Alexander Dick

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Case presentation A: A 50-year-old diabetic man presented to the hospital after 8 hours of continuous chest pain. Because of acute myocardial infarction of the anterior wall, he underwent direct stenting to an occlusion in the left anterior descending coronary artery. Despite revascularization, suboptimal coronary flow was achieved, and he subsequently(More)
BACKGROUND Delivery and tracking of endomyocardial stem cells are limited by the inability to image transplanted cells noninvasively in the beating heart. We hypothesized that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) could be labeled with a iron fluorophore particle (IFP) to provide MRI contrast in vivo to assess immediate and long-term localization. METHODS AND(More)
BACKGROUND The local environment of delivered mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may affect their ultimate phenotype. MR fluoroscopy has the potential to guide intramyocardial MSC injection to desirable targets, such as the border between infarcted and normal tissue. We tested the ability to (1) identify infarcts, (2) navigate injection catheters to preselected(More)
MRI evaluations of intramyocardial hemorrhage in acute infarction have relied on T(2) and T(2)(*) shortening only. We propose a more comprehensive evaluation of hemorrhagic infarction based on the concept that fluctuations in T(2) and T(1) relaxation in acute reperfused infarction will reflect transient edema and hemoglobin oxidative denaturation to(More)
Microvascular obstruction (MVO) commonly occurs following percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), may lead to myocardial injury, and is an independent predictor of adverse outcome. Severe MVO may manifest angiographically as reduced flow in the patent upstream epicardial arteries, a situation that is termed "no-reflow." Microvascular obstruction can be(More)
BACKGROUND Accurate characterization of the longitudinal trends of myocardial edema and hemorrhage has been previously limited by subjective qualitative methods. We aimed to prospectively characterize the evolution of myocardial edema and hemorrhage post acute myocardial infarction using quantitative measures. METHODS AND RESULTS Sixty-two patients were(More)
Many have speculated that MRI signal characteristics can be used to identify regions of heterogeneous infarct associated with an arrhythmogenic substrate; however, direct evidence of this relationship is limited. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the remodelling characteristics of fibrosis by means of histology and high-resolution MR imaging. For(More)
There are four main problems that limit application of pattern recognition techniques for recognition of abnormal cardiac left ventricle (LV) wall motion: (1) Normalization of the LV's size, shape, intensity level and position; (2) defining a spatial correspondence between phases and subjects; (3) extracting features; (4) and discriminating abnormal from(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES A fully automated left ventricle segmentation method for the functional analysis of cine short axis (SAX) magnetic resonance (MR) images was developed, and its performance evaluated with 133 studies of subjects with diverse pathology: ischemic heart failure (n=34), non-ischemic heart failure (n=30), hypertrophy (n=32), and healthy(More)