bifurcation, causing a decrease or loss in signal intensity of MRA according to the severity of the turbulence, must be a major contributing factor in false-positive estimation and overestimation of stenosis. (author).

  3. Computed tomography angiography in acute stroke (revisiting the 4Ps of imaging).

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    Varadharajan, Shriram; Saini, Jitender; Acharya, Ullas V; Gupta, Arun Kumar

    2016-02-01

    Imaging in acute stroke has traditionally focussed on the 4Ps-parenchyma, pipes, perfusion, and penumbra-and has increasingly relied upon advanced techniques including magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate such patients. However, as per European Magnetic Resonance Forum estimates, the availability of magnetic resonance imaging scanners for the general population in India (0.5 per million inhabitants) is quite low as compared to Europe (11 per million) and United States (35 per million), with most of them only present in urban cities. On the other hand, computed tomography (CT) is more widely available and has reduced scanning duration. Computed tomography angiography of cervical and intracranial vessels is relatively simpler to perform with extended coverage and can provide all pertinent information required in such patients. This imaging review will discuss relevant imaging findings on CT angiography in patients with acute ischemic stroke through illustrated cases. PMID:26614583

  4. Multi-section CT angiography compared with digital subtraction angiography in diagnosing major arterial hemorrhage in inflammatory pancreatic disease

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    Purpose: Major arterial hemorrhage is an uncommon but serious complication of pancreatitis with high morbidity and mortality. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) has long been the gold standard for the detection of a visceral artery pseudoaneurysm or for the site of active bleeding in patients with pancreatitis. Multi-section CT angiography is a minimally invasive technique which can provide high-resolution and high-contrast images of the arterial lumen and wall, with a much lower risk of complication and morbidity compared to DSA. The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of multi-section CT angiography for the diagnosis of arterial complications of inflammatory pancreatitic disease. Materials and methods: A retrospective analysis of all patients undergoing visceral angiography for major bleeding as a complication of pancreatitis between 1998 and 2004 was performed. Twenty-nine studies in 25 patients (20 males, 5 females) with a mean age of 50.9 years (range 11-67 years) were identified where multi-section CT angiography was performed in the 24 h preceding the digital subtraction angiogram. Results: Digital subtraction angiography detected a pseudoaneurysm or contrast extravasation in 19 studies and no bleeding was demonstrated in 9 studies. CT angiography correctly identified the site and type of bleeding in 18 of the 19 positive studies. CT angiography detected extravasation of contrast in one study that was not demonstrated on digital subtraction angiography. The sensitivity and specificity for multi-section CT angiography for the detection of major arterial bleeding on a background of pancreatitis were 0.947 and 0.900, respectively. Conclusion: Multi-section CT angiography is a sensitive and accurate technique for the detection of major arterial hemorrhage in inflammatory pancreatic disease and should be considered as the first investigation in the management of these patients

  5. Multi-section CT angiography compared with digital subtraction angiography in diagnosing major arterial hemorrhage in inflammatory pancreatic disease

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    Hyare, Harpreet [Department of Imaging, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: hhyare@doctors.org.uk; Desigan, Sharmini [Department of Imaging, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU (United Kingdom); Nicholl, Helen [Department of Imaging, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU (United Kingdom); Guiney, Michael J. [Department of Imaging, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU (United Kingdom); Brookes, Jocelyn A. [Department of Imaging, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU (United Kingdom); Lees, William R. [Department of Imaging, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU (United Kingdom)

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    Purpose: Major arterial hemorrhage is an uncommon but serious complication of pancreatitis with high morbidity and mortality. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) has long been the gold standard for the detection of a visceral artery pseudoaneurysm or for the site of active bleeding in patients with pancreatitis. Multi-section CT angiography is a minimally invasive technique which can provide high-resolution and high-contrast images of the arterial lumen and wall, with a much lower risk of complication and morbidity compared to DSA. The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of multi-section CT angiography for the diagnosis of arterial complications of inflammatory pancreatitic disease. Materials and methods: A retrospective analysis of all patients undergoing visceral angiography for major bleeding as a complication of pancreatitis between 1998 and 2004 was performed. Twenty-nine studies in 25 patients (20 males, 5 females) with a mean age of 50.9 years (range 11-67 years) were identified where multi-section CT angiography was performed in the 24 h preceding the digital subtraction angiogram. Results: Digital subtraction angiography detected a pseudoaneurysm or contrast extravasation in 19 studies and no bleeding was demonstrated in 9 studies. CT angiography correctly identified the site and type of bleeding in 18 of the 19 positive studies. CT angiography detected extravasation of contrast in one study that was not demonstrated on digital subtraction angiography. The sensitivity and specificity for multi-section CT angiography for the detection of major arterial bleeding on a background of pancreatitis were 0.947 and 0.900, respectively. Conclusion: Multi-section CT angiography is a sensitive and accurate technique for the detection of major arterial hemorrhage in inflammatory pancreatic disease and should be considered as the first investigation in the management of these patients.

  6. Choriocapillaris and choroidal microvasculature imaging with ultrahigh speed OCT angiography.

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    WooJhon Choi

    Full Text Available We demonstrate in vivo choriocapillaris and choroidal microvasculature imaging in normal human subjects using optical coherence tomography (OCT. An ultrahigh speed swept source OCT prototype at 1060 nm wavelengths with a 400 kHz A-scan rate is developed for three-dimensional ultrahigh speed imaging of the posterior eye. OCT angiography is used to image three-dimensional vascular structure without the need for exogenous fluorophores by detecting erythrocyte motion contrast between OCT intensity cross-sectional images acquired rapidly and repeatedly from the same location on the retina. En face OCT angiograms of the choriocapillaris and choroidal vasculature are visualized by acquiring cross-sectional OCT angiograms volumetrically via raster scanning and segmenting the three-dimensional angiographic data at multiple depths below the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE. Fine microvasculature of the choriocapillaris, as well as tightly packed networks of feeding arterioles and draining venules, can be visualized at different en face depths. Panoramic ultra-wide field stitched OCT angiograms of the choriocapillaris spanning ∼32 mm on the retina show distinct vascular structures at different fundus locations. Isolated smaller fields at the central fovea and ∼6 mm nasal to the fovea at the depths of the choriocapillaris and Sattler's layer show vasculature structures consistent with established architectural morphology from histological and electron micrograph corrosion casting studies. Choriocapillaris imaging was performed in eight healthy volunteers with OCT angiograms successfully acquired from all subjects. These results demonstrate the feasibility of ultrahigh speed OCT for in vivo dye-free choriocapillaris and choroidal vasculature imaging, in addition to conventional structural imaging.

  7. Data acquisition for pediatric CT angiography: problems and solutions

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    With appropriate attention to the technical aspects, excellent CT angiography can be obtained even in young infants. In this article, we will present the problems inherent with pediatric CT angiography and offer solutions that minimize or eliminate these difficulties. In addition, a literature review of specific pediatric applications is provided. (orig.)

  8. Computerized tomography and angiography - competing processes in liver diagnostics

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    Wunschik, F.; Luetgemeier, J.; Hoerst, M.

    1981-02-01

    In the diagnostics of liver diseases, computerized tomography is a valuable method. It is particularly superior to angiography in detecting cysts, parasitosis and abscesses. Angiography however is better for known solid tumours regarding differencial diagnosis. Both methods supplement each other in the tumour and bile ducts diagnostics.

  9. Coronary computed tomography angiography indicates complexity of percutaneous coronary interventions

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    Stähli, B E; Bonassin, F; Goetti, R; Küest, S M; Frank, M.; Altwegg, L A; Gebhard, C; Levis, A; Wischnewsky, M. B.; Lüscher, T F; Alkadhi, H.; Kaufmann, P A; Maier, W.

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    BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) provides information regarding lesion morphology and three-dimensional coronary anatomy incremental to coronary angiography. We addressed the question whether preprocedural CCTA bears potential for guiding percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty-six coronary lesions attempted with PCI within 6 months of preprocedural CCTA were retrospectively assessed. Lesion parameters from unenhanced computed tomogr...

  10. Pulmonary arteriovenous fistula: detection with magnetic resonance angiography

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    Pulmonary arteriovenous fistula are an uncommon disorder, and are most frequently congenital, usually then associated with hereditary hemorrhagic telangectasia (Rendu-Osler-Weber disease). We present, to our knowledge, the first case of a pulmonary arteriovenous fistula detected by gadolinium-enhanced pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography and confirmed by digital subtraction pulmonary angiography in a patient where the CT scan was unremarkable. (orig.) (orig.)

  11. Lateral rectus palsy following coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Nicholson, Luke; Jones, Ruth; Hughes, David S

    2014-01-01

    We present a rare case of unilateral lateral rectus palsy following an elective coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention in a 78-year-oldwoman. Ophthalmoplegia following coronary angiography is extremely rare and this is the first case of a unilateral lateral rectus palsy following the procedure. PMID:24536054

  12. Breath-holding gadolinium-enhanced three-dimensional MR angiography in the evaluation of patients with vascular reconstruction

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    Breath-bolding gadolinium-enhanced three-dimensional MR angiography (MRA) was performed in 20 patients with vascular reconstruction (arterial reconstruction in 18 and venous reconstruction in 2) after administration of 0.1 mmol/kg gadopentetate dimeglumine. A 3D fast gradient echo sequence was employed for MRA. Comparison was made with angiography in 10 patients and with CT in 12 patients. In all patients, the patency of artificial grafts could be assessed on MRA. On the other hand, angiography failed to visualization of an artificial grafts in one of ten cases, the case with venous reconstruction. Postprocessing images of maximum intensity projection allowed evaluation of the anastomotic region from any direction. There were two limitations in MRA; it overestimated the stenosis compared with the results of angiography, and it did not clearly show fluid collection around the artificial grafts. However, MRA has another advantage in that it is applicable to the patients with renal failure or iodine allergy. We concluded MRA has great possibilities in evaluation of artificial grafts if the examiner pays attention to these minor limitations. (author)

  13. Two years of angiography without a film changer

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    A prototype digital angiography system has been utilized exclusively for the past 2 years in more than 1,500 patients undergoing general vascular radiology at our 650-bed tertiary case hospital. The prototype system includes a 14-inch fiberoptic image intensifier, a high-resolution video camera, and a Trapix image processor. The authors acquire sixteen 1,024 x 1,024 nonsubtracted images at a rate as fast as three and three-quarters images per second. The stored images can undergo subtration and other postprocessing functions. A direct digital interface to a laser printer provides high-resolution hard copy. The authors have shown by a comparison study that digital angiography affords considerable savings in time and cost over conventional film angiography. Based on their experience, digital angiography can replace a film changer for general angiography

  14. On imaging exactness in digital subtraction angiography

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    In digital subtraction angiography (DSA), the spatial resolution capacity is considerably influenced by the concentration of contrast medium. Studies in vascular models showed that in intravenous DSA (IV-DSA) the concentrations of contrast medium are not sufficient to depict minor lesions of the vascular walls. Under the conditions of intraarterial DSA (IA-DSA), the imaging exactness increases considerably. Minimal lesions may rather be detected in front or rear walls than in the marginal parts of the vessels. This is the field in which digital and conventional angiography differ considerably. In pulsating vessels, imaging quality requires the greatest possible difference between the video signal of the applied contrast medium and the noise of the motion artifact. Whereas in IV-DSA minor alterations of the vascular wall are masked by pulsatory movements, the increased concentrations of contrast medium used in IA-DSA are sufficient for detecting e.g. membrane stenoses of 1 mm breadth. Nonionic contrast media differ from conventional contrast media, among other things, by their increased viscosity. This causes flow artifacts which are less marked if the contrast medium is diluted to values usual in IA-DSA. (orig./HP)

  15. Radionuclide angiography in unilateral nonfocal renal disease

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    Aburano, Tamio; Takayama, Teruhiko; Nakajima, Kenichi; Tada, Akira; Michigishi, Takatoshi; Tonami, Norihisa; Hisada, Kinichi

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    A total of 90 patients with unilateral nonfocal renal disease (58 patients with obstructive uropathy, 13 patients with renal artery stenosis, 13 patients with chronic pyelonephritis, 3 patients with renal tuberculosis and 3 patients with a- or hypogenesis) were examined with the method of serial dynamic imaging of Tc-99m DTPA including radionuclide angiography. And the diagnostic significance of renal perfusion abnormality on radionuclide angiogram was qualitatively evaluated compared to that of renoparenchymal uptake abnormality on the image from one min. to four min. after intravenous administration of Tc-99m DTPA. In fifty-nine out of 90 patients (65%) with unilateral nonfocal renal disease, both perfusion and parenchymal uptake abnormalities were found at the involved side. In two of 13 patients with renal artery stenosis, however, the unilateral hypoperfusion was only found as the evidence of unilateral disease on radionuclide angiogram although these did not show any parenchymal uptake abnormality. Moreover, four out of 58 patients with obstructive uropathy, did show the slight difference of renal perfusion between the involved and the univolved sides. and did not show any difference of parenchymal uptake between both sides. In the present study, the incidence of perfusion abnormality on radionuclide angiogram was slightly higher than that of parenchymal uptake abnormality on the image from one min. to four min. in unilateral renal disease. Therefore, it is suggested that the radionuclide angiography may be accepted as one of the routine nuclear medicine imagings for the evaluation of functional abnormalities in nonfocal renal disease. (author).

  16. Radionuclide angiography in unilateral nonfocal renal disease

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    A total of 90 patients with unilateral nonfocal renal disease (58 patients with obstructive uropathy, 13 patients with renal artery stenosis, 13 patients with chronic pyelonephritis, 3 patients with renal tuberculosis and 3 patients with a- or hypogenesis) were examined with the method of serial dynamic imaging of Tc-99m DTPA including radionuclide angiography. And the diagnostic significance of renal perfusion abnormality on radionuclide angiogram was qualitatively evaluated compared to that of renoparenchymal uptake abnormality on the image from one min. to four min. after intravenous administration of Tc-99m DTPA. In fifty-nine out of 90 patients (65%) with unilateral nonfocal renal disease, both perfusion and parenchymal uptake abnormalities were found at the involved side. In two of 13 patients with renal artery stenosis, however, the unilateral hypoperfusion was only found as the evidence of unilateral disease on radionuclide angiogram although these did not show any parenchymal uptake abnormality. Moreover, four out of 58 patients with obstructive uropathy, did show the slight difference of renal perfusion between the involved and the univolved sides. and did not show any difference of parenchymal uptake between both sides. In the present study, the incidence of perfusion abnormality on radionuclide angiogram was slightly higher than that of parenchymal uptake abnormality on the image from one min. to four min. in unilateral renal disease. Therefore, it is suggested that the radionuclide angiography may be accepted as one of the routine nuclear medicine imagings for the evaluation of functional abnormalities in nonfocal renal disease. (author)

  17. Computed tomography imaging and angiography - principles.

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    Kamalian, Shervin; Lev, Michael H; Gupta, Rajiv

    2016-01-01

    The evaluation of patients with diverse neurologic disorders was forever changed in the summer of 1973, when the first commercial computed tomography (CT) scanners were introduced. Until then, the detection and characterization of intracranial or spinal lesions could only be inferred by limited spatial resolution radioisotope scans, or by the patterns of tissue and vascular displacement on invasive pneumoencaphalography and direct carotid puncture catheter arteriography. Even the earliest-generation CT scanners - which required tens of minutes for the acquisition and reconstruction of low-resolution images (128×128 matrix) - could, based on density, noninvasively distinguish infarct, hemorrhage, and other mass lesions with unprecedented accuracy. Iodinated, intravenous contrast added further sensitivity and specificity in regions of blood-brain barrier breakdown. The advent of rapid multidetector row CT scanning in the early 1990s created renewed enthusiasm for CT, with CT angiography largely replacing direct catheter angiography. More recently, iterative reconstruction postprocessing techniques have made possible high spatial resolution, reduced noise, very low radiation dose CT scanning. The speed, spatial resolution, contrast resolution, and low radiation dose capability of present-day scanners have also facilitated dual-energy imaging which, like magnetic resonance imaging, for the first time, has allowed tissue-specific CT imaging characterization of intracranial pathology. PMID:27432657

  18. Angiography with a multifunctional line scanning ophthalmoscope

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    Hammer, Daniel X.; Ferguson, R. Daniel; Patel, Ankit H.; Vazquez, Vanessa; Husain, Deeba

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    A multifunctional line scanning ophthalmoscope (mLSO) was designed, constructed, and tested on human subjects. The mLSO could sequentially acquire wide-field, confocal, near-infrared reflectance, fluorescein angiography (FA), and indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) retinal images. The system also included a retinal tracker (RT) and a photodynamic therapy laser treatment port. The mLSO was tested in a pilot clinical study on human subjects with and without retinal disease. The instrument exhibited robust retinal tracking and high-contrast line scanning imaging. The FA and ICGA angiograms showed a similar appearance of hyper- and hypo-pigmented disease features and a nearly equivalent resolution of fine capillaries compared to a commercial flood-illumination fundus imager. An mLSO-based platform will enable researchers and clinicians to image human and animal eyes with a variety of modalities and deliver therapeutic beams from a single automated interface. This approach has the potential to improve patient comfort and reduce imaging session times, allowing clinicians to better diagnose, plan, and conduct patient procedures with improved outcomes.

  19. Bolus characteristics based on Magnetic Resonance Angiography

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background A detailed contrast bolus propagation model is essential for optimizing bolus-chasing Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA. Bolus characteristics were studied using bolus-timing datasets from Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA for adaptive controller design and validation. Methods MRA bolus-timing datasets of the aorta in thirty patients were analyzed by a program developed with MATLAB. Bolus characteristics, such as peak position, dispersion and bolus velocity, were studied. The bolus profile was fit to a convolution function, which would serve as a mathematical model of bolus propagation in future controller design. Results The maximum speed of the bolus in the aorta ranged from 5–13 cm/s and the dwell time ranged from 7–13 seconds. Bolus characteristics were well described by the proposed propagation model, which included the exact functional relationships between the parameters and aortic location. Conclusion The convolution function describes bolus dynamics reasonably well and could be used to implement the adaptive controller design.

  20. Assessment of coronary artery aneurysms in paediatric patients with Kawasaki disease by multidetector row CT angiography: feasibility and comparison with 2D echocardiography

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    Transthoracic ECHO is the locally accepted method for coronary surveillance of patients with Kawasaki disease but it may have limited visualization in the older child. To assess the feasibility of multidetector CT (MDCT) angiography in the follow-up of coronary artery aneurysms in children with previous Kawasaki disease. Six children (5 boys, 1 girl; mean age 11.5 years) with known Kawasaki disease and coronary artery involvement underwent CT coronary angiography using 16-detector MDCT. The visualized lengths and diameter of all coronary segments were measured. The number, size and location of coronary artery aneurysms were recorded and compared with recent ECHO. Twelve coronary artery aneurysms (seven saccular, five fusiform) were identified by MDCT angiography. One saccular aneurysm at the junction of the distal right coronary artery and posterior descending artery was not detected by ECHO while the remaining six in proximal segments were detected by both modalities. Two of five fusiform aneurysms were not detected by ECHO due to their small sizes. Excellent agreement was found between CT and ECHO for maximal diameter and length of the visualized aneurysms. MDCT angiography accurately defines coronary artery aneurysms. It is more sensitive for detecting aneurysms at distal coronary segments and fusiform aneurysms of small size

  1. Whole-heart MR coronary angiography - first results

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    Purpose: To evaluate a new coronary MR angiography technique covering the whole coronary artery tree in one data set acquisition. Materials and methods: Six healthy volunteers and 15 patients with known CAD were examined with a navigator gated and corrected (NAV) free-breathing 3D steady-state free precession sequence covering the whole heart (WH-MRA) (TR=5.4, TE-2.7, SENSE factor=2, 160 slices, 0.75 mm reconstructed slice thickness, in-plane resolution =0.99 x 0.99 mm2, scan time 14 min [50% NAV efficiency]) and a vessel targeted 3D SSFP MRA sequence (t-MRA) (TR=5.6 ms, TE-2.8 ms, 20 slices of 1.5 mm reconstructed slice thickness, in-plane resolution =0.99 x 0.99 mm2, scan time=7 min [50% NAV efficiency]). Subjective image quality (4-point scale) and objective image quality parameters including vessel sharpness, vessel diameter and CNR were calculated for WH-MRA and t-MRA. In patients, the accuracy for detection of stenosis larger than 50% was compared to the accuracy of X-ray coronary angiography (XA), which was considered the standard. Results: WH-MRA demonstrated good vessel visibility in healthy subjects (100%) whereas vessel visibility in patients was limited (78% in an 8 segment evaluation). Vessel sharpness was inferior to that of t-MRA in patients (37 vs. 42%) but equal in healthy subjects (42%). Vessel diameter did not differ significantly between WH-MRA and t-MRA. CNR was significantly reduced for WH-MRA (CNR 7.4 vs. 11.5). The diagnostic accuracy for the detection of CAD was comparable for both MRA approaches (85.5 vs. 86.2%). Conclusion: WH-MRA allows good coronary artery visualization in healthy subjects and patients and provides a simplified scanning procedure and advantages in 3D post-processing. Regarding image parameters and the detection of CAD, the results are comparable to those acquired with t-MRA. The major disadvantage remains the high number of diagnostically insufficient images. (orig.)

  2. Coronary CT Angiography versus Conventional Cardiac Angiography for Therapeutic Decision Making in Patients with High Likelihood of Coronary Artery Disease

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    Moscariello, Antonio; Vliegenthart, Rozemarijn; Schoepf, U. Joseph; Nance, John W.; Zwerner, Peter L.; Meyer, Mathias; Townsend, Jacob C.; Fernandes, Valerian; Steinberg, Daniel H.; Fink, Christian; Oudkerk, Matthijs; Bonomo, Lorenzo; O'Brien, Terrence X.; Henzler, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To assess the efficacy of coronary computed tomographic (CT) angiography for therapeutic decision making in patients with high likelihood of coronary artery disease (CAD)-specifically the ability of coronary CT angiography to help differentiate patients without and patients with a need for

  3. Comparison of digital subtraction angiography, CT angiography, and ultrasonic doppler examination in the evaluation of penile arterial lesions

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    CT angiography reconstructed by a multidetector-row helical CT scanner is a newly developed form of imaging. We compared CT angiography and ultrasonic Doppler examination with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in the diagnosis of arterial lesion. Eighteen patients with arteriogenic erectile dysfunction (ED) underwent color Doppler study DSA, and CT angiography after providing informed consent. The CT angiography images were obtained by a multidetector-row helical CT scanner, Asteion TSX021A (TOSHIBA). We injected prostaglandin E1 into the penile cavernous body, and then rapidly infused nonionic contrast medium into the antecubital vein. DSA and CT angiography images of the bilateral internal pudendal arteries and cavernous arteries were examined for stenotic lesions or occlusion. We also compared the peak systolic blood flow velocity in the cavernous artery measured by color Doppler ultrasound with CT angiography and DSA. The CT anigography and color Doppler studies were performed on an outpatient basis, but DSA required hospitalization. In the 36 internal pudendal arteries, DSA represented 22 normal arteries and 14 stenosis or occlusions. CT angiography showed 15 normal arteries and 21 occlusions. For the diagnosis of stenosis or occlusion in the internal pudendal artery, the CT angiography image had a good agreement, with a sensitivity of 1.00, specificity of 0.68, and accuracy of 0.81. For diagnosis in the cavernous artery, CT angiography image also showed a good agreement with DSA; however, the quality of the images of fine arteries was better in the DSA images. The inferior view and internal view of the pelvis in CT angiography were helpful for visulaizing the internal pudendal artery, especially at the pubic bone. There was insufficient correlation between peak systolic blood flow velocity and DSA findings. There were no serious complications involved in either examination. CT angiography has not yet reached the same level as DSA in the evaluation of fine

  4. Comparison of digital subtraction angiography, CT angiography, and ultrasonic doppler examination in the evaluation of penile arterial lesions

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    Kawanisi, Yasuo; Kimura, Kazunori; Lee, Kyong Soo; Koizumi, Takahiro; Nakatsuji, Hiroyoshi; Kojima, Keiji; Yamamoto, Akira; Numata, Akira [Takamatsu Red Cross Hospital (Japan)

    2001-11-01

    CT angiography reconstructed by a multidetector-row helical CT scanner is a newly developed form of imaging. We compared CT angiography and ultrasonic Doppler examination with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in the diagnosis of arterial lesion. Eighteen patients with arteriogenic erectile dysfunction (ED) underwent color Doppler study DSA, and CT angiography after providing informed consent. The CT angiography images were obtained by a multidetector-row helical CT scanner, Asteion TSX021A (TOSHIBA). We injected prostaglandin E{sub 1} into the penile cavernous body, and then rapidly infused nonionic contrast medium into the antecubital vein. DSA and CT angiography images of the bilateral internal pudendal arteries and cavernous arteries were examined for stenotic lesions or occlusion. We also compared the peak systolic blood flow velocity in the cavernous artery measured by color Doppler ultrasound with CT angiography and DSA. The CT anigography and color Doppler studies were performed on an outpatient basis, but DSA required hospitalization. In the 36 internal pudendal arteries, DSA represented 22 normal arteries and 14 stenosis or occlusions. CT angiography showed 15 normal arteries and 21 occlusions. For the diagnosis of stenosis or occlusion in the internal pudendal artery, the CT angiography image had a good agreement, with a sensitivity of 1.00, specificity of 0.68, and accuracy of 0.81. For diagnosis in the cavernous artery, CT angiography image also showed a good agreement with DSA; however, the quality of the images of fine arteries was better in the DSA images. The inferior view and internal view of the pelvis in CT angiography were helpful for visulaizing the internal pudendal artery, especially at the pubic bone. There was insufficient correlation between peak systolic blood flow velocity and DSA findings. There were no serious complications involved in either examination. CT angiography has not yet reached the same level as DSA in the evaluation

  5. Multiple detector-row CT angiography of the renal and mesenteric vessels

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    Computed tomography angiography (CTA) of the abdomen with multiple detector-row computed tomography (MD-CT) is an effective technique for minimally invasive imaging of the renal arteries and the visceral vasculature. This article reviews the clinical and technical aspects of MD-CT angiography in terms of image acquisition and reconstruction parameters, contrast medium application, and three-dimensional visualization with special attention to renal and mesenteric vascular imaging. Because of its high sensitivity to detect renal artery stenosis on the one hand, and because a normal renal CTA virtually excludes the presence of a significant renal artery stenosis on the other hand, renal CTA plays a useful role in the management of patients with suspected renovascular hypertension. Mesenteric CTA is a useful tool for visualizing normal vascular anatomy and its variants--particularly in the setting of organ transplantation. Vascular pathology, e.g. atherosclerotic disease (abdominal angina), or aneurysms of the visceral arteries are reliably assessed with CTA. Mesenteric CTA is an invaluable adjunct to abdominal CT in the setting of abdominal emergencies, because of its ability to detect the causes of acute intestinal ischemia (superior mesenteric artery embolism or thrombosis, superior mesenteric vein thrombosis). Accurate timing of the CTA acquisition and the subsequent parenchymal phase acquisition relative to the contrast medium transit time is critical to obtain excellent image quality in double-pass abdominal CT acquisitions

  6. Experience with intravenous digital subtraction angiography following shunting in 4 cases of congenital heart diseases

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    Intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IV-DSA) was performed in two patients with Fallot's tetralogy who underwent Blalock-Taussing operation, a patient with coarctation of the aortic arch who underwent extra-anastomic bypass between the ascending aorta and the descending aorta, and a patient with stenosis of the tricuspid valve who underwent Fontan type operation (anastomosis between the right atrium and the pulmonary artery). The conventional cardiac angiography was also performed for the comparison with IV-DSA in all patients. IV-DSA revealed the thickness of the subclavian artery anastomosed by Blaloch-Taussing operation, but failed to determine the accurate thickness of the pulmonary artery required for PA-index for radical surgery in cases of Fallot's tetralogy. Bypass from the ascending aorta to the descending aorta was well visualized by IV-DSA because the heart did not overlap on the image. In cases of Fontan type operation, IV-DSA permitted the visualization of blood flow from the right atrium to the pulmonary artery and the shape of the pulmonary artery. It is concluded that IV-DSA is a less invasive, simple technique to evaluate patients' condition following shunting for congenital heart diseases, as compared to the conventional method. (Namekawa, K.)

  7. Experience with intravenous digital subtraction angiography following shunting in 4 cases of congenital heart diseases

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    Higashidate, Masafumi; Konno, Susumu; Sumitomo, Naokata; Ito, Sango; Kobayashi, Hiroshi

    1985-01-01

    Intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IV-DSA) was performed in two patients with Fallot's tetralogy who underwent Blalock-Taussing operation, a patient with coarctation of the aortic arch who underwent extra-anastomic bypass between the ascending aorta and the descending aorta, and a patient with stenosis of the tricuspid valve who underwent Fontan type operation (anastomosis between the right atrium and the pulmonary artery). The conventional cardiac angiography was also performed for the comparison with IV-DSA in all patients. IV-DSA revealed the thickness of the subclavian artery anastomosed by Blaloch-Taussing operation, but failed to determine the accurate thickness of the pulmonary artery required for PA-index for radical surgery in cases of Fallot's tetralogy. Bypass from the ascending aorta to the descending aorta was well visualized by IV-DSA because the heart did not overlap on the image. In cases of Fontan type operation, IV-DSA permitted the visualization of blood flow from the right atrium to the pulmonary artery and the shape of the pulmonary artery. It is concluded that IV-DSA is a less invasive, simple technique to evaluate patients' condition following shunting for congenital heart diseases, as compared to the conventional method. (Namekawa, K.).

  8. Visualizing statistical models and concepts

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    2002-01-01

    Examines classic algorithms, geometric diagrams, and mechanical principles for enhancing visualization of statistical estimation procedures and mathematical concepts in physics, engineering, and computer programming.

  9. Comparison of magnetic resonance angiography and conventional angiography in sickle cell disease: clinical significance and realibility

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    We retrospectively reviewed the medical records and conventional angiograms of 21 patients with known sickle cell disease, who underwent a total of 50 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) studies. MRA and conventional angiography were assessed separately for evidence of stenosis or occulusion. Follow up MRI/MRA studies were also assessed for evidence of progression, regression or stability of the disease in these patients. In the carotid circulation, MRA made the correct diagnosis in 85% of the vessels evaluated with a sensitivity of 80.5% and a specificity of 94%. MRA was also found to show evidence of disease progression, more often than did MRI or the clinical condition of the patients. (orig.)

  10. Comparison of magnetic resonance angiography and conventional angiography in sickle cell disease: clinical significance and realibility

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    Kandeel, A.Y. [Dept. of Radiology, Mansoura Univ. Hospital (Egypt); Zimmerman, R.A. [Dept. of Radiology, The Children`s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA (United States); Ohene-Frempong, K. [Div. of Hematology, The Children`s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA (United States)

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    We retrospectively reviewed the medical records and conventional angiograms of 21 patients with known sickle cell disease, who underwent a total of 50 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) studies. MRA and conventional angiography were assessed separately for evidence of stenosis or occulusion. Follow up MRI/MRA studies were also assessed for evidence of progression, regression or stability of the disease in these patients. In the carotid circulation, MRA made the correct diagnosis in 85% of the vessels evaluated with a sensitivity of 80.5% and a specificity of 94%. MRA was also found to show evidence of disease progression, more often than did MRI or the clinical condition of the patients. (orig.)

  11. Clinical features, management and visual outcome of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in Indian patients

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    Anantharaman Giridhar; Ramkumar Gudapati; Gopalakrishnan Mahesh; Rajput Alpesh

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    Aims: To present the clinical, indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) features and results of treatment for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) in Indian patients by a retrospective chart review.Materials and Methods: Forty five patients with PCV underwent complete ocular examination, fluorescein angiography (FFA) and ICGA. Treatment was advised for patients with macular involvement and progressive loss of visual acuity. Demographic data, clinical features and results of treatment were anal...

  12. Efficacy and safety of dual-axis rotational coronary angiography versus conventional angiography

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    Background:Conventional coronary angiography (CA) is the gold standard for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. However, this technique requires several orthogonal projections to determine the severity of the disease. Dual-axis rotational coronary angiography (DARCA) is a new technique which acquires the image of each coronary artery using a single contrast injection, potentially reducing both radiation and contrast exposure. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the amount of contrast used, radiation exposure and diagnostic accuracy of DARCA compared to conventional CA. Methods: We conducted a prospective, self-controlled study of consecutive patients undergoing elective coronary angiography to compare DARCA versus the conventional technique. All the angiographies were reviewed by two independent interventional cardiologists (observer 1 and observer 2) who evaluated agreement between both types of images. The observers evaluated firstly DARCA and three weeks later conventional CA images to prevent bias in their interpretation. Results: The contrast volume used in the diagnostic procedure was significantly lower with DARCA (33.29 ± 11.2 ml vs. 17±5.4 ml; p < 0.01). Radiation exposure in the patient (235.6 ± 76.8 mGy vs. 82.7 ± 46.6 mGy; p <0.01) and operator was also significantly lower (5.7 ± 3.26 μSv vs. 2.48 ± 1.47 μSv; p <0.04). A slight difference and a strong correlation were seen in the number of lesions, vessel diameter and percentage of stenosis between both observers and both methods. Categorical assessment of percentage of stenosis also showed adequate agreement. Conclusion: DARCA reduces the use of contrast agents and radiation exposure compared to the conventional technique without modifying the diagnostic accuracy of the method. (authors)

  13. Quantification of extracranial stenoses of the cartoid artery - MR angiography and Doppler sonography vs intraarterial angiography

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    To assess various non-invasive techniques for quantifying internal carotid artery CA stenosis, per cent luminal diameter reduction on intraarterial angiograms (IAA) was measured in 63 patients with ICA stenosis or occulsion. These data were compared with independent measurements based on MR-angiography, continuous-wave (cw) Doppler ultrasonography, systolic peak flow velocity and colour Doppler assisted duplex imaging. Correlations with IAA were equally strong for MR angiography, cw Doppler and colour Doppler analysis (0.95, 0.92; 0.92). Positive predictive values for ≥70% ICA stenosis were lower and negative predictive values were higher for cw Doppler (0.85; 0.92) and colour duplex analysis (0.81; 0.94) than for MR angiography (0.86; 0.88). Statistical analysis showed non-linear correlations between percentage of lumen diameter narrowing and the length of the zone of signal intensity loss (0.72) and maximum systolic peak flow velocity (0.77). Conclusion: Several non-invasive methods do compare with IAA in identifying and quantifying highgrade ICA stenosis and may suffice for decisions on treatment. (orig.)

  14. The importance of peripheral angiography in elderly patients undergoing coronary angiography

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    Gianluca Rigatelli; Giorgio Rigatelli

    2005-01-01

    Objectives Early and accurate diagnosis of peripheral atherosclerosis is of paramount importance for global managerment of patients with known coronary artery disease (CAD), especially in the elderly. We sought to evaluate the prevalence and clinical relevance of significant abdominal vessel stenosis or aneurysm (AVA) in patients undergoing coronary angiography. Methods Medical records of consecutive > 75-year old patients who underwent coronary angiography at two public institutions over a 12-month period were evaluated. Angiographic results of patients who underwent coincident diagnostic abdominal aorta angiography to evaluate abdominal vessels on the basis of clinical and angiographic criteria were analyzed. Results During the study period, AVA was found in 90 (35.7% ) of 252 consecutive patients (185 males, mean age 79±5.8 years), renal artery stenosis in 13.1% of cases (33 patients), aortoiliac artery disease in 13.7 % (35 patients), and aortic aneurismal disease in 8.9% (22 patients). Logistic regression analyses revealed > 3-vessel CAD (odds ratio [OR] :9.917, P = 0.002), and > 3 risk factors (OR: 2.8, P =0. 048) as independent predictors of AVA. Conclusions Aged patients with multivessel CAD frequently have a high risk profile and multiple vascular atherosclerotic distributions, suggesting the usefulness of a mere global and comprehensive cardiovascular approach in aged patients.

  15. Patient radiation dose from computed tomography angiography and digital subtraction angiography of the brain

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    Netwong, Y.; Krisanachinda, A.

    2016-03-01

    The 64-row multidetector computed tomography angiography (64-MDCTA) provides vascular image quality of the brain similar to digital subtraction angiography (DSA), but the effective dose of CTA is lower than DSA studied in phantom. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effective dose from 64-MDCTA and DSA. Effective dose (according to ICRP 103) from 64-MDCTA and DSA flat panel detector for cerebral vessels examination of the brain using standard protocols as recommended by the manufacturer was calculated for 30 cases of MDCTA (15 male and 15 female).The mean patient age was 49.5 (23-89) yrs. 30 cases of DSA (14 male and 16 female), the mean patient age was 46.8 (21-81) yrs. For CTA, the mean effective dose was 3.7 (2.82- 5.19) mSv. For DSA, the mean effective dose was 5.78 (3.3-10.06) mSv. The effective dose of CTA depends on the scanning protocol and scan length. Low tube current can reduce patient dose whereas the number of exposures and number of series in 3D rotational angiography (3D RA) resulted in increasing effective dose in DSA patients.

  16. Radiation dose in digital subtraction angiography

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    A phantom study using thermoluminescence dosimeter was undertaken to compare radiation doses from five different imaging systems used in digital subtraction angiography (DSA). Red bone marrow and maximum skin doses were generally high. Depending upon the system, the maximum skin dose ranged from 202 to 53 mGy. Based on these results, the maximum skin dose was obtained in the clinical setting. The average dose in patients was 175 mGy for arterial DSA and 250 mGy for intravenous DSA. For radiologists, radiation doses to the lens, fingers of the right hand, and thyroid gland were 0.34, 0.27, and 0.4 mGy, respectively, in the case of mannual injection of contrast media; and undetectable, 0.029, and 0.0143 mGy, respectively, in the case of automatic injection. (Namekawa, K.)

  17. E-learn Computed Tomographic Angiography

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    Havsteen, Inger; Christensen, Anders; Nielsen, Jens K;

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    BACKGROUND: Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) is widely available in emergency rooms to assess acute stroke patients. To standardize readings and educate new readers, we developed a 3-step e-learning tool based on the test-teach-retest methodology in 2 acute stroke scenarios: vascular...... occlusion and "spot sign" in acute intracerebral hemorrhage. We hypothesized that an e-learning program enhances reading skills in physicians of varying experience. METHODS: We developed an HTML-based program with a teaching segment and 2 matching test segments. Tests were taken before and after the...... sign correctly 69% before versus 92% after teaching (P = .009) and reported a median self-perceived diagnostic certainty of 50% versus 75% (P = .030). Self-perceived diagnostic certainty revealed no significant increase for vascular occlusion. CONCLUSIONS: The e-learning program is a useful educational...

  18. Digital subtraction angiography in extremity trauma

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    Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) may have considerable impact on the work-up of patients who have suffered trauma. The angiographic evaluation of vascular injuries can be accomplished rapidly and with minimal catheter use and manipulation, which is particularly important for those critically ill patients who have significant immobility because of multiple fractures. The authors retrospectively reviewed the digital subtraction angiograms in 50 consecutive cases of extremity trauma. The quality of the images in 44 of these permitted a confident diagnosis, the accuracy of which was confirmed by surgical or clinical follow-up. DSA reduces the time required to perform the procedure, the amount of contrast material injected, patient discomfort, and film cost. Its major disadvantage is the limited field size of the image intensifier

  19. Intraarterial digital subtraction angiography of aortofemoral bypasses

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    In a retrospective study, 214 digital subtraction angiography (DSA) examinations of aortofemoral and femorocrural bypasses were reviewed. In 90% of cases intravenous DSA was diagnostic for aortofemoral bypasses, and in 95% of cases intrarterial DSA angiograms of excellent image quality were obtained. In 82% arterial stenoses proximal to the bypass, in 62% stenoses distal to the bypass, and in only 15% stenoses involving the bypass itself could be detected. In 54% the bypass was regularly perfused. In 26% a complete occlusion could be seen. All angiograms were obtained after infusion of the low-osmolar nonionic contrast medium Iopromide, 150mg/ml. All examinations were painless, and no heat-induced motion artifacts were registered. No disturbances of vital signs were observed. DSA with a nonionic low-osmolarity contrast medium (Iopromide) is a safe and reliable technique for the examination of all surgical aortofemoral bypasses

  20. MR angiography of the iliofemoral artery system

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    During the last years, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) has become a widely used modality for intracerebral and carotid artery imaging. Due to technical limitations, the clinical impact of MRA in the iliofemoral arteries has been rather poor. New developments in MRA like ECG-triggered sequences and the occurrence of contrast-enhanced MRA has overcome most of these limitations. Therefore, a major advance in clinical use of these diagnostic tools can be predicted. This paper discussed the advantages of ECG-gated 2D-Phase contrast, ECG-gated 2D-Time-of-Flight and contrast enhanced FLASH 3D angiography sequences from a clinical point of view. 2D-PC-MRA is a robust technique, which provides an overview of the iliofemoral artery system in less than 5 minutes. Limitations are the true 2D impression of the sequence and the partial venous overlay. 2D-TOF-MRA on the other hand is time consuming, however it enables 3D reconstruction and effective venous suppression can be applied. Contrast enhanced MRA as the third sequence discussed provides high resolution images in less than 30 sec. However contrast bolus timing might be a problem. In conclusion the authors suggest a combination of 2D-PC-MRA and additional 2D-TOF sequences at questionable vacular areas as the modality of choice, due to the fact, that MRA of the iliofemoral arteries is mostly only one step of a complete lower limb examination. Contrast MRA might become the method of choice in the future however problems with multiple contrast injections and upper limits of contrast dose have to be solved. (orig.)

  1. Multidetector CT angiography in Takayasu arteritis

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    Khandelwal, Niranjan; Kalra, Naveen [Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012 (India); Garg, Mandeep Kumar, E-mail: gargmandeep@hotmail.com [Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012 (India); Kang, Mandeep; Lal, Anupam [Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012 (India); Jain, Sanjay [Department of Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012 (India); Suri, Sudha [Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012 (India)

    2011-02-15

    Objective: To analyse the spectrum of Takayasu's arteritis (TA) on multidetector CT angiography (MDCTA). Materials and methods: A retrospective analysis of the MDCTA findings was performed on 15 patients clinically diagnosed as Takayasu's arteritis. The spectrum and incidence of imaging findings on CTA were compared to studies in literature on catheter angiography in Takayasu's arteritis. Laboratory parameters were available in nine patients. The disease was considered active if erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) levels were elevated and 'C' reactive protein (CRP) was positive. An attempt was made to correlate disease activity with the imaging findings. Results: Ascending aorta, arch of aorta and descending thoracic aorta were involved in 14 out of 15 (93%) patients. The wall thickness varied between 1 and 10 mm with maximal involvement in arch and descending thoracic aorta. Major neck vessels were involved in 11 (73%) patients with most pronounced changes seen in the brachiocephalic trunk, left common carotid artery (CCA) and left subclavian artery (SCA). Abdominal aorta and its branches were involved in all the 11 (100%) patients in whom abdominal CTA was performed. Celiac axis and SMA were involved in 10 (91%) and seven (64%) patients, respectively while renal artery stenosis was present in five (45%) patients. In six patients, ESR was elevated and CRP was positive indicating active disease. All patients in whom the laboratory parameters were available showed mural thickening in the aorta and at least one of the neck vessels except for one patient with inactive disease who had aortic mural thickening only. Conclusion: MDCTA provides information about both the vessel wall and lumen in patients with Takayasu's disease.

  2. Multidetector CT angiography in Takayasu arteritis

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    Objective: To analyse the spectrum of Takayasu's arteritis (TA) on multidetector CT angiography (MDCTA). Materials and methods: A retrospective analysis of the MDCTA findings was performed on 15 patients clinically diagnosed as Takayasu's arteritis. The spectrum and incidence of imaging findings on CTA were compared to studies in literature on catheter angiography in Takayasu's arteritis. Laboratory parameters were available in nine patients. The disease was considered active if erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) levels were elevated and 'C' reactive protein (CRP) was positive. An attempt was made to correlate disease activity with the imaging findings. Results: Ascending aorta, arch of aorta and descending thoracic aorta were involved in 14 out of 15 (93%) patients. The wall thickness varied between 1 and 10 mm with maximal involvement in arch and descending thoracic aorta. Major neck vessels were involved in 11 (73%) patients with most pronounced changes seen in the brachiocephalic trunk, left common carotid artery (CCA) and left subclavian artery (SCA). Abdominal aorta and its branches were involved in all the 11 (100%) patients in whom abdominal CTA was performed. Celiac axis and SMA were involved in 10 (91%) and seven (64%) patients, respectively while renal artery stenosis was present in five (45%) patients. In six patients, ESR was elevated and CRP was positive indicating active disease. All patients in whom the laboratory parameters were available showed mural thickening in the aorta and at least one of the neck vessels except for one patient with inactive disease who had aortic mural thickening only. Conclusion: MDCTA provides information about both the vessel wall and lumen in patients with Takayasu's disease.

  3. Detection and assessment of circle of Willis aneurysms in acute subarachnoid hemorrhage with three-dimensional computed tomographic angiography: correlation with digital substraction angiography findings.

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    Lai, P H; Yang, C F; Pan, H B; Chen, C; Ho, J T; Hsu, S S

    1999-10-01

    In this retrospective study, we examined the usefulness of computed tomographic angiography (CTA) for the detection and assessment of circle of Willis aneurysms in patients with acute nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), using selective digital substraction angiography (DSA) as the gold standard. Thirty-five patients who presented with acute, nontraumatic SAH, diagnosed on the basis of unenhanced computed tomography or lumbar puncture findings or both, underwent both CTA and DSA. The CTA images were interpreted for the presence, location, size, and shape of the aneurysm, presence of a neck, and relationship of the aneurysm to adjacent arterial branches. The CTA and DSA images were then compared, with the latter images serving as the gold standard. DSA revealed 37 aneurysms in 32 patients and ruled out intracranial aneurysms in the remaining three. The sensitivity and specificity of CTA for aneurysm detection were 97% and 100%, respectively. The size of the smallest aneurysm shown was 4 mm, and the largest aneurysm was 21 mm. The size and lobularity of the aneurysms estimated from CTA images corresponded well with those estimated from DSA images. In addition, CTA provided a three-dimensional representation of the aneurysmal lesion, which was considered useful for surgical planning. Our results confirm the accuracy of CTA in comparison with DSA. Because of its reliability, minimal invasiveness, and rapidity, CTA may become the technique of choice for neuroradiologic work-up of SAH patients. DSA then would be used to diagnose intracranial aneurysms only in selected, questionable cases. PMID:10575836

  4. Dream recall and visual memory.

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    Schredl, M; Frauscher, S; Shendi, A

    1995-08-01

    The present study estimated correlations for 50 subjects among frequency of dream recall, length of dream report, and visual memory. Whereas the results confirmed the previously found relationship between frequency of dream recall and visual memory, influence of visual memory on length of dream report was not found. PMID:8532466

  5. Evaluation of occupational and patient dose in cerebral angiography procedures

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    Neuri Antonio Lunelli

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective The present study was aimed at estimating the doses received by physicians and patients during cerebral angiography procedures in a public hospital of Recife, PE, Brazil. Materials and Methods The study sample included 158 adult patients, and during the procedures the following parameters were evaluated: exposure parameters (kV, mAs, number of acquired images, reference air kerma value (Ka,r and air kerma-area product (PKA. Additionally, the physicians involved in the procedures were evaluated as for absorbed dose in the eyes, thyroid, chest, hands and feet. Results The results demonstrated that the doses to the patients' eyes region were relatively close to the threshold for cataract occurrence. As regards the physicians, the average effective dose was 2.6 µSv, and the highest effective dose recorded was 16 µSv. Conclusion Depending on the number of procedures, the doses received by the physicians may exceed the annual dose limit for the crystalline lenses (20 mSv established by national and international standards. It is important to note that the high doses received by the physicians are due to the lack of radiation protection equipment and accessories, such as leaded curtains, screens and protective goggles.

  6. Fenestrations accompanied by intracranial aneurysms assessed with magnetic resonance angiography

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    Zhen-Kui Sun

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the anatomical changes and investigate the prevalence in intracranial aneurysm with fenestrations using magnetic resonance angiography (MRA. Materials and Methods: Between June 2008 and October 2010, 4652 patients (aged 23-73 years with suspected intracranial aneurysm or other cerebrovascular diseases underwent MRA examination. MRA was performed using a three-dimensional time-of-flight technique (3D-TOF with volume rendering (VR and maximum intensity projection reconstruction methods. The presence and location of fenestrations and aneurysms was reviewed. When fenestrations were present in combination with aneurysms, we noted the relationship of the locations. The classification of fenestration accompanied by intracranial aneurysm was divided into three types according to the anatomical relationship as follows: Type I, aneurysm adjacent to but not on a fenestration; Type II, aneurysm located on the fenestration; type III, aneurysm located at a position remote from a fenestration. Results: Among the 4652 patients examined, 409 patients were defined with 412 intracranial aneurysms, and the prevalence of aneurysms was 8.8%. One hundred and forty-one patients were identified with fenestrations; 24 of these patients were confirmed with intracranial aneurysms. Seven cases were classified as type I, three as type II and 14 as type III. The prevalence of intracranial aneurysm with fenestrations was 17.0%, with significant statistical difference compared with aneurysms unaccompanied with fenestrations (P=0.0064. Conclusion: The anatomical relationship between fenestrations and intracranial aneurysms was visualized by MRA with VR, which displayed pathologies with sufficient clarity to enable diagnosis. Furthermore, the results of this study suggest that physicians should be alerted to the occurrence of intracranial aneurysm following the detection of fenestrations by MRA.

  7. Magnetic resonance angiography in the diagnosis of thoracic venous obstruction.

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    Chang, Y C; Su, C T; Yang, P C; Wang, T C; Chiu, L C; Hsu, J C

    1998-01-01

    The aims of this study were to evaluate the diagnostic value of orthogonal magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and to compare the results of MRA with those of digital subtraction venography (DSV) in thoracic venous diseases. Ten normal volunteers were evaluated using two-dimensional time-of-flight MRA in three orthogonal planes to determine the image quality of each venous segment. Twelve consecutive patients suspected of having thoracic venous disease were studied with both MRA and DSV. In the normal subjects, the plane perpendicular to the target vein provided the most consistent visualization. Using three orthogonal MRA images, a diagnostic-quality image was obtained in 175 (83%) of 210 venous segments in normal volunteers. In patients with thoracic venous obstructive disease, MRA was more effective than DSV in detecting total (84 vs 54), patent (56 vs 36), stenotic (13 vs 10), and obstructive (15 vs 8) venous segments, poststenotic or postobstructive veins (15 vs 10), thrombosis of the internal jugular vein (7 vs 2), intraluminal thrombus (5 vs 3), and azygos veins (12 vs 2). Using venous segments visible on DVS (n = 54) as the standard, the sensitivity and specificity of MRA were 94% and 100%, respectively, in detecting venous patency, and 100% and 98% in detecting complete venous obstruction. In the shoulder region, the sensitivity and specificity of MRA were 93% and 100%, respectively, in detecting venous patency, and 100% and 97% in detecting venous obstruction. We conclude that MRA with three orthogonal planes can provide relatively complete and reliable venous mapping, without the need for contrast medium. PMID:9481063

  8. Pulmonary MR angiography with phased-array surface coils

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    To optimize and apply projection MR angiography of pulmonary vasculature with the use of spoiled GRASS (gradient recalled acquisition in a steady [SPGR]) and surface coils for noninvasive evaluation of pulmonary vascular disease. Four healthy volunteers were examined at 1.5 T to compare flow-compensated GRASS and SPGR sequences, flip angles of 10 degrees - 60 degrees, section thicknesses of 3-10 mm, and body coil as well as Helmholz pair and phased-array surface coils. Acquisition time per section was within 10 seconds, allowing breath holding. Optimal combination of imaging parameters was based on observation by three radiologists and signal-to-noise measurements. With the use of 30-40 contiguous sections encompassing the lung, intrathoracic vasculature was segmented with a UNIX/X-windows-based package dubbed VIDA. Three-dimensional anatomy was visualized by a brightest pixel projection algorithm with right-left and cephalad-caudad rotations. SPGR (TR, 34 msec; TE, 13 msec; flip angle, 30 degrees, 4-mm thick sections, 25-cm field of view, 256 x 128, two excitations, 8.7 sec/section) with phased-array surface coils provided the most satisfactory images. The projected images showed pulmonary vasculature with resolution of vessels beyond segmental branches. The result was reproducible among volunteers. After optimization, the technique was applied to a patient with pulmonary embolism, revealing clot in the right descending pulmonary artery and lack of flow in its anterior and lateral branches. This MR angiographic technique shows promise for noninvasive demonstration of pulmonary vascular disease

  9. CT coronary angiography in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Purpose: Reliable visualization of the coronary arteries with multislice spiral CT angiography (MSCTA) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) remains a challenge despite retrospective ECG gating. A recently developed new algorithm automatically compensates dynamic changes in the heart rate during the scan, thus reducing misregistration and motion artifacts. The HeartBeat-RT algorithm combines a fixed percent delay determined from the first R wave and the fixed offset delay based on the second R wave in the ECG cycle. The purpose of this study was to find out the optimal reconstruction window in MSCTA in patients with AF for each of the three major coronary arteries during the cardiac cycle. Materials and methods: 20 patients with permanent AF were imaged on a 16-slice scanner (slice collimation: 16 x 0.75 mm; rotation time 0.42 s; 140 kV; 380 mAs; 120 ml Ultravist 370 registered i.v.). The patients had not received any previous drugs for heart frequency regulation. Acquisition was started after bolus tracking of a biphasic bolus of 120 ml Ultravist 370 injected intravenously. Each coronary segment was reconstructed at 0%-90% of the cardiac cycle in increments of 10%. For image analysis we used coronary segments as defined by the American Heart Association. Two blinded independent readers assessed the image quality in terms of visibility and artifacts (five-point rating scale 1=very poor, 2=poor, 3=fair, 4=good and 5=excellent) and the degree of stenosis (five-point rating scale 1=0%, 2=1%-49%, 3=50%-74%, 4=75%-99%, 5=100%) on axial slices, multiplanar reconstructions and three-dimensional volume-rendered images. (orig.)

  10. Digital angiography and surgery in the same room

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    Albany Medical Center and private industries (XRE and United X-ray corporations) have collaborated to develop a room within the operating suite that allows high-speed and high-resolution digital angiography and surgery to be performed simultaneously. Patients who have sustained massive trauma can be transferred directly from the ambulance to this new facility. While the patient is undergoing exploratory laparotomy, other vital areas of the body can be evaluated by angiography. This combined approach of surgery and angiography has also led to improved management of patients with massive or occult intestinal hemorrhage and patients with peripheral vascular disease. Other patients undergoing difficult emergency or elective surgery, as in the biliary tract, can now have available the benefits of an operating room facility that also allows high-resolution fluoroscopy and complete angiography to be undertaken

  11. Diagnostic accuracy of dual-source CT coronary angiography in patients with atrial fibrillation: Meta analysis

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    Sun, Gang, E-mail: cjr.sungang@vip.163.com [Department of Medical Imaging, Jinan Military General Hospital, No. 25, Shifan Road, Jinan, Shandong Province 250031 (China); Li, Min [Department of Medical Imaging, Jinan Military General Hospital, No. 25, Shifan Road, Jinan, Shandong Province 250031 (China); Jiang, Zhi-wei [Department of Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Fourth Military Medical University, No. 169, Changle West Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710032 (China); Xu, Lin [Department of Medical Cardiology, Jinan Military General Hospital, No. 25, Shifan Road, Jinan, Shandong Province 250031 (China); Peng, Zhao-hui; Ding, Juan; Li, Li [Department of Medical Imaging, Jinan Military General Hospital, No. 25, Shifan Road, Jinan, Shandong Province 250031 (China); Jin, Zhi-tao [Department of Cardiology, General Hospital of the Second Artillery, Beijing 100088 (China)

    2013-10-01

    Rationale and objective: To synthesize the available data to underscore the diagnostic accuracy of dual-source CT (DSCT) coronary angiography in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Materials and methods: We searched in the electronic databases of PubMed for all published studies that examined patients with AF using DSCT. We used an exact binomial rendition of the bivariate mixed-effects regression model to synthesize the diagnostic data. Results: The positive and negative likelihood ratios (LRs) at the patient level were 6.0 (CI, 3.6–10.1) and 0.03(CI, 0.004–0.2), respectively. The negative predictive values higher than 90% were available for a CAD prevalence <78%. The pooled vessel- and segment-level estimates showed higher positive and negative LRs than the patient-level estimates (15.3 [CI, 9.8–23.9] and 0.1 [CI, 0.07–0.3]; 25.1 [CI, 10.8–58.5] and 0.2 [CI, 0.2–0.3], respectively). No statistically significant heterogeneity between studies and publication bias were found at the patient level estimate. A sensitivity analysis showed that no study influenced the pooled results larger than 0.02. Conclusions: Cardiac angiography with DSCT can be applied as an imaging test for ruling out CAD in patient with AF. However, DSCT angiography may be not an effective tool for risk stratification for the high negative LR at the artery and segment levels.

  12. Diagnostic accuracy of dual-source CT coronary angiography in patients with atrial fibrillation: Meta analysis

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    Rationale and objective: To synthesize the available data to underscore the diagnostic accuracy of dual-source CT (DSCT) coronary angiography in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Materials and methods: We searched in the electronic databases of PubMed for all published studies that examined patients with AF using DSCT. We used an exact binomial rendition of the bivariate mixed-effects regression model to synthesize the diagnostic data. Results: The positive and negative likelihood ratios (LRs) at the patient level were 6.0 (CI, 3.6–10.1) and 0.03(CI, 0.004–0.2), respectively. The negative predictive values higher than 90% were available for a CAD prevalence <78%. The pooled vessel- and segment-level estimates showed higher positive and negative LRs than the patient-level estimates (15.3 [CI, 9.8–23.9] and 0.1 [CI, 0.07–0.3]; 25.1 [CI, 10.8–58.5] and 0.2 [CI, 0.2–0.3], respectively). No statistically significant heterogeneity between studies and publication bias were found at the patient level estimate. A sensitivity analysis showed that no study influenced the pooled results larger than 0.02. Conclusions: Cardiac angiography with DSCT can be applied as an imaging test for ruling out CAD in patient with AF. However, DSCT angiography may be not an effective tool for risk stratification for the high negative LR at the artery and segment levels

  13. Computed tomography angiography in the investigation of carotid stenosis

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    The assessment of carotid atherosclerotic disease is an essential pre-requisite for determining a patients suitability for carotid endarterectomy to prevent ischaemic stroke. Catheter angiography is regarded as the most accurate investigative tool for this purpose. However, with its finite morbidity and invasiveness, there is an increasing reliance upon non-invasive methods to accurately assess carotid disease. We present a review of the technique and applications of computed tomography angiography. Goddard, A.J. P.et al. (2001)

  14. Computed tomography angiography in the investigation of carotid stenosis

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    Goddard, A.J.P.; Mendelow, A.D.; Birchall, D

    2001-07-01

    The assessment of carotid atherosclerotic disease is an essential pre-requisite for determining a patients suitability for carotid endarterectomy to prevent ischaemic stroke. Catheter angiography is regarded as the most accurate investigative tool for this purpose. However, with its finite morbidity and invasiveness, there is an increasing reliance upon non-invasive methods to accurately assess carotid disease. We present a review of the technique and applications of computed tomography angiography. Goddard, A.J. P.et al. (2001)

  15. Fatal Deep Inguinal Infection after Diagnostic Coronary Angiography

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    Herein we would like to share our case complicated with inguinal infection secondary to femoral haematoma after coronary angiography. A-79 years-old female underwent diagnostic coronary angiography suffered from a large haematoma in the right inguinal region where femoral artery puncture was performed at another hospital. She was treated at same hospital 16 days and discharged. She presented to our department with a deep ulcerative and ruptured wound in the femoral artery puncture site. The w...

  16. Diagnostic and therapeutic results of angiography of blunt abdominal trauma

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    Angiographic findings in blunt abdominal trauma are reviewed. 693 posttraumatic angiograms were performed at the University of Freiburg from 1972-1980. 24% of these patients suffered from blunt abdominal trauma. It could be shown that recently ultrasongraphy and computerized tomography have replaced angiography as screening method. Remaining indications for angiography are primary vascular lesions, uncertain findings of US- and/or C Texamination and documentation of hemorrhage with the possibility of therapeutic intervention. (orig.)

  17. The feasibility of left radial artery approach for coronary angiography

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    Liangbo Chen; Can Chen; Shian Huang

    2008-01-01

    Objective:To study the feasibility of the left radial approach for coronary angiography. Methods:195 patients diagnosed with coronary atherosclerotic heart disease were randomly divided for coronary angiography(CAG) into a left radial artery approach group(98 cases) and a fight radial artery approach group(97 cases) from Jan 2006 to Dec 2006. Selective coronary angiographies were performed with 5F TIG catheters. The time of puncturing, duration under X-ray fluoroscopy and of the operation, successful rates of puncturing and coronary angiography were recorded. Results:There was no difference in the time of puncturing(2.25 -F 1.58 min vs 2.19±1.62 min), duration under X-ray fluoroscopy(3.12±1.53 min vs 3.21±1.49 min) and the duration of the operation(12.87±2.52 rain vs 12.98±2.85 min), nor in the success rates of puncturing(95.91% vs 95.87%) and coronary angiography(94.90% vs 94.85%). Conclusion: Coronary angiography can be accomplished via the left radial artery approach, indicating that this is a worthwhile clinical approach.

  18. CT Angiography in the Diagnosis of Brain Death

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    Summary Brain death is defined as the irreversible cessation of functioning of the entire brain, including the brainstem. Brain death is principally established using clinical criteria including coma, absence of brainstem reflexes and loss of central drive to breathe assessed with apnea test. In situations in which clinical testing cannot be performed or when uncertainty exists about the reliability of its parts due to confounding conditions ancillary tests (i.a. imaging studies) may be useful. The objective of ancillary tests in the diagnosis of brain death is to demonstrate the absence of cerebral electrical activity (EEG and evoked potentials) or cerebral circulatory arrest. In clinical practice catheter cerebral angiography, perfusion scintigraphy, transcranial Doppler sonography, CT angiography and MR angiography are used. Other methods, like perfusion CT, xenon CT, MR spectroscopy, diffusion weighted MRI and functional MRI are being studied as potentially useful in the diagnosis of brain death. CT angiography has recently attracted attention as a promising alternative to catheter angiography – a reference test in the diagnosis of brain death. Since 1998 several major studies were published and national guidelines were introduced in several countries (e.g. in France, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Canada). This paper reviews technique, characteristic findings and criteria for the diagnosis of cerebral circulatory arrest in CT angiography

  19. Visual agnosia.

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    Álvarez, R; Masjuan, J

    2016-03-01

    Visual agnosia is defined as an impairment of object recognition, in the absence of visual acuity or cognitive dysfunction that would explain this impairment. This condition is caused by lesions in the visual association cortex, sparing primary visual cortex. There are 2 main pathways that process visual information: the ventral stream, tasked with object recognition, and the dorsal stream, in charge of locating objects in space. Visual agnosia can therefore be divided into 2 major groups depending on which of the two streams is damaged. The aim of this article is to conduct a narrative review of the various visual agnosia syndromes, including recent developments in a number of these syndromes. PMID:26358494

  20. The comparative study on diagnostic validity of cerebral aneurysm by computed tomography angiography versus digital subtraction angiography after subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    Masih Saboori

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In order to declare the preoperative diagnostic value of brain aneurysms, two radiological modalities, computed tomographic angiography and digital subtraction angiography were compared. Methods: In this descriptive analytic study, diagnostic value of computed tomographic angiography (CTA was com-pared with digital subtraction angiography (DSA. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were calculated and compared between the two modalities. All data were analyzed with SPSS software, version 16. Results: Mean age of patients was 49.5 ± 9.13 years. 57.9 % of subjects were female. CTA showed 89% sensitivity and 100% specificity whereas DSA demonstrated 74% sensitivity and 100% specificity. Positive predictive value of both methods was 100%, but negative predictive value of CTA and DSA was 85% and 69%, respectively. Conclusions: Based on our data, CTA is a valuable diagnostic modality for detection of brain aneurysm and su-barachnoid hemorrhage.

  1. 4D phase contrast flow imaging for in-stent flow visualization and assessment of stent patency in peripheral vascular stents – A phantom study

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    Purpose: 4D phase contrast flow imaging is increasingly used to study the hemodynamics in various vascular territories and pathologies. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and validity of MRI based 4D phase contrast flow imaging for the evaluation of in-stent blood flow in 17 commonly used peripheral stents. Materials and methods: 17 different peripheral stents were implanted into a MR compatible flow phantom. In-stent visibility, maximal velocity and flow visualization were assessed and estimates of in-stent patency obtained from 4D phase contrast flow data sets were compared to a conventional 3D contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) as well as 2D PC flow measurements. Results: In all but 3 of the tested stents time-resolved 3D particle traces could be visualized inside the stent lumen. Quality of 4D flow visualization and CE-MRA images depended on stent type and stent orientation relative to the magnetic field. Compared to the visible lumen area determined by 3D CE-MRA, estimates of lumen patency derived from 4D flow measurements were significantly higher and less dependent on stent type. A higher number of stents could be assessed for in-stent patency by 4D phase contrast flow imaging (n = 14) than by 2D phase contrast flow imaging (n = 10). Conclusions: 4D phase contrast flow imaging in peripheral vascular stents is feasible and appears advantageous over conventional 3D contrast-enhanced MR angiography and 2D phase contrast flow imaging. It allows for in-stent flow visualization and flow quantification with varying quality depending on stent type

  2. Pure and diluted contrast medium in the evaluation of portal venous system with digital subtraction angiography

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    We report the results of intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in 100 patients with portal hypertension. The portal venous system was evaluated; all patients underwent angiography of the celiac and superior mesenteric arteries before surgery. Forty-four of them were also examined after Warren splenorenal shunts. Therefore, a total of 144 exams was evaluated. The authors always employed low-osmolality ionic and non-ionic contrast media (iodine concentration: 300-350 mg/ml). In 70 cases pure contrast medium was injected (20/25 ml): in the extant 74 cases it was diluted with an equal volume of saline solution (osmolality and iodine concentration reduced by 50%). Intra-arterial DSA always visualized portal venous system, collateral circulation, shunt location and postoperative changes. The mayor advantage of intra-arterial DSA is the smaller amount of contrast medium injected, so that local and systemic side effects are rare. According to our experience, it is best to dilute the contrast medium and inject the same amount as in conventional angiography, at the same rate. Other well-known advantages of intra-arterial DSA are quicker execution, less injury to arteries using smaller caliber catheters, and low cost. The major disadvantage of intra-arterial DSA, as it appeared also in our study, is the field size of the intensifier, which in our case was limited to 6-9 inches. This is an insufficient coverage for the whole portal system to be studied, and some contrast medium injections become therefore necessary. An average of 3 injections were given to each patient. This problem reduces the advantage of less contrast medium per injection. At any rate, even though intra-arterial DSA exhibits this limitation, it can nevertheless yield important information in the pre- and postoperative evaluation of patients with portal hypertension

  3. Medical personnel and patient dosimetry during coronary angiography and intervention

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    Efstathopoulos, Efstathios P [2nd Department of Radiology, University of Athens, 20 Papadiamantopoulou Str., 11828, Athens (Greece); Makrygiannis, Stamatis S [Department of Cardiology, Athens Euroclinic, 9 Athanasiadou Str., 115 21 Athens (Greece); Kottou, Sofia [Department of Medical Physics, University of Athens, 3 Mikras Asias Str., Athens (Greece); Karvouni, Evangelia [Department of Cardiology, Athens Euroclinic, 9 Athanasiadou Str., 115 21 Athens (Greece); Giazitzoglou, Eleftherios [Department of Cardiology, Athens Euroclinic, 9 Athanasiadou Str., 115 21 Athens (Greece); Korovesis, Socrates [Department of Cardiology, Athens Euroclinic, 9 Athanasiadou Str., 115 21 Athens (Greece); Tzanalaridou, Efthalia [Department of Cardiology, Athens Euroclinic, 9 Athanasiadou Str., 115 21 Athens (Greece); Raptou, Panagiota D [Department of Medical Physics, KAT Hospital, Kifissia, Athens (Greece); Katritsis, Demosthenes G [Department of Cardiology, Athens Euroclinic, 9 Athanasiadou Str., 115 21 Athens (Greece)

    2003-09-21

    Percutaneous coronary interventions are associated with increased radiation exposure compared to most radiological examinations. This prospective study aimed at (1) measuring entrance doses for all in-room personnel, (2) performing an assessment of patient effective dose and intracoronary doses, (3) investigating the contribution of each projection to kerma-area product (KAP) and irradiation time, (4) comparing results with established DRL values in this clinical setting and (5) estimating the risk for fatal cancer to patients and operators. Measurements were performed during 40 consecutive procedures of coronary angiography (CA), half of which were followed by ad hoc coronary angioplasty (PTCA). KAP measurements were used for patients and thermoluminescent dosimetry for the in-room personnel. The mean KAP value per procedure for CA was 29 {+-} 9 Gy cm{sup 2}. Thirty four per cent of KAP was due to fluoroscopy, whereas the remainder (66%) was due to digital cine. Accordingly, the mean KAP value per PTCA procedure was 75 {+-} 30 Gy cm{sup 2}, and contribution of fluoroscopy is 57%. Effective dose per year was estimated to be 0.04-0.05 mSv y{sup -1} for the primary operator, and 0.03-0.04 mSv y{sup -1} for those assisting. Corresponding measurements for radiographer and nurse were below detectable level, implying minimal radiation hazards for them. Regarding radiation exposure, coronary intervention is considered a quite safe procedure for both patients and personnel in laboratories with modern equipment and experienced operators as long as standard safety precautions are considered. Exposure optimization though should be constantly sought through continuous review of procedures.

  4. CT angiography versus 3D rotational angiography in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    Bechan, R.S.; Peluso, J.P.; Sluzewski, M.; Rooij, W.J. van [Sint Elisabeth Ziekenhuis Tilburg, Department of Radiology, Tilburg (Netherlands); Rooij, S.B. van [Medisch Centrum Alkmaar, Department of Radiology, Alkmaar (Netherlands); Sprengers, M.E.; Majoie, C.B. [Academisch Medisch Centrum, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2015-12-15

    CT angiography (CTA) is increasingly used as primary diagnostic tool to replace digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). However, 3D rotational angiography (3DRA) has substituted DSA as a reference standard. In this prospective observational study, we compare CTA with 3DRA of all cerebral vessels in a large cohort of patients with SAH. Of 179 consecutive patients with SAH admitted between March 2013 and July 2014, 139 underwent 64- to 256-detector row CTA followed by complete cerebral 3DRA within 24 h. In 86 patients (62 %), 3DRA was performed under general anesthesia. Two observers from outside hospitals reviewed CTA data. In 118 of 139 patients (85 %), 3DRA diagnosed the cause of hemorrhage: 113 ruptured aneurysms, three arterial dissections, one micro-arteriovenous malformation (AVM), and one reversible vasoconstriction syndrome. On CTA, both observers missed all five non-aneurysmal causes of SAH. Sensitivity of CTA in depicting ruptured aneurysms was 0.88-0.91, and accuracy was 0.88-0.92. Of 113 ruptured aneurysms, 28 were ≤3 mm (25 %) and of 95 additional aneurysms, 71 were ≤3 mm (75 %). Sensitivity of depicting aneurysms ≤3 mm was 0.28-0.43. Of 95 additional aneurysms, the two raters missed 65 (68 %) and 58 (61 %). Sensitivity in detection was lower in aneurysms of the internal carotid artery than in other locations. CTA had some limitations as primary diagnostic tool in patients with SAH. All non-aneurysmal causes for SAH and one in ten ruptured aneurysms were missed. Performance of CTA was poor in aneurysms ≤3 mm. The majority of additional aneurysms were not depicted on CTA. (orig.)

  5. CT angiography versus 3D rotational angiography in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    CT angiography (CTA) is increasingly used as primary diagnostic tool to replace digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). However, 3D rotational angiography (3DRA) has substituted DSA as a reference standard. In this prospective observational study, we compare CTA with 3DRA of all cerebral vessels in a large cohort of patients with SAH. Of 179 consecutive patients with SAH admitted between March 2013 and July 2014, 139 underwent 64- to 256-detector row CTA followed by complete cerebral 3DRA within 24 h. In 86 patients (62 %), 3DRA was performed under general anesthesia. Two observers from outside hospitals reviewed CTA data. In 118 of 139 patients (85 %), 3DRA diagnosed the cause of hemorrhage: 113 ruptured aneurysms, three arterial dissections, one micro-arteriovenous malformation (AVM), and one reversible vasoconstriction syndrome. On CTA, both observers missed all five non-aneurysmal causes of SAH. Sensitivity of CTA in depicting ruptured aneurysms was 0.88-0.91, and accuracy was 0.88-0.92. Of 113 ruptured aneurysms, 28 were ≤3 mm (25 %) and of 95 additional aneurysms, 71 were ≤3 mm (75 %). Sensitivity of depicting aneurysms ≤3 mm was 0.28-0.43. Of 95 additional aneurysms, the two raters missed 65 (68 %) and 58 (61 %). Sensitivity in detection was lower in aneurysms of the internal carotid artery than in other locations. CTA had some limitations as primary diagnostic tool in patients with SAH. All non-aneurysmal causes for SAH and one in ten ruptured aneurysms were missed. Performance of CTA was poor in aneurysms ≤3 mm. The majority of additional aneurysms were not depicted on CTA. (orig.)

  6. Unusual Congenital Aortic Anomaly with Rare Common Celiamesenteric Trunk Variation: MR Angiography and Digital Substraction Angiography Findings

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    Magnetic resonance angiography and digital substraction angiography (DSA) findings in a case with a rare congenital thoracoabdominal aortic hypoplasia and common celiamesenteric trunk variation with occlusion of infrarenal abdominal aorta are described here. To our knowledge, this aortic anomaly has not been previously described in the English literature. DSA is the optimum imaging modality for determination of aortic hypoplasia, associated vascular malformations, collateral vessels, and direction of flow within vessels

  7. CT Angiography of the Coronary Arteries

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    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction & Background: Cardiac imaging is currently one the most rapidly advancing fields in clinical cardiology. Continuing technical innovations are expanding the applicability and usefulness of non-invasive imaging modalities such as ultrasound, nuclear imaging, positron emis-sion tomography Magnetic Resonance Imaging and most recently computed tomography (CT. In 1998, the 4-slice spiral CT scanners were introduced with a rotation time of 500ms a collimated detector width varying from 0.5 to 1.25mm. In 2002, the 16-slice spiral CT scanners were first used for coronary imag-ing. The rotation time and some of these scanners is now less than 400ms, the slice thickness varies be-tween 0.5 and 0.75mm, and a complete cardiac scan can be performed in less than 20s. In 2004, 64-slice spiral CT released into the market. Imaging of the heart requires acquisition or image reconstruction that is synchronized to the motion of the heart. Nie-man et al, irrespectively of the image quality, evalu-ated all branches with a minimal luminal diameter of 2.0mm and sensitivity and specificity of 95% and 86% respectively in comparison to angiography.

  8. Localization strategy for magnetic resonance coronary angiography

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    Objective: To develop a localization strategy for magnetic resonance coronary angiography (MRCA). Methods: In 89 subjects, the standard 4-chamber view and long-axis view of left and right ventricle were acquired using Fast-Imaging-Employing-Steady-State-Acquisition (FIESTA) sequence in CINE mode, and the trigger-delay time for mid-diastolic phase was determined. Coronary vessels including right coronary artery (RCA), left main (LM), left anterior descending (LAD), and left circumflex (LCX) were localized and imaged using 3- dimensional fat-suppressed FIESTA sequence during end-expiration. The reproducibility of the localization strategy was evaluated by taking the standard of coronary segmentation system recommended by American Heart Association. Results: Eighty-six subjects completed the examination with full respiratory co-operation and the indication ratio was 96.63%. Nine planes were optimized as the standard to target the main branches of coronary arteries, and a comprehensive reproducibility reached 100% in demonstrating the proximal and middle segment of RCA (AHA-18, 19), LM (AHA-1, 2), proximal and middle segment of LAD (AHA-3, 5, 7), and proximal LCX (AHA-10). The reproducibility for the demonstration of distal segments of LAD, LCX, and RCA (AHA-9, 14, 21) was 94.19%, 72.09%, and 96.51%, respectively. Conclusion: This is a simple and practical localization strategy for MRCA. It could image the proximal and middle segments of the coronary arteries with good reproducibility, which indicates the potential for clinical application

  9. Comparison of visual scoring and quantitative planimetry methods for estimation of global infarct size on delayed enhanced cardiac MRI and validation with myocardial enzymes

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    Mewton, Nathan, E-mail: nmewton@gmail.com [Hopital Cardiovasculaire Louis Pradel, 28, Avenue Doyen Lepine, 69677 Bron cedex, Hospices Civils de Lyon (France); CREATIS-LRMN (Centre de Recherche et d' Applications en Traitement de l' Image et du Signal), Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, UMR CNRS 5220, U 630 INSERM (France); Revel, Didier [Hopital Cardiovasculaire Louis Pradel, 28, Avenue Doyen Lepine, 69677 Bron cedex, Hospices Civils de Lyon (France); CREATIS-LRMN (Centre de Recherche et d' Applications en Traitement de l' Image et du Signal), Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, UMR CNRS 5220, U 630 INSERM (France); Bonnefoy, Eric [Hopital Cardiovasculaire Louis Pradel, 28, Avenue Doyen Lepine, 69677 Bron cedex, Hospices Civils de Lyon (France); Ovize, Michel [Hopital Cardiovasculaire Louis Pradel, 28, Avenue Doyen Lepine, 69677 Bron cedex, Hospices Civils de Lyon (France); INSERM Unite 886 (France); Croisille, Pierre [Hopital Cardiovasculaire Louis Pradel, 28, Avenue Doyen Lepine, 69677 Bron cedex, Hospices Civils de Lyon (France); CREATIS-LRMN (Centre de Recherche et d' Applications en Traitement de l' Image et du Signal), Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, UMR CNRS 5220, U 630 INSERM (France)

    2011-04-15

    Purpose: Although delayed enhanced CMR has become a reference method for infarct size quantification, there is no ideal method to quantify total infarct size in a routine clinical practice. In a prospective study we compared the performance and post-processing time of a global visual scoring method to standard quantitative planimetry and we compared both methods to the peak values of myocardial biomarkers. Materials and methods: This study had local ethics committee approval; all patients gave written informed consent. One hundred and three patients admitted with reperfused AMI to our intensive care unit had a complete CMR study with gadolinium-contrast injection 4 {+-} 2 days after admission. A global visual score was defined on a 17-segment model and compared with the quantitative planimetric evaluation of hyperenhancement. The peak values of serum Troponin I (TnI) and creatine kinase (CK) release were measured in each patient. Results: The mean percentage of total left ventricular myocardium with hyperenhancement determined by the quantitative planimetry method was (20.1 {+-} 14.6) with a range of 1-68%. There was an excellent correlation between quantitative planimetry and visual global scoring for the hyperenhancement extent's measurement (r = 0.94; y = 1.093x + 0.87; SEE = 1.2; P < 0.001) The Bland-Altman plot showed a good concordance between the two approaches (mean of the differences = 1.9% with a standard deviation of 4.7). Mean post-processing time for quantitative planimetry was significantly longer than visual scoring post-processing time (23.7 {+-} 5.7 min vs 5.0 {+-} 1.1 min respectively, P < 0.001). Correlation between peak CK and quantitative planimetry was r = 0.82 (P < 0.001) and r = 0.83 (P < 0.001) with visual global scoring. Correlation between peak Troponin I and quantitative planimetry was r = 0.86 (P < 0.001) and r = 0.85 (P < 0.001) with visual global scoring. Conclusion: A visual approach based on a 17-segment model allows a rapid

  10. Comparison of visual scoring and quantitative planimetry methods for estimation of global infarct size on delayed enhanced cardiac MRI and validation with myocardial enzymes

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    Purpose: Although delayed enhanced CMR has become a reference method for infarct size quantification, there is no ideal method to quantify total infarct size in a routine clinical practice. In a prospective study we compared the performance and post-processing time of a global visual scoring method to standard quantitative planimetry and we compared both methods to the peak values of myocardial biomarkers. Materials and methods: This study had local ethics committee approval; all patients gave written informed consent. One hundred and three patients admitted with reperfused AMI to our intensive care unit had a complete CMR study with gadolinium-contrast injection 4 ± 2 days after admission. A global visual score was defined on a 17-segment model and compared with the quantitative planimetric evaluation of hyperenhancement. The peak values of serum Troponin I (TnI) and creatine kinase (CK) release were measured in each patient. Results: The mean percentage of total left ventricular myocardium with hyperenhancement determined by the quantitative planimetry method was (20.1 ± 14.6) with a range of 1-68%. There was an excellent correlation between quantitative planimetry and visual global scoring for the hyperenhancement extent's measurement (r = 0.94; y = 1.093x + 0.87; SEE = 1.2; P < 0.001) The Bland-Altman plot showed a good concordance between the two approaches (mean of the differences = 1.9% with a standard deviation of 4.7). Mean post-processing time for quantitative planimetry was significantly longer than visual scoring post-processing time (23.7 ± 5.7 min vs 5.0 ± 1.1 min respectively, P < 0.001). Correlation between peak CK and quantitative planimetry was r = 0.82 (P < 0.001) and r = 0.83 (P < 0.001) with visual global scoring. Correlation between peak Troponin I and quantitative planimetry was r = 0.86 (P < 0.001) and r = 0.85 (P < 0.001) with visual global scoring. Conclusion: A visual approach based on a 17-segment model allows a rapid and accurate

  11. Role of multi-slice CT coronary angiography in evaluating the different patterns of coronary artery disease in patients with unstable angina

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    2015-09-01

    Conclusion: Non-invasive multi-slice CT coronary angiography is a reliable technique of high ability to detect coronary artery disease and estimate the degree of obstruction, number of affected arteries and the pattern of their affection and can be used in workup in patients with unstable angina.

  12. Intravenous coronary angiography utilizing K-emission and bremsstrahlung X-rays produced by electron bombardment

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    The screening of the general population for coronary artery disease would be practical if a method existed for visualizing the extent of occlusion after an intravenous injection of contrast agent. Measurements performed with synchrotron radiation at SSRL and NSLS have shown that such an intravenous angiography procedure would be possible with an intense source of monochromatic X-rays. Because of the high cost of an electron synchrotron, theoretical analysis and experiments using inanimate phantoms has been undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of using the spectrum produced by two appropriately chosen anode materials when bombarded with electrons in the 100--500 keV energy range for angiography. By using the X-rays emitted at 120 degree to the incident electron direction, about 20--30% of the X-ray intensity would be due to K-emission lines. Calculations using the TIGERP Monte Carlo Code, have shown that high quality angiograms of human coronary arteries should be possible with a contrast agent containing ytterbium, if an electron beam pulses of 16 kJ were used for each anode target. The experimental program supported in part by the DOE has consisted of these theoretical calculations and experiments at the Dynamitron Electron Accelerator Facility at BNL

  13. Characterization of rat model of acute anterior uveitis using optical coherence tomography angiography

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    Choi, Woo June; Pepple, Kathryn L.; Zhi, Zhongwei; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2015-03-01

    Uveitis, or ocular inflammation, is a cause of severe visual impairment. Rodent models of uveitis are powerful tools used to investigate the pathological mechanisms of ocular inflammation and to study the efficacy of new therapies prior to human testing. In this paper, we report the utility of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) angiography in characterizing the inflammatory changes induced in the anterior segment of a rat model of uveitis. Acute anterior uveitis (AAU) was induced in two rats by intravitreal injection of a killed mycobacterial extract. One of them received a concurrent periocular injection of steroids to model a treatment effect. OCT imaging was performed prior to inflammation induction on day 0 (baseline), and 2 days post-injection (peak inflammation). Baseline and inflamed images were compared. OCT angiography identified swelling of the cornea, inflammatory cells in the anterior and posterior chambers, a fibrinous papillary membrane, and dilation of iris vessels in the inflamed eyes when compared to baseline images. Steroid treatment was shown to prevent the changes associated with inflammation. This is a novel application of anterior OCT imaging in animal models of uveitis, and provides a high resolution, in vivo assay for detecting and quantifying ocular inflammation and the response to new therapies.

  14. Coexistent coronary artery disease or myocardial bridging in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using coronary CT angiography

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    Lee, Jae Hwan; Chun, Eun Ju; Kim, Yeo Koon; Yoo, Jin Young; Choi, Sang Il; Choi, Dong Ju [Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    To evaluate the prevalence of coexistent coronary artery disease (CAD) or myocardial bridging (MB) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) using coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and assess the role of CCTA. The prevalence of obstructive CAD (> 50% luminal reduction) and MB (partial and full encasement) were assessed in 150 patients with HCM diagnosed by clinical findings, electrocardiography, and echocardiography of 19588 consecutive patients who underwent CCTA for suspected CAD. The overall feasibility of coronary artery visualization was 98.9% with CCTA. In patients with HCM, the prevalence of obstructive CAD and MB (14.7% partial and 28.0% full encasement) were 23.3% and 42.7%, respectively. Age, hypertension, family history of premature CAD, Framingham risk score and severe chest pain were associated with CAD, whereas male gender and septal type were associated with MB (all p < 0.05). In comparison to invasive coronary angiography (n = 37), the diagnostic accuracy of CCTA for the detection of CAD and full encasement MB was 89.2% and 86.5%, respectively. One-quarter of patients with HCM had coexistent obstructive CAD or full encasement MB. CCTA can be a feasible and accurate noninvasive imaging modality for the detection of CAD and MB in patients with HCM.

  15. A feasibility study for compressed sensing combined phase contrast MR angiography reconstruction

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    Lee, Dong-Hoon; Hong, Cheol-Pyo; Lee, Man-Woo; Han, Bong-Soo

    2012-02-01

    Phase contrast magnetic resonance angiography (PC MRA) is a technique for flow velocity measurement and vessels visualization, simultaneously. The PC MRA takes long scan time because each flow encoding gradients which are composed bipolar gradient type need to reconstruct the angiography image. Moreover, it takes more image acquisition time when we use the PC MRA at the low-tesla MRI system. In this study, we studied and evaluation of feasibility for CS MRI reconstruction combined PC MRA which data acquired by low-tesla MRI system. We used non-linear reconstruction algorithm which named Bregman iteration for CS image reconstruction and validate the usefulness of CS combined PC MRA reconstruction technique. The results of CS reconstructed PC MRA images provide similar level of image quality between fully sampled reconstruction data and sparse sampled reconstruction using CS technique. Although our results used half of sampling ratio and do not used specification hardware device or performance which are improving the temporal resolution of MR image acquisition such as parallel imaging reconstruction using phased array coil or non-cartesian trajectory, we think that CS combined PC MRA technique will be helpful to increase the temporal resolution and at low-tesla MRI system.

  16. Clinical application of 3D-CT angiography. The usefulness in cases of unruptured cerebral aneurysms

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    We studied three-dimensional (3D) images of unruptured aneurysms using JETT (Joining exposure translation) CT scanning with a bolus injection of contrast medium. 3D-CT angiography (3D-CTA) was performed in sixty cases with a total of 73 unruptured cerebral aneurysms. Sixty-eight of these 73 aneurysms were identified (detectability: 93.2%) by using the shaded surface display. The minimal size of the detected aneurysms was 2 mm in their longest diameter. The common site of the five aneurysms that could not be demonstrated was the internal carotid artery (cavernous portion or ophthalmic segment) and this technique thus requires further investigation. 3D-CT angiography (3D-CTA) was helpful in demonstrating the complex anatomy of cerebral aneurysms and their surrounding structures. On the 3D-CTA, it was possible to observe the necks of aneurysms from every direction by rotating it freely. This technique will be of value in surgical planning and follow up. Calcifications present in vessels or aneurysmal walls are clearly visualized by using the maximum intensity projection (MIP). Combining a wide variety of 3D display techniques (Shaded surface display, Multiplanar reconstruction, MIP) may become a valuable tool in evaluating cerebral aneurysms. (author)

  17. Evaluation of stenotic lesions in the carotid arteries using ultrasonography and three-dimension CT angiography

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    Indications for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) depend on the severity of carotid stenosis, as well as the surface characteristics of the stenotic lesion. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a diagnostic validity of three-dimensional CT angiography (3D-CTA) in patients with carotid stenosis, and to assess its applicability before CEA. Sixty-four patients with carotid artery stenosis were investigated pre-operatively by ultrasonography (US), 3D-CTA and digital subtraction angiography (DSA). The evaluation of the degree of carotid artery stenosis and its surface characteristics was done separately by each diagnostic modality. Thereafter, the data obtained by 3D-CTA were compared with those of US, DSA and pathological findings. The degree of carotid artery stenosis defined by 3D-CTA correlated well with those seen on DSA. However, arterial well irregularity, ulceration and calcifications were visualized more precisely on 3D-CTA. Assessment of surface properties of the stenostic lesion by 3D-CTA significantly correlated with data obtained by US. Comparing with other diagnostic modalities 3D-CTA provides much more precise information about the degree of the carotid artery stenosis and its surface properties. Therefore, 3D-CTA may be considered as a new alternative diagnostic tool for determination of indications for CEA. (author)

  18. Retinal angiography with real-time speckle variance optical coherence tomography.

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    Xu, Jing; Han, Sherry; Balaratnasingam, Chandrakumar; Mammo, Zaid; Wong, Kevin S K; Lee, Sieun; Cua, Michelle; Young, Mei; Kirker, Andrew; Albiani, David; Forooghian, Farzin; Mackenzie, Paul; Merkur, Andrew; Yu, Dao-Yi; Sarunic, Marinko V

    2015-10-01

    This report describes a novel, non-invasive and label-free optical imaging technique, speckle variance optical coherence tomography (svOCT), for visualising blood flow within human retinal capillary networks. This imaging system uses a custom-built swept source OCT system operating at a line rate of 100 kHz. Real-time processing and visualisation is implemented on a consumer grade graphics processing unit. To investigate the quality of microvascular detail acquired with this device we compared images of human capillary networks acquired with svOCT and fluorescein angiography. We found that the density of capillary microvasculature acquired with this svOCT device was visibly greater than fluorescein angiography. We also found that this svOCT device had the capacity to generate en face images of distinct capillary networks that are morphologically comparable with previously published histological studies. Finally, we found that this svOCT device has the ability to non-invasively illustrate the common manifestations of diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular occlusion. The results of this study suggest that graphics processing unit accelerated svOCT has the potential to non-invasively provide useful quantitative information about human retinal capillary networks. Therefore svOCT may have clinical and research applications for the management of retinal microvascular diseases, which are a major cause of visual morbidity worldwide. PMID:25733527

  19. Relationship between Functional and Structural Changes in Diabetic Vessels in Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography

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    Miwa, Yuko; Murakami, Tomoaki; Suzuma, Kiyoshi; Uji, Akihito; Yoshitake, Shin; Fujimoto, Masahiro; Yoshitake, Tatsuya; Tamura, Yukino; Yoshimura, Nagahisa

    2016-01-01

    The decorrelation signals in optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) are derived from the flow of erythrocytes and concomitantly delineate the retinal vasculature. We compared the structural and functional characteristics of vascular lesions visualized in fluorescein angiography (FA), OCTA, and en-face OCT images in 53 eyes (28 patients) with diabetic retinopathy (DR). The foveal avascular zone (FAZ) areas in OCTA images in the superficial layer almost corresponded to those in FA images. The FAZ areas in the en-face OCT images in the superficial layer were smaller than those in the FA images and correlated with each other, which agreed with the finding that en-face OCT images often delineated the vascular structure in the nonperfused areas in FA images. Microaneurysms appeared as fusiform, saccular, or coiled capillaries in OCTA images and ringed, round, or oval hyperreflective lesions in en-face OCT images. OCTA and en-face OCT images detected 41.0 ± 16.1% and 40.1 ± 18.6%, respectively, of microaneurysms in FA images, although both depicted only 13.9 ± 16.4%. The number of microaneurysms in FA images was correlated with that in OCTA and en-face OCT images. Comparisons of these modalities showed the associations and dissociations between blood flow and vascular structures, which improves the understanding of the pathogenesis of DR. PMID:27350562

  20. Magnetic resonance angiography of the portal venous system enhanced by superparamagnetic iron oxide

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    Purpose: Superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) is used for the detection of focal liver lesions. The current study examines whether the blood-pool effect of an approved substance is adequate for contrast-enhanced MR angiography of the portal venous system. Methods and Materials: Fifteen patients [9 women, 6 men, mean age 57 (34-73)] were examined with a breathhold 3D-FISP sequence (TR/TE/FA; 5 ms/2 ms/25 ) at 1.5 Tesla (Vision; Siemens, Erlangen) during the last third of a half-hour Infusion of a standard dose (15 μmol Fe/kg) of AMI-25 (Endorem trademark, Guerbet Co., France). The image quality of source images and 3D reconstructions was evaluated by two examiners using a 3-point scale. Results: Large vessels (portal vein, left and right branch of the portal vein, superior mesentric vein, splenic vein) are visualized well or adequately in 80-93% of the cases, while this was achieved in only 53-60% of the small veins (vessels of the first order emptying into the superior mesenteric vein and the spleen). Venous arcades of the mesenterium are not visible by this technique. Conclusion: SPIO-supported MRA of the portal venous system yields usable results in the majority of patients. A possible indication is preinterventional angiography together with an SPIO examination for the detection of focal liver lesions. (orig.)

  1. Characteristics of Indocyanine Green Angiography in Exudative Age—related Macular Degeneration

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    WuDZ; WenF

    1999-01-01

    Objective:To observe the characteristics of indocyanine green angiography(ICGA)in exudative age-related macular degeneration(AMD).Methods:Thirty-one cases(39 eyes)were diagnosed as exudative AMD by ocular examination,fundus color photography,fundus fluorescein angiography(FFA)and ICGA.Their ages ranged from 50 to 82 years and visual acuities from FC/30cm to 0.7.We analyzed and compared the characteristics of ICGA and FFA in these patients.Results:of 26 eyes with ccult choroidal neovascularization (CNV)by FFA,15(57.7%)had classic CNV by ICGA.Of 4 eyes with serous retinal pigment epithelial detachment(PED)without CNV by FFA,1 had serous PED with classic CNV by ICGA.The hyperfluorescence of the scar staining was detecfed by ICGA.Conclusion:ICGA adds clinically useful information and is an important adjunct in the evaluation,classification,and laser treatment of patients with occult CNV in AMD.

  2. Coexistent coronary artery disease or myocardial bridging in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using coronary CT angiography

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    To evaluate the prevalence of coexistent coronary artery disease (CAD) or myocardial bridging (MB) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) using coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and assess the role of CCTA. The prevalence of obstructive CAD (> 50% luminal reduction) and MB (partial and full encasement) were assessed in 150 patients with HCM diagnosed by clinical findings, electrocardiography, and echocardiography of 19588 consecutive patients who underwent CCTA for suspected CAD. The overall feasibility of coronary artery visualization was 98.9% with CCTA. In patients with HCM, the prevalence of obstructive CAD and MB (14.7% partial and 28.0% full encasement) were 23.3% and 42.7%, respectively. Age, hypertension, family history of premature CAD, Framingham risk score and severe chest pain were associated with CAD, whereas male gender and septal type were associated with MB (all p < 0.05). In comparison to invasive coronary angiography (n = 37), the diagnostic accuracy of CCTA for the detection of CAD and full encasement MB was 89.2% and 86.5%, respectively. One-quarter of patients with HCM had coexistent obstructive CAD or full encasement MB. CCTA can be a feasible and accurate noninvasive imaging modality for the detection of CAD and MB in patients with HCM

  3. Intravenous coronary angiography utilizing K-emission and bremsstrahlung X-rays produced by electron bombardment

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    The screening of the general population for coronary artery disease would be practical if a method existed for visualizing the extent of occlusion after an intravenous injection of contrast agent. Measurements performed with synchrotron radiation at SSRL and NSLS have shown that such an intravenous angiography procedure would be possible with an intense source of monochromatic X-rays. Because of the high cost of an electron synchrotron, theoretical analysis and experiments using inanimate phantoms has been undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of using the spectrum produced by two appropriately chosen anode materials when bombarded with electrons in the 100--500 keV energy range for angiography. By using the X-rays emitted at 120{degree} to the incident electron direction, about 20--30% of the X-ray intensity would be due to K-emission lines. Calculations using the TIGERP Monte Carlo Code, have shown that high quality angiograms of human coronary arteries should be possible with a contrast agent containing ytterbium, if an electron beam pulses of 16 kJ were used for each anode target. The experimental program supported in part by the DOE has consisted of these theoretical calculations and experiments at the Dynamitron Electron Accelerator Facility at BNL.

  4. Remapping of digital subtraction angiography on a standard fluoroscopy system using 2D-3D registration

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    Alhrishy, Mazen G.; Varnavas, Andreas; Guyot, Alexis; Carrell, Tom; King, Andrew; Penney, Graeme

    2015-03-01

    Fluoroscopy-guided endovascular interventions are being performing for more and more complex cases with longer screening times. However, X-ray is much better at visualizing interventional devices and dense structures compared to vasculature. To visualise vasculature, angiography screening is essential but requires the use of iodinated contrast medium (ICM) which is nephrotoxic. Acute kidney injury is the main life-threatening complication of ICM. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) is also often a major contributor to overall patient radiation dose (81% reported). Furthermore, a DSA image is only valid for the current interventional view and not the new view once the C-arm is moved. In this paper, we propose the use of 2D-3D image registration between intraoperative images and the preoperative CT volume to facilitate DSA remapping using a standard fluoroscopy system. This allows repeated ICM-free DSA and has the potential to enable a reduction in ICM usage and radiation dose. Experiments were carried out using 9 clinical datasets. In total, 41 DSA images were remapped. For each dataset, the maximum and averaged remapping accuracy error were calculated and presented. Numerical results showed an overall averaged error of 2.50 mm, with 7 patients scoring averaged errors < 3 mm and 2 patients < 6 mm.

  5. Detection and characterization of intracranial aneurysms: magnetic resonance angiography versus digital subtraction angiography

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    Objective: To compare magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) with Intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (IA-DSA) in detection and characterization of intracranial aneurysms. Study Design: Comparative cross-sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Lahore General Hospital, Lahore, from January to June 2007. Methodology: Thirty patients presented with aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) and focal neurological signs were selected by convenience sampling. Three dimensional time of flight (3D TOF) MRA using maximum intensity projection (MIP) was performed on all patients along with DSA. Results of 3D TOF MRA were compared with those of IA-DSA taking IA-DSA as Gold standard. Results: Out of 30 patients 14 (46.7%) were males and 16 (53.3%) were females with mean age of 41+-14.1 years. MRA detected 29 out of 30 aneurysmal lesions with sensitivity of 96.7%. Regarding characterization of aneurysms results of MRA were comparable to those of IA-DSA. Conclusion: 3D TOF MRA technique showed a high sensitivity in this study. This technique can be used as a non-invasive screening test for intracranial aneurysms and as a suitable alternative primary examination to IA-DSA prior to aneurysmal surgery. (author)

  6. When is rotational angiography superior to conventional single‐plane angiography for planning coronary angioplasty?

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    Taylor, Jane; Boutong, Sara; Brett, Sarah; Louis, Amal; Heppenstall, James; Morton, Allison C.; Gunn, Julian P.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To investigate the value of rotational coronary angiography (RoCA) in the context of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) planning. Background As a diagnostic tool, RoCA is associated with decreased patient irradiation and contrast use compared with conventional coronary angiography (CA) and provides superior appreciation of three‐dimensional anatomy. However, its value in PCI remains unknown. Methods We studied stable coronary artery disease assessment and PCI planning by interventional cardiologists. Patients underwent either RoCA or conventional CA pre‐PCI for planning. These were compared with the referral CA (all conventional) in terms of quantitative lesion assessment and operator confidence. An independent panel reanalyzed all parameters. Results Six operators performed 127 procedures (60 RoCA, 60 conventional CA, and 7 crossed‐over) and assessed 212 lesions. RoCA was associated with a reduction in the number of lesions judged to involve a bifurcation (23 vs. 30 lesions, P RoCA improved confidence assessing lesion length (P = 0.01), percentage stenosis (P = 0.02), tortuosity (P RoCA augments quantitative lesion assessment, enhances confidence in the assessment of coronary artery disease and the precise details of the proposed procedure, but does not affect X‐ray dose, contrast agent volume, or procedure duration. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26012725

  7. Flow visualization

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    Flow Visualization describes the most widely used methods for visualizing flows. Flow visualization evaluates certain properties of a flow field directly accessible to visual perception. Organized into five chapters, this book first presents the methods that create a visible flow pattern that could be investigated by visual inspection, such as simple dye and density-sensitive visualization methods. It then deals with the application of electron beams and streaming birefringence. Optical methods for compressible flows, hydraulic analogy, and high-speed photography are discussed in other cha

  8. In-vivo evaluation of three ultrasound vector velocity techniques with MR angiography

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    Hansen, Kristoffer Lindskov; Udesen, Jesper; Oddershede, Niels;

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    Doppler US are always incorrect. Three angle independent vector velocity methods are evaluated in this paper: directional beamforming (DB), synthetic aperture flow imaging (STA) and transverse oscillation (TO). The performances of the three methods were investigated by measuring the stroke volume in the......In conventional Doppler ultrasound (US) the blood velocity is only estimated along the US beam direction. The estimate is angle corrected assuming laminar flow parallel to the vessel boundaries. As the now in the vascular system never is purely laminar, the velocities estimated with conventional...... right common carotid artery of eleven healthy volunteers, with magnetic resonance phase contrast angiography (MRA) as reference. The correlation between the three vector velocity methods and MRA were: DB/MRA R=0.84 (p<0.01); STA/MRA R=0.95 (p<0.01); TO/MRA R=0.91 (p<0.01). Bland-Altman plots were...

  9. Value of the CT angiography in the diagnosis of common carotid artery bifurcation disease: CT angiography versus digital subtraction angiography and color flow Doppler

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    Objective: assessment of the degree of stenosis is the central point in the treatment of carotid stenosis. The purpose of our study was to assess whether invasive CT angiography (CTA) is a feasible alternative to the current invasive gold standard carotid digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and the current non-invasive gold standard color flow doppler. Subjects and methods: about 178 patients with cerebrovascular disease underwent digital subtraction angiography (DSA), CFD and CTA. CTA was performed on a Somatom plus 4 (Siemens, Erlangen Germany). CT was performed with 2/3/2 (collimation/table feed/reconstruction interval) or 2/3/1 mm, start delay 15-20 s, flow 2.5-3.0 ml/s, using 120 ml non-ionic contrast medium (300 mg J/ml). Quantification of degree of stenosis was based on the perfused area in the axial slices. Plaque morphology (soft and hard) and ulceration were evaluated. Results: CTA detected nine cases of significant stenosis, which had been underestimated by DSA. CTA failed in two cases of a membraneous stenosis, which were underestimated, and in two cases with teeth artifacts. Calcifications were more readily appreciated by CTA than in CFD. In this respect, both methods were superior to DSA. CFD, DSA and CTA had a sensitivity of 100% for occlusions, respectively. Conclusion: CT angiography is useful in case of inconclusive CFD in the pre- and postoperative phase, and as a third modality in case of disagreement between DSA and CFD

  10. Multidetector-Row CT Angiography of Cerebral Vasospasm after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Comparison of Bone Subtraction and Standard CT Angiography with Digital Subtraction Angiography

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    Lee, Yong Hee; You, Jin Jong; Choi, Ho Cheol; Kim, Ji Eun [Dept. of Radiology, Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Jinju (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Dae Seob [Gyeongsang Institue of Health Science, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Jinju (Korea, Republic of); Ryoo, Jae Wook [Dept. of Radiology, Samsung Seoul Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-10-15

    To evaluate the usefulness of multidetector-row CT angiography (MDCTA) for the diagnosis of cerebral vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) by comparison of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and to compare the bone subtraction CT angiography (BS-CTA) and standard CT angiography (S-CTA). Thirty-three patients who were treated with intraarterial nimodipine infusion for the cerebral vasospasm after aneurysmal SAH were evaluated with MDCTA and DSA. BS-CTA images were reconstructed from the S-CTA and unenhanced CT source images. A total of 207 vascular segments were evaluated. A four-step scale for the degree of stenosis was applied for each segment. With DSA as the standard images, BS-CTA and S-CTA images were comparied. On DSA, 56 segments (27%) presented vasospasm. Concordance between the DSA and S-CTA and between DSA and BS-CTA were 94.7% and 82.1%, respectively. Overestimation for the degree of stenosis was shown in 37 segments on BS-CTA and in 8 segments on S-CTA, but underestimated segments were only shown on S-CTA (n = 4). MDCTA with standard technique seems to be a useful imaging tool for the evaluation of the cerebral vasospasm after aneurysmal SAH. However, BS-CTA is not needed because of additional radiation and overestimation of the degree of stenosis.

  11. MR imaging, US, and angiography examinations in the NZW rabbit with high-cholesterol diet and mechanical injury

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    This paper presents a study to determine the comparative accuracy of visualization of atherosclerotic plaque between MR imaging, US, angiography, and histopathologic examinations. Experiments were conducted with New Zealand white rabbits and concentrated on the abdominal aorta, bifurcation, and iliac arteries.Following baseline MR imaging, US, and angiographic examinations, the animals were entered into protocols to produce atherosclerosis, with a combination of mechanical injury and Purina high-cholesterol diet. The diet, which includes corn oil, molasses, cholesterol, and Purina rabbit show, raised the cholesterol level to 700 mg/mL within 5 weeks

  12. Comparison of CO2 DSA and conventional angiography using non-ionic contrast media in lower extremity angiography

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    The purpose of this study is to compare CO2 DSA and nonionic contrast media angiography in respect to the quality of the opacification of collaterals and incidence of side-effects in peripheral occlusive arterial disease. Sixteen patients who were suspected to have peripheral occlusive arterial disease were performed angiography with nonionic contrast media and CO2 at the same location with the same catheter. The causes of the lesions were atherosclerosis(n=7) and Buerger's disease(n=9). CO2 DSA was compared with nonionic contrast media angiography in respect to the quality of image in the diagnosis of the lesions, opacifications of collaterals and side-effects. In atherosclerosis; quality of the images of CO2 DSA was same as that of nonionic contrast media angiography in 6 patients and was poor in 1 patient; opacifications of collaterals of CO2 DSA were same as that of nonionic contrast media angiography in 5 patients and was poor in 2 patients. In Buerger's disease; quality of the images of CO2 DSA was same as that of nonionic contrast media angiography in 2 patients and was poor in 7 patients; opacifications of collaterals of CO2 DSA were same as that of nonionic contrast media angiography in 1 patient and was poor in 8 patients. Leg pain was the only side-effect after CO2 injection occurring in 4 out of 16 patients. CO2 could be used as safe contrast media in patient with risk factors for nonionic contrast media and for diagnosis of the atherosclerosis in lower extremity. For the procedures such as vascular intervention requiring large amount of contrast media CO2 could effectively replace nonionic contrast media

  13. Digital subtraction angiography in cerebral infarction

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    The usefulness and radiographic findings of the angiography in cerebral infarction are well known. We attempted to evaluate the angiographic causes, findings, and the usefulness of DSA in cerebral infarction. The authors reviewed retrospectively DSA images of 51 patients who were diagnosed as having cerebral infarction by brain CT and/or MRI and clinical settings. DSA was performed in all 51 patients, and in 3 patients, conventional angiogram was also done. Both carotid DSA images were obtained in AP, lateral, oblique projections, and one or both vertebral DSA images in AP and lateral. The authors reviewed the patient's charts for symptoms, operative findings and final diagnosis, and analysed DSA findings of cerebral atherosclerosis with focus on 6 major cerebral arteries. Among the 51 patients of cerebral infarction 43 patients (84.3%) had cerebral atherosclerosis, 1 dissecting aneurysm, 1 moyamoya disease and 6 negative in angiogram. DSA findings of cerebral atherosclerosis were multiple narrowing in 42 patients (97.7%), tortuosity in 22 (51.2%), dilatation in 14, occlusion in 12, avascular region in 8, collaterals in 7, ulcer in 6, and delayed washout of contrast media in 3. In cerebral atherosclerosis, internal carotid artery was involved in 37 patients (86.0%), middle cerebral artery in 29 (67.4%) posterior cerebral artery in 28, anterior cerebral artery in 26, vertebral artery in 22, and basilar artery in 15. Intracranial involvement of cerebral atherosclerosis (64.9%) was more common than extracranial involvement (16.2%). In cerebral infarction MRA may be the screening test, but for more precise evaluation of vascular abnormality and its extent, DSA should be considered

  14. Cerebral angiography in patients with complicated migraine

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    38 patients (mean age: 29 years) were investigated by means of complete 4-vessel angiography: all of them were suffering from complicated migraine without detectable vascular malformation. Stenoses of the great craniocervical vessels were found in 11 patients (28.9%), but there was not a single case of vascular occlusion. A correlation between the localization of the stenosis, the localization of the headache and the presumed region of the transient cerebral function disturbance was found only in a few patients. Concerning the morphological changes of the small intracranial arterial branches, there was hardly an difference between clinically affected and non-affected territories of the middle cerebral artery. The angiograms of the 38 cases of complicated migraine were compared with the angiograms of 40 patients suffering from strokes in the young and those of 49 patients with transient ischaemic attacks. There were remarkably fewer stenoses or occlusions in the great craniocervical arteries of patients suffering from complicated migraine (28.9%) than in the vessels of cases of stroke in the young (52.5%). However, the incidence was comparable with the results in patients with transient ischaemic attacks (34.7%). The degree of morphological changes in the small intracranial arterial branches is likely to depend primarily on the patient's age and less on the diagnosis. The results suggest that in almost 30% of patients with complicated migraine - even at juvenile age-stenoses of the great craniocervical vessels might be found. However, considering the fact that most of the stenoses are without haemodynamic significance and their localization is not in agreement with the clinical data, the pathogenetic value of these vessel wall changes is highly questionable. (Author)

  15. Estimated aortic blood pressure based on radial artery tonometry underestimates directly measured aortic blood pressure in patients with advancing chronic kidney disease staging and increasing arterial stiffness

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    Carlsen, Rasmus K; Peters, Christian D; Khatir, Dinah S;

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    /min/1.73 m(2)) and 41 controls without renal disease undergoing scheduled coronary angiography. BP in the ascending aorta was measured through the angiography catheter and simultaneously estimated using radial tonometry. The mean difference between estimated central and aortic SBP was -13.2 (95...

  16. Transient Global Amnesia following Neural and Cardiac Angiography May Be Related to Ischemia

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Transient global amnesia (TGA following angiography is rare, and the pathogenesis has not been illustrated clearly till now. The aim of this research is to explore the pathogenesis of TGA following angiography by analyzing our data and reviewing the literature. Methods. We retrospectively studied 20836 cases with angiography in our hospital between 2007 and 2015 and found 9 cases with TGA following angiography. The data of these 9 cases were analyzed. Results. We found all 9 cases with TGA following neural angiography (5 in 4360 or cardiac angiography (4 in 8817 and no case with TGA following peripheral angiography (0 in 7659. Statistical difference was found when comparing the neural and cardiac angiography group with peripheral group (p=0.022. Two cases with TGA were confirmed with small acute infarctions in hippocampus after angiography. This might be related to the microemboli which were rushed into vertebral artery following blood flow during neural angiography or cardiac angiography. There was no statistical difference when comparing the different approaches for angiography (p=0.82 and different contrast agents (p=0.619. Conclusion. Based on the positive findings of imaging study and our analysis, we speculate that ischemia in the medial temporal lobe with the involvement of the hippocampus might be an important reason of TGA following angiography.

  17. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography of the abdominal vessels

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    Contrast enhanced (CE) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) provides high resolution angiograms within 20-40 sec. The technique is based on the acquisition of heavily T1-weighted threedimensional (3D) gradient-echo data sets (FISP) with ultrashort echo-(<2 ms) and repetition times (<5 ms) during the arterial phase of an intravenously injected bolus of a T1-shortening agent such as Gd-DTPA. For MR-angiography of abdominal vessels CE-MRA is better suited than 'time-of-flight' (TOF) and phase-contrast (PC) MRA because motional artifacts can be obviated with breath-held acquisitions. We have optimised the technique and evaluated its potential for angiography of the abdominal aorta and its branches as well as the portal vein and its tributaries. Whilst CE-MRA provides reliable diagnostic accuracy in the aorta and the proximal sections of its branches, small peripheral arteries cannot be assessed accurately. The portal vein and its tributaries can often be depicted better with CE-MRA than with conventional angiography but, like conventional angiography, CE-MRA is hampered by slow and reversed flow, conditions under which TOF or 'true FISP' MRA may perform bst. We have also investigated FLASH-echo-planar imaging (EPI) hybrid techniques, a further technical development which due to shorter acquisition times of 12-15 sec. allows semi-dynamic imaging of the arterial and venous phase and provide better vessel contrast due to the use of fat-suppression. (orig.)

  18. Patient radiation exposure during coronary angiography and intervention

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    Fransson, S.G.; Persliden, J. [Univ. Hospital, Linkoeping (Sweden). Dept. of Thoracic Radiology

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    Purpose: To prospectively register fluoroscopic and cine times in a random fashion, and to measure patient radiation exposure from routine coronary angiography and coronary balloon angioplasty. We also evaluated an optional dose reduction system used during interventions. Material and methods: The incident radiation to the patient was measured as kerma area product (KAP) in Gycm{sup 2}, obtained from an ionisation chamber mounted on the undercouch tube during 65 coronary angiography procedures and another 53 percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasties, mostly directly following complete coronary angiography. Results and conclusion: The values from coronary angiography were comparable to other reports with a mean fluoroscopic time of 4.4 min and a mean KAP value of 62.6 Gy/cm{sup 2}. The corresponding figures from coronary balloon angioplasty without stenting were lower than otherwise reported, with 8.2 min and 47.9 Gycm{sup 2}, respectively. The use of coronary stents did prolong the mean fluoroscopic time (10.5 min) but did not significantlyenhance the patient mean radiation dose (51.4 Gycm{sup 2}). The dose reduction technique resulted in a significant KAP value reduction of 57%. In conclusion, with regard to radiation exposure, coronary angiography and balloon angioplasty are considered safe procedures.

  19. Conventional and CT angiography in children: dosimetry and dose comparisons

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    Tremendous advances have been made in imaging in children with both congenital and acquired heart disease. These include technical advances in cardiac catheterization and conventional angiography, especially with advancements in interventional procedures, as well as noninvasive imaging with MR and CT angiography. With rapid advances in multidetector CT (MDCT) technology, most recently 64-detector array systems (64-slice MDCT), have come a number of advantages over MR. However, both conventional and CT angiography impart radiation dose to children. Although the presence of radiation exposure to children has long been recognized, it is apparent that our ability to assess this dose, particularly in light of the rapid advancements, has been limited. Traditional methods of dosimetry for both conventional and CT angiography are somewhat cumbersome or involve a potential for substantial uncertainty. Recent developments in dosimetry, including metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFET) and the availability of anthropomorphic, tissue-equivalent phantoms have provided new opportunities for dosimetric assessments. Recent work with this technology in state-of-the-art cardiac angiography suites as well as with MDCT have offered direct comparisons of doses in infants and children undergoing diagnostic cardiac evaluation. It is with these dose data that assessment of risks, and ultimately the assessment of risk-benefit, can be better achieved. (orig.)

  20. Diagnostic accuracy of CT angiography in acute gastrointestinal bleeding

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    Full text: The aim of the study was to carry out a systematic review determining the accuracy of CT angiography in the diagnosis of acute gastrointestinal bleeding. A search of published work in Medline and manual searching of reference lists of articles was conducted. Studies were included if they compared CT angiography to a reference standard of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy, angiography or surgery in the diagnosis of acute gastrointestinal bleeding. Eight published studies evaluating 129 patients were included. Data were used to form 2x2 tables. Computed tomography angiography showed pooled sensitivity of 86% (95% confidence interval 78-92%) and specificity of 95% (95% confidence interval 76-100%), without showing significant heterogeneity (x2 = 3.5, P=0.6) and (x2 - 5.4, P = 0.6), respectively. Summary receiver operating characteristic analysis showed an area under the curve of 0.93. Computed tomography angiography is accurate in the diagnosis of acute gastrointestinal bleeding and can show the precise location and aetiology of bleeding, thereby directing further management. Strong recommendations for use of CT cannot be made from this review because of the methodological limitations and further large prospective studies are needed to define the role of CT in acute gastrointestinal bleeding.

  1. Rotational digital subtraction angiography of carotid artery bifurcation stenoses

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    Purpose: A prospektive study was designed to evaluate, whether multiplanar imaging with rotational digital subtraction angiography (R-DSA) could improve assessment of carotid artery bifurcation stenosis. Patients and methods: 45 patients with suspected stenosis of the ICA were examined with DSA in standard projections (0 -(45 )-90 ) and additional R-DSA of each ICA from 0-90 in 10 steps. We compared imaging quality and degree of stenosis as well as exposure of the patients to radiation and contrast media. Results: 79/82 R-DSA (96%) were suitable for evaluation of stenosis, 58/82 (70%) matched the quality standard of single projection DSA. Specificity and sensitivity of the R-DSA to diagnose high grade ACI stenosis were 100% and 94%, respectively. 7/79 R-DSA revealed a higher and 3/79 a lower degree of stenosis than the corresponding DSA. Regarding the degree of stenosis there was no significant difference between the two modalities (p>0,05), but R-DSA detected 4 stenoses greater than 60% that were estimated to be lower than 60% by DSA. Radiation dose for R-DSA was equivalent to one DSA run (170 cGycm2). The average amount of contrast media (25 ml) was slightly higher than for 2-3 single-projection DSA (19,8 ml). Conclusions: R-DSA provides high quality imaging of the carotid bifurcation with multiplanar projections facilitating exact grading of vessel stenosis. The number of cases (n=2) is to small to judge the value of R-DSA as to (tandem-) stenosis of the distal ICA. Still, diagnostic value and low radiation exposure justify the use of R-DSA as additional series to standard protocols. (orig.)

  2. Intravenous digital subtraction angiography of saccular aneurysm in rabbits: experience in its applying

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    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of intra-venous digital subtraction angiography (IV-DSA) for visualizing the saccular aneurysm of right common carotid artery in rabbits and to summarize the practical experience. Methods: Ten New Zealand white rabbits with elastase-induced saccular aneurysm model were involved in this study. Both intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (IA-DSA) and IV-DSA via femoral artery were performed with the animal being kept at the same position and the tube at the same exposure angle. The size of neck, the height of aneurysm and the diameter of parent artery were measured, and the numerical values obtained from IV-DSA and IA-DSA were statistically compared by using paired t-test. Results: The mean size of aneurismal neck, the height of aneurysm and the diameter of parent artery measured on IA-DSA were (4.23 ± 0.91) mm, (4.55 ± 1.45) mm and (3.91 ± 0.51) mm respectively, and that measured on IV-DSA were (4.21 ± 0.92) mm, (4.66 ± 1.40) mm and (3.93 ± 0.54) mm respectively. No significant difference in these numerical values existed between IA-DSA and IV-DSA (all P> 0.05). Conclusion: IV-DSA can clearly visualize the saccular aneurysm of right common carotid artery and parent artery in rabbits, and it can be regarded as a complementary method to IA-DSA. (authors)

  3. Multi-detector Computed Tomography Angiography of the Hepatic Artery in Liver Transplant Recipients

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    PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of multi-detector row computed tomography angiography (CTA) in detecting hepatic artery complications in the follow-up of liver transplant patients, performing volume-rendering as reconstruction technique. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The anatomy of hepatic artery was studied in 27 liver transplant recipients with a four-row CT scanner using the following parameters: collimation, 1 mm; slice width, 1 mm; table feed, 6-8 mm/s; spiral reconstruction time, 0.5 s; reconstruction interval, 0.5 mm; mAs, 160; kVp, 120. Before the study, the patients received 1000 ml of water as oral contrast agent to produce negative contrast in the stomach and the small bowel. A non-ionic contrast medium was infused intravenously at a rate of 5 ml/s with a bolus tracking system. Volume-rendering of hepatic artery was performed with the 3D Virtuoso software. RESULTS: The celiac trunk, the hepatic artery, and the right and left hepatic arteries were successfully displayed in high detail in all patients. Side branches, including small collaterals, and hepatic artery anastomosis could also be readily visualized. Volume-rendered CTA detected six hepatic artery stenoses, two hepatic artery thromboses, and two intrahepatic pseudoaneurysms. In two cases, CT detected hepatic artery stenosis with a diameter reduction of less than 50%, while digital subtraction angiography showed a normal artery. CONCLUSION: Volume-rendered multi-detector CTA is a promising non-invasive technique, since it allows images of high quality to be generated with excellent anatomical visualization of the hepatic artery and its complications in liver transplant recipients

  4. Multi-detector Computed Tomography Angiography of the Hepatic Artery in Liver Transplant Recipients

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    Boraschi, P.; Donati, F.; Cossu, M.C.; Gigoni, R.; Vignali, C.; Filipponi, F.; Bartolozzi, C.; Falaschi, F. [Pisa Univ. Hospital (Italy). 2nd Dept. of Radiology

    2005-08-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of multi-detector row computed tomography angiography (CTA) in detecting hepatic artery complications in the follow-up of liver transplant patients, performing volume-rendering as reconstruction technique. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The anatomy of hepatic artery was studied in 27 liver transplant recipients with a four-row CT scanner using the following parameters: collimation, 1 mm; slice width, 1 mm; table feed, 6-8 mm/s; spiral reconstruction time, 0.5 s; reconstruction interval, 0.5 mm; mAs, 160; kVp, 120. Before the study, the patients received 1000 ml of water as oral contrast agent to produce negative contrast in the stomach and the small bowel. A non-ionic contrast medium was infused intravenously at a rate of 5 ml/s with a bolus tracking system. Volume-rendering of hepatic artery was performed with the 3D Virtuoso software. RESULTS: The celiac trunk, the hepatic artery, and the right and left hepatic arteries were successfully displayed in high detail in all patients. Side branches, including small collaterals, and hepatic artery anastomosis could also be readily visualized. Volume-rendered CTA detected six hepatic artery stenoses, two hepatic artery thromboses, and two intrahepatic pseudoaneurysms. In two cases, CT detected hepatic artery stenosis with a diameter reduction of less than 50%, while digital subtraction angiography showed a normal artery. CONCLUSION: Volume-rendered multi-detector CTA is a promising non-invasive technique, since it allows images of high quality to be generated with excellent anatomical visualization of the hepatic artery and its complications in liver transplant recipients.

  5. Data visualization

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    Do you communicate data and information to stakeholders? In Part 1, we introduce recent developments in the quantitative and qualitative data visualization field and provide a historical perspective on data visualization, its potential role in evaluation practice, and future directions. Part 2 delivers concrete suggestions for optimally using data visualization in evaluation, as well as suggestions for best practices in data visualization design. It focuses on specific quantitative and qualitative data visualization approaches that include data dashboards, graphic recording, and geographic information systems (GIS). Readers will get a step-by-step process for designing an effective data dashboard system for programs and organizations, and various suggestions to improve their utility.

  6. Clinical utility of landiolol for use in coronary CT angiography

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    Full Text Available Nobuo Tomizawa,1 Yayoi Hayakawa,1 Shinichi Inoh,1 Takeshi Nojo,1 Sunao Nakamura2 1Department of Radiology, 2Department of Cardiology, New Tokyo Hospital, Matsudo, Chiba, Japan Abstract: Although remarkable advancement in computed tomography (CT has been achieved, heart rate control is important to maintain an optimal image quality in coronary CT angiography. Oral or intravenous β-blockers are used as premedication for this purpose. Landiolol was developed as a β-blocker with very high cardioselectivity (β1/β2 =255 and short half-life (4 minutes. In this review, we report the pharmacological features and usage of landiolol and also its effects on heart rate and image quality in coronary CT angiography. In addition, we discuss the safety of landiolol. Keywords: coronary computed tomography angiography, heart rate, image quality

  7. Cerebral infarction showed hyperperfusion pattern on radionuclide cerebral angiography

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    Four patients of middle cerebral infarctin showed hyperperfusion on radionuclide cerebral angiography and fan-shape accumulation at the area of middle cerebral artery on early and delayed brain scan. In these patients, bone scanning agents such as sup(99m)Tc-EHDP or sup(99m)Tc-MDP also prominently accumulated at the area of infarction. These findings were observed on the study when it was performed within seventeen days after attack, but reexamination tended to show normal or decreased perfusion on radionuclide cerebral angiography and improve abnormal accumulation on brain scans. The clinical diagnosis of these three patients were cerebral embolism with heart disease, but one patient was internal carotid artery occlusion. The prognosis of all patients were very good. The hyperperfusion on radionuclide cerebral angiography of these patients represents the luxury perfusion in the lesion and these infarction has been called hot stroke by Yarnell et al. (author)

  8. Port visualisation before intraperitoneal chemotherapy: Scintigraphy or angiography?

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    For assessing the functioning of intraperitoneal port-catheter systems prior to intraperitoneal chemotherapy, scintigraphy/SPECT and subtraction-angiography were compared. The patient under scrutiny had three port-catheter systems. Two of the three ports were functioning well. However, one port did not function. Via scintigraphy with 99m-Tc-nanocolloid this defective port was detected, but the cause was identified only by angiography. By the angiographic technique, a leakage near the port chamber caused by dislocation of the catheter could be verified. SPECT is a more useful method than angiography, since it shows very clearly intraperitoneal distribution by the possibility of reconstructing various slices. In conclusion, both techniques, the scintigraphic and the angiographic one, complement each other well. (orig.)

  9. Angiography in the investigation of spinal dural arteriovenous fistula

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    The authors present their protocol for spinal angiography in their investigation of dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF). The protocol has been used in approximately 120 patients from 1983 to the present at Bicetre Hospital. The approach is based on the fact that venous congestion is responsible for the myelopathy of DAVF. If the venous phase of the spinal circulation is normal, this alone rules out DAVF as the cause of the patient's symptoms. If there is stasis in the spinal circulation, this is consistent with DAVF, and thus complete spinal angiography is necessary. Complete angiography includes the selective intercostal arteries, including the lateral sacrals, as well as the supply to the cervical cord and posterior fossa. (orig.)

  10. Fractional flow reserve versus angiography for guiding percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Tonino, Pim A L; De Bruyne, Bernard; Pijls, Nico H J;

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In patients with multivessel coronary artery disease who are undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), coronary angiography is the standard method for guiding the placement of the stent. It is unclear whether routine measurement of fractional flow reserve (FFR; the ratio...... of maximal blood flow in a stenotic artery to normal maximal flow), in addition to angiography, improves outcomes. METHODS: In 20 medical centers in the United States and Europe, we randomly assigned 1005 patients with multivessel coronary artery disease to undergo PCI with implantation of drug...... in the angiography group were free from angina at 1 year, as compared with 81% of patients in the FFR group (P=0.20). CONCLUSIONS: Routine measurement of FFR in patients with multivessel coronary artery disease who are undergoing PCI with drug-eluting stents significantly reduces the rate of the composite end point...

  11. Digital subtraction angiography in patients with central vertigo

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    Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) is a recently developed non-invasive intravenous angiography which has become possible through real time digital subtraction of x-ray transmission data from an image intensifier and television system. The output signals of the image intensifier-television camera system are digitized by an analog-digital converter. The digital information, 512x512 pixels and 9 bits deep, is fed into the image processing assembly after logarithmic amplification, where 2-8 frames are added and subtracted from mask images for the final digital images. Intravenous digital subtraction angiography was performed in 21 patients with intractable dizzy spells of central origin resistant to treatment. These patients showed some signs of CNS disturbance, although there were no significant findings on CT scans. Surprisingly, findings were abnormal in 14 of 21 patients (66.7%). DSA is, therefore, considered to be an important aid in the diagnosis of vertigo of the central type. (J.P.N.)

  12. MR angiography of the central nervous system in pediatric patients

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    This paper defines the role of both time-of-flight (TOF) and phase-contrast MR angiography in pediatric neuroimaging. MR angiographic techniques included two- and three-dimensional TOF and two- and three-dimensional phase contrast MR angiography in 30 patients. Reprojections were done with a maximum-intensity-pixel algorithm. MR angiograms were reviewed retrospectively with spin-echo images (10 cases) and/or conventional angiograms (20 cases). MR angiography provided additional information compared with spin-echo imaging in cases of sinus thrombosis (n = 5), arterial thrombosis (n = 2), arterial stenosis (n = 5), aneurysm evaluation (n = 3), vascular pathology exclusion (n = 5) and preoperative cortical venous mapping (n = 7). Stationary tissue signal suppression was better achieved with two-dimensional than with three-dimensional TOF images. Signal shine through in two cases of hemorrhage created pitfalls in interpreting the flow on TOF images

  13. CT angiography with three-dimensional techniques for the early diagnosis of intracranial aneurysms. Comparison with intra-arterial DSA and the surgical findings

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    Karamessini, Maria T.; Kagadis, George C.; Petsas, Theodore; Karnabatidis, Dimitrios; Konstantinou, Dimitrios; Sakellaropoulos, George C.; Nikiforidis, George C.; Siablis, Dimitrios E-mail: siablis@med.upatras.gr

    2004-03-01

    aneurysms, remain problematic. The delineating features of each aneurysm are better depicted with CTA due to 3D visualization. The use of digital subtraction angiography as a diagnostic tool can be limited in equivocal cases.

  14. Statistical coronary motion models for 2D+t/3D registration of X-ray coronary angiography and CTA

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    Baka, N.; Metz, C.T.; Schultz, C.;

    2013-01-01

    Accurate alignment of intra-operative X-ray coronary angiography (XA) and pre-operative cardiac CT angiography (CTA) may improve procedural success rates of minimally invasive coronary interventions for patients with chronic total occlusions. It was previously shown that incorporating patient...... motion models to provide constraints for the 2D+t/3D registration. We propose a methodology for building statistical motion models of the coronary arteries from a training population of 4D CTA datasets. We compare the 2D+t/3D registration performance of the proposed statistical models with other motion...... estimates, including the patient specific motion extracted from 4D CTA, the mean motion of a population, the predicted motion based on the cardiac shape. The coronary motion models, constructed on a training set of 150 patients, had a generalization accuracy of 1mm root mean square point-to-point distance...

  15. Visual imagery without visual perception?

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    Helder Bértolo

    2005-01-01

    The question regarding visual imagery and visual perception remain an open issue. Many studies have tried to understand if the two processes share the same mechanisms or if they are independent, using different neural substrates. Most research has been directed towards the need of activation of primary visual areas during imagery. Here we review some of the works providing evidence for both claims. It seems that studying visual imagery in blind subjects can be us...

  16. Coronary CT angiography: automatic cardiac-phase selection for image reconstruction

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    Ruzsics, Balazs; Brothers, Robin L.; Costello, Philip [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Gebregziabher, Mulugeta [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology, Charleston, SC (United States); Lee, Heon [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Seoul Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Allmendinger, Thomas; Vogt, Sebastian [Siemens Medical Solutions, Division CT, Forchheim (Germany); Schoepf, U.J. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Cardiology, Charleston, SC (United States)

    2009-08-15

    We evaluated an algorithm for automatic selection of the cardiac phase with the least motion for image reconstruction at coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CCTA). We analyzed data of 100 patients (49 female, mean age 59 years) who had undergone retrospectively ECG-gated CCTA. Two experienced observers visually identified the most suitable end-systolic and end-diastolic phases using a series of image reconstructions in 5% increments across the RR cycle. The same data were then reconstructed using an automatic phase finding algorithm based on a 4D weighting function of cardiac motion. On average, the algorithm determined the most suitable systolic reconstruction phase at 40.11{+-}6.29% RR compared with 40.07{+-}5.58% RR by the human observers (p=NS). The most suitable diastolic phase was found at 72.71{+-}7.37% RR by the automatic algorithm, compared with 76.43{+-}6.35% RR by the observers (p<0.05). No statistically significant difference was found between automatically and visually determined reconstruction phases regarding motion and stair-step artifacts in either systole or diastole (p>0.05). Thus, there appears to be no relevant difference between an automatic phase finding algorithm and visual selection by experienced observers for determining the phase with the least cardiac motion for CCTA image reconstruction. The use of automatic phase finding may therefore facilitate the performance of cardiac CT and reduce human error. (orig.)

  17. Optimal iodine dose for 3-dimensional multidetector-row CT angiography of the liver

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    Purpose: To clarify the optimal iodine dose of contrast material for 3-dimensional multidetector-row CT angiography (3D-MDCTA) of the venous vasculature of the liver using volume rendering technique. Materials and methods: This study included 103 patients who were randomly assigned to 5 contrast-enhanced MDCT protocol groups with different body-weight-tailored doses of contrast material: 500, 600, 630, 650, and 700 mgI/kg body weight. The arterial, portal, and hepatic parenchymal phases were obtained to evaluate enhancement values of the aorta, portal vein, and hepatic vein. Visualization of the portal and hepatic veins on the volume-rendering images of 3D-MDCTA was evaluated using a 5-point grade. Dunnett's test was used to compare the mean enhancement value and mean grades of image quality (700 mgI/kg dose group was control). Results: The mean enhancement values of portal and hepatic vein in the group with 500 and 600 mgI/kg were significantly lower than those of the control group. During visual assessment, a significantly lower mean grades were observed in 500 mgI/kg groups for the portal vein, and 500 and 600 mgI/kg groups for hepatic vein. There were no significant intergroup differences in mean enhancement values and visual assessment among the groups using 630 mgI/kg or more. Conclusion: Iodine doses of 630 mgI/kg was recommended for 3D-MDCTA

  18. Dual-energy digital subtraction angiography using characteristic radiation and K-edge filtration

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    Dual-Energy Digital-Subtraction Angiography (DEDSA) is an improved technique for visualizing contrast-filled structures that could be applied in all cases where contrast imaging is currently used and which would allow for improved visualization with lower iodine doses. In this work, DEDSA images have been acquired of phantom subjects using a patented Kα x-ray source that relies on novel anode coatings and k-edge filters to enhance the sensitivity to iodine while removing tissue and bone features from the image. It has been demonstrated that concentrations as small as 2.8 mg/cm2 within 12.5 cm tissue equivalent can be detected (SNR = 1) with essentially perfect cancellation of tissue and bone artifacts. Such a system would be of great use for obtaining subtracted arteriograms and for visualizing arterial stints and balloons in the heart and elsewhere in the body. Since the images are acquired at high speed, artifacts due to tissue motion can be entirely avoided. Patient dose requirements are similar to that used for present-day procedures

  19. Optimization of Ecg Gating in Quantitative Femoral Angiography

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    Purpose: To determine which phase of the heart cycle would yield the highest reproducibility in measuring atherosclerosis-related variables such as arterial lumen volume and edge roughness. Material and Methods: 35 patients with hypercholesterolemia underwent select ive femoral angiography, repeated four times at 10-min intervals. The angiographies were performed with Ecg-gated exposures. In angiographies 1 and 2 the delay from R-wave maximum to each exposure was 0.1 s, in angiographies 3 and 4 the delay was 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 or 0.7 s or the exposures were performed 1/s without Ecg gating. Arterial lumen volume and edge roughness were measured in a 20-cm segment of the superficial femoral artery using a computer-based densitometric method. Measurement reproducibility was determined by comparing angiographies 1-2 and angiographies 3-4. Results: When measuring arterial lumen volume and edge roughness of a 20-cm segment of the femoral artery, reproducibility was not dependent on Ecg gating. In measuring single arterial diameters and cross-sectional areas, the reproducibility was better when exposures were made 0.1 s after the R-wave maximum than when using other settings of the Ecg gating device or without Ecg gating. Conclusion: The influence of pulsatile flow upon quantitative measurement in femoral angiograms seems to be the smallest possible in early systole, as can be demonstrated when measuring single diameters and cross-sectional areas. In variables based on integration over longer segments, measurement reproducibility seems to be independent of phase

  20. Optimization of Ecg Gating in Quantitative Femoral Angiography

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    Nilsson, S.; Berglund, I.; Erikson, U. [Univ. Hospital, Uppsala (Sweden). Dept. of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology; Johansson, J.; Walldius, G. [Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden). King Gustav V Research Inst.

    2003-09-01

    Purpose: To determine which phase of the heart cycle would yield the highest reproducibility in measuring atherosclerosis-related variables such as arterial lumen volume and edge roughness. Material and Methods: 35 patients with hypercholesterolemia underwent select ive femoral angiography, repeated four times at 10-min intervals. The angiographies were performed with Ecg-gated exposures. In angiographies 1 and 2 the delay from R-wave maximum to each exposure was 0.1 s, in angiographies 3 and 4 the delay was 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 or 0.7 s or the exposures were performed 1/s without Ecg gating. Arterial lumen volume and edge roughness were measured in a 20-cm segment of the superficial femoral artery using a computer-based densitometric method. Measurement reproducibility was determined by comparing angiographies 1-2 and angiographies 3-4. Results: When measuring arterial lumen volume and edge roughness of a 20-cm segment of the femoral artery, reproducibility was not dependent on Ecg gating. In measuring single arterial diameters and cross-sectional areas, the reproducibility was better when exposures were made 0.1 s after the R-wave maximum than when using other settings of the Ecg gating device or without Ecg gating. Conclusion: The influence of pulsatile flow upon quantitative measurement in femoral angiograms seems to be the smallest possible in early systole, as can be demonstrated when measuring single diameters and cross-sectional areas. In variables based on integration over longer segments, measurement reproducibility seems to be independent of phase.

  1. Wounded penetrating to neck: Angiotomography helical vs conventional Angiography

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    Purpose: to determine the diagnostic potential of helical CT angiography (HCTA) in the assessment of arterial injuries resulting from penetrating neck trauma. Materials and methods: forty-seven adult patients with penetrating neck trauma who were referred for angiographic evaluation of suspected arterial injuries were included in the study. All patients underwent both conventional angiography and HCTA within 1 hour, our protocol included a 100 cc nonionic contrast bolus automatically injected at 4.5 cc/sec, with 11 sec scan delay. Scan parameters were: 120 kV, 200 mAs, slice thickness 3 mm and table speed 4 mm/sec. the volumetric data set was reconstructed retrospectively at 1 mm intervals. Three-dimensional and two-dimensional reconstructions were performed at a separate workstation. Two radiologists who were blinded to clinical and angiographic data interpreted the images. HCTA findings were compared with those of conventional angiography and surgery. Results: eight patients (17%) had carotid artery injuries: internal carotid artery occlusion (n=2), arteriovenous fistula with associated carotid pseudoaneurysm (n=1), arteriovenous fistula with vertebral artery pseudoanurysm (n=2) and common carotid pseudoaneurysm (n=2). seven of these arterial injuries were demonstrated by both HCTA and angiography, there was one false negative case. in the remaining 39 patients, HCTA and conventional angiography showed normal carotid arteries; therefore sensitivity was 87.5%, specificity and positive predictive value 100% and negative predictive value 97.5%. Conclusion: our initial experience indicates that helical CT angiography is an adequate non-invasive diagnostic method for the evaluation of patients with suspected arterial injuries resulting from penetrating trauma to the neck

  2. Visual Language in Visual Communication

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    Jia Wang

    2009-01-01

    In visual communication the design information is mainly communicated by visual language, the correct use of which is the standard of evaluation of a graphic design composition. Therefore it is necessary to understand and percept visual language properly. It will be helpful for viewers to percept the desired information from the designer as well as the significance within the work.

  3. Usefulness of CT angiography in diagnosing acute gastrointestinal bleeding:A meta-analysis

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    AIM: To analyze the accuracy of computed tomography (CT) angiography in the diagnosis of acute gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. METHODS: The MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cancerlit, Cochrane Library database, Sciencedirect, Springerlink and Scopus, from January 1995 to December 2009, were searched for studies evaluating the accuracy of CT angiography in diagnosing acute GI bleeding. Studies were included if the ycompared CT angiography to a reference standard of upper GI endoscopy, colonoscopy, angiography or surgery in ...

  4. The Impact of Aromatherapy on the Anxiety of Patients Experiencing Coronary Angiography

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    Homeyra Tahmasbi; Ghahraman Mahmoodi; Vahid Mokhberi; Soghra Hassani; Homeyra Akbarzadeh; Niloofar Rahnamai

    2012-01-01

    Background: Anxiety among patients experiencing coronary angiography increases within invasive studies including angiography. Anxiety as an intensifier at cardiovascular reactions can endanger patients in angiography clinics. Studies indicate that lavendula spica L. inhalation can decrease anxiety. The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of aromatherapy on the anxiety level of patients experiencing coronary angiography. Materials and Methods: This research is a clinical trial st...

  5. Digital subtraction angiography in head and neck radiology

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    Carmody, R.F.; Seeger, J.F.; Smith, R.L.; Horsley, W.W.; Miller, R.W.

    1984-07-01

    Intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IVDSA) was used to evaluate 44 patients with suspected otolaryngologic abnormalities. Sixteen had IVDSA for pulsatile tinnitus or suspected glomus tumor of the petrous bone. Nine patients were evaluated because of pulsatile neck masses, and 12 others had suspected tumors of the neck, face, and paranasal sinuses. Seven had IVDSA following head and neck trauma. The technique of examination is described. The current indications of IVDSA in head and neck radiology are discussed. It is concluded that IVDSA is a suitable substitute for conventional angiography for many otolaryngologic conditions and, because of its safety, can be used more liberally.

  6. Digital subtraction angiography for breast diseases

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    We performed digital subtraction angiography (DSA) via arteries (IA-DSA) and veins (IV-DSA) on 42 patients with breast diseases to investigate its availability. The findings by DSA in cases with breast cancer included: tumor stains, hypervascularity and tortuosity, enlarged blood vessels, encasement and pooling. Metastatic lymph nodes and daughter nodules were also recognized by DSA. In benign tumors of the breast, a tumor stain was observed only in one case of fibroadenoma; otherwise no remarkable changes were noticed. The incidence of signs in cases with breast cancer using IA-DSA was 65 % for hypervascularity, 59 % for tumor stain, 41 % for vascular tortuosity and 41 % for enlargement of vessels. IV-DSA, on the contrary, revealed less incidences. However, tumor stain was seen frequently, and hypervascularity was seldom observed. The number of signs out of the abovementioned six appearing in each case was tabulated. With IA-DSA, there were 5 signs noted in 2 cases, but the majority had fewer: 4 cases in 4 cases and only 2 signs in 4 cases. There were no signs evident in 18 % of the cases. The incidence of the appearance of signs with IV-DSA was lower: there were no signs in 36 % of the cases. Therefore, the diagnostic accuracy of IA-DSA seemed to be fairly good in comparison with that of IV-DSA. The rate of appearance of abnormal signs was also examined, according to the size of the tumors. In IA-DSA, T1 breast cancers revealed malignant signs in 80 % of the cases, in T2 there were such signs 75 % and 100 % of the T3 cases exhibited malignant signs, for an overall average of 82 %. In IV-DSA, T1 showed 33 %, T2 showed 70 %, and T3, 1 out of 1 case, showed malignant signs, 64 % altogether. It was the bigger the tumor, the larger the number of signs. The smallest breast cancer that exhibited abnormality in DSA was 1.0 x 0.7 cm in size. (J.P.N.)

  7. Clinical application of magnetic resonance angiography for coronary arteries. Correlation with conventional angiography and evaluation of imaging time

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    Nitatori, Toshiaki; Hanaoka, Hideto; Yoshino, Ayako [Kyorin Univ., Mitaka, Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine] [and others

    1995-08-01

    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of the coronary arteries is a particularly difficult task because of the small size of the vessels and cardio-respiratory motion. The authors describe a method of performing of ultrafast MRA of the coronary arteries with a standard MR system and body coil. Each image was obtained within a single breath hold by `segmented Turbo FLASH` sequences using an electro-cardiography gate. Clinical application was performed in 20 patients with ischemic heart disease, and a comparison was made with conventional coronary angiography. The imaging time was shortened significantly by our methods. The diagnosis was made by at least two different images to avoid false positives. The results indicated a good correlation between MRA and conventional angiography. (author).

  8. Visual imagery without visual perception?

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    Helder Bértolo

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The question regarding visual imagery and visual perception remain an open issue. Many studies have tried to understand if the two processes share the same mechanisms or if they are independent, using different neural substrates. Most research has been directed towards the need of activation of primary visual areas during imagery. Here we review some of the works providing evidence for both claims. It seems that studying visual imagery in blind subjects can be used as a way of answering some of those questions, namely if it is possible to have visual imagery without visual perception. We present results from the work of our group using visual activation in dreams and its relation with EEG’s spectral components, showing that congenitally blind have visual contents in their dreams and are able to draw them; furthermore their Visual Activation Index is negatively correlated with EEG alpha power. This study supports the hypothesis that it is possible to have visual imagery without visual experience.

  9. The usefulness of ICG video angiography in the surgical treatment of superior cluneal nerve entrapment neuropathy: technical note.

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    Kim, Kyongsong; Isu, Toyohiko; Chiba, Yasuhiro; Morimoto, Daijiro; Ohtsubo, Seiji; Kusano, Mitsuo; Kobayashi, Shiro; Morita, Akio

    2013-11-01

    Superior cluneal nerve (SCN) entrapment neuropathy is a known cause of low back pain. Although surgical release at the entrapment point of the osteofibrous orifice is effective, intraoperative identification of the thin SCN in thick fat tissue and confirmation of sufficient decompression are difficult. Intraoperative indocyanine green video angiography (ICG-VA) is simple, clearly demonstrates the vascular flow dynamics, and provides real-time information on vascular patency and flow. The peripheral nerve is supplied from epineurial vessels around the nerve (vasa nervorum), and the authors now present the first ICG-VA documentation of the technique and usefulness of peripheral nerve neurolysis surgery to treat SCN entrapment neuropathy in 16 locally anesthetized patients. Clinical outcomes were assessed with the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire before surgery and at the latest follow-up after surgery. Indocyanine green video angiography was useful for identifying the SCN in fat tissue. It showed that the SCN penetrated and was entrapped by the thoracolumbar fascia through the orifice just before crossing over the iliac crest in all patients. The SCN was decompressed by dissection of the fascia from the orifice. Indocyanine green video angiography visualized the SCN and its termination at the entrapment point. After sufficient decompression, the SCN was clearly visualized on ICG-VA images. Low back pain improved significantly, from a preoperative Roland-Morris Questionnaire score of 13.8 to a postoperative score of 1.3 at the last follow-up visit (p < 0.05). The authors suggest that ICG-VA is useful for the inspection of peripheral nerves such as the SCN and helps to identify the SCN and to confirm sufficient decompression at surgery for SCN entrapment. PMID:24053371

  10. Visualization and analysis of flow patterns of human carotid bifurcation by computational fluid dynamics

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    Objective: To investigate flow patterns at carotid bifurcation in vivo by combining computational fluid dynamics (CFD)and MR angiography imaging. Methods: Seven subjects underwent contrast-enhanced MR angiography of carotid artery in Siemens 3.0 T MR. Flow patterns of the carotid artery bifurcation were calculated and visualized by combining MR vascular imaging post-processing and CFD. Results: The flow patterns of the carotid bifurcations in 7 subjects were varied with different phases of a cardiac cycle. The turbulent flow and back flow occurred at bifurcation and proximal of internal carotid artery (ICA) and external carotid artery (ECA), their occurrence and conformation were varied with different phase of a cardiac cycle. The turbulent flow and back flow faded out quickly when the blood flow to the distal of ICA and ECA. Conclusion: CFD combined with MR angiography can be utilized to visualize the cyclical change of flow patterns of carotid bifurcation with different phases of a cardiac cycle. (authors)

  11. An Effect of Spatial Filtering in Visualization of Coronary Arteries Imaging

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    Kodge, B G

    2011-01-01

    At present, coronary angiography is the well known standard for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Conventional coronary angiography is an invasive procedure with a small, yet inherent risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, potential arrhythmias, and death. Other noninvasive diagnostic tools, such as electrocardiography, echocardiography, and nuclear imaging are now widely available but are limited by their inability to directly visualize and quantify coronary artery stenoses and predict the stability of plaques. Coronary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a technique that allows visualization of the coronary arteries by noninvasive means; however, it has not yet reached a stage where it can be used in routine clinical practice. Although coronary MRA is a potentially useful diagnostic tool, it has limitations. Further research should focus on improving the diagnostic resolution and accuracy of coronary MRA. This paper will helps to cardiologists to take the clear look of spatial filtered imaging o...

  12. Multimodality evaluation of dural arteriovenous fistula with CT angiography, MR with arterial spin labeling, and digital subtraction angiography: case report.

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    Alexander, Matthew; McTaggart, Ryan; Santarelli, Justin; Fischbein, Nancy; Marks, Michael; Zaharchuk, Greg; Do, Huy

    2014-01-01

    Dural arteriovenous fistulae (DAVF) are cerebrovascular lesions with pathologic shunting into the venous system from arterial feeders. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) has long been considered the gold standard for diagnosis, but advances in noninvasive imaging techniques now play a role in the diagnosis of these complex lesions. Herein, we describe the case of a patient with right-side pulsatile tinnitus and DAVF diagnosed using computed tomography angiography, magnetic resonance with arterial spin labeling, and DSA. Implications for imaging analysis of DAVFs and further research are discussed. PMID:23746119

  13. Symptomatic middle cerebral artery stenosis and occlusion. Comparison of three-dimensional time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography with conventional angiography

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    Sawada, Motoshi; Yano, Hirohito; Shinoda, Jun; Funakoshi, Takashi (Daiyukai General Hospital, Ichinomiya, Aichi (Japan)); Kumagai, Morio

    1994-10-01

    The usefulness of magnetic resonance (MR) angiography using the three-dimensional time-of-flight method for the characterization of symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusive lesions was evaluated in 10 patients with MCA occlusion and 10 with MCA stenosis. All lesions were symptomatic and documented by conventional angiography. There was no false-negative MR angiogram that failed to demonstrate the MCA occlusive lesion. MR angiography correctly evaluated the location of lesions and the difference between stenosis and occlusion. Stenosis appeared as a focal signal loss (<1.0cm) of the MCA at the site of stenosis, and occlusion as a complete signal loss of the MCA distal to the site of occlusion. However, MR angiography could not distinguish diffuse stenosis and one point stenosis demonstrated by conventional angiography. MR angiography is a useful noninvasive diagnostic method for evaluating occlusive lesions of the MCA in symptomatic patients. (author).

  14. Visualization Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — FUNCTION: Evaluates and improves the operational effectiveness of existing and emerging electronic warfare systems. By analyzing and visualizing simulation results...

  15. Traffic Visualization

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    Picozzi, Matteo; Verdezoto, Nervo; Pouke, Matti;

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a space-time visualization to provide city's decision-makers the ability to analyse and uncover important "city events" in an understandable manner for city planning activities. An interactive Web mashup visualization is presented that integrates several visualization...... techniques to give a rapid overview of traffic data. We illustrate our approach as a case study for traffic visualization systems, using datasets from the city of Oulu that can be extended to other city planning activities. We also report the feedback of real users (traffic management employees, traffic police...

  16. Value of abdominal angiography in Turner's syndrome

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    Barreto, A.; Castaneda-Zuniga, W.R.; Velasquez, G.; Zollikofer, C.; Amplatz, K.

    1981-01-01

    In patients with Turner's syndrome, there is a relatively high incidence of gastrointestinal bleeding due to telangiectasias of the intestine. Despite the importance of preoperative diagnosis of the lesion in planning surgical treatment. The related angiographic findings have never been reported. We have studied one patient in whom the diagnosis was established by preoperative angiography.

  17. Evaluation of angiography performed by radiographers and nurses

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    AIM: To evaluate out-patient angiography performed by nurses and radiographers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A protocol for out-patient angiography performed by nurses and radiographers was drawn up and approved by the Trust's Risk Management Committee. Following training, two experienced radiographers and one nurse undertook elective peripheral or renal angiography according to the protocol on 187 patients. Angiograms were performed using a 3F catheter introduced into the abdominal aorta from a femoral approach. Patients were discharged after 2 hours and contacted by telephone the following morning. RESULTS: No patient refused consent for the procedure. One hundred and seventy-two patients underwent successful catheterization without assistance from a radiologist. Radiologist assistance was required with femoral puncture or catheter/guidewire manipulation in 15 cases (8%). Images were considered diagnostic by the reporting radiologist in all but one case. This patient was recalled for further aortogram and pressure measurements. There was a single puncture site complication due to transient stenosis of the common femoral artery at the puncture site. This is thought to have been the result of subintimal injection of local anaesthetic, and it resolved spontaneously over 30 minutes. There were no delayed complications. CONCLUSION: Experienced nurses and radiographers can rapidly acquire the skills to perform diagnostic angiography safely and efficiently. Chalmers, N. et al. (2002)

  18. Evaluation of angiography performed by radiographers and nurses

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    Chalmers, N.; Conway, B.; Andrew, H.; Parkinson, A.; Butterfield, J.S.; Fawcitt, R. A

    2002-04-01

    AIM: To evaluate out-patient angiography performed by nurses and radiographers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A protocol for out-patient angiography performed by nurses and radiographers was drawn up and approved by the Trust's Risk Management Committee. Following training, two experienced radiographers and one nurse undertook elective peripheral or renal angiography according to the protocol on 187 patients. Angiograms were performed using a 3F catheter introduced into the abdominal aorta from a femoral approach. Patients were discharged after 2 hours and contacted by telephone the following morning. RESULTS: No patient refused consent for the procedure. One hundred and seventy-two patients underwent successful catheterization without assistance from a radiologist. Radiologist assistance was required with femoral puncture or catheter/guidewire manipulation in 15 cases (8%). Images were considered diagnostic by the reporting radiologist in all but one case. This patient was recalled for further aortogram and pressure measurements. There was a single puncture site complication due to transient stenosis of the common femoral artery at the puncture site. This is thought to have been the result of subintimal injection of local anaesthetic, and it resolved spontaneously over 30 minutes. There were no delayed complications. CONCLUSION: Experienced nurses and radiographers can rapidly acquire the skills to perform diagnostic angiography safely and efficiently. Chalmers, N. et al. (2002)

  19. Magnetic resonance angiography: the state of the art

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    Three-dimensional contrast magnetic resonance angiography has rapidly advanced over recent years. It is now a highly accurate and safe method of diagnosing vascular abnormalities of the thoracic, abdominal and peripheral vessels. We describe techniques for the examination of the thoracic and abdominal aorta, the renal arteries and the lower limb vessels together with strategies to improve their diagnostic accuracy. (orig.)

  20. The value of abdominal angiography in Turner's syndrome

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    In patients with Turner's syndrome, there is a relatively high incidence of gastrointestinal bleeding due to telangiectasias of the intestine. Despite the importance of preoperative diagnosis of the lesion in planning surgical treatment. The related angiographic findings have never been reported. We have studied one patient in whom the diagnosis was established by preoperative angiography. (orig.)

  1. Neurologic complications of cerebral angiography in childhood moyamoya syndrome

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    Purpose. To determine the incidence of neurologic complications of cerebral angiography in children with moyamoya syndrome (MMS) as compared to children without MMS. Materials and methods. One-hundred-ninety consecutive cerebral angiograms obtained in 152 children were evaluated. Sixty of these angiograms were obtained in 40 children with MMS. Patients underwent neurologic evaluation prior to and after the procedure. For this study, a neurologic complication was defined as any new focal neurologic deficit or alteration in mental status occurring during the procedure or within the ensuing 24 hours. Results. There were 2 neurologic complications within 24 hours of angiography, one in the MMS group and one in the non-MMS group. One patient with MMS became mute following angiography. The symptom resolved within 12 hours. One patient without MMS being examined postoperatively for residual arteriovenous malformation developed intracranial hemorrhage requiring reexploration 12 hours after the angiogram. Using a two-tail Fisher's exact test, there was no significant statistical difference in the ischemic (P = 0.3) or hemorrhagic (P = 1.0) complication rates between the group of patients with MMS and the non-MMS groups. Conclusion. The risk of a neurologic complication from cerebral angiography in children with MMS is low and not statistically different from the risk in children with other cerebrovascular disorders. (orig.)

  2. Radiation dose in cardiac CT angiography: Protocols and image quality

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    This paper aims to evaluate the radiation dose exposure of patients submitted to cardiac computed tomography angiography. The effective dose was obtained from the product of dose-length product values and the conversion factor established in the European Working Group for Guidelines on Quality Criteria in CT. The image noise and contrast-and signal-to-noise ratios were obtained for all images. Sixty-four- and 256-slice CT angiographies were used in 211 (68.5 %) and 97 (31.5 %) patients, respectively. The calculated mean effective dose with prospective CT angiography was 6.0±1.0 mSv and the retrospective mode was 8.4±1.2 mSv. The mean image noise values were 38.5±9.5 and 21.4±5.3 for prospective and retrospective modes, respectively. It was observed that the image noise increased by 44.4 % using a prospective mode. Prospective CT angiography reduces radiation dose by ∼29 % compared with the retrospective mode, while maintaining diagnostic image quality and the ability to assess obstructions in patients. (authors)

  3. Digital subtraction angiography in the diagnosis of Fallot's tetralogy

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    The authors analyze the efficacy of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in the diagnosis of Fallot's tetralogy (FT); this method helps simplity and cut down their scope of investigations but does not deteriorate their informative value. DSA findings in 120 patients with TF are analyzed. 5 refs.; 6 figs

  4. Carotid stenosis degree in CT angiography: assessment based on luminal area versus luminal diameter measurements

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    The aim of this study was to investigate CT angiography (CTA) luminal area measurements in the assessment of carotid artery stenosis compared with the current clinically used criteria based on lumen diameter measurements. Seventy-two vessels in 36 patients were evaluated by CTA and digital subtraction angiography (DSA). Two observers measured area and diameter stenosis degrees using automated 3D CTA analysis software. The ratio of the largest/smallest luminal diameter at the level of maximal stenosis (L/S ratio) was used to describe lumen morphology. Diagnostic agreement between CTA and DSA was calculated. For the assessment of area stenosis, interobserver and intraobserver correlation coefficients were 0.898 and 0.906 (p<0.001). The correlation coefficient between the diameter stenosis and area stenosis was lower in stenoses with extremely noncircular lumen (L/S ratio ≥1.5) (r=0.797, p<0.001) compared with stenoses with circular lumen (LS ratio <1.2) (r=0.978, p<0.001). Only satisfactory agreement (κ 0.54-0.77, p<0.001) was obtained between area stenosis on CTA and diameter stenosis on DSA. Assessment of stenosis degree with area measurements on 3D CTA proved to be reproducible. Area stenosis provides a less-severe estimate of the degree of carotid stenosis but might theoretically express the real hemodynamic significance of the lesion better than diameter stenosis, especially in stenoses with noncircular lumen. (orig.)

  5. Evaluation of 3 dimensional CT angiography (3D-CTA) in internal A-V fistula complications

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    We examined internal A-V fistula complications in 6 patients using 3D-CTA and plain angiography of internal A-V fistulae (PAG). Technical specifications of 3D-CTA were carried out with a CT scan unit (X vison GX, Toshiba, Japan) using the shade surface display method. As to visualization of various changes occurring in vascular structures. 3D-CTA was comparable to PAG. Furthermore, 3D-CTA allowed superior visualization of arteries and veins in patients with a large shunt blood volume. Although further improvement of software, in terms of 3 dimensional reconstruction, is needed we consider this a potentially valuable tool for examining internal A-V fistula complications. (author)

  6. Evaluation of 3 dimensional CT angiography (3D-CTA) in internal A-V fistula complications

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    Yanagisawa, Takayoshi; Otsubo, Osamu; Takahashi, Ikuo [Towa Hospital, Tokyo (Japan)] [and others

    1997-02-01

    We examined internal A-V fistula complications in 6 patients using 3D-CTA and plain angiography of internal A-V fistulae (PAG). Technical specifications of 3D-CTA were carried out with a CT scan unit (X vison GX, Toshiba, Japan) using the shade surface display method. As to visualization of various changes occurring in vascular structures. 3D-CTA was comparable to PAG. Furthermore, 3D-CTA allowed superior visualization of arteries and veins in patients with a large shunt blood volume. Although further improvement of software, in terms of 3 dimensional reconstruction, is needed we consider this a potentially valuable tool for examining internal A-V fistula complications. (author)

  7. Inferior epigastric artery angiography applied in the transplantation with the deep inferior epigastric perforator free flap

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    Objective: To observe the effect of inferior epigastric artery angiography applied in the transplantation with the deep inferior epigastric perforator free flap. Methods: Seven patients who had undergone the deep inferior epigastric perforator free flap transplantation, received angiography of the inferior epigastric artery. The value of the angiography was discussed. Results: All patients were successful in angiography without any adverse reaction. All patients were successful in transplantation except one because of personal reason. Conclusion: Inferior epigastric artery angiography facilitates the transplantation with the deep inferior epigastric perforator free flap. (authors)

  8. Case Report of Bullous Pemphigoid following Fundus Fluorescein Angiography

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    Goktug Demirci

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To report a first case of bullous pemphigoid (BP following intravenous fluorescein for fundus angiography. Clinical Features: A 70-year-old male patient was admitted to the intensive care unit with BP and sepsis. He reported a history of fundus fluorescein angiography with a pre-diagnosis of senile macular degeneration 2 months prior to presentation. At that time, fluorescein extravasated at the antecubital region. Following the procedure, pruritus and erythema began at the wrists bilaterally, and quickly spread to the entire body. The patient also reported a history of allergy to human albumin solution (Plamasteril®; Abbott 15 years before, during bypass surgery. On dermatologic examination, erythematous patches were present on the scalp, chest and anogenital region. Vesicles and bullous lesions were present on upper and lower extremities. On day 2 of hospitalization, tense bullae appeared on the upper and lower extremities. The patient was treated with oral methylprednisolone 48 mg (Prednol®; Mustafa Nevzat, topical clobetasol dipropionate 0.05% cream (Dermovate®; Glaxo SmithKline, and topical 4% urea lotion (Excipial Lipo®; Orva for presumptive bullous pemphigoid. Skin punch biopsy provided tissue for histopathology, direct immunofluorescence examination, and salt extraction, which were all consistent with BP. After 1 month, the patient was transferred to the intensive care unit with sepsis secondary to urinary tract infection; he died 2 weeks later from sepsis and cardiac failure. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of BP following fundus fluorescein angiography in a patient with known human albumin solution allergy. Consideration should be made to avoid fluorescein angiography, change administration route, or premedicate with antihistamines in patients with known human albumin solution allergy. The association between fundus fluorescein angiography and BP should be further investigated.

  9. Coronary CT Angiography as a Diagnostic and Prognostic Tool: Perspective from a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial: PROMISE.

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    Bittner, Daniel O; Ferencik, Maros; Douglas, Pamela S; Hoffmann, Udo

    2016-05-01

    The PROMISE (Prospective multicenter imaging study for evaluation of chest pain) trial compared the effectiveness of coronary CT angiography and functional testing as initial diagnostic test for patients with suspicion for stable coronary artery disease (CAD). With 10,003 patients randomized at 193 sites, the PROMISE trial provides a snapshot of real-world care for this very common presentation. Over a median follow-up of 25 months, PROMISE did not find significant differences in major clinical events (composite endpoint 164 vs. 151, HR 1.04 (0.83-1.29); p = 0.75) between the two strategies. Other major findings were the large discrepancy between estimates of pre-test likelihood and observed prevalence for obstructive CAD (≥50 %) and the proportion of noninvasive tests positive for ischemia or obstructive CAD (53 vs. 11 %; respectively) and the better efficiency of coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) to select patients for invasive coronary angiography (ICA) who had obstructive CAD (72 vs. 48 % for coronary CTA and functional testing, respectively). Radiation exposure was higher in the CT arm compared to all functional testing but lower than for nuclear perfusion stress testing. Improvement of patient selection for diagnostic testing and risk stratification will be keys to increase efficacy and efficiency of management of patients with suspicion for stable CAD. PMID:26995403

  10. Implementation of a channelized Hotelling observer model to assess image quality of x-ray angiography systems.

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    Favazza, Christopher P; Fetterly, Kenneth A; Hangiandreou, Nicholas J; Leng, Shuai; Schueler, Beth A

    2015-01-01

    Evaluation of flat-panel angiography equipment through conventional image quality metrics is limited by the scope of standard spatial-domain image quality metric(s), such as contrast-to-noise ratio and spatial resolution, or by restricted access to appropriate data to calculate Fourier domain measurements, such as modulation transfer function, noise power spectrum, and detective quantum efficiency. Observer models have been shown capable of overcoming these limitations and are able to comprehensively evaluate medical-imaging systems. We present a spatial domain-based channelized Hotelling observer model to calculate the detectability index (DI) of our different sized disks and compare the performance of different imaging conditions and angiography systems. When appropriate, changes in DIs were compared to expectations based on the classical Rose model of signal detection to assess linearity of the model with quantum signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) theory. For these experiments, the estimated uncertainty of the DIs was less than 3%, allowing for precise comparison of imaging systems or conditions. For most experimental variables, DI changes were linear with expectations based on quantum SNR theory. DIs calculated for the smallest objects demonstrated nonlinearity with quantum SNR theory due to system blur. Two angiography systems with different detector element sizes were shown to perform similarly across the majority of the detection tasks. PMID:26158086

  11. Visual art and visual perception

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    2015-01-01

    Visual art and visual perception ‘Visual art’ has become a minor cul-de-sac orthogonal to THE ART of the museum directors and billionaire collectors. THE ART is conceptual, instead of visual. Among its cherished items are the tins of artist’s shit (Piero Manzoni, 1961, Merda d’Artista) “worth their weight in gold”. I perceive a metabletic (van den Berg, 1956) parallel to philosophy transforming itself into speculative logic games, and psychology going cognitive by freeing itself from phenomen...

  12. Three-Dimensional Respiratory-Gated Coronary Mr Angiography with Reference to X-Ray Coronary Angiography

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    Ikonen, A. E. J.; Manninen, H. I.; Vainio, P.; Vanninen, R. L.; Matsi, P. J.; Soimakallio, S. [Kuopio Univ. Hospital (Finland). Dept. of Clinical Radiology; Hirvonen, T.P.J.; Hartikainen, J.E.K. [Kuopio Univ. Hospital (Finland). Dept. of Medicine

    2003-11-01

    Purpose: To assess the clinical value of three-dimensional coronary MR angiography (CMRA) in the detection of significant coronary artery stenosis using conventional X-ray angiography as the standard reference. Material and Methods: Sixty-nine patients underwent X-ray coronary angiography and CMRA because of suspected or previously diagnosed coronary artery disease. MRI was performed with a 1.5-T whole body imaging system using ECG-triggered 3D gradient echo sequence with retrospective navigator echo respiratory gating and fat suppression. Results: A total of 276 coronary artery segments were analyzed. The X-ray coronary angiography was normal in 22 patients. Significant proximal stenoses (exceeding 50%) or occlusions were present in 102 coronary artery segments. In all, 120 stenoses or occlusions were identified in CMRA. Sixteen percent of the coronary artery segments had to be excluded because of poor image quality. The overall sensitivity and specificity for MRA for identification of significant stenosis were 75% and 62%, respectively. CMRA correctly detected 89% of patients with at least one vessel disease, but 6 patients with coronary artery disease would have been missed. Conclusions: Because of the high data exclusion and false-negative case rate, CMRA with retrospective navigator echo triggering is at present not suitable as a clinical screening method in coronary artery disease.

  13. Development and Application of Software to Estimate Ecological Baseflow Based on Visual Basic 6.0%基于VB 6.0的生态基流计算软件开发与应用

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    李磊; 徐宗学

    2012-01-01

    In order to solve the problem that there is no suitable platform to estimate ecological baseflow by using different methods,a software to estimate ecological baseflow with friendly interface,simplicity of operation,and integrated 12 hydrological and hydraulics methods is developed by using Visual Basic 6.0.It not only simplifies the estimation for ecological baseflow,but also easily makes comparison among different methods.A case study in the Weihe River basin was carried out by using this software.Results show that ecological baseflows estimated by using different methods are significantly different.Therefore,the average of various methods,13.7 m3/s,is selected as the ecological baseflow and the result of Texas method is regarded as the monthly ecological baseflow in the Weihe River.This software provides a great support for the development of the dynamic estimation of ecological baseflow in the future.%针对目前河流生态基流量尚无统一的计算平台,各种方法的计算和对比研究较为繁琐等问题,使用Visual Basic 6.0作为开发工具,开发出界面友好,操作简单,交互性强,包含12种水文学、水力学计算方法的河流生态基流量计算软件。该软件不仅简化了生态基流量计算步骤,而且便于不同方法之间的相互比较。使用该软件对渭河关中段进行了实例研究,结果发现不同方法的计算结果差别较大。选择8种单流量计算方法的平均值13.7m3/s作为渭河关中段的生态基流量,选择与研究区流量实际变化情况较为吻合的Texas法计算结果作为渭河关中段月生态基流量序列。该软件的开发与应用为今后河流生态基流量动态计算奠定了基础。

  14. Visual Education

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    Buhl, Mie; Flensborg, Ingelise

    2010-01-01

    The intrinsic breadth of various types of images creates new possibilities and challenges for visual education. The digital media have moved the boundaries between images and other kinds of modalities (e.g. writing, speech and sound) and have augmented the possibilities for integrating...... the learning potential of images and visuality from two perspectives: 1) The perspective of digital media which are assumed to form an increasing part of experience and communication from the use of internet, tv and mobile devices. 2) The perspective of culture where images and visualisations are assumed...... to emerge in the interlocutory space of a global visual repertoire and diverse local interpretations. The two perspectives represent challenges for future visual education which require visual competences, not only within the arts but also within the subjects of natural sciences, social sciences, languages...

  15. Effect of change in patient′s bed angles on pain after coronary angiography according to vital signals

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: One of the most common and important diagnostic methods for the detection of heart diseases is coronary angiography. The aim of this study was to determine the optimum angle of the bed by using vital signals to optimize the patient′s position after the angiography. Materials and Methods: This study was a randomized clinical trial (RCT on participants after angiography who were divided into five groups. The first group was placed routinely in a supine position. In the other groups, all of the patients were placed in bed by angle 15°, 30°, 45°, and 60° upward. In each group, vital signals were measured that included blood pressure, percent of blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. All of measured data compared with the pain score has been achieved from numerical pain scale. The data were analyzed by descriptive statistics method, variance analysis, and post hoc tests in the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS software, version 16. Estimation of the relationship was done by MATLAB version 2011. The level of significance was considered to be 0.05. Results: In various groups, there was no significance difference in demographic variables such as gender, age, height, and weight. The mean of pain score, heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and respiratory rate changed significantly (P 0.05. It showed linear changes between pain and systolic blood pressure, respiratory rate, and heart rate changes. A dramatic reduction was also seen in systolic blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, and also pain at an angle of 45 ° . Conclusion: This study showed that, 45 ° was the best angle of the bed to optimize the patient′s position after the procedure, based on his/her vital signs and pain score. Thus, in order to relive pain, this change in bed angle is advised to be planned by postangiography nurses in patients after coronary angiography.

  16. Contrast-enhanced MR angiography in Leriche`s syndrome; Kontrastmittel-MR-Angiographie beim Leriche-Syndrom

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    Link, J.; Steffens, J.C.; Brossmann, J.; Heller, M. [Kiel Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik; Loose, R. [Kiel Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Herz- und Gefaesschirurgie

    1998-07-01

    Purpose: To determine the usefulness of contrast-enhanced MR angiography for the diagnosis of Leriche`s syndrome. Material and methods: Leriche`s syndrome was seen in 7 patients via DSA. In addition, contrast-enhanced MR angiography was performed (T{sub R} 7.8 ms/T{sub E} 2.1 ms, flip angle 30 , slab thickness 116 mm, slice thickness 1.82 mm, 64 partitions, FOV 500x438 mm, matrix 224x512). Results: Diagnosis of Leriche`s syndrome was possible by contrast-enhanced MR angiography in each case. Visualisation of the femoral arteries was not possible in two patients by intraarterial DSA, in three other patients there was an insufficient contrast in the femoral arteries with DSA. Contrast-enhanced MR angiography revealed good visualisation of the femoral arteries in these patients. In addition, contrast-enhanced MR angiography allowed complete visualisation of the patent lower limb arteries. In intraarterial DSA visualisation of the lower limb arteries was achieved reached in only one patient, but was incomplete. Conclusion: Contrast-enhanced MR angiography yielded the correct diagnosis of Leriche`s syndrome in all 7 patients. Contrast-enhanced MR angiography was superior to DSA in the assessment of the distal run-off vessels in five of seven patients. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Untersuchung des Nutzens der Kontrastmittel-MRA beim Leriche-Syndrom. Material und Methode: Bei 7 Patienten mit dem klinischen Verdacht auf ein Leriche-Syndrom erfolgte zusaetzlich zur arteriellen DSA eine Kontrastmittel-MRA (T{sub R} 7,8 ms/T{sub E} 2,1 ms, Flipwinkel 30 , Schichtstapeldicke 116 mm, effektive Schichtdicke 1,82 mm, 64 Partitionen, Messfeld 500x438 mm, Matrix 224x512). Ergebnisse: Die Diagnose des infrarenalen Aortenverschluss gelang in allen Faellen mit der Kontrastmittel-MRA analog zur i.a. DSA. Mit der i.a. DSA konnten bei zwei Patienten die Femoralarterien nicht kontrastiert werden, bei drei weiteren Patienten lag in der i.a. DSA nur ein flauer Kontrast vor. Die Kontrastmittel

  17. Value of digital angiography as a substitute for film angiography in comparison with DSA

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    The authors performed a prospective study to evaluate whether digital angiography (DA) can provide diagnostic image quality to reduce the need for film studies. The study is based on more than 100 arterial DSA examinations that were intra- and interindividually compared with the DA studies of the same arteries. It was demonstrated that DA with the same quantity of contrast medium as DSA is diagnostic in 80% of cases for abdominal, pelvic, and femoral arteries and in 85% for brachial arteries but in only 56% for carotid arteries if an aortic arch injection is performed. For all examinations, image quality with DSA was excellent in 86%, good in 9%, and diagnostic in 5%, with DA, it was excellent in 5%, good in 49%, diagnostic in 22%, and bad in 24% (90% of these were supraaortic studies). The results of this study indicate that it is worth trying a DA study when DSA is nondiagnostic because of artifacts, if a selective intraarterial contrast medium injection can be performed

  18. Helical CT for emergency patients with cerebrovascular diseases. Diagnosis of cerebral aneurysms with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) by three-dimensional CT angiography (3D-CTA)

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    Recently, the usefulness of three-dimensional CT angiography (3D-CTA) using helical CT has been reported. Although 3D-CTA has been applied for neurosurgical diseases, especially for surgical planning, it has not done for emergency patients because of the long time required for image reconstruction and location of a helical CT scanner. We studied emergency patients with SAH, and compared the 3D-CTA with angiography and surgical findings, using TOSHIBA X vigor. Twenty-two patients with SAH were evaluated. The helical CT was performed for 55 seconds with a bolus injection of 90 ml non-ionic, iodinated contrast medium at a rate of 3 ml/sec with a delay of 20 sec. Angiography was carried out immediately after the helical CT. Eighteen of 22 cases were operated on urgently. We were able to create the 3D-CTA in about 7 minutes, and diagnose aneurysms by the 3D-CTA before angiography. The 3D-CTA was able to demonstrate 30 of 31 aneurysms including 9 unruptured aneurysms. An unruptured internal carotid-posterior communicating artery aneurysm 1.3 mm in diameter and associated with a ruptured aneurysm was not detected by either the 3D-CTA or angiography. On the other hand, an unruptured Acom aneurysm 0.8 mm in diameter and associated with a ruptured aneurysm could be detected by the: 3D-CTA, but not by angiography. The 3D-CTA gave us useful information concerning the anatomical relationship of the aneurysm, its neck and parent artery, and the surrounding branches. There were no complications or side effects associated with the helical CT scan. Although the 3D-CTA requires further development of visualization of small arteries less than 1 mm in diameter, such as perforating arteries, subtraction technique of bony structure, and a method for checking cervical arteries, it is useful for diagnosis of emergency patients with SAH and urgent operations. We believe that an operation might be performed by only the 3D-CTA without the angiography in the near future. (author)

  19. Clinical implication of parameteroptimized 3D-FISP MR angiography (MRA) in children with aortic coarctation: comparison with catheter angiography

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    Purpose: To implement parameter-optimized 3D-FISP MR angiography (MRA) with interleaved double-slab excitation and to compare the result with catheter angiography in children with aortic coarctation. Materials and Methods: Eighteen children aged 2-15 years (mean 9.1 years) underwent MR imaging on a 1.5 T body scanner (Magnetom Vision, Siemens, Germany). All patients had undergone correlative catheter angiography. T1-weighted turbo spin echo (TSE) images (TR 600 ms, TE 17 ms, flip 160 , slice thickness 2-4 mm) were obtained in axial and parasagittal orientation, followed by an optimized 3D-FISP MR angiography in a sagittal plane (TR 12.5 ms, TE 5.5 ms, flip 22 , matrix 256 x 256, slice thickness 1.25 mm). All children were sedated but on spontaneous breathing. Image quality was graded by two experienced reviewers using a 4-point scoring system. Source images and reformatted maximum intensity projections (MIP) were analyzed for blood-tissue contrast as well as size and focal stenoses of the aortic arch. Results: Aortic coarctation was found in 13 of 18 patients, using the 3D-FISP MRA. A high correlation value (r=0.96) was found compared to catheter angiography. Image quality was high in 94% with well defined blood-tissue contrast in all cases. The sensitivity of flow and breathing motion was low. Examination time was about 15 minutes depending on volume of interest and heart rate. Diagnostic accuracy has shown improvement using a combined analysis of source and MIP images. The mentioned technique has provided an excellent display of thoracic vasculature. (orig.)

  20. A free-breathing non-contrast-enhanced pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography at 3 Tesla

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    YANG Jian; WANG Wei; WANG Ya-rong; NIU Gang; JIN Chen-wang; WU Ed Xuekui

    2009-01-01

    Background The breathhold contrast-enhanced three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) using T1-weighted gradient-echo imaging sequence is the standard technique for MRA of the thorax. However, this technique is not desirable for certain patients with respiratory insufficiency, serious renal impairment, or allergy to contrast agents. The objective of this study was to optimize and evaluate a non-contrast-enhanced free-breathing pulmonary MRA protocol at 3 Tesla.Methods The time-of-flight protocol was based on a two-dimensional T1-weighted turbo field echo sequence with slice-selective inversion recovery and magnetization transfer preparation together with respiratory navigator gating, cardiac gating, and parallel imaging. Optimal values for time of inversion delay, flip angle and slice thickness were experimentally determined and used for all subjects.Results Excellent pulmonary MRA images, in which the 7th order branches of pulmonary arteries could be reliably identified, were obtained in the 12 free-breathing healthy volunteers. TI of ~300 ms provides the best suppression of background thoracic and cardiac muscles and effective inflow enhancement. With increasing flip angle, the pulmonary vessels gradually brightened and exhibited optimal contrast at 20°-30°. The 2 mm slice thickness and 0.5 mm slice overlap is suitable for visualization of the peripheral pulmonary vessel.Conclusions The MRA protocol at 3 Tesla may have clinical significance for pulmonary vascular imaging in patients who are not available for contrast-enhanced 3D MRA and CT angiography examination or are unable to sustain a long breath-hold.

  1. Micro-angiography for neuro-vascular imaging. I. Experimental evaluation and feasibility

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    Minimally invasive image-guided neuro-vascular interventions require very high image-resolution and quality, specifically over regions-of-interest (ROI) crucial to the procedure. ROI imaging or micro-angiography, allows limited patient integral radiation dose while permitting rapid frame transfer of high-resolution images. The design and performance of a charge coupled device (CCD) based x-ray detector or micro-angiographic camera was assessed for neuro-vascular procedures. The detector consists of a 250-μm-thick CsI(Tl) phosphor fiber-optically coupled through a 1.8:1 taper to a CCD chip, with an effective image pixel size of 50 μm and a frame rate of 5 fps in the 2:1 pixel-binned mode. The characteristics of the camera including the modulation transfer function (MTF), the noise equivalent quanta, the detective quantum efficiency, observer studies, and the effect of geometric magnification were evaluated. The MTF was found to have nonzero (1.7%) value at the Nyquist frequency of 10 cycles/mm, while the DQE(0) had a value of ∼55%. All values were measured using head equivalent attenuating material in the beam at 80 kVp. Human observer studies performed using the 2 Alternative Forced Choice method revealed that iodinated vessels with inner diameter of 100 μm and 2 cm in length can be seen with a confidence level greater than 75%. The observer studies included a comparison with ideal observer performance calculations based on the integral signal to noise ratio in the image. Probabilities of visualization of various objects of interest in a neuro-intervention, such as stents, were assessed. A geometric magnification of 1 was found to be best for imaging under neuro-angiographic conditions. The detector appeared to satisfy all the demands of neuro-angiography and showed promise as an improvement over existing angiographic detectors

  2. Dynamic cone beam CT angiography of carotid and cerebral arteries using canine model

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    Cai Weixing; Zhao Binghui; Conover, David; Liu Jiangkun; Ning Ruola [Department of Imaging Sciences, University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14642 (United States); Department of Radiology, Shanghai 6th People' s Hospital, 600 Yishan Road, Xuhui, Shanghai (China); Koning Corporation, Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, 150 Lucius Gordon Drive Suite 112, West Henrietta, New York 14586 (United States); Department of Imaging Sciences, University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14642 (United States); Department of Imaging Sciences, University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14642 (United States) and Koning Corporation, Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, 150 Lucius Gordon Drive Suite 112, West Henrietta, New York 14586 (United States)

    2012-01-15

    Purpose: This research is designed to develop and evaluate a flat-panel detector-based dynamic cone beam CT system for dynamic angiography imaging, which is able to provide both dynamic functional information and dynamic anatomic information from one multirevolution cone beam CT scan. Methods: A dynamic cone beam CT scan acquired projections over four revolutions within a time window of 40 s after contrast agent injection through a femoral vein to cover the entire wash-in and wash-out phases. A dynamic cone beam CT reconstruction algorithm was utilized and a novel recovery method was developed to correct the time-enhancement curve of contrast flow. From the same data set, both projection-based subtraction and reconstruction-based subtraction approaches were utilized and compared to remove the background tissues and visualize the 3D vascular structure to provide the dynamic anatomic information. Results: Through computer simulations, the new recovery algorithm for dynamic time-enhancement curves was optimized and showed excellent accuracy to recover the actual contrast flow. Canine model experiments also indicated that the recovered time-enhancement curves from dynamic cone beam CT imaging agreed well with that of an IV-digital subtraction angiography (DSA) study. The dynamic vascular structures reconstructed using both projection-based subtraction and reconstruction-based subtraction were almost identical as the differences between them were comparable to the background noise level. At the enhancement peak, all the major carotid and cerebral arteries and the Circle of Willis could be clearly observed. Conclusions: The proposed dynamic cone beam CT approach can accurately recover the actual contrast flow, and dynamic anatomic imaging can be obtained with high isotropic 3D resolution. This approach is promising for diagnosis and treatment planning of vascular diseases and strokes.

  3. Dynamic cone beam CT angiography of carotid and cerebral arteries using canine model

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    Purpose: This research is designed to develop and evaluate a flat-panel detector-based dynamic cone beam CT system for dynamic angiography imaging, which is able to provide both dynamic functional information and dynamic anatomic information from one multirevolution cone beam CT scan. Methods: A dynamic cone beam CT scan acquired projections over four revolutions within a time window of 40 s after contrast agent injection through a femoral vein to cover the entire wash-in and wash-out phases. A dynamic cone beam CT reconstruction algorithm was utilized and a novel recovery method was developed to correct the time-enhancement curve of contrast flow. From the same data set, both projection-based subtraction and reconstruction-based subtraction approaches were utilized and compared to remove the background tissues and visualize the 3D vascular structure to provide the dynamic anatomic information. Results: Through computer simulations, the new recovery algorithm for dynamic time-enhancement curves was optimized and showed excellent accuracy to recover the actual contrast flow. Canine model experiments also indicated that the recovered time-enhancement curves from dynamic cone beam CT imaging agreed well with that of an IV-digital subtraction angiography (DSA) study. The dynamic vascular structures reconstructed using both projection-based subtraction and reconstruction-based subtraction were almost identical as the differences between them were comparable to the background noise level. At the enhancement peak, all the major carotid and cerebral arteries and the Circle of Willis could be clearly observed. Conclusions: The proposed dynamic cone beam CT approach can accurately recover the actual contrast flow, and dynamic anatomic imaging can be obtained with high isotropic 3D resolution. This approach is promising for diagnosis and treatment planning of vascular diseases and strokes.

  4. Registration of coronary arteries in computed tomography angiography images using Hidden Markov Model.

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    Luo, Yuxuan; Feng, Jianjiang; Xu, Miao; Zhou, Jie; Min, James K; Xiong, Guanglei

    2015-08-01

    Computed tomography angiography (CTA) allows for not only diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) with high spatial resolution but also monitoring the remodeling of vessel walls in the progression of CAD. Alignment of coronary arteries in CTA images acquired at different times (with a 3-7 years interval) is required to visualize and analyze the geometric and structural changes quantitatively. Previous work in image registration primarily focused on large anatomical structures and leads to suboptimal results when applying to registration of coronary arteries. In this paper, we develop a novel method to directly align the straightened coronary arteries in the cylindrical coordinate system guided by the extracted centerlines. By using a Hidden Markov Model (HMM), image intensity information from CTA and geometric information of extracted coronary arteries are combined to align coronary arteries. After registration, the pathological features in two straightened coronary arteries can be directly visualized side by side by synchronizing the corresponding cross-sectional slices and circumferential rotation angles. By evaluating with manually labeled landmarks, the average distance error is 1.6 mm. PMID:26736676

  5. Descriptive anatomy of the dominant septal perforators using Dual Source Coronary CT Angiography.

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    Brinjikji, Waleed; Harris, Scott R; Froemming, Adam T; Christensen, Kevin N; Lachman, Nirusha; Araoz, Philip A

    2010-01-01

    Although clinical outcomes for septal ablation in treating left ventricular outflow tract obstructions are generally favorable, a variety of complications have been reported including a high incidence of right bundle branch block. These complications may be attributed to anatomic variability of the dominant septal perforator. We used Dual Source CT Coronary Angiography (DS-CTA) to determine the location of the termination point of the dominant septal perforator as well as the distance of the termination point from the mitral annulus in patients undergoing DS-CTA. One-hundred-fourteen DS-CTA scans were retrospectively reviewed by two observers by consensus. The left ventricle was divided into anterior wall, anterioseptum, and inferioseptum. For each segment, the myocardium was divided into three layers (1) right ventricular side, (2) mid portion, and (3) left ventricular side. The zone of termination of the dominant septal perforator was identified as well as the distance of the termination point from the mitral annulus. The dominant septal perforator terminated in the right ventricular side of the anterioseptum in 86 of the 118 visualized terminations (73%) and in the left ventricular anterior wall in 6 visualized terminations (5%). On average, the dominant septal perforator terminated 26.3 +/- 8.6 mm from the mitral annulus. In the majority of cases, the dominant septal perforator terminates in the right ventricular side of anterioseptum. In addition, there is great variability in the distribution of the termination point of the dominant septal perforator from the mitral annulus. PMID:19918876

  6. Comparison of amplitude-decorrelation, speckle-variance and phase-variance OCT angiography methods for imaging the human retina and choroid.

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    Gorczynska, Iwona; Migacz, Justin V; Zawadzki, Robert J; Capps, Arlie G; Werner, John S

    2016-03-01

    We compared the performance of three OCT angiography (OCTA) methods: speckle variance, amplitude decorrelation and phase variance for imaging of the human retina and choroid. Two averaging methods, split spectrum and volume averaging, were compared to assess the quality of the OCTA vascular images. All data were acquired using a swept-source OCT system at 1040 nm central wavelength, operating at 100,000 A-scans/s. We performed a quantitative comparison using a contrast-to-noise (CNR) metric to assess the capability of the three methods to visualize the choriocapillaris layer. For evaluation of the static tissue noise suppression in OCTA images we proposed to calculate CNR between the photoreceptor/RPE complex and the choriocapillaris layer. Finally, we demonstrated that implementation of intensity-based OCT imaging and OCT angiography methods allows for visualization of retinal and choroidal vascular layers known from anatomic studies in retinal preparations. OCT projection imaging of data flattened to selected retinal layers was implemented to visualize retinal and choroidal vasculature. User guided vessel tracing was applied to segment the retinal vasculature. The results were visualized in a form of a skeletonized 3D model. PMID:27231598

  7. Numerical reconstruction of pulsatile blood flow from 4D computer tomography angiography data

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    Lovas, Attila; Csobo, Elek; Szilágyi, Brigitta; Sótonyi, Péter

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel numerical algorithm developed to reconstuct pulsatile blood flow from ECG-gated CT angiography data. A block-based optimization method was constructed to solve the inverse problem corresponding to the Riccati-type ordinary differential equation that can be deduced from conservation principles and Hooke's law. Local flow rate for 5 patients was computed in 10cm long aorta segments that are located 1cm below the heart. The wave form of the local flow rate curves seems to be realistic. Our approach is suitable for estimating characteristics of pulsatile blood flow in aorta based on ECG gated CT scan thereby contributing to more accurate description of several cardiovascular lesions.

  8. 64-multislice detector computed tomography coronary angiography as potential alternative to conventional coronary angiography: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Abdulla, Jawdat; Abildstrøm, Steen Zabell; Gøtzsche, Ole;

    2007-01-01

    AIMS: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of 64-slice multi-detector computed tomography coronary angiography (64-SCTA) compared with the standard reference conventional coronary angiography (CCA). METHODS AND RESULTS: Based on a systematic search, 27 studies including 1740 patients were eligible...

  9. Visual Impairment

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    ... poorly lit spaces, and colors that seem faded. Diabetic retinopathy (pronounced: reh-ton-AH-pa-thee) occurs when ... that is likely to cause visual impairment, many treatments are available. Options may include eyeglasses, contact lenses, ...

  10. Automatic quantification and characterization of coronary atherosclerosis with computed tomography coronary angiography: cross-correlation with intravascular ultrasound virtual histology.

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    de Graaf, Michiel A; Broersen, Alexander; Kitslaar, Pieter H; Roos, Cornelis J; Dijkstra, Jouke; Lelieveldt, Boudewijn P F; Jukema, J Wouter; Schalij, Martin J; Delgado, Victoria; Bax, Jeroen J; Reiber, Johan H C; Scholte, Arthur J

    2013-06-01

    Plaque constitution on computed tomography coronary angiography (CTA) is associated with prognosis. At present only visual assessment of plaque constitution is possible. An accurate automatic, quantitative approach for CTA plaque constitution assessment would improve reproducibility and allows higher accuracy. The present study assessed the feasibility of a fully automatic and quantitative analysis of atherosclerosis on CTA. Clinically derived CTA and intravascular ultrasound virtual histology (IVUS VH) datasets were used to investigate the correlation between quantitatively automatically derived CTA parameters and IVUS VH. A total of 57 patients underwent CTA prior to IVUS VH. First, quantitative CTA quantitative computed tomography (QCT) was performed. Per lesion stenosis parameters and plaque volumes were assessed. Using predefined HU thresholds, CTA plaque volume was differentiated in 4 different plaque types necrotic core (NC), dense calcium (DC), fibrotic (FI) and fibro-fatty tissue (FF). At the identical level of the coronary, the same parameters were derived from IVUS VH. Bland-Altman analyses were performed to assess the agreement between QCT and IVUS VH. Assessment of plaque volume using QCT in 108 lesions showed excellent correlation with IVUS VH (r = 0.928, p algorithm (Panel I). Using a unique registration a complete pullback series of IVUS images was mapped on the CTA volume using true anatomical markers (Panel II). Fully automatic lumen and vessel wall contour detection was performed for both imaging modalities (Panel III). Finally, fusion-based quantification of atherosclerotic lesions was based on the lumen and vessel wall contours as well as the corresponding reference lines (estimate of normal tapering of the coronary artery), as shown in panel IV. At the level of the minimal lumen area (MLA) (yellow lines), stenosis parameters, could be calculated for both imaging techniques. Additionally, plaque volumes and plaque types were derived for the

  11. Diagnostic accuracy of multi-slice computed tomographic angiography in the detection of cerebral aneurysms

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    Multislice computed tomographic angiography is a rapid and minimally invasive method for the detection of intracranial aneurysms. The purpose of this study was to compare Multislice computed tomographic angiography with digital subtraction angiography In the diagnosis of cerebral aneurysms. Patients and Methods: In this cross sectional study we evaluated 111 consecutive patients [42(37.8%) male and 69(62.2%) female], who were admitted under clinical symptoms and signs. suggestive of harboring an intracranial aneurysm by using a four detector Multislice computed tomographic angiography. Then we compared results of Multislice computed tomographic angiography with digital subtraction angiography results as a gold standard method. Digital subtraction angiography was performed by bilateral selective common carotid artery injections and either unilateral or bilateral vertebral artery injections, as necessary. Multislice computed tomographic angiography images were interpreted by one radiologist and digital subtraction angiography was performed by another radiologist who was blinded to the interpretation of the Multislice computed tomographic angiograms. Results: The mean ±S D age of the patients was 49.1±13.6 years (range: 12-84 years). We performed Multislice computed tomographic in 111 and digital subtraction angiography in 85 patients. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, positive and negative likelihood ratio of Multislice computed tomographic angiography, when compared with digital subtraction angiography as the gold standard, were 100%, 90%, 87.5%, 100%, 10 and 0, respectively. Conclusion: Multislice computed tomographic angiography seems to be an accurate and noninvasive imaging modality in the diagnosis of intracranial aneurysms

  12. Visual cognition

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    Pinker, S.

    1985-01-01

    This book consists of essays covering issues in visual cognition presenting experimental techniques from cognitive psychology, methods of modeling cognitive processes on computers from artificial intelligence, and methods of studying brain organization from neuropsychology. Topics considered include: parts of recognition; visual routines; upward direction; mental rotation, and discrimination of left and right turns in maps; individual differences in mental imagery, computational analysis and the neurological basis of mental imagery: componental analysis.

  13. Contrast agent comparison for three-dimensional micro-CT angiography: A cadaveric study.

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    Kingston, Mitchell J; Perriman, Diana M; Neeman, Teresa; Smith, Paul N; Webb, Alexandra L

    2016-07-01

    Barium sulfate and lead oxide contrast media are frequently used for cadaver-based angiography studies. These contrast media have not previously been compared to determine which is optimal for the visualisation and measurement of blood vessels. In this study, the lower limb vessels of 16 embalmed Wistar rats, and four sets of cannulae of known diameter, were injected with one of three different contrast agents (barium sulfate and resin, barium sulfate and gelatin, and lead oxide combined with milk powder). All were then scanned using micro-computed tomography (CT) angiography and 3-D reconstructions generated. The number of branching generations of the rat lower limb vessels were counted and compared between the contrast agents using ANOVA. The diameter of the contrast-filled cannulae, were measured and used to calculate the accuracy of the measurements by comparing the bias and variance of the estimates. Intra- and inter-observer reliability were calculated using intra-class correlation coefficients. There was no significant difference (mean difference [MD] 0.05; MD 95% confidence interval [CI] -0.83 to 0.93) between the number of branching generations for barium sulfate-resin and lead oxide-milk powder. Barium sulfate-resin demonstrated less bias and less variance of the estimates (MD 0.03; standard deviation [SD] 1.96 mm) compared to lead oxide-milk powder (MD 0.11; SD 1.96 mm) for measurements of contrast-filled cannulae scanned at high resolution. Barium sulfate-resin proved to be more accurate than lead oxide-milk powder for high resolution micro-CT scans and is preferred due to its non-toxicity. This technique could be applied to any embalmed specimen model. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:27075920

  14. Contrast-enhanced MR angiography of abdominal vessels: Is there still a role for angiography?

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    Vosshenrich, R.; Fischer, U. [Department of Radiology, Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen (Germany)

    2002-01-01

    The purpose of this review article is to describe recent advantages in contrast-enhanced (CE) three-dimensional (3D) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) in comparison with other vascular imaging techniques, and to discuss their current clinical applications for the imaging of abdominal vessels. Principles and technical considerations are presented and clinical applications are reviewed for different vascular diseases. In ruptured aortic aneurysms and acute dissections CT is the method of first choice. Contrast-enhanced 3D MRA can be well used for therapeutic planning and follow-up in patients with stable disease. A comprehensive MR examination including CE 3D MRA, MR urography and MR nephrogram has the potential to replace the conventional studies for the evaluation of renal vascular disease. It is an accurate method for imaging the origins of coeliac and superior mesenteric arteries, although the image resolution is too low for reliable assessment of the inferior mesenteric artery. Contrast-enhanced 3D MRA has emerged as the method of choice for studying the portal venous system in liver transplant recipients, in patients with portal hypertension and in cases with abdominal tumours for preoperative evaluation. Additional non-invasive flow measurements are useful in monitoring portal hypertension. The abdominal veins can be well imaged using unenhanced MR techniques. Imaging may be facilitated with intravascular contrast media. Contrast-enhanced 3D MRA can replace intra-arterial DSA for diagnosis, therapy planning and follow-up in patients with abdominal vascular disease. Catheter-based arteriography will still be used for interventional procedures such as percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, stent placement and embolisation. (orig.)

  15. Magnetic resonance tomographic angiography: diagnostic value in trigeminal neuralgia

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    A combination of MRI, MR angiography and MR tomographic angiography (MRTA) was used to study the relationship of the root exit zone of the trigeminal nerve to surrounding vascular structures in seven patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TN) and ten patients with no evidence at a lesion in this region. MRTA is the technique for showing the relationship between vessels, cranial nerves and brain stem. MRTA clearly demonstrated the presence of a vessel at the root exit zone of the trigeminal nerve in all patients with TN. In the ten other patients, examination of 20 trigeminal nerves revealed that only one nerve (5%) was in contact with a vessel at the root exit zone. This study supports vascular compression of trigeminal nerves as a cause of TN, and demonstrates the value of MRTA as noninvasive technique for demonstrating compression. (orig.)

  16. Magnetic resonance tomographic angiography: diagnostic value in trigeminal neuralgia

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    Umehara, F. [Third Dept. of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kagoshima Univ. (Japan); Kamishima, K. [Div. of Diagnostic Neuroradiology, Kagoshima Univ. (Japan); Kashio, N. [Third Dept. of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kagoshima Univ. (Japan); Yamaguchi, K. [Div. of Diagnostic Neuroradiology, Kagoshima Univ. (Japan); Sakimoto, T.; Osame, M. [Third Dept. of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kagoshima Univ. (Japan)

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    A combination of MRI, MR angiography and MR tomographic angiography (MRTA) was used to study the relationship of the root exit zone of the trigeminal nerve to surrounding vascular structures in seven patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TN) and ten patients with no evidence at a lesion in this region. MRTA is the technique for showing the relationship between vessels, cranial nerves and brain stem. MRTA clearly demonstrated the presence of a vessel at the root exit zone of the trigeminal nerve in all patients with TN. In the ten other patients, examination of 20 trigeminal nerves revealed that only one nerve (5%) was in contact with a vessel at the root exit zone. This study supports vascular compression of trigeminal nerves as a cause of TN, and demonstrates the value of MRTA as noninvasive technique for demonstrating compression. (orig.)

  17. The need for repeat angiography in subarachnoid haemorrhage

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    This study was designed to assess the necessity for a second angiogram study in patients in whom initial angiography after primary subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) was negative. During a 12-year period, 122 of 694 patients (17.5 %) had negative initial angiograms. CT, available for 98 patients, showed a preponderance of subarachnoid blood in the perimesencephalic cisterns in 50 of 73 patients (68.5 %) in whom blood was visible on CT. Angiography, repeated in 67 patients, revealed an aneurysm in 4 (6 %): 2 had an aneurysm of the anterior communicating artery, 1 of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery, and 1 of the P2 segment of the posterior cerebral artery. CT showed subarachnoid blood in the interpeduncular and ambient cisterns in this last case, and a preponderance of subarachnoid blood outside the perimesencephalic cisterns in the remaining 3 patients. (orig.)

  18. MR angiography of hemodialysis access fistula. Evaluation before PTA procedure

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    We evaluated the feasibility of MR angiography for hemodialysis fistula. Eleven patients with suspected stenosis or occlusion of an autogenous hemodialysis fistula in the forearm underwent MRA. MRA was obtained using both the 3D-PC method and 3D gadolinium contrast-enhanced (CE) method with a knee coil. The two methods were compared with DSA in seven patients. CE-MRA clearly demonstrated the entire dialysis fistula. However, signals of the stenotic area are effaced in PC-MRA. The diameter of the vessels evaluated in the CE-MRA was well correlated with angiography. CE-MRA demonstrated smaller collateral vessels more clearly than PC-MRA. CE-MRA provided useful information before the PTA procedure. (author)

  19. Cranial computerized tomography and cerebral angiography in diagnosis of infarction

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    Discussion of the radiological means to further analysis of the pathogenesis of cerebrovascular alterations up to real stroke with infarction. Today in the first place computer-tomography even with contrast means, moreover in the form of 'angio-CT' are used. Localization, size, form, and the grade of tissue destruction may be analyzed. Furthermore perifocal edema and the stage as also the effect of vascular anastomoses for a collateral circulation may be evaluated. Invasive angiography with puncture of carotid and vertebral arteries is used only in special rare indications. Instead, digital computerized angiography (DSA) can be adopted if particular interest is in the study of intracranial arteries, even with an 'invasive' approach, e.g. by femoral catheter (Seldinger). In summarizing: For the analysis of particular problems radiological methods may assist diagnosis and therapy of cerebrovascular infarct. (orig.)

  20. Cranial computerized tomography and cerebral angiography in diagnosis of infarction

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    Zuelich, K.J.

    1988-08-05

    Discussion of the radiological means to further analysis of the pathogenesis of cerebrovascular alterations up to real stroke with infarction. Today in the first place computer-tomography even with contrast means, moreover in the form of 'angio-CT' are used. Localization, size, form, and the grade of tissue destruction may be analyzed. Furthermore perifocal edema and the stage as also the effect of vascular anastomoses for a collateral circulation may be evaluated. Invasive angiography with puncture of carotid and vertebral arteries is used only in special rare indications. Instead, digital computerized angiography (DSA) can be adopted if particular interest is in the study of intracranial arteries, even with an 'invasive' approach, e.g. by femoral catheter (Seldinger). In summarizing: For the analysis of particular problems radiological methods may assist diagnosis and therapy of cerebrovascular infarct.