Alexander Ehlgen

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OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the effect of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) inhibitor, BMS-582949, on atherosclerotic plaque inflammation, using (18)FDG-PET imaging. p38MAPK is an important element of inflammatory pathways in atherothrombosis and its inhibition may lead to reduced inflammation within atherosclerotic plaques. METHODS(More)
UNLABELLED (18)F-labeled BMS747158 is a novel myocardial perfusion imaging tracer that targets mitochondrial complex 1. The objectives of this phase I study were to evaluate radiation dosimetry, biodistribution, human safety, tolerability, and early elimination of (18)F activity in urine after injection of a single dose of the tracer at rest in healthy(More)
The purpose of the study was to evaluate whether power pulse inversion (PPI) and pulse inversion (PI) techniques allow the measurement of indices of microcirculatory flow in real-time at low emission power using contrast microbubbles. PPI and PI imaging were performed in a kidney perfusion model during continuous infusion of Definity (0.12 mL/min). At(More)
Recently, a new imaging technology has become available that allows the evaluation of tissue perfusion using echo-contrast agents in real-time imaging: power pulse inversion imaging (PPI). Although numerous in vitro phantoms have been designed for different imaging modalities in ultrasound (US), there is a need for a phantom that mimics microcirculation and(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of emission power on ultrasound (US)-induced destruction of echocontrast microbubbles during real-time power pulse inversion imaging (PPI) in myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) and to evaluate the magnitude of noncontrast PPI signals arising from myocardial tissue at variable emission power to(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate whether real-time and intermittent pulse inversion technology (PI) allows the analysis of blood flow in renal macro- and microcirculation. MATERIALS AND METHODS The experiments were performed in a kidney perfusion phantom as an experimental model for the assessment of contrast replenishment in vascular regions of high flow velocity(More)
We present a patient in whom power pulse inversion imaging clearly demonstrated a subendocardial myocardial perfusion defect during contrast vasodilator stress using adenosine. The defect was best appreciated with M-mode postprocessing of power pulse inversion imaging data.
BACKGROUND Intravenous administration of microspheres used as ultrasound contrast agents may potentially alter pulmonary hemodynamics. PB127 (POINT Biomedical Corp., San Carlos, CA) is an investigational ultrasound perfusion-imaging agent used in conjunction with dipyridamole to diagnose coronary artery disease. The effects of PB127 alone or in combination(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the infusion properties of three ultrasonographic (US) contrast agents and to compare different infusion techniques for achieving constant signals during harmonic power Doppler US. MATERIALS AND METHODS In vitro studies were performed in a flow phantom. SH U 508A, NC100100, or FS069 was continuously infused at clinically usable doses(More)